Our story spans over 2 continents. Andy is from the Midwest of America and I’m from Sydney Australia.
We met while we were both on a ski vacation in Park City Utah. He walked into the bar, that I was at, with his buddy. As soon as he walked through the door I noticed him, he’s 6’4 and amazingly handsome. They stood at the end of the bar and ordered a drink then left to go to another area, I mean what was I going to do anyways? typical shy girl ‘nothing’!
Well the universe had other ideas for us… He walked back to the area that I was in and after a silly situation with the friends I was with (put it this way a smell appeared and they blamed it on me) I had to walk away, closer to where Andy was standing. He heard my accent and sparked up a conversation. I always say that he fell in love with my voice first. I was about to leave as it was snowing outside and I wanted first chair in the morning, he asked for my number and thought that we could catch up on the hill. After showing off to each other the next day with our skills and seeing who could out ski the other (never one to shy away from a competition) the rest is history.
Now how to make this work across 2 countries you ask? a lot of miles and a little bit of money. I was lucky enough to work for an international airline and fly to L.A 2 to 3 times a month. So with patience and coordination we managed to see each other once a month for the 2 years we dated. We both holidayed in respective countries and he even got to explore the world with me, while I would work he would sit in business class and have me serve him (I don’t at all see how that was fair) together we have had some amazing trips and adventures.
We traveled between the 2 countries a fair bit. On one of my trips to the U.S we went camping on the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan, it’s located on Lake superior and is breathtakingly beautiful. We spent just over a week hiking, biking, fishing and exploring, on the 2nd to last day he plucked up the courage. We woke in the morning and he had the idea to do one last hike to the top of his favorite ski mountain (Mount Bohemia). I was super reluctant as it looked like it was going to rain, but he talked me into it and off we went. Half way up it started to rain. His argument was that we would get wet walking down so lets just walk to the top (fair argument). The view was worth it!!
Then I climbed up onto the chair lift and pretended to be skiing off, I thought it would be funny. Next thing I know Andy is standing in front of me with a box, and in that box was a sparkly diamond. After the initial shock and surprise I said YES and then out of nowhere came a bottle of Dom Perignon that he had smuggled up in his camel back. Having forgot glasses we had to drink it out of the bottle (a very humbling experience) at the top of this gorgouse hill over looking an even more amazing lake. I was the happiest and luckiest girl in the world.
After an aweful 1st experience trying on dresses I was a little overwhelmed. I started looking online like crazy and typing in all the styles of dresses that I thought would suit my wedding and me. I ended up with something that I would have never thought I would have gone for, but it just worked perfect. When you know you know!
The dress is a Badgley Mischka lace dress with straps so I could wear a push up bra (always a bonus). It was slim fitting and was a heavy enough fabric not to pull or hang in the wrong areas.
The ceremony was on my mum’s deer farm. I wanted something very Australian so I could show off our beautiful country to all of our American guests. With 26 in total making the journey I gave the best of Australia I could give. The day was a warm and balmy 35c, there are 2 things you don’t want on your wedding day RAIN or EXCESSIVE HEAT! We made it work and even though after the ceremony we all felt like we should go for a swim to cool off we had photos to take.
Our ceremony was a blessing from the Catholic church, we had to get married back in America for visa reasons. Father Andrew blessed our marriage and the rings, so although it was Catholic the ceremony was a little shorter.
Again wanting to get the best out of the area that I grew up I really wanted to show case Australia. The reception was held a short 5 minute drive from the farm at Black Head Surf Life Saving Club. This SLSC has been renovated and looks right out over the beach. It’s a great venue and affordable as well. On the inside of the SSLC they have an old vintage row boat and buoys, I opted to keep it all uncovered to give everyone a little bit of the history of the club. I grew up a member of the SSLC so it was great to be able to showcase this.
We had 100 guests including kids. One thing you need to keep in mind is if you invite people expect them to come. I had 3 people who couldn’t make it out of the 103 we Invited.
The most memorable moment apart from the ‘I Do’ for us would have to be the speeches. So many emotions, happy and sad + laughing and crying. Everyone who spoke did an amazing job and we were extremely humbled.
Our caterer was Bent On Food. They’re from Wyngham and use all local food from around the area. Donna Carrier and her team are extremely resourceful and produce outstanding food.
• Bent on Food prawnand avocado cocktail – with house made seafood sauce, caviar, tomato, micro herbs and mescalin mix.
• Chicken Medallions – garlic, chilli, pickled ginger, coriander, macadamia nuts and cream cheese, wrapped with Rudi’s bacon and oven baked with an Asian inspired salad and mirin dressing.
