Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…
B – I am a wedding florist and stylist and all round creative girl. I have been creating flowers straight out of school and really haven’t looked back. Alex is also a bit of a creative but has the more logical brain between us. Alex began his career as a Barber when I started floristry but is now in 4WD sales.
I suppose you could call us an eclectic duo who love the finer things in life. On the weekends you will find us eating and drinking with close friends and family who are our life or traveling the coast in our Troopy or just hanging at home with our two beloved Rottweilers.
How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?
B – the story of how we met is a very humble one. We first met on the first day of Year 11 where we attended for our senior years of schooling. We were in the same roll call class and I instantly took a disliking to Alex as he was loud and obnoxious and even managed to get himself kicked out of the room the first day. I was quiet and kind of scared of his confidence. It was almost a year later that after becoming newly single that he slid into my Facebook massager after hearing of my breakup, and it wasn’t long before the personality that I first loathed became one of my favourite things about him. We started dating the school holidays before year 12 started and have been together for almost 8 years now.
When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?
B – I think we always knew from the beginning that we would be together for the rest of our lives. We are yin and yang but so similar at the same time. When we first got together, we would plan about our future home and cars and careers and that always made me feel like we where always going to be with each other. For me though, I knew so early on that he was the one when I couldn’t go a day without seeing him. Even to this day I don’t think we have spent more then 2 days apart. We really are each other’s best friend.
Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…
B – Our proposal was so US its actually cringe. Ever since we moved into our first home 4 years ago, we have had a tradition of Coffee and Croissants in bed of a Sunday morning. One chilly June Morning we did exactly that except Alex has said when he came into the bedroom “close your eyes, I have another surprise” and after placing the tray on my lap he handed me the ring. He had been secretly hiding in a small compartment in his motorbike for months just waiting for the right morning. Later that day we gathered for a BBQ with our close family and friends as a celebration. It was perfect
Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…
B- Being a wedding florist and stylist, I have seen every trend there is out there. Considering we are a fun loving couple we wanted our day to be super stylish but super chilled at the same time. Our favourite thing to do is eat and drink with friends so we based our day around doing just that – giving our guests the best time ever.
In terms of the vibe we went for, my Parents property really stands on its own two feet and really didn’t need much – I wanted to tie in a neutral/ earthy pallet to balance out what would usually lend itself to a more farm/rustic vibe. It was really just the things that I like the most and we think it turned out pretty rad.
What was one element you were happy to splurge on?
100% our Videography and Photography – they are memories that you have forever and I still to this day watch our video at least once a week. A good band and Celebrant/MC are also so so so important. They really do set the tone for the day and carry your fun through the night. Everyone loves a good dancefloor and ours was absolutely off its head until the early hours of the morning.
Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?
We had a few Hiccups along the way. First was the big C postponing our day by six months, Then the week of the wedding, major flooding happened across the mid north coast of NSW. Drama number one being that our original marquee was stuck in Byron Bay and with Highway closures could not make it to the Hunter in time.
Luckily, we found a replacement Marquee one a week out. We were due to have the marquee and whole wedding set up on a different location on my parents’ property (right next to the hunter river) but just 2 days prior to the wedding, this spot was completely under flood water. We moved the marquee to higher ground and happy days. Albeit very stressful, it turned out the location was much more convenient in the end.
Another Lol was that our guests completely guzzled the 5 kegs prior to the sun going down. Our good friend Kayla from Boozy Suzie was not letting us go without so before we even realised we were out, she was returning from the bottle shop with more beer then Octoberfest. Not a bad effort for a Sunday.
Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?
I knew that dress shopping was going to be a tricky one for me. My body shape and my very distinct style that I tend to gravitate didn’t make the process easy. I tried a few boutiques with not a lot of success prior to finding the beautiful Harriett Gordon on Instagram. I thought it would never happen as she is based in Perth and I am in NSW but the stars aligned and she announced a trunk show at Hope and Page in Sydney. I waited 6 months to try on the Lace lantern sleeve gown. As soon as I saw the sleeve hanging on the rack I knew it was my dress. Harriett took my measurements that day and a few months later my dress was in my hands with no other fittings. It still fit like a glove and I was (and am still) so In love.
Ceremony and Reception location: Private Property – Baylee’s Parents Property / Videographer: Bonnie Lass Films: / Photographer: Teresa from Muse Photography: / Celebrant: Lauren Hensby of Hungry Hearts Co / Entertainment: Dan Runchel & Band / Planning, Florals and Styling: Bride, Bayleaf Florals and Styling / Hire: Exotic Soirees & Beavis Party Hire / Marquee: The Party Hire Company / Food: Bao Brothers, Late Night Pies Thompsons Pies & Grazing Table + Caravan Bar Boozy Suzie Caravan Bar / Signage, menus, wishing well and coasters: Bride, Bayleaf Florals and Styling / Invitations: Pixel and Ink Design / Bathroom Hire: Portable Powder Rooms / Ceremony Church fame & Dance Floor: Baylee’s Dad made / Bride’s dress: Harriett Gordon / Pantsuit and top: ASOS / Sunglasses: ASOS / Grooms Suit: ASOS / Groom’s Shirt: SK Menswear / Hat : Billie Bones Club / Baylee’s Rings: Simon Curwood / Alex’s Rings: Crooked Howlet Designs / Baylee’s Shoes: The Bali Taylor / Earrings: F&H studios / Bracelet: Love Isabelle Jewellery / Makeup: Makeup By Bonnie Lee / Hair: Lila & Allan / Fragrance: Paco Rabanne / Bridesmaids’ dresses: Shona Joy / Groomsmen suits: ASOS