C3 Church, Dalkeith & Matilda Bay Restaurant, Crawley
“We selected the ceremony venue first, as it is our church. It is an old 1950s cinema, which also pays homage to my husband’s love of film.”
My husband (then fiancé) planned an elaborate proposal involving family and friends at Kings Park. I arrived at Kings Park under a guise of attending a family friend’s birthday with my best friend and was greeted by two friends from our previous workplace (where we met), a balloon and a man playing the guitar.
I was instructed to pop the balloon, which released a note. The note explained the importance of our workplace and “stage” of our relationship. From there I continued the scavenger hunt through Kings Park, finding family, friends, church friends, which all contributed to our successful relationship.
Lastly, I found him and the final balloon – the proposal. The entire process was secretly filmed and photographed. After I said “yes” we celebrated the engagement with food and drinks under the gazebo – my perfect and ideal proposal.
The ceremony venue was selected, as it is our Church. It is an old 1950s cinema, which pays homage to my husband’s love of film. It also allowed us to expand the guest list, set-up early and use a large screen and lighting to our advantage.
The reception venue was selected as I wanted a view to be the main ‘décor’, rather than having a ball-room blank canvas. I wanted the room to be filled with atmosphere and reflect our theme: classic, and timeless. The location also needed to be relatively close to guests, with adequate parking or taxi facilities as it was a priority for us to have our guests comfortable.
The Wedding Theme
Our theme was “Classic and Timeless”, with the colours white, blush pink and gold. I had friends who had very trendy weddings 10 years ago and cringe at some of their decisions, which influenced how we styled our day.
I wanted something that would not date, would reflect simplistic sophistication and something we would always be proud of. Our general style (clothing, home décor etc) is classic.
The dress needed to be classic, and I went shopping with an open mind. I dislike browsing, so I picked three dresses to try at Hobnob Bridal and selected the first dress I tried. I didn’t want to cloud my mind with a multitude of options, I had the “feeling” in that first dress and that was enough for me.
I adored the lace detail, hints of gold and the “off-white” colour. I wish I could wear it again! Hobnob Bridal staff were all encouraging and lovely, I felt incredibly beautiful and attended to.
There were many! We genuinely had a perfect day and I think it came down to our attitude. We had no expectations, and we let it go! I am highly organised and structured, so I like things to be perfect. I knew that would be an issue on the wedding day as things typically go wrong. So a month before, I started to let go of my day and focus on the joy. Everything went smoothly, we had the most carefree and joyous day and I put it down to that.
Also, a great memory was when the wedding party had a private cocktail hour before the reception (by the river). We could see the reception guests enjoying their time, but we were all able to relax, drink, eat and chat – it created a great atmosphere!
Advice to future bride
Plan! Too many couples will leave things too late, and it only adds stress. I had monthly planning goals of what I needed to get done. I had an overall goal of having all the major planning done by the 6-month mark and all the little logistics chores to the final 6-months (which I achieved).
This took a lot of pressure off and meant we enjoyed the planning than loathe it. As mentioned before, we let go of our wedding day. It will not be perfect, but it is about your attitude. We focussed on each other, and the guests who attended rather worrying about everything going to plan.
The last piece of advice is to start getting ready early, we started at 6 am (wedding at 3:30 pm) and we were able to relax, eat and drink – it was the most stress-free morning!
Photography: Davies Design & Photography | Cinematographer: Launch Film Productions | Florist: The Flower Girl Perth | Stationery: Minted | Ceremony Venue: C3 Church | Reception Venue: Matilda Bay Restaurant | Cake: Happy Cakes | Prop or Furniture Hire: WA Chair Hire | Rings: Sinclairs Jewellers | Transport: Awesome Limousines | Bridal gown: Hobnob Bridal | Robes / Getting Ready Tees: Bras N Things | Lingerie & Shoes: ASOS | Hair: Hair by Amy Sarah | Makeup: Milla Makeup | Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way | Bridesmaid gifts: Collette Hayman | Suit: Suits Formal Wear | Shirt, Suspenders, Bowtie & Shoes: ASOS | Barber/Grooming: Djess Hairstyling