I can’t believe that our wedding was one year ago today! It simultaneously feels like forever ago and like it was only a few weeks ago! I thought since I haven’t really shared any of my wedding photos with you yet (other than the ones on my ‘about me‘ page), this would be the perfect opportunity to inundate you with photos!
When I wrote this post, it was so long with so many photos I decided to break it up into two posts. So Part One will cover the pre-wedding and ceremony and Part Two (tomorrow) will cover the photos and reception. They are still fairly photo heavy so you have been warned! That said, I hope you enjoy having a little peek at our wedding day!
Stu and I got married on 5 October 2013. We decided to get married in the little stone church in Bungendore (the town where we bought our home) for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it is gorgeous. Secondly, it’s close. And thirdly, and most importantly, we loved the idea of getting married somewhere that we walk past all the time. We love the thought of our (future) kids walking past the church we got married in to walk to school and for that church to be part of our lives for a long time.
My dress was a Wendy Makin lace dress which I bought from Brides of Manuka. I loved my dress. I wish I could wear it all the time! It was the third dress I tried on, at the first store I went to. I was so specific in what I was looking for: lace, not strapless, not backless, not too many layers. I did try on a dress with a lace bodice and a tulle bottom half, and it was fun for a couple of minutes but I knew it would annoy me after much longer as it was quite cumbersome! My dress was exactly what I wanted and I love how it looked!!
My cousin Nat did my makeup (Natalie Wolf Makeup Artistry). I loved having Nat there to do my makeup! She is incredible and I completely trusted her to do an amazing job (which she did). It was also so nice to have family around while I was getting ready. I loved my makeup for the wedding! I especially loved having false lashes. Those things are amazing!
We also had the photographers hanging around doing their thing while we were getting ready. Our photographers were Tomar Photography, or Tony and Marc as I know them (that’s them in the above photo)! Tony is my younger brothers best friend and I’ve known both Tony and Marc for years. They actually stayed at our house (along with my parents and brother) the night before the wedding. When they started their photography business a few years ago I knew I would use them for my wedding no matter when or where it would be. I love their style, its so unobtrusive and all the photos are so beautiful and not too staged. This kind of photography suited us as Stu hates having his photo taken!
While I got ready at our house, Stu got ready at his mums place just up the road. There was a car show on in Bungendore the day of our wedding so Stu and the boys went to check out the cars to kill some time. I think it helped keep him distracted and stopped him from getting overly nervous about the wedding! The cufflinks he wore belonged to his great-grandfather who shared his initials.
I made all the bouquets for the wedding and all the floral arrangements for the reception which was pretty fun and so nice to have that sense of accomplishment! I was a bit nervous about it as I had never done any kind of floral arranging before so I did a practice run about a month before the wedding. I was so happy with how they turned out and it saved us a lot of money (flowers are so expensive!).
I loved having so many of my family there on our wedding day. These are pictures of the first time my dad saw me in my dress, me with my parents and brother before the ceremony, my brother and I after the ceremony, and me with my mum and grandmother.
Our ceremony was so beautiful (I am totally biased of course!). There was lots of laughter and some tears, of happiness of course (from both of us!). When I got to the church our pastor (our friend James) came out to greet me and I was chatting to him before we went in and I said ‘he did show up, right?’ James really needs to work on his expressions! Apparently Stu said the same thing!!
I walked down the aisle to Real Love covered by Regina Spektor. It took me ages before I found the right song, and I loved the lyrics of this one. We did readings to each other that we chose ourselves and were a surprise to each other – hence the tears (I chose to read the letter that Robert Browning wrote to Elizabeth Barrett on their wedding day and Stuart wrote me a poem! Way to upstage me!!). We also wrote our own vows, which was so lovely and so meaningful. While we signed the register we had Stu’s sister sing Northern Wind by City and Colour with her husband playing acoustic guitar.
I’ll leave it here for Part One! Please check back tomorrow for Part Two, covering the photos and our lovely reception!