• Peppered Scotch Fillet – slowly roasted local beef, smashed chats, panache of vegetables, red wine jus and Bent on Food Beetroot Relish.
• Tasmanian Salmon Fillet – resting in a salad of rice noodles, coriander, tomato, cucumber, baby green leaves, Spanish onion, sesame seeds and pine nuts with a mild coconut curry and lemon grass dressing.
Walked down the aisle to: Some where over the rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
First dance: Home – Edward Sharpe & The Msgnectic Zeros
The colour theme was pale blue and white. We chose those colours so that they would blend easily. I also used a lot of burlap to keep it natural and neutral.
Did you use a wedding planner for all or part of planning your wedding?
My mum is a florist and my sister is a beauty therapist so between the 2 of them I didn’t need a wedding planner. Looking back now though I probably would’ve got one just so they weren’t so stressed and could enjoy the day more.
We had a tight budget due to the fact that we had to travel from the US and had a 3 week holiday while we were in Australia. Also due to the fact that it was in OZ we had another reception in the US for the family members on Andy’s side that couldn’t make the journey out to Australia. So with keeping that in mind we spent on things that mattered and saved on areas that people wouldn’t remember.
All up including our travel, our wedding came in under $23,000. We went a little over, my advice for future brides is have a budget and stick to it but keep a certain % stashed for hidden costs.
Andy had his bucks party in Chicago with both his college buddies and work colleagues. They spent 2 nights drinking at Jazz bars and going to the football (American football).
My Hens night was in Sydney at Cafe Pacifico with my girlfriends and it was the funniest night I have had. I was adamant that I didn’t want to have to wear a veil or do any stupid games but my sister (maid of honor) found a funny one that I really had no choice but to do.
For anyone planning a hens, the best and funniest game is to have everyone bring a new clean pair of underpants and make the bride put them all on. give everyone a whistle and whenever they blow the whistle no matter where the bride to be is she has totake a pair off.
We had a weekin Port Douglas straight after the wedding with Andy’s family and friends. That was almost like our honeymoon but we’re planning on a ski trip to Argentina in August this year, which will be the official honeymoon.
Our photographer was the amazing and talented Thierry Boud’an. I looked all over for one that I liked and made my final decision after many phone calls and inquiries. Together Thierry and Jasmina are very professional and the communication was great. Being that I was in the US I relied mainly on emails and I always got a reply very quickly. I highly recommend him.
Planning a wedding from another country is a little daunting. I first played around with the idea of having the wedding in the Hunter Valley. After much deliberation and thought, I ended up with the decision to have it close to home. That way my mum and sister could help out whenever I needed them.
I used many different sources for help. The internet is a great source of information if you have time to sift through it. I also used wedding mags from both Australia and the US. Pinterest was also a big tool that I used to get ideas.
After Andy popped the question we had the enormous task of applying for a visa for me. After 9 months I finally got the go ahead and moved to be with him in May 2012. We had to get married with in 90 days of me arriving so our wedding was like a blessing and celebration. We are now back living in the States and are planning our next adventure 🙂
From Andy: I was pretty nervous the day of the wedding, so I was glad that it was really hot so I could blame the excessive sweating on the heat. 🙂 I tried to make sure my groomsmen were going to be in good shape for the wedding and had the rehearsal dinner on the Thursday night. Like the good mates that they are they just couldn’t have a down night while being on vacation in another country and got on it again Friday night. On Saturday, they were a bit dusty but were ready to go. I made sure we got to the ceremony 45 minutes early…where we had to stand in the blistering heat. Seeing that they were sweating it out and my nerves were elevated, we thought it would be a good idea to take the beers offered to us by the friendly Aussies. Little did I know the wedding would start late…same tradition we have in America. 🙂 So, we were a few Pure Blondes into it when we had to give back some of the liquid we were consuming. Half way through this, I got the call that Eliza was walking down the aisle. Beers flying, zippers zipping, and groomsmen sprinting I almost missed my Bride at the alter…all was good and it was the best day of my life!
My mum’s deer Farm
Black Head Surf Club
Bent On Food
Andrew Robinson (lockjaw productions)
vintage travel to the snow Event hire – Wedding and Event Hire By Blues
Home made chocolate
vintage plane tickets from etsy.com snowflake favors
clarks desert boots, white shirts with Khaki pants and suspenders.
mine is from Tiffany and Andy’s is from a local jeweller in Iowa
Snips hair studio
Australis resort Diamond Beach
My talented Sister