Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship… Bronson and I live in rural Queensland in a mining town called Mount Isa. Bronson was born and bred in Mount Isa and I am from a small coastal town in the south of WA called Australind.
I moved to Mount Isa with my family when I was 12 as my Dad got a job in the mines. I had always wanted to get married in the West as I still call it home. Bronson is now 29 and I am 25, we have been together for 8 years 9 months. We both have full time jobs in Mount Isa, Bronson is a Diesel Fitter at the Mines and I Manage Executive Support at the North West Hospital and Health Service.
Bronson and I started dating on the 25 January 2011, hence why we decided to get married on the 25 January 2019 as this was our 8 year anniversary. We met each other for the first time at a Rugby League Club, I was a waitress and his sister was my duty supervisor. I was only 14 at the time so Bronson told his Mum the day he saw me that one day he would marry me and that I was on layby, little did I know … When I was 16 Bronson contacted me via Facebook and the rest was history.
We got engaged in Mount Isa on the 15 December 2016, the afternoon before we were due to head across the nullabour on a road trip to WA with my parents for Christmas. Bronson wanted to propose before we went away so I could show my family back in WA when we arrived but also wanted to be able to show and tell his family in Mount Isa before we left QLD. Bronson proposed at home and tied the engagement ring around my little dogs’ neck with a piece of string from a little sewn bag that my mum made for Bronson to keep the ring in, this was super special!
Bronson and I love our fur family. We have 4 dogs, my dogs name is Kirei, she is a miniature Yorkshire terrier and only weighs around 2.5 kgs! Kirei was the flower girl at the wedding and I also organised custom socks with Bronson’s dogs faces on them for the day as they couldn’t all be there with us in WA.
One of our favourite things to do together is travel. In the time we have been together we have travelled to Fiji, Bali, Thailand, Singapore, Japan, Hawaii, Canada and for our honeymoon we travelled to Europe, UK and Maldives. We look forward to going overseas every year and experiencing new places and cultures. I would have to also say one of the things we also enjoy doing together is trying new food. Every time we plan a holiday, we always look at what unique restaurants we want to eat at before we have even arrived!
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details…
Bronson and I had always agreed on tying the knot in Down South WA as it such a special place to me. Bronson’s family all lived in QLD and my family all lived in WA other than my parents, we wanted Bronson’s family to be able to visit the West Coast and enjoy a holiday while also attending our wedding.
After Bronson and I got engaged we went on our Christmas Holiday to WA during this time we decided to look at a few venues as we knew we wouldn’t be back anytime soon. We searched high and low to try and find a paddock that was high set with an ocean view but unfortunately it seemed impossible and we left without deciding or finding something we loved. Once we were home, we came across Incognito Escape on Instagram and we fell in love, whilst it didn’t have the country feel to it, we knew it was a blank canvas with the most spectacular ocean view that we could transform into the wedding venue we had hoped for. It was very convenient because just down the road was also a paddock that we could get photos in to give us that country feel. It was also a very convenient location for my grandparents to attend without having to travel too far as this is something, I wanted to ensure was easy for them.
I personally loved planning a wedding, I am an executive assistant full time so personally I would wedding plan as a full-time job if I could, organising is really my thing and I am missing it a lot! I told Bronson I’d be happy to renew my vows every year if I could. I planned my wedding for 2 years and don’t regret that at all as it gave me the option to choose the vendors I wanted and take my time in making decisions. My favourite part would have to of been researching all the fine details and being able to create my wedding from a blank canvas with the help of my incredible wedding stylist and florist.
The style/theme was Modern Elegance. Classic white and rich green, timber textures and gold touches highlighted by gorgeous candlelight. The romantic vocals and acoustics of Paige at Valentine carried across the grass as guests enjoyed canapes and bubbles overlooking the ocean. The glasshouse marquee and dancefloor were lit up with festoon lighting, adding to the warm atmosphere as guests partied away under the stars.
Every vendor that we had was outstanding! The enjoyment that the guests had with our photo booth was such a highlight and our delicious food, this was definitely something we wanted to get right as we do love our food. Originally, we were going to hire food vans and have a few so people could pick what they wanted however due to logistics this couldn’t work so Domaney our wedding planner contacted Laundry 43 who was able to cater to our needs. We had food truck style food, but they turned it gourmet for us. We had things like BBQ Ribs, sweet potato chip cups, mini sliders, gourmet pizzas, stuffed potatoes etc. it was a highlight for us and our guests.
On the day everything was so surreal and really a dream come true, something that we both vividly remember on the day of the wedding was when we took time to ourselves to look at the marquee set up. We had arrived back after the Canapes and we both walked into the marquee while all our guests were enjoying the lawn games, photo booth, drinks and food. We walked in to the marquee holding hands, looked around and really embraced that moment we had together, realising that everything exceeded our expectations and we were finally husband and wife. We both had a few tears because finally, after 2 years of planning it had all come together and looked like nothing I could have ever imagined!
