How did you meet?
We meet through a mutual friend in early high school but lived 4 hours from each other so kept in touch via phone. We would talk on the phone for hours on end. We both liked one another but because we were young and lived in different towns and would never see each other we just stayed friends. As we grew older we were still really close friends but I was living in Newcastle and Glen was living in Townsville. At 21 we were both single and decided that i would moved to Townsville to start studying and i would move in with Glen and some of his mates. 7 and a half years later and we are still together and have 2 gorgeous little girls.
How did he/she propose?’
We had just moved from Townsville to Newcastle to be closer to my family as we were expecting our first child. Glen had organised to take me to the Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas light spectacular and make a weekend of it and stay up at the vineyards but it was all a surprise to me. He had actually asked my dads permission to marry me and told him the plan to take me away for the weekend. After walking around the Gardens looking at the christmas lights Glen kept wanting to get photos in different spots (trying to choose the best spot to propose) but i was hungry and just wanted to eat so i wasn’t very interested in getting photos. Glen finally picked a spot and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, much to my surprise. I remember lots of people walking passed us and all i kept hearing was ‘awww he’s proposing!!’ and everyone staring at us.
Tell us about the wedding dress?
I was about 3 months pregnant with our 2nd child and remember thinking i really needed to find a dress before my belly got big, plus the wedding was only 10 months away. One of my friends and I went dress looking but I wasn’t thinking we were going to find anything straight away. We went to newcastle bridal house where i tried on around 8 dresses but i kept being drawn back to the first one and just kept staring at it..it was THE DRESS. Lucky for me it turned out to be the very first dress in the first shop that I went in to. The dress was made by an australian designer and had only just been released a few days prior so apparently i was the first one to purchase that particular style and the first one to wear it so it was very unique and special. It was a very nerve wracking wait as the dress didn’t arrive until late August and my alterations fitting was only 4 weeks after i gave birth and only 3 weeks before the wedding. It was It was an ivory lace gown with a white underlay. It had a sheer low back line with detailed lace edges and a train.
Tell us about the ceremony?
We decided the Hunter Valley Gardens was perfect for us as it was where we got engaged and we loved the garden surroundings. We chose The Lakes Walk Rotunda for our ceremony and had a couple of vintage props to decorate the area. We also had mason jars of flowers on the aisle chairs and a vintage style signing table. We wanted the natural beauty of the rotunda, trees, flowers and water to shine through so we opted for the ‘less is more’ theory with decorations. We had planned for our 2 daughters to be a part of the ceremony however our 6 week old was asleep in the pram so i decided not to disturb her. Our eldest daughter (2 and a half) walked down the aisle with one of the bridesmaids and was holding a sign ‘Daddy, here comes your bride’. When she realised everyone was watching her she covered her eyes so nobody could see her. The sign was a surprise to Glen and when he saw her walking down the aisle he got a little teary. Our girls had handmade matching outfits for the day. My dad and i walked down the aisle to the rotunda where he then ‘gave me away’ to Glen. My entrance song was “it feels like home” by Chantal Kreviazuk. I had a lump in my throat from the moment i arrived at the Gardens as everything started to feel real and i was trying not to get emotional. When we shared our vows and promises with each other, which we had written ourselves, i got very emotional and the tears started flowing. Our bridal party looked amazing and we were so happy to have our closest friends beside us as we got married. After the ceremony formalities we exited to the song ‘Im Yours’ by Jason Mraz. We then left to have our photos while the guests were taken to the sunken garden area for lawn games, drinks and canapés.
Tell us about the reception?
We decided to have the reception at the Hunter Valley Gardens as we had a lot of guests who were not local so having the entire wedding in the one spot really appealed to us. The ceiling was decorated with beautiful fairy lights and drapes. The bridal table back drop was vintage doors with edison globe lights strung along the doors. Our centrepieces were designed by myself. They featured 3 vintage hard cover books with table number and a mason jar of fresh flowers on top. I collected little jars and wrapped them in old music sheets and cut a heart symbol in them and placed a tea light candle inside. There were also heart shaped cut outs scattered around the centre piece. I hand made and tea stained all of our own menus and rolled them up like vintage scrolls and placed a ‘menu’ tag on them. I also made our own place cards which were hung over the corner of each chair. I tea stained and hand stamped them all with our guests names. We had a big light letters that read ‘LOVE’ which was placed on top of a lace tablecloth and mason jars of fresh flowers amongst it. We had a vintage suitcase as our wishing well, a vintage ladder and vintage typewriter as decorations near the wishing well. Our guest book as a glass jar with little tokens for our guests to write on instead of a traditional guest signing book. We had Crocq (solo singer) for our entertainment who was fantastic. So many of our guests have commented on him and said how amazing he was.
We entered the reception to the song of ‘On top of the world’ by Imagine Dragons. Glen was holding our eldest daughter as we walked in and when she heard everyone clapping she covered her ears and tried to hide from everyone, it was too cute. After the mains were finished the speeches started. Glen was the last person to speak and he surprised me and all of our guests with a slideshow of photos of us from over the years and our 2 daughters which was accompanied by a special song to us. It was a beautiful surprise. Once the speeches were finished we went out to the amphitheatre which was just outside where the reception was and had our first dance under the big light ball. Our bonbonnieres were engraved glass drink coaster and also a sparkler with a note attached saying ‘let love sparkle’ which everyone lit at the end of the night as Glen and I were walking out.
What was the most memorable moment?
There are way too many to pinpoint just 1 moment but a few of our most memorable moments would be
1. Seeing each other at the ends of the aisle and having my dad walk me down to the man of my dreams.
2. The moment we saw our 2 daughters in their matching dresses. Even though our youngest daughter was only 6 weeks old they both looked so beautiful and it melted our hearts having them be a part of our special day.
