19 March 2016 | St Mary’s Leederville and Acqua Viva Nedlands
“We wanted every detail of the reception styling to be soft, elegant, beautiful and romantic with lots of blooms and candles, for our guests to walk in and be mesmerised.”
“A proposal under the stars in Dubai” – A couple of days into a trip to Dubai, Friday the 28th of December 2014 to be precise, Adam and I had gotten back to our hotel room after being out and about, I was contemplating whether or not to go and get my nails done, Adam insisted that I did, so, off I went to the hotel spa with every intention to get them done but the wait was far too long and the prices where beyond crazy. Needless to say I returned to our hotel room quite quickly and with no manicure. Adam seem pretty concerned with the fact that I didn’t get my nails done, however, this wasn’t uncommon behaviour as he has always been the type who likes for me to be spoilt and pampered. The conversation quickly changed though and we started conversing about where and if Adam had booked dinner for that evening, he told me that he had not got around to it as yet but for me to go and have a shower and that he would have a look at where we could go in that time. Being none the wiser as to what was going on I did what I was told and had a shower but afterwards needed to know if and where we were going so that I could dress accordingly. I was told that we were going to a restaurant call Shimmers, nothing too fancy just a casual place on the beach. I was also told that because Adam had called so late that the restaurant only had a private section left, which he had hoped was okay with me. Still at this point thinking absolutely nothing of his plan I said that it was fine and that it would actually be kind of cute. It wasn’t until we were in the taxi and on our way to the restaurant that I noticed Adam acting a bit strange, nervous almost but I was soon distracted by the scenery that my mind quickly wondered elsewhere. When we arrived at the restaurant there was a red carpet leading towards a private tent with a table and chair setting right on the beach overlooking the Burj Al Arab, EXTREMELY beautiful and SO romantic. At this point any girl would have clicked as to what was going on but nope, not me, I asked where the bathroom was HAHAHAHA!!! When I had returned we were seated and placed our food and drink orders, our drinks arrived and Adam made a toast to us, said a few quite personal but extremely sweet things followed by “I told you that you should have got your nails done today”. BOOM I had FINALLY clicked what was going on and there it was THE RING followed by “WILL YOU MARRY ME”!!!
Our wedding day was what dreams are made of. It started out with rain but ended with a rainbow, everything flew so smoothly and each and every supplier exceeded our expectations beyond words.
In order to match our vision of a soft, pretty and romantic reception styling we wanted a venue that would be able to capture that vision, a venue that had a soft and relaxed feel to it, and one that was known for good service and quality food. Therefore, we decided to stay away from the big hotel chains and go for a venue on the water. We looked at numerous venues but none where quite what we were after. It wasn’t until a work colleague suggested Acqua Viva (a venue we had totally forgotten about) that I took my mum with me to have a look the first time and Adam the second. From the warm greeting each and every staff member gave us to the panoramic river views we were falling more and more in love with every visit, we knew that this was our venue.
I am the ultimate perfectionist, very minimalistic, classic but stylish so the vibe had to match! We wanted every detail of the reception styling to be soft, elegant, beautiful and romantic (lots of blooms and candles), for our guests to walk in and be mesmerised.
Favourite Detail from the Day
The styling of the whole reception was executed to a T. It was stunning beyond words but if I have to narrow it down I would say that my favourite detail was the styling of the bridal table.
Myself, my bridesmaids, and my mum created Vanilla Scented Soy Candles for the female favours.
I wore a Pallas Couture Wedding Gown, the “Abella” design. One which I saw in a magazine not long after we got engaged that I lusted over for months on end as my budget was not quite as high as the asking price of the gown. However, after countless disappointing dress try on’s and never ending bridal stores (I think we literally went to EVERY bridal shop in Perth) my dad (bless him) sat me down and said “it’s not often that you get to see your only daughter get married, I want my girl to feel as beautiful as I think she is, no price tag should ever be able to take that away from her”. I will never forget the joy, excitement and appreciation I felt in that moment. The dress was a dream come true, pure perfection and one in which I felt like an absolute princess, just like every girl should.
Funny enough it was the ceremony, the exchanging of vows, that really public moment which felt like the most intimate. The reason I say “funny enough” is that to begin with I wasn’t very fond of the idea to get married in a church as I am not very religious but looking back on the day it was such a sacred moment which was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined, to the point where I even allowed a tear to drop from my eye as I watched Adam promise me his whole heart for all the days of his life.
It is literally the most stressful yet rewarding time of your life. Pre-plan and get as many things done as you can, as far out from the day as possible.
The best advice I was given that I would love to pass on is that you need to ensure that you book your non-negotiables at least a year to a year and a half in advance, for us that was the venue, the photographer and the videographer.
My advice is to make sure that you take a moment with your now husband (how exciting and surreal calling him your husband will feel for so long is indescribable) and take it all in, the day really does fly by!
I am so glad that I managed to convince Adam on having a videographer, the day goes by so quickly and you don’t get to take in each and every detail or experience the moments that you may have not been present for. It is the one thing that every bride seems to regret not doing and I am so incredibly glad I was not one of them.
Each and every one of our suppliers did the most incredible job and we can’t thank them enough!
A special mention goes out to: All the staff at Acqua Viva, our photographer Angela Higgins, our videographer Duane Orriss, G from Nestle and Porter, Renata for making me look flawless with her incredible make up skills and last but not least my friend and bridesmaid Charlotte Pownall who went above and beyond to ensure that the colour and style of my hair was pure perfection.
Photography: Angela Higgins | Film: Orriss Films | Event planner / Stylist: Blonde and Blue | Florist: Natural Art by Rebecca Grace | Stationery, Favour Labels & Signage: Nestle & Porter | Ceremony venue: St Mary’s Church in Leederville | Reception venue: Acqua Viva on The Swan | Cake: De La Rosa Cakes & Cupcakes | Bridal table glass hire: Hire Society | Rings: Cara Jewellers Dubai | Entertainment Simply Entertainment | Light-up Letters: Love Letters Transport: Bellagio Limousines | Bridal gown & veil: Pallas Couture | Robes:Homebodii | Shoes: Nine West | Accessories: Tiffany and Co | Hair: Charlotte Pownall – Soul and Stone | Makeup: Renata Jovevski | Bridesmaid dresses: Sheike | Bridesmaid shoes: Betts and Betts | Bridesmaid gifts: The Daily Edited Clutch, MAC Lipstick, Witchery nail polish, Earrings for the day and a Homebodii Robe | Suit: Custom Made | Shirt: Calvin Klein | Tie / Bow tie: David Jones | Shoes: Airflex | Socks: Happy Socks | Watch: Daniel Wellington | Groomsmen gifts: Daniel Wellington Watch and Happy Socks to wear on the day.