Dress | Zavana Bridal Custom gown | Photographer | Lionel Tan Photography | Hair | Sophie Beddoes |

Makeup | Angela Crumpe | Flowers  | One Poppy Wedding Flowers | Venue | French Bay Yacht Club

Tell us a little about you and your partner, what you do,  how did you meet, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship… 

Josh and I met just over seven years ago at a bar. I work in management for an insurance company and Josh works in electrical wholesale. We were together briefly before realizing neither of us were at the right stages of our life to invest in each other. Our relationship isn’t a love story but it’s a real story and one that demonstrates my true belief that if you’re meant to be together, it will eventually fall into place. We found each other again in a coffee shop four and a half years ago where we caught up and quickly made a commitment that we wanted to be together. 

Josh and I are so different from each other but we just work. He is easy-going, sociable, and everything is water off a ducks back. I can be highly-strung, stubborn and easily stressed. We compliment each other, he helps me slow down, and I keep him driven to succeed in life. 

We are both a fan of a cafe breakfast so we spend our time looking for new cafes to try and also make a point to get outdoors together to make sure we keep fit and healthy. Our relationship is unique because we don’t take ourselves too seriously and accept every little thing about each other. 

Tell us about your special day, how did you choose the location? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details…

We only visited three locations and knew straight away that French Bay Yacht Club was for us. To start with, we never wanted to spend a lot of money and this venue allowed us to do everything ourselves to keep the cost down. Despite it being the best day of our lives, we were conscious of the fact that it’s only one day and we have so much we want to do in life. It fit perfectly for the amount of people we had (approximately 70) and had beautiful views over the ocean. I pictured an amazing bright pink pastel sunset and I was treated to exactly that so I knew that day must have been written in the stars. 

Our color scheme was white and gold and was very minimalist with fairy lights decorating the room as well as gold lanterns

I made all of the centerpieces myself which were photo frames of some of my favorite philosophical quotes that summarized my perspective of love and being in love. My favorite being “There may be more beautiful times but this one is ours.”

Tell us about your wedding dress and any tips you have for future brides….

I would encourage other brides to be open to the idea that their perfect dress might not be what they had in mind. I was adamant that I didn’t want a strapless dress but after trying on ten or so gowns, Adele encouraged me to try on one that I felt amazing in straight away and I was able to alter it slightly to add straps. My dress was a fit and flare style with a long train and we all knew straight away that was the one. 

I would also advise other brides not to bring too many people to your fitting. All those opinions can get overwhelming! 

What was the most memorable moment from the day?

The main one would have to be my younger brother doing such a good job of being our MC. He has had a lot of personal struggles in the past that seeing him have the courage to lead the course of events made me so proud. 

My mum also had me play a little trivia game on the day where I ended up getting little meaningful gifts that meant a lot. She printed off a photo of my late uncle that I tied around my bouquet so we knew he was there with us. I’m very blessed that I have the closest family in the world. 

I was also treated to the most beautiful pink and blue sunset that allowed us to get some amazing photos on the beach. 

Any advice you would like to share with other couple getting married?

Don’t get bogged down by tradition. We had a bridal party but we didn’t have a traditional bridal table as I never quite understood the concept of separating people who love each other at an event that should be all about love! At our bridal table we had the best man and maid of honour sit with their partners and ourselves at the front table and all other members of the bridal party were sat with their partners, they really appreciated this.