3. Walking into the reception – after just having some amazing photos taken with some stunning backdrops then walking into the reception for the first time as Mr & Mrs Perry whilst carrying our eldest daughter and having our loved ones cheering us on made us feel incredible.
Please list the menu and meal details:
-Chicken & olive mosaic with grilled haloumi, pear, walnuts and snow pea vine with saffron aioli
-Salt & pepper squid with pickled cucumber and asian salad with vietnamese dressing
-Fillet steak with sweet corn puree creme fraiche blini, truffle butter, green beans and red wine jus
-Herb crusted lamb rack with confit garlic and potato croquettes, vine ripened napoletana sauce and braised eschallots and rosemary jus
-Caramelised lemon tart with whipped vanilla bean cream and pistachio praline
-Semi-frozen chocolate and white rum parfait with chocolate biscotti, honeycomb and sour cherry compote
Songs played (walking down the aisle, leaving ceremony, first dance etc)?
walking down aisle – It feels like home (Chantal Kreviazuk)
leaving ceremony – Im Yours (Jason Mraz)
reception entrance – On top of the world (Imagine Dragons)
first dance – Loving you easy (Zac Brown Band)
father/daughter dance – Ill be your man (song for a daughter) (Zac Brown Band)
cake cutting – grow old with you (Adam Sandler)
bouquet toss – maneater (Nelly furtado)
garter toss – Sweat (inner circle)
What was your colour theme and colour palette if applicable?
We didn’t have a set colour theme or palette except for soft pastels. The bridesmaid dresses were a cream/blush colour and all of the flowers throughout the wedding were a mix of pinks, apricots and creams. The groomsmen were dressed in navy pants, white shirt, navy suspenders, with brown shoes and a brown belt. We had a ‘Vintage’ theme for the wedding which we brought together with props, our table centrepieces and decorations.
Did you use a wedding planner for all or part of planning your wedding?
No, we did all of the planning ourselves.
Did you have a budget and were you able to stick to it?
We didn’t have an exact budget but we knew how quick everything starts adding up and how easy is it to go overboard so we tried to do a lot of DIY stuff where we could and made sure we got at least 3 different quotes for things to see price variances and value for money.
What was the total cost of your wedding (excluding honeymoon)?
What did you do for your Hens & Bucks Parties?
Having a hens and bucks party for us was quite hard as Glen works away every second week and we had just moved into our new home in July and had our 2nd child in August so everything was quite full on in the lead up to the big day.
I had a breakfast organised for me with some friends then we went and had some pampering done.
Glen spent the day and night before the wedding with his mates and had a few drinks then a group of them went and played golf and had some laughs the morning of the wedding.
Where did/will you go on your Honeymoon & which travel agent did you book your honeymoon through:
We didn’t go on a honeymoon straight after the wedding as our baby was only 7 weeks old so we plan to go overseas later in the year.
Tell us about your Photographer / photos
We choose Thierry Boudan Photography. I had seen some of his photos in the Hunter Valley Wedding Planner magazine and absolutely loved his photos. He was our favourite pick so i emailed his wife Jasmina, who was lovely and extremely helpful, and set up a time to meet and discuss some details. We felt great when we met Thierry and knew he was the right photographer for us. He made us feel very comfortable, was very professional and we felt very privileged to have him with us on our special day. He helped us with a lot of the little things on the day and was very calming. We felt as if we had a friend photographing us not someone we barely knew. Jasmina contacted us when our photos were ready and set up a meeting for us to view them which was lovely. We can’t speak highly enough of Thierry and Jasmina and believe anyone who has them as part of their special day is very lucky.
Did you use ‘Your Hunter Valley Wedding Planner’ magazine and website, did you use other helpful websites and/or magazines and please list?
Yes, i purchased the Hunter Valley Wedding Planner magazine and used it quite a bit for getting ideas and different companies to get quotes of. We also used google searches for inspiration for a lot of our DIY stuff.
Did you or your guests have to travel to the Hunter Region for the wedding? If so, can you please provide details of where you and / or your guests had to travel from and where they stayed in the region (include actual motel/hotel names where possible).
Yes, a lot of our wedding guests were from across Australia so we contacted the 3 nearest accommodation places to the Hunter Valley Gardens to see what deals they could do for us and our guests. We also organised a shuttle bus for any of our Newcastle guests who wanted to return home that night. We had guests stay at Harrigans Irish Pub, Leisure Inn Pokolbin and Mecure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens. We went with Newcastle Limosines for our shuttle bus that collected some of our guests from 3 different locations and took them to the wedding and returned back to Newcastle at the end of the night.
Where possible, could you also provide details of any ‘tourist’ style activities you and/or your guests were able to fit in whilst visiting the area (e.g. wine tasting, tours, shopping, dining, exploring, etc).
As a lot of our guests weren’t from the area they decided to make the most of their time here and did wine tasting tours and some did their own exploring of the vineyards. Some guests played golf. A few of us got together the night before the wedding and had dinner at Harrigans Irish pub. The morning after, some of us went for breakfast at Petersons House.
WEDDING SUPPLIER DETAILS
The Lakes Rotunda Hunter Valley Gardens
Garden Terrace Hunter Valley Gardens
Hunter Valley Gardens
Themeing and Event Hire
Cupids Corner & Crab Apple Vintage
Exquisite Cakes by Lennert
Stationary and bonbonniere
Newcastle Bridal House
Wedding & Engagement Rings
Engagement- Tiffany and Co. Wedding- Whitakers Jewellers
Hair and Make up
Hair- Platinum Hair Warners Bay. Make up- Tarra Gow
Entertainment and Music Ceremony
Hunter Valley Gardens
Entertainment and Music Reception
Wedding Night Accomodation
Leisure Inn Pokolbin