Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship:

Krissie: Dylan and I are the perfect examples of a modern fairytale, we met on tinder and the rest is history. Dylan is a night shift worker in the steel industry and I work as a dental assistant. We are both very fun and easy-going people who try to make the most out of the time we do spend together.

It can be difficult at times due to Dylan’s work roster but we make it work for us. Our favourite thing to do together is to try all different types of food. Every weekend we are researching new places to try and recipes to cook. Not only did I say yes to Dylan, but he came as a package deal with his amazing son, Jaziah which made me a step mum. I love our little life and we can’t wait to grow our family in the future.

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:

Two weeks before we were due to leave for our epic elopement in Joshua Tree, California, we got the devastating news that borders were closing and International flights were canceled. We were absolutely heartbroken, to say the least, but at the same time had this sense of relief the decision was made for us to cancel our trip rather than make the decision ourselves leading up to the departure. Luckily, we had also planned a wedding here with all of our family and friends for when we returned and even though our elopement dreams were shattered we still had this to look forward to. That excitement was quickly taken away from us when we heard restrictions now limited weddings to 5 people including the celebrant and photographer. With this new information, we made the difficult decision to postpone our wedding to November 2020. We just couldn’t wait to get married so I contacted my amazing wedding planner Christie and started brainstorming ideas of an elopement here instead.

We found this amazing rainforest retreat just across the border in NSW, got all of my original wedding vendors lined up, and decided on a date. The day after booking the venue, QLD announced the border closure between NSW, and again our hearts sunk. After all these setbacks, we thought maybe we will try again in a few months, and hopefully, things will settle down but after a few days of sleepless nights decided that we were going to get married one way or the other. So again, we found a new venue here in the Gold Coast Hinterland with unreal scenic views, made sure all my vendors were free, and booked our elopement for less than a week later! Dylan had to work until 3 am on the day of the wedding, got to the venue by 5 am and then slept all morning while I spent some quality time with my mum. Unfortunately due to the newly imposed restrictions, we didn’t have any guests. It was so hard to tell my mum she had to leave and couldn’t stay to watch her only daughter get married. But it was the decision we made and it turned out to be truly amazing. It all came together in the end – better then we could have ever imagined – and I got to marry my best friend. 

Tell us about your main outfits:

My one of a kind wedding dress and cape was made by the amazingly talented Christie Nicole Bridal. I paired it with white leather boots from Pretty Little Things. I wanted to be comfortable on my wedding day and completely authentic to who I am as a person! I always knew I wanted a short wedding dress and it was such a hit on the day! Dylan wore a full black suit from Hallenstein Brothers and looked so handsome. 

What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day:

The most memorable moment for me was looking out from the house at Dylan, seeing him with his back turned away and waiting for our first look. So many emotions ran through me and I couldn’t wait to go out and see him! Not having your bridesmaids or mum to help you get ready and give you a little boost of confidence was hard, but I will never forget how amazing each and every one of our vendors was. From my wedding planner helping me into my dress, handing me my first glass of champagne, and my florist sticking around to help throw rose petals on us after saying I do and then signing our marriage certificate as witnesses. They all made us feel so special and all the craziness leading up to our wedding day was worth it. My favourite part was once everyone left – we made dinner, sat on the couch, and reflected on what an amazing day we had. We can’t believe we are lucky enough to relive our wedding day when we do it all over again in November, we can’t wait! 

Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together:

Don’t stress about the things you can’t change. Enjoy the planning and take your time finding the perfect vendors for you! Also, do what makes you and your partner happy – don’t worry about what other people might think! Your day is all about you and that’s what matters most. 

Ceremony location: Rosewood Estate | Videographer: White Lace Films | Photographer: True North Photography | Celebrant: I Am Celebrant Sam | Styling & Planner: Haus of Hera Events | Florals: Florals & Co | Krissie’s Dress: Christie Nicole Bridal | Dylan’s Suit: Hallenstein Brothers | Rings:  Michael Hill Jeweller + Cort Jewellery | Shoes: Pretty Little Thing + City Beach | Hair: Petula Jade Hairstylist | Makeup: Charlee Elizabeth Makeup

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