- 3 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
My husband and I got married in Canberra on Saturday 5th October 2013. It was a gorgeous day and I have enjoyed looking back on it through the photos of friends and of our wonderful photographer from Creative Image Photography. I cannot give him enough praise.
I was atwo shoe bride. As a dancer I wanted dancing shoes for the reception so I chose that for my something blue. Our wedding rings were custom made. My husband, a graphic designer by profession, designed his own: a ring that suits him perfectly. My ring was like my mothers, plain and delicate, but adjusted to fit around my engagemnt ring.
I never really thought about doing a DIY wedding but as a crafty person it just kind of happened. Like my mother and grandmother I made my own wedding dress and was still finishing it the day before the wedding. I finished my husbands cravat at 6am the day of the wedding.
I chose to wear flats for the day as I didn’t want to be tall, even though I am one of those weird people that is more comfortable in heels.
I had my hair done by my usual hair dresser TG’s Hair Studios and make up by Beauty by Penelope in the same venue. None of my girls or I do make up or hair regularly so getting a professional was far less stressful than trying to do it ourselves. The studio was only a 8 min drive from my parents house so it was easy to travel to and from.
We were married in Gold Creek Chapel, a gorgeous wedding dedicated chapel in a small tourist villiage north of Canberra. Gold Creek Villiage is one of my favourite places boasting a tea house I absolutely adore.
Contary to my own expectations (though not everyone elses) I was late. I am the kind of girl who beleives 5 minutes early is one time. But the bridesmaids dressed weren’t quite hemmed when we got back from the hair studio. Luckily for me I was in the “bride bubble” a special place where stress just doesn’t happen.
We were married by our church pastor.
Our friends from our church prayed for us and read the bible. My sister played the harp. My mother sang.
And we got married.
It was a wonderful intimate ceremony.
After the ceremony we rushed though family portraits while our guests had morning tea. I had forgotten to make a list of what we wanted so Steve our photographer to the rescue made sure all the basics were covered and he didn’t miss a single one.
Our first stop for photos was Aspen Island. I have always loved the spot. We also paused for a picnic lunch prepared by my sisters.
Next we dropped by Commonwealth Park to get the much craved tunnel photo and then headed to the Hyatt.
When my husband proposed I was very sick and we did not beleive I would make it through the whole wedding day without a sleep. So we planned a morning cermony and an early evening reception. About two months before the wedding I started getting rapidly better due to a new treatment plan. But even so, mnay of our guests with young children and those who suffer long term illnesses told us how much they appreciated the gap so I still pleased we did it.
The photographer left us and we went up to the lounge and ordered some pastries and tea and lounged around on the couch. My bridesmaids all had a nap and then helped me bustle up my dress (with saftey pins as I never got round to actually installing a bustle).
We had our reception at Ruby Chinese Restaraunt and again I sing their praises. They were wonderful, constantly going above expectations to make sure we had a great day. They were able to let us set up on Thursday. They were able to cater for complicated dietry requirements. And were able to sort out things that came up on the night.
My bridesmaids and I made a fruit cake for the wedding cake. We iced it the week before and I assembled it at the venue the day before. I was concerned it might fall over before the reception but it did not.
Instead of a traditional guestbook I cut out lots of butterflies and dragon for poeple to sign and pin onto a board that now hangs in our home.
My husband surprised me halfway through the reception, whipping out his guitar to serenade me in frount of the guests.
I wanted my bridemaids to have unique but cohesive dresses. When we found a pattern that had different backs for the same front we knew it was perfect. And luckily every girls first pick was different.
Even though the nutbush never made it onto the playlist I created (run through my brother-in-law’s PA system), my girls still managed to start the dance. The Time Warp also made it to the reception.
I truly thought I would be exhausted by the end of the day but my mother actually had to politley sneak up to me and remind me that we needed to leave so they could start packing up.
I loved every bit of our day and I can’t wait for the video.
Photographer: Creative Image Photography
Videographer: Grasshopper Media
Ceremony Venue: Gold Creek Chapel
Reception Venue: Ruby Chinese Restaraunt
Hair: TG’s Hair Studio
Make-up: Beauty by Penelope
Flowers: Just Fake It
Rings: Dimitries Jewellers