Photography by   Barefoot & Bearded

Photography by Barefoot & Bearded

Wedding Date: 3 November 2018

What was your wedding venue and why did you choose there?
The ceremony was held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Morpeth and the reception was held at Mindaribba House. 

Did you have a wedding theme/style?
We opted for a relaxed, country theme. The ceremony at the Church was very traditional, but for the remainder of our event, we wanted our guests to feel relaxed (which is why we choose our beautiful venue, Mindaribba House). 

How did you and your now Husband meet?
We met through mutual friends on a holiday on the North Coast, so it began as very much a holiday romance. We both laugh about it now, because it definitely wasn’t love at first sight when we first met, but we had so much fun together on that holiday. When we returned home, our relationship continued and grew stronger. 

What is your proposal story?
We were away for the weekend in Mollymook. Martin was so awkward and I knew he had plans to propose to me. He waited until I went to the bathroom and then jumped out and surprised me when I walked out by dropping to one knee. I still had wet hands and I got such a shock I started crying. He managed to catch me at the only moment I had my guard down that whole day.

How did you hear about Prea James Bridal?
I read a blog post about Prea James on Hello May and was instantly captured by the relaxed, modern and unique look of the wedding gowns. I knew I didn’t want to wear a traditional looking gown, but I had no idea exactly what I was looking for. I just knew that I wanted a beautiful dress that made me look like me.  

From where did you purchase your gown?
Bridal Atelier in Double Bay.

What do you love most about the gown? 
The gown was untraditional (as far as my mum was concerned!); however, it still had very traditional aspects, including beautiful ivory silk and a train at the back of the dress. I loved that the dress was unique, yet so classically beautiful at the same time. It is hard to describe, but it was the first dress I tried on where I felt like me but in a beautiful dress. 

Are there any special details about your wedding that you would like to share?
We didn’t want to do a first dance. Neither of us are very good dancers so we requested that everyone join us in our first dance to “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac. It was a beautiful moment – there was so much love in the room while everyone was up dancing with us (I am sure the champagne helped too!)

Were there any details that you (and friends and family) made yourselves?
I made all the menus, place card holders and wedding favours (which were little honey pots). My talented brother made the incredible rustic looking wishing well.

Finally, Do you have any words of wisdom for couples planning their big day?
Take a moment together, just the two of you, to appreciate the momentous occasion. Martin and I were able to watch the sunset together, it was my favourite moment over the whole day. 

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Wedding Vendors

Photographer: Barefoot & Bearded
Joel is excellent and we are so happy with natural, candid photos. These photos so accurately capture the happiness and love we felt on the day. He also made the whole experience so seamless for us.

Videographer: Tanya Phillips Creative

Hair & Makeup:            

Hair: Belinda Ward                                                                                                                  

Make-up: Chic Artistry

Caterer: Mason Restaurant (exclusive caterer to Mindaribba House)


Veil was Theia (petal veil)

Earrings by Christie Nicolaides (Tesoro)

Bridesmaids Dresses: Zimmerman

Groom & Groomsmen’s Suits: Country Road

Band/DJ: We Play Records
These guys are awesome! They had everyone up and dancing all night with perfectly timed songs.

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