Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…
Tim and I have known each other since the end of 2013 and remained friends until we started dating at the end of 2015. We’ve been inseparable since our first date (which was the most awkward date in existence).
Tim works as a field engineer for IBM and I work as a medical receptionist for a large company whilst studying at university. When Tim isn’t working, we usually spend our time finding nice places to eat, hiking, travelling or indulging in Tim’s hobby at the local car racing track. We have a grey cat named Jenkins and we got him on November 16 just after we became engaged.
Our relationship feels like we have been together a while, when in fact our milestones happened very quickly. We moved in together after six months, engaged after 11 months and married within two years of being together. But our time together is filled with so many memories. I think that every relationship is unique. But the way we love each other makes our relationship special to us. Tim is the kindest person I’ve ever known, he inspires me to be the same, to achieve and to support him, in all the same ways he has made my life incredible.
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…
We found our venue by accident five months into our relationship. I went with Tim to work for what was supposed to be a 20 minute job. That quick job turned into seven hours of me waiting in the car. Four hours in, and my phone battery getting low, I went for a walk and discovered The Grounds of Alexandria. When Tim finally finished, I made him walk with me to TGOA and at that time there was a wedding on and I turned to Tim and told him we are getting married here. And Tim worked hard to make that a reality for us.
Two things set our spring Garden Romance theme. Firstly, TGOA was already beautifully styled with florals, pots and plants. It’s basically a paved courtyard garden in the springtime with fairy light lit alleyways and even a petting zoo. So we didn’t want to add to many other elements. Secondly, I found the perfect pair of floral pointed pumps (before I had even gone dress shopping). I’d discussed with the grounds styling florist and she matched the colours for all bouquets, boutonnieres, table flowers, corsages, etc, to my shoes.
I had our stationery designer change the colours of the design match to my shoes as well.
Most other elements of the wedding; table numbers, wishing well, candle holders, etc, were white and simple. The only quirky element (and our favourite detail) were our cake toppers; bride and groom flamingos that we splurged on from BHLDN. A friend of mine made our top tier cake (white chocolate mud), and we had the rest of the 4 tiers filled with glazed krispy kreme doughnuts.
The atrium has a beautiful hanging pot plant display with dimmed hanging globes which was situated right above the bridal table. It set such a romantic mood combined with the tea lights on the tables.
We had a dusk ceremony and a night reception. So our first look and most of our portrait photos before taken the ceremony so we were able to jump right into socialising with our guests after.
Our wedding was fairly non-traditional. My dress was nude. I walked myself down the aisle. I had the partners of my bridal party walk them down the aisle, so we were able to include them in a special way. Our bridal table consisted of those who were closest to us. I didn’t throw a bouquet and I didn’t have a father-daughter dance. Tim and I privately cut the cake and made a special moment between us. We did what we wanted for our special day.
Tell us about your main outfits:
My dress was the beautiful Severine gown by American designer Monique Lhuillier. I fell in love with it while dress shopping in David Jones Bridal in Sydney CBD. It was a V neck white lace bodice, with lace appliques gracefully falling down the dress in each of the six layers of tulle. The tulle layers were shades of nude and blush which I felt made it more special than your typical white wedding dress.
All my accessories were hand-made by Australian boutiques. My head piece–‘Flo’ by Bo & Luca–was hand-crafted and encrusted with small white raisin stones. The bracelets were white agate and angelite beading and are by Francesca, a boutique store that can be found in Tasmania.
The groom and groomsmen wore very deep navy suits by SABA, and floral bow ties from Freelance Bowties, made in Perth. Tim wore tan shoes and a belt, and he wore the Armani watch I bought him for our first Christmas.
My bridesmaids wore white lace dresses with a nude underlay by Australian brand Rodeo Show. I loved that they matched my dress perfectly. Their shoes were matching open toed sandals from Nine West.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
Some funny parts of our day: I had three separate pep talks by the staff of the grounds to get me to walk down the aisle. I’m not one for public speaking, and the whole idea of standing in front of all our loved ones was terrifying to me.
Tim, while waiting for me to come down the aisle, needed to use the bathroom. He told his best man where he was going, but the message wasn’t received. The event chaperones had thought he had run away and left me there as I was having my pep talks, and were searching for him. He strolled back in and asked what all the commotion was about.
My favourite part would be seeing my soon-to-be husband’s face at our first look photos. I was a nervous wreck, and all that worry washed away from me as soon as he turned around and smiled at me. I suspect, if asked, he would say the same.
It rained on my wedding day and I honestly loved everything about it. From the hanging pot plants over our bridal table, to the thousands of fairy lights illuminating our guests happy faces, everything was just so perfect.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
Always be kind to each other and remember the smaller moments between you, they will become so special.
Photographer: Olguin Photography | Ceremony location, reception location, catering, and styling: The Grounds of Alexandria | Celebrant: Oliver Thomas Celebrancy | Entertainment: Harvey Music | Flora: The Grounds Florals by Silva | Cake: Baked by Bethany | Dessert: Krispy Kreme | Hair: Bliss Salon | Makeup: Makeup by Candice | Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier | Shoes: Nine West | Hair pin: Bo & Luca | Bracelets: Francesca Collections Jewellery | Rings: Parade Design | Groom and groomsmen’s suits: SABA | Shoes: Julius Marlow | Bow ties: Freelance Bow Ties | Rings: Cerrone | Stationery: coocachuu | Cake topper: BHLDN | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Rodeo Show