Tell us about your main outfits:
My wedding dress was something I had been thinking about for a very long time, I always loved structured lace, low backs, low necklines and long sleeves but I could never find something that I loved completely, I always wanted something on the dress changed for it to be “perfect” in my eyes. I had even gone down the path of enquiring with designers to get something custom made. I flew to Brisbane and spent 3 days dress shopping with my Mum, I loved everything I tried on because who doesn’t feel like a queen in a long white dress. It was on the 3rd day where I had lost a little hope because nothing really jumped out at me. I was scrolling through Instagram and a sponsored add for Jack Sullivan designs popped up, I had never heard of the designer before and thought I would go there and check it out. The minute I walked in the door I said to my Mum “this is where I’m getting my dress”, I just knew it! The shop was filled with structured detailed lace and I spotted a dress with long sleeves and walked straight over to it to look at it in detail before the lovely Mel and Michelle even got the chance to welcome me into the store. The back and front of the dress wasn’t the low style I was looking for so I quickly asked if that could be modified and luckily enough for me it could be. I knew it was my dress and fell in love. I wore a cathedral length veil with matching lace on the edges for my ceremony and a plain veil for photos. I tied my polish colour in with my shoes, dress underlay and earrings.
From the day we got engaged Bronson always spoke about wearing a Hugo Boss suit, Bronson does like his fashion a little, but he would kill me if knew I said that. As we live in Mount Isa, we had to make special trips to do all our dress and suit shopping. We went down to Brisbane a little earlier than expected for a medical appointment and we thought we would just go for a quick look around the shops while we had time. It was still 18 months until the wedding at this stage. Bronson went to around 4 stores and wasn’t happy with anything he tried on, so I said well let’s go to Hugo boss and see how we go, within 5 minutes Bronson had picked what he wanted and was in the change room getting it fitted. Bronson wore a deep navy tuxedo with a white shirt and black tie.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
The whole day had so many memorable and unique moments however there were a few that stood out for us both.
Number one would have to be saying our vows to each other. Bronson and I both wrote our own vows and ensured that we spent time including all the meaningful things that we believe made our relationship and vowed on everything that we believed would make our marriage forever lasting. There was also a bit of sense of humour in them, whether it was about me being OCD or Bronson and his man flu. This is something we both enjoy looking back on in our wedding video, it well and truly brings back all the emotions!
All of Bronson’s grandparents have passed away so I did something special for Bronson and his Family on the day to remember them and have them there with us in spirit. All four of Bronson’s Grandparents are from the country of Qld so they all had Akubra hats. I organised a hat stand with the help of our wedding planner and it was placed in the marquee with his Nanna’s hats, his Grandads hat and his other Granddads flask hanging on each hook.
My Dads speech! This went for around 13 minutes and it had the entire marquee was in fits of laughter including Bronson and I. My Dad gave such good advice whilst also reminiscing on my child hood, teenage life and Bronson and I as a couple. I think everyone that was there that night mentioned his speech for a few weeks later.
Last but not least, at my hens weekend in the Gold coast about 6 months before the wedding my Aunty travelled over from WA and she gifted me with my Great Nanna’s engagement ring, I wore this on my wedding day along with a broach from my Grandma which had been in the family for years, My Mum pinned this on my bouquet.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
On your wedding day embrace every moment, take your time, relax, try to reduce the adrenaline taking over and have fun. The day goes so fast and is such a blur at the end if you don’t slow down. Make time to enjoy yourselves at the end of the night and always make sure there is time to party. Oh, and set time limits for speeches!
Something that we had our celebrant read at
the start of our ceremony was the below saying, this also played at the start
of our wedding video and this has stuck by us both ever since our wedding day.
“Love isn’t perfect, it isn’t a fairy tale, or a story book and it doesn’t always come easy. Love is overcoming obstacles, facing challenges, fighting to be together, holding on and never letting go. It’s a short word, its easy to spell, difficult to define and impossible to live without. Love is worth it, most of all love is realising that every hour, every minute, every second of what you do is worth it because you do it together.”
After 8 years of a relationship and 9 months of marriage, Bronson and I believe the most important thing to a successful relationship is trust, honesty, respect and communication. With these things, you can get through anything.
Venue: Incognito Escape | Videographer: Rabbit & the Bear | Photographer: Nectarine | Celebrant: Alan Kidd South West Celebrant | DJ & Photobooth: South Sound Events | Live Singer: Valentine Music | Styling, Hire, Wooden Singage & Planner: Blush + Bloom | Marquee: South West Event Studio | Flora: Poppy and Co | Catering: Laundry 43 | Bar Hire: HIVE Caravan Bar | Cake & Desert Table: Sweet Stylin Dunsborough | Hire: Yallingup Event Hire & Cape Events & Ferguson Valley Events & Hire in Style | Favours: Soup Can stubby coolers | Light up LOVE Letters: White Owl Collective | Wedding Invites: State of Reverie | Signage: Emma Louise Designs | Guest Transport: Gannaways | Bride & Groom Transport: Wedding car hire Busselton | Bride transport: Chrysler Vintage 38 | Personalised wine glasses: Joy of Eve | Personalised Beer mugs & Jenga Guest Book: Giftware Direct | Dog Leash & Collar: Animals in Charge | Brides Dress: Jack Sullivan Designs | Groom Suit, shirt & tie: Hugo Boss | Groom Cufflinks: OTAA | Ring/s: Paul Bram Diamonds | Shoes Bride: Steve Madden | Shoes Groom: Windsor Smith | Bride Earrings: Molten Store | Bride Robe: Coven & Co | Bride & Bridesmaid PJs: Sleeping with the Enemy | Makeup: Holly Garvey | Hair: Arcorace | Fragrance Bride & Groom: Poison Girl Dior & Blue de Chanel | Groom custom socks with dogs: Divvy up | Bridesmaid Dresses: Shona Joy | Groomsmen Suits: YD | Groomsmen Ties: OTAA | Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West | Bridesmaid Jewellery: Samantha Wills | Groomsmen Shoes: Betts | Groomsmen personalised Cufflinks: Giftware Direct