27th Feb 2017

Steph & Andy

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The Big Question

After 7 years of long distance, where we had some pretty big distances to travel including commuting between London and Brisbane for two years, then rural Queensland with me working at the mines and driving 6 hours home on weekends to see Andy, we finally decided it was time to live together permanently. I quit my job and we moved back to Brisbane together.

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Two weeks later we flew to Townsville to visit my family, and while we were there, Andy suggested a bush walk on magnetic island. We climbed out on some rocks and Andy nervously got down on one knee, I was in shock, and I think I said ok! He had secretly wrapped a bottle of champagne in the backpack and even though it was hot we did not care, it was an amazing day! 

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Shop 'Til You Drop

I had no idea what style of dress I wanted, but I was very clear on one thing, it needed to have a great back! I went on my own to White Lily couture, and the minute I tried on Jo I knew it was the perfect dress. I Skyped my sister in New Zealand, who wisely advised to take my time in making a decision, I had only just started looking.

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I called her back half an hour later and she said, 'you bought it didn't you!' I had no regrets and when Georgie saw me in it on the day she confirmed I definitely bought the right dress! 

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The Perfect Day

It had been raining the day prior to the wedding and when the sun came out that morning I was so relieved. We were up in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and the rain brought out all of the greenery. I was very calm the morning of the wedding, but the minute I saw Andy standing in front of 50 of our closest family and friends I lost it.

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It is amazing how the emotions overcome you. We had a beautiful ceremony under the jacaranda tree on Spicer's Clovelly estate, which was followed by champagne and the cutting of our cake, the cheese tower! It was a huge success. We wanted to make the whole day relaxed and fun for people so we strategically had each moment at a different part of the estate.

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We got the speeches out of the way early, and then it was straight into a sit down one course meal of share roast platters! Each guest received a gift (gents received port and ladies received pashminas) with a personal quote. Andy and I spent many weekends pouring over quotes from all different sources, to find a unique quote that symbolised something we connected with on each person. The dance floor got started at 8:30pm, supported by our fantastic piano man, Graham Hobson, and we danced the night away. 

Wise Words

I am a massive stresser so for me the most important thing was minimising stress to enjoy the day. I went with my instinct on booking suppliers that I connected with, super relaxed and good at what they do and then I trusted in them to do what they do best! So make sure you are comfortable with your suppliers, they really do help make the day so easy. 

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Photographer: Photography by Bambi
Dress: Jo
Location: Spicer's Clovelly Estate
Stockist: White Lily Couture
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