Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…

(Molly) My name is Molly and my husbands name is Matt. A bit about ourselves, we have been together for 3 years now. I am the head barista at an espresso bar on the Gold Coast, I have a love and passion for art as a side hobby.

Matt is a full time musician in a band called Hollow Coves. We both love to surf and we revolve a lot of our lives around the sport, in both our spare time we make furniture as well. Matt is a qualified carpenter but hasn’t worked in the trade since pursuing music.

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?

We met 3 1⁄2 years ago on the sunshine coast, where I was living at the time. We were introduced by Matts best friend at a cafe called little boat where we played a game of monopoly deal. I’m not a fan of the game although its one of matts favourites. So initially Matt wasnt the biggest fan of me to start off because I hated his favourite card game. It wasn’t until the second meeting that we’ve both said “it was pretty much on from then”. We realised we have so much in common, except for the fact that I still hate the card game, but hey, every couple has their differences.

When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?

It was quite early into “seeing each other”. I’d say that about 2 months in I could have married him then and there. For matt he said very early on but not sure when. Matt is my first serious relationship and Iwas also Matts. I think we both recognised that there as something different about this one that stood out from the rest. It was both our easiest decisions.

Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…

We went for a family holiday in Tasmania over christmas. As family holidays usually go we wanted to plan one day out of the trip that was just us and for some alone time. We spent the whole day adventuring all around Tasmania, starting at lavender field, then the bay of fires, (we also got lost on the way). We then finally found good coffee on the east coast of Tasmania so this was a massive win in our day, we then went to the devils corner winery which over looks a beautiful bay. For sunset we hiked up the top of wineglass bay, when we got to the top there wasn’t a soul around so this is where he popped the question! We had the view point to ourselves for the next 10 minutes before having a group of guys blaring music follow behind. I continued to scream “WE JUST GOT ENGAGED” to which they replied in the same tone “LETS PARTY’. So they blared music on their speaker and we had a little mountain top party as our first celebration. After we came back down we went to a beautiful restaurant then made our 4 hour trek back to where we were staying. regardless of if we got engaged on that day or not we both said it was one of the best days of our life. The engagement was the perfect cherry on top.

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…

Our first vision was eloping, but after thinking about our love for weddings we thought why not go out with a bang! So we planned the whole thing and wanted to make it as comfortable and fun as possible. We wanted it to be a bit of a festival vibe, nothing too serious. Were both quite creative so we wanted to add a funky flare with pops of colour, handmade bendy candles and some rustic accents. Casual and fun.

What was one element you were happy to splurge on? 

For me it was some good wine which @quincecellar nailed! and for Matt it was a good sound system! This explains our personalities in a nutshell.

Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?

We both didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg on our outfits and felt pretty easy going about it. The dress I chose I fell in love with and it was around $400. Matts suit was from Zara and was perfect for what he wanted. also was really affordable! A funny story attached to it was my dress. The day was very very rainy so the ground was very muddy, but we didn’t mind. After the ceremony, the train on the dress was covered in mud so as soon as I got to the reception I got one of my girl friends to cut off the bottom of the dress. I had a lot of girls around me watch in horror, but all that was in my head as “ how the heck am I supposed to dance in this” so it had to go.

Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)? 

So much happened that we laugh about now, during the set up (the night before) we were rushing around like headless chooks to get everything done. Matt whilst up at the shed getting some furniture, slipped over in the rain and landed on an upside down fire place. This ended up with a fractured rib and the paramedics coming to the rescue. Nothing some good whiskey and panadol couldn’t fix the night before. It wasn’t fully broken and nothing was punctured so he punched on. Also, we had a lockdown end the night before the wedding so we cancelled all of our original plans and downsized 10 fold all within 3 days before the wedding. We laugh about it all but looking back we wouldn’t change a thing.

Ceremony + Reception location: Gold Coast farmhouse: Gold Coast Farm House | Photographer: Carly Kelly | Celebrant: Chris Foley | Styling + Planner: Bride | Hire: Renee (family friend) | Flora: Tugun Fruit and Flowers + assembled by Bride | Catering + Beverages: The Foxs Pantry + Quince Cellar + Balter | Cake: Bride | Gifts: Wishing Well | Bride’s Dress: Shona Joy| Groom’s attire: Zara | Rings: Ribs and Dust | Shoes: Myer | Earrings: DIY | Makeup: Livyahhhh | Hair: The Local | Fragrance: Giorgio Armani | Groomsmens’ attire: Zara | Bridesmaids’ attire: Dissh

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