Jessamy thought she was heading to the hardware store, but in reality Jon couldn’t wait any longer to give her the custom pink sapphire and diamond ring that had been months in the planning! His proposal in front of a vivid hinterland sunset was the beginning of another beautiful plan – their romantic gold and pink vintage wedding.
The Planning Experience
“I thoroughly enjoyed planning my wedding. I didn’t want to feel stressed about any aspect of it, but really soak up the experience – weddings are celebrations of a very precious promise, and I didn’t want that promise to ever fall away from the focus of my planning. I also enjoyed involving my friends and family as it meant that the wedding felt so intimate to Jon and I.”
“The ceremony was held in the rainforest and a burlap and lace runner was used for the aisle. We hung wisteria from a white timber arbour and made cones to hold rose petals for tossing when we were married. I also painted a C.S Lewis quote on the glass of an old timber window frame which leant against a tree.”
Styling The Girls
“For the bridesmaids we were in constant contact trying to find the perfect dress that wouldn’t blow budgets, but would look soft and beautiful. We finally found one at Review that looked gorgeous on all of them.”
“We collected flowers from the flower markets, and spent most of the day before the wedding doing all the bouquets, boutonnieres, table vases and a flower crown for my puppy. It was so much fun and so special to hold a bouquet that I made.”
Finding The Dress
“I spent a couple of days visiting many wedding dress boutiques with my mum. It was such a nice experience to share. I finally found ‘The One’ at White Lily Couture. It was fitted and elegant and all lace, and when I put it on I felt feminine and beautiful, so that was my decision made. I also chose a cathedral length veil with lace trim and scalloped edge.”
For The Boys
“Jon and I decided on dark blue as I love navy and pink together. We decided to have just Jon in a suit. The boys had patterned white shirts and blue pants with brown belts and shoes. It was fun and straightforward thanks to our loving bridal party who were happy to oblige with anything.”
“When I was finished getting ready and chatting to my dad and bridesmaids, we could faintly see guests arriving in the wedding garden. I couldn’t wait to see Jon. I was so giddy with excitement and nerves, but also felt very calm. My mother/daughter dance was a beautiful way to share a moment and a thank you with mum. The heartfelt and forever treasured words spoken throughout the day were also an absolute highlight.”
“Champagne gold sequin table runners, lace trimmed vases and crystal pieces donated by beautiful friends were used to decorate the tables. Family heirlooms were used as well, including my grandmother’s antique silver serving platters, and an old silver tea pot given to my grandparents and then passed on to my parents for their wedding presents. I also made place cards for each guest with a personal note thanking them for being present at our day.”
1. Weddings come and go, marriage is forever.
2. Being engaged and planning a wedding is such a delightful time, try not to miss the happiness because you’re caught up on the minor details. Enjoy every moment!
3. All you really need to get married is your husband to be, celebrant and loved ones. The other stuff is just very fun frills!
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Location: QLD | Photography: Casey Jane Photography | Film: Alexei Malko Films | Venue: Pethers Rainforest Retreat, Tamborine Mountain | Celebrant: Clarah Luxford | Gown: Pronovias from White Lily Couture | Bridesmaids: Review | Hair & Makeup: Bayly Allure | Suits: yd.