W E D D I N G – 13th May 2017
I have never written a blog before, bare with me.
Dan and I have been together for 7 years. We have two children a boy and a girl,we live on the Ningaloo coast in WA, we have a brown Labrador and life is peachy – sorry folks no white picket fence.
In February 2016 after begging Dan for years to propose to me he finally gave in and pulled the most romantic of romantic proposals there is. We were camping and went off at low tide to a sand bank in the middle of a turquoise lagoon. He got on one knee while we were playing stacks on with the kids. I couldn’t believe he finally did it! I immediately started to think about the wedding, truth be told I didn’t have to start really thinking about it because I had been fantasising the day for years.
Dan is originally from Sydney and I am from Perth. We thought about having a small wedding however that went out the window quickly when the quest list started. To accommodate friends and family travelling we decided to get married in May. May is such a beautiful time of year here. Slightly cooler weather, Whale sharks, manta’s, turtle’s, sharks, surf and the wind direction all line up for a perfect holiday.
Knowing what I wanted and organizing it was easy. We have the luxury of living in a small town and knowing all the right people who also happen to be very good friends of ours. The big ticks for me for the wedding were great MUSIC. We had a local musician, Michael Triscari play at the ceremony and reception. Scrumptious FOOD. Local restaurant Adrift catered for us in a buffet style. Delicious CAKE. In our case we had a cheese tower from Say cheese towers OH MY!. Tasty BEER. Our friends at the local brewery in town Froth helped us source our favorite beer in kegs and it was served from a converted horse float. Beautiful STYLING. There was no other than our friend Amelia, what style she has. A thoughtful GIFT for guests. My friend Lu comes from a gorgeous farm in the chapman valley and they are bee keepers, her parents bottled up some honey for our guests to take home. Someone with an eye for PHOTOGRAPHY. Again another gorgeous friend of ours who shows her talent both underwater and on land, V from Blue Media Weddings.
Living in a somewhat remote area can make some things (first world problems) harder than one would like. I was lucky when it came to dressing Dan and his groomsmen.Dan asked his brother to be his best man, his Dad and his life long friend to stand by his side. I went on ASOS and managed to get their gear all at once. Matching our son proved easy and our little blonde babe was very easy to dress. Finding a dress that I liked was a lot harder than I anticipated. I had ordered three dresses by February 17 and none of them cut it. With the wedding fast approaching I was starting to get a little worried…just a little. We went on a family holiday to Bali at the end of Feb. I had done a little research for some boutiques there and I was hopeful that I would find something there. I scored !!! Dan took me on the scooter to a gorgeous French boutique, parked out the front, I went in and scanned the shop, picked one dress, tried it on and walked out 5 minutes later with my Wedding dress – WINNING! Finding shoes to match my big foot was a lot harder so I opted to not wear any. Choosing an outfit for my bridesmaids to wear was almost the most stressful part about my Wedding. I had my gorgeous sister my maid of honor, my bested friend that I have had since we were 5 (I was 31 when I got married) and the unforgettable Scottish women that walked into my life 8 years ago and I can’t get rid of . I originally suggested that they wear what ever they want, non matching, dress or skirt and top, floral, something they already had that they felt good in, sexy in. That back fired on me. My girls wanted more direction. I struggled with that. They are all so different and I knew it would be hard to please them all and I was right. After a lifetime of searching the internet we found a dress 5 weeks prior to the wedding and it was perfect. The dress came in many different styles and complimented each of them beautifully. We have 5 nieces and I asked them to be our flower girls along with our daughter. They each went with a style of dress, they didn’t match and man they looked cute! I had forgotten about flowers for them, my sister went into the bush while we were getting ready and bunched up a heap of wild ‘flowers’ for them. I later found out that they are not flowers in fact they are weeds and very disruptive.
Our guests didn’t arrive in the many until the day before. I liked that. Kept all my anxiety that had crept in to a minimal. I decided to sleep at home with Dan and the kids the night before the wedding. I too really enjoyed that. Waking up next to Dan in our bed the morning of was perfect for us. I cruised around and drank a lot of tea, showed some travelling guests local maps of where we were, had a shower and headed off to Mantaray’s where we got ready. I thought because we weren’t getting married until 4pm that I would have at least half the day to cruise around, maybe have a cheeky swim. I was very wrong. Hairdresser started at 9 and so did makeup – crazy!
Before I knew it it was 3pm. I had a couple champagne’s and a cocktail and danced around the room in my underwear with my mum, I was very excited all of a sudden and it really was happening. My friend arrived in the combi to take us to the lighthouse (ceremony) and off we went. She had decked the combi out with all sorts of bits and pieces. My favorite was the polaroid camera. Driving around the cape on route was beautiful. We had to pull over very close to the lighthouse, I had a nervous wee on the side of the road – couldn’t be helped. After that we cranked a bit of Womack and Womack and arrived. My mum walked me down the isle. My dad wasn’t available due to personal reasons and it was a no brainer to have my Mum. I did initially ask her if she would prefer to watch me come down the aisle or walk me, walking me won. I was so over whelmed when I was walking down the aisle. All I could see was our friends and family in one space all at once and just for us. Next thing I yelled out “hello every body” half way down. WOOPS. Seeing Dan standing there waiting for me and reaching him to hold his hands was magic. Our gorgeous friend was our celebrant, Bec’s first wedding – she was marvelous. We wrote our own vowels, Dan was a little funny and heart felt, I was so proud of him. It was over before I knew it. I wasn’t ready for the abundance of love and well wishes, I didn’t leave the top of the lighthouse until we left for photos. V and I had spoke of where we would like to go and they were perfect. When I arrived at the ceremony I was blown away. It looked magnificent. So very cool Amelia. The moon was rising, food was being had and speeches were being told. I snuck off and had a little kip not long after speeches while everyone danced the night away.
A lot of our guests said it was the best wedding they had been to. I think the atmosphere, smiles and love flowing was endless. The ceremony was heart felt and relaxed, people were boozing on and being fed well and plenty of. People were dancing on a water front posse having a good old fashioned good time. Dan, we nailed it! We couldn’t have done it without all of our friends and families support .
I wouldn’t change any thing. I would encourage every bride to be to ask for help. Don’t try and do it all alone and where ever you can pass the job on. The day goes far too quikly xxx