31 October 2015 | The Terrace Hotel Perth
It made sense to us to walk down the aisle together and I love that we did: The moment we looked at each other and said ‘lets do this’ was pretty special.
Dan proposed to me on the day he found the ring. At the time we had a new puppy and we walked past a jewellers on the way home from puppy school. He pointed out some beautiful antique rings. When we got home, he rang the jeweller and asked them to size one of them, then picked it up that afternoon and called by my parent’s house to ask for their blessing. All without me having a clue. That evening he clipped the ring to the dog’s collar while we were at the beach. The ring went for a rather salty swim before we thought to remove it. Dan always finds the most efficient way to do a task, no matter what it is. He doesn’t believe in wasting time!
The dress was a lucky find! I purchased it online from a department store with the intent of wearing it to a charity ball. When I received it, I loved it so much that I put it aside to get married in. It did mean that I missed out on the ‘dress shopping experience’ with my mum, so she helped me pick my veil and headpiece instead. The second dress was a last minute decision when I realised I needed a shorter dress for dancing. I already had the top and purchased the skirt from etsy about a month prior to the wedding.
The Terrace Hotel was only the second venue we visited, but it was preceded by a lot of online research! We loved the mix of old and new at The Terrace, the great wine list and the central location.
Basically we wanted to throw a great party that was an easy day for our guests. Ceremony and reception at one venue in a central location, all starting at 5pm, with accommodation onsite and nearby for out of town guests. The live band was a huge part of creating a great atmosphere.
I had a few DYI Projects:
- Invitation printing – I loved the idea of letterpress, but not the price. So I found out how to do it myself – it was fiddly and time consuming, but totally worth it! The design came from a great etsy artist who helped me get the files ready to have made into printing plates. After printing them, I realised I couldn’t buy the right sized envelopes, so I made those too.
- All the florals except my bouquet – I took a day off work prior to the wedding to buy and arrange flowers, which I really enjoyed. It gave me a whole new level of respect for florists! The one floral arrangement that was really important to me was my bouquet, so I left that the experts, and Rebecca from Fox and Rabbit did an amazing job!
- The favours were ‘big night out first aid kits’. We didn’t initially plan on doing favours, but when we came across this idea it was too much fun not to do. We printed the labels and came up with the contents.
- – Paracetamol 1g – Headache? Hangover? Back pain ruining your boogie?
- – No Doz – Caffeine Tablet (equiv to 1 cup of coffee) No excuses!
- – Pawpaw lip balm – Dry lips, carpet burn, gravel rash, chafing, etc…
- – Shoe shine – A gentleman’s necessity
- – Hair tie, Bobby pins, Nail file – Get your MacGyver on
- – Sewing kit – Contains a spare button and safety pin
- – Mint – The fresh maker!
- – Condom – Feeling lucky?
- – Band-aids – For ‘new shoe’ blisters and other ouchies
- – Tampon – For feminine emergencies and manly nosebleeds
- – Stain remover wipes – Red wine, lipstick, etc
- – Double sided tape –Wardrobe malfunction sorted
- – Berocca tablet – In anticipation of tomorrow morning
I have two of them!
It made sense to us to also walk down the aisle together and I love that we did: It meant we could focus on the moment without being too nervous or emotional. The moment we looked at each other and said ‘lets do this’ was pretty special.
Our ‘First Dance’ – My second dress was a secret and when I came downstairs in it and found Dan; he was next to the dance floor. Everybody stopped and watched us, it was the first dance we never meant to have and it was amazing! So much genuine happiness.
Advice for other couples
Stick to what is important to you. We left out a lot of things other people considered essential and did not miss them at all! On the other hand, we spent money on things other people may consider unnecessary. I chose not to have a bridal party and we didn’t need a custom white dress, a big cake or a videographer- amazing live (and local) music, great wine and food were more important. It meant we had a day that really reflected us. It may not have been a traditional wedding, but it was a great party.
Everybody we worked with was absolutely fantastic! My favourite vendor has be our celebrant who is my mum– she delivered an amazing ceremony that was so personal. I was worried that having my mum as our celebrant would make me cry even more, but it just made me feel even more loved and supported.
Photography: Through The Woods We Ran | Bouque: Fox and Rabbit | Invitation Design: Tortoise Belly | Envelopes DIY: Inky Co. | Letterpress by bride (Bree) | Reception: The Terrace Hotel | Favours DIY | Entertainment: Leah G Trio and Randa and the Soul Kingdom | Celebrant: Tonia Swetman | Bride Ring: House of Riches | Groom Ring: Solid Gold | Transport: Bride & Grooms own 1967 Mini Cooper S | Bridal Gown: Adrianna Papell | Veil: Kezani | Hairpiece & Earrings: Stephanie Browne purchased at Kezani | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Lingerie: Fig Leaves | Bouquet Locket: Antique locket – Bride’s own | Hair HAM Creative | Makeup Artist: Emma from Milla Makeup | Suit & Shoes: Ted Baker | Tie: Duchamp