Skye was voted Bride of the Year 2002, by members and guests of True Bride and wins $5,000 cash.
It was a strongly contested title, challenged right throughout the year by our many entrants each month. Skye entered the competition in December 2002, and was one of the two finalists from that month to make it to the finals held in April 2003.
In the end, Skye was up against 18 finalists, all of who put in an enormous effort to rally their friends, relatives and friends of friends gathering hundreds of votes. It was an intense and zealous final. Congratulations to all the finalists it was a fantastic effort.
"I am so thrilled. I still cannot believe that I won, nor can my family and friends! We did not have a honeymoon, only a couple of nights away. We can now have the overseas honeymoon we always dreamed of. We are so excited. " commented Skye.
I enjoy using the Internet, and spend some time on it for research, entertainment, inspiration (for my job) and the occasional online purchase. I came across True Bride and the competition when I was searching on the Internet for bridal related sites. I really enjoyed visiting the site, it was very helpful with all its planning tools and I found it very clean and easy to use. Not cluttered, like many other sites.
The competition was very exciting. The prize money of $5,000 was enticing. We did not have the honeymoon we had always dreamed of and thought this might be a way of achieving it. Although I was not convinced I would win, I felt I had a good chance, as the odds were reasonable. You just needed to put in the effort to get people to vote for you and at the same time hope others visiting the site would vote for you too.
The competition was also a way of allowing me to enjoy being a bride for that little bit longer. Your wedding is such a wonderful day and it goes so quickly, it is nice to have the opportunity to have the moment last just that little extra while.
Our family and friends were excited to see our photos and wedding story on line. It is a great way of sharing the day with people who could not be there and just sharing it with many other friends, locally, interstate and overseas.
I am so thrilled at having won I still cannot believe it. As it slowly sinks in, we will gather our thoughts and start to plan our European adventure. Paris, Italy and Spain are just a few of the destinations we want to visit.
Thanks to True Bride for giving us this opportunity. It is a great competition and I encourage others to enter. You can win, I did!!
Anthony and I met through work and flirted with each other for some time. After several months of this we finally got together at a staff function.
Anthony proposed on my birthday at Byron Bay, which is a very special place for us as this is where we had enjoyed our first holiday together. He took my parents and I out to dinner at the fabulous restaurant Rae's. I wasn't expecting him to ask me, as he had always said he would ask my dad for permission first, and I knew he had not done this yet.
Just before desert, I excused myself and headed off to powder my nose. Unbeknownst to me, he asked my parents then and there! They said yes, as my whole family really love him. When I returned to the table, still unawares, my father excused himself and moments after my mother too. I thought it was a little strange, but still had not realised.
With my parents away from the table, he then surprised me by proposing then and there, asking me to be his wife. I laughed, then cried and then cried some more, eventually screaming out YES! He was very relived!! Then my parents returned and everyone became extremely emotional. It was a magic night!
We had 12 months to organise our wedding which initially felt like we had all the time in the world, but slowly the months just crept by and before we knew it there was only a month to go and still so much to do. From selecting our ceremony and reception music, confirming all the numerous bookings we had made and actually writing our own wedding vows! Luckily our Celebrant, Pauline Faulkner, was very understanding, plus friends and family helped us out with lots of those little jobs, which lightened our load.
We had a romantic and relaxing garden wedding. Our ceremony was held late on a Friday afternoon in the Lion's Gate Lodge within Sydney's beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens. It was an intimate gathering of 65 guests, made up of family and close friends.
We selected a Friday for our wedding, as we wanted to achieve a relaxed cocktail party atmosphere rather than the more traditional formal 'Saturday wedding'. This way our guests got to take the whole day off work and had the entire weekend to recover from the celebrations, and boy did they need it!
We wrote our own vows to reflect our individuality and express what we felt was most important to us; our deep sense of friendship and love for one another. Tears were shed, joy was shared and there was plenty of giggling from the Bride and Groom!
Our Wedding Day Our reception was held in the evening at a nearby restaurant 'Pavilion on the Park'. We kicked the night off with drinks and delicious canapes served on the terrace. Everything was divine from the smoked salmon, tempura prawns, salt & pepper squid to the sushi and duck pancakes. This was followed by a lovely sit-down main course, more wine, the speeches, more champagne and then we were whisked onto the dance floor for our first dance to Brian Ferry's "Slave to Love".
It all went so very fast and is still to this day a wonderful wonderful blur. And this has nothing to do with the alcohol, as I seemed to be continually losing my glass, but more the intoxication of such an emotional unforgettable experience.
It was the perfect wedding everything we could have hoped and much more. The garden ceremony was relaxed and romantic. The reception was a foodies delight; everyone totally indulged and had a wonderful evening. It was the first time both our families had met so that was incredibly special. Even my grandfather Ted commented that it was the best night he'd had in 15 years!
For me, the two most memorable and precious moments were; sitting in the old wedding car feeling like a princess, with my beautiful mum, little sister, bridesmaid and my poor dad whose hand I was squeezing too tightly and then later at the ceremony looking into my sexy groom's teary eyes as we said our vows.
Instead of a Honeymoon, we decided to have what we called a Mini-Moon as Anthony's family had come from all over the world to be with us and we wanted to spend as much time as was possible with them before they left.
The Hunter Valley was the perfect choice. It was only a 2 hour drive and offered great wine, food and luxurious accommodation thanks to the Tower Lodge. We are planning our European adventure next year.
The best thing about our wedding was that all the intense planning paid off as nothing went wrong and everyone who was a part of our day haven't stopped raving that it was the most romantic and enjoyable wedding they have ever been too.
Bride of the Year 2002 - Wedding Suppliers
A big thank you is in order to the wedding
suppliers who helped make our day possible and who deserve recognition
as the 'wedding suppliers of the Bride of the Year 2002'.
Gowns & Dresses: Petal Bridal Couture
6 Williams Street, Paddington NSW 2021
Phone:02 9361 4427
Photography: David Oliver Photography
464 Pennant Hills, Sydney NSW 2120
Phone:02 9484 0448
1 McGrath Street, Caulfeld South Victoria 3162
Phone:03 9528 1413
Florists: Carla Florist
Shop 5 & 6, 49 Bay Street, Double Bay NSW 2028
Phone:03 9528 1413
Reception Venues: Pavilion on the Park
Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone:02 9232 1322
Celebrants: Pauline Fawkner JP
28 Bartlett Street, Summer Hill NSW 2130
Phone:02 9798 7785