The proposal was a complete shock! I got home from work one day and he told me to pack my bags were going to Thailand in 3 hours for my 30th Birthday! Then a week into our trip he proposed by the beach which I was NOT expecting at all as the trip for my 30th was a surprise in itself!
As soon as we saw The Park we fell in love with it, not only can you get married and have the reception all in the one place, but the venue itself is breathtaking. The views of the city and Albert Park Lake are amazing even at our wedding when it was raining 90% of the time.
Every single staff member on our wedding night were incredible, we even had guests coming up to us telling us how attentive they were. The attention to detail was beyond words, staff were remembering what us and our guests were drinking making sure everyone felt comfortable and having a great time, it's the minor details like this that make a wedding worth remembering.
A few months leading up to the wedding I felt organised and in control but then as the wedding got closer it became more stressful. Wendy our Event Coordinator was our saint who kept us on track, relieved us from SO much stress, and was amazingly accommodating to anything we threw at her. She made us feel so comfortable and I honestly don't know what I would have done without her during this cruel time.
I found the dress after I went shopping with my mum one weekend. I tried on 10 -15 dresses and finally found out what style suited me best and even though it wasn't what I pictured in my head I loved the dress and felt so comfortable in it. I made minor adjustments by adding the off the shoulder sleeves 2 weeks before the wedding which I am so happy about!
Our Celebrant Lisa was great she assisted us with structuring our Western Ceremony, giving us tips such as what qualities are important to us which helped when writing our vows and readings.
As my husband is Indian we had a Hindu and Western ceremony at The Park (on the deck), we added a few things to personalize the day & night such as welcome refreshments before the ceremonies, a program on all seats for the Hindu ceremony, we had a DJ but included bongos to play along with the music which got everyone on the dance floor.
We had our first dance to Over and Over Again by Nathan Sykes .We chose it as we wanted something slow and meaningful and it’s a song we have both loved for a long time.
My advice to other couples out there, which I know has been said a million times is to savour every moment especially on your actual wedding day, it goes by so quickly and don't sweat the small stuff no one will notice but you. Before the wedding also take time for yourself, get a facial or massages leading up to the wedding, it helps get your mind off 'wedding stuff' and relaxes you at the same time.
· Gown: Pronovias
· Photographer: Dijana Risteska Photography
· Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Park
· Groom's Attire: Briggins
· Hair & Make-up: Rhilee Coghlan make-up & Pamela Sotiria Hair
· Cake: Kiara Wynn (Iddy Biddy Guests)
· Bridesmaids' outfits: ASOS
· Flowers & Floral Decorations: Rose from Ivy and Blooms Flowers
· Music: Top Dog
· Celebrant: Lisa Hunt Wotton
· First Night’s stay: Mercure Albert Park