With a glittering gown and golden details lighting up their day, Allyse and Josh’s elegant wedding couldn’t be dampened by rain! Their celebration was all about the experience, with lawn games during cocktail hour, candlelit dining and a fabulous sparkler exit.
“My best friend Sarah took me out to get my hair and makeup done and a massage, which seemed odd but also made sense as she was a photographer and convinced me we were doing a photo shoot that day. We ended up at a beautifully grassed hill with a path of sparklers leading to a canopy of lights that Josh had set up. He was waiting for me as it rained down on us. Sarah captured the moment and it was truly perfect!”
“We decorated the venue ourselves the day before the wedding, and I made our bouquets and button holes the night before. Our ceremony was styled simply with a draped arbour set in front of rows of wooden chairs. The garden was already beautifully decorated with quaint garden chairs, pot plants and festoon lights, so we really didn’t need to add too much. Our reception tables were dressed with light hessian runners, topped with greenery and gold painted bottles as candleholders.”
“While we were off getting photos, canapes were served in the garden. We had some games brought in for people to play while they mingled, including croquet, bocce and giant Jenga. I wish we could have experienced the food and fun during this time, but I’m glad we could put something on for our guests while we were away!”
“My dad picked our father-daughter dance song, ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. It was special to dance to a song that he’d carefully picked based on the emotion he felt towards the lyrics. It was a hopeful and uplifting song about love and promise and he created a moment I will never forget. Josh chose our first dance song, ‘Stand By Me’ by Ben E. King which was fun yet meaningful – if I ever hear it played somewhere, it has the best memories that go with it!”
1. It’s important to listen and take on advice from others who are trying to help, but it’s good to know what you want and do what’s right for you. You can get such great ideas from people’s suggestions, but you can’t be afraid to speak up when something isn’t ‘you’.
2. No matter what happens in the lead up, enjoy the day. The planning process can be stressful but once I got there, none of that mattered – it was all about the day and what was happening in the moment.
Location: New South Wales | Photography: Deezigner Images | Venue: Osteria Casuarina | Officiant: Pastor Mike Mulheran | Flowers & Stationery: DIY | Gown: Le-lujah Bridal | Bridesmaids: ASOS | Hair & Makeup: The Beauty Lineup | Suits: Roger David