I have been absent for a while now. But I have been busy. I got married! Here is a some photos from our amazing photographer, Ariana Gillrie. http://arianagillrie.com/ if you would like to share any of these photos on social media you can, however please do not add any filters or edit them other than cropping and please tag Ariana Gillrie in the comments. Thank you. x
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I grew up in Bundaberg, Qld and have always loved the beach. Adrien came from a small beach town in France and his favourite place while he was backpacking along the Australian east coast was Noosa. So the Sunshine Coast seemed like the perfect place to have our wedding. The original plan was to have the ceremony at Point Cartwright lookout and then bus the guests to Montville Village Hall for the reception. But then along came Cylone Marcia. The only thing I could think was “of course there is a cyclone for our wedding”, Adrien and I had spent 9 months apart while his visa was being processed so we already felt like our relationship had been tested enough. But a cyclone just made us laugh, what’s one more hurdle, if this is the worst we have to deal with in our marriage then life together will be amazing! It rained and rained and rained right up to the morning of the wedding. It was flooding everywhere and there were concerns that people wouldn’t make it up to Montville, as most of our guests were staying in Mooloolaba, some travelling from Brisbane the morning of the wedding. But it was all so calm. I have never worked with so many fantastic suppliers. Nothing was too much for these people. They all found a way of making it through the hot, sticky wet weather to make our day oh so special. Barefoot Brides altered their set up to suit the hall instead of the beach setting planned, Eric from Chauffeured Elegance drove the groom and best man up to Montville instead of the planned trip from Montville to the beach then come to collect us for the 100m trip so we didn’t get wet. Then was more than happy to drive us around for photos even if we were crazily standing out in the rain. Nothing fell apart, no one missed out, everything was perfect.
My mother has always been a crafty lady. And you could say I take after her. When I got engaged it was like automatic that we would be doing most of it ourselves. It’s how it’s always been. I have the vision and either my mum or I make it come to life. I work in the fashion industry so I was able to pick up some beautiful fabric on one of my trips to China and a friend, Rebecca created the pattern from my ideas and then my mum and Nan made the dress. My mum also made the wedding cake and the decorations for it with the help of her next door neighbours. It was like a community effort. A tattooist friend of mine painted the front of our wedding invitation, a friend of my mum’s grew succulents for us, I made my made of honours dress and the gifts for the guests, my sister-in law did the hair and a friend of mine who is a professional photographer did the photos.
Our photographer was amazing. She really saw my vision and achieved it and more. We wanted a tropical, festive wedding that was more a celebration than a formal wedding. She worked so hard through the crazy weather taking every opportunity we had to get some good shots. She really captured us and the day exactly how we felt. Looking at the photos makes us laugh and smile, even the outtakes of us getting soaked or someone running through with an umbrella.
Adrien was in France while most of the planning was happening. So I had a mood board that I constantly referred to keep on track. Like most guys, he was pretty easy going and happy with most of my suggestions and added a few of his own.
I look back now and think, I wouldn’t change a thing. Not even crazy cyclone Marcia. It brought us all together and brought out the best in everyone. It would have been so easy for someone to cancel or not show up but not one person did and that’s what made our day perfect. We felt so blessed that everyone was there with a smile on their face. I was told by so many people that rain on your wedding day is good luck, well I think we had the best of luck ever. x