Bride of the Year 2014 - Winner

Connie Richardson, QLD

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Connie Richardson from QLD,
married 12 October 2014

BRIDE OF THE YEAR 2014

Bride of the Year 2014 - Winner

There were sixteen gorgeous finalists in the 2014 Bride of the Year Competition, True Bride's fourteenth annual competition. Each of the sixteen entrants had become finalists from hundreds of contestants throughout the year, each deserving a chance to win. But there can only be one winner and in the end Connie Richardson received the highest amount of votes, and was crowned 'Bride of the Year' 2014. Congratulations Connie!

Connie & Kyle's Wedding Story

Kyle & I both played hockey in the local Cairns competition (for different teams) and had mutual friends who introduced us to each other. When we first started talking to each other it was over the Internet, however once we got to know each other a bit better and met in person a few times it wasn’t long before we started 'dating.' We established that we had a lot in common and really enjoyed each other’s company.

After seven and a half years together we decided to buy our first home and planned to start saving for some travelling we were both keen to do. What I didn’t see coming though, was something Kyle had been planning for twelve months! He had taken on some extra work on Saturday’s to accumulate cash to buy me a ring.

Kyle took me out for dinner on Friday 20th September in to the Brisbane City, we finished dinner pretty quickly as I was tired from a long week at work however on our way home he pulled in to the Stamford Plaza. Kyle walked me to a room over looking the lit up story bridge where he had roses and candles scattered throughout the room - he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I was surprised and overwhelmed!! Of course I said YES!!

So on Friday 20th September 2013 we were officially engaged! Yeh!! Then the world wind started! We decided to get married in October 2014 and finally booked our venue in January 2014 so we had 10 months to arrange everything.

Bride of the Year 2014 - Connie Richardson Bride of the Year 2014 - Connie Richardson

 

Planning our wedding was one of the most exciting things I have ever done - whilst I had my moments of feeling stressed and overwhelmed I never lost sight of the excitement I had for our big day. We were fortunate enough to not experience too many setbacks. The hardest thing about planning our wedding was living in a different city to where we were getting married - however I am fortunate enough to have great family and friends on the ground who were able to help us out. The best part of planning our wedding was putting a child hood dream into reality - it was like a fairytale.

I must make mention of our very supportive and wonderful Bridal Party:-

  • Made of honour - my gorgeous little sister Elizabeth Hansgord
  • Bridesmaid - my best friend Teagan Slatcher
  • Bridesmaid - my new sister-in-law Jessica Richardson
  • Best Man - Kane Posselt, Kyles best mate
  • Groomsman - Aaron Spletter high school friend
  • Groomsman - Stuart Brown high school friend.
Bride of the Year 2014 - Connie Richardson Bride of the Year 2014 - Connie Richardson

Our day started pretty early in the morning, my bridesmaids and I got ready at an apartment we had rented (The Sea Temple Port Douglas), our makeup artist, Rachel arrived and started on our faces. Getting ready with the girls was a great part of the day, we relaxed, listened to music, drank smoothies and coffees. During the morning our gorgeous photographer Alison arrived and our videography, Trendy Jeanes. My adorable bridesmaid Teagan is a very talented hairdresser (Pulse Hair) she managed to do all of our hair for the day including her own. Our flowers were delivered right to our door by the gorgeous girls from 'Floral Edge,' they did an amazing job. The girls and I exchanged gifts; they were all given Mimco jewellery accessories to wear on the day and they showered me with perfume and gifts for the honeymoon. Kyle had also arranged for a gift to be delivered, reading his card made me very teary, he gave me a Tiffany and Co infinity bracelet.

The boys got ready together over a few beers and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon after they finished setting up a few things for the reception. Kyle gifted them with socks, sunnies and cuff links. I also delivered a gift for Kyle, which was a fob watch.

We left for the chapel at about 3.50pm, my pop drove the bridal car and Kyle's uncle Byran drove the bridesmaids (Prados) - the car ride to the chapel was the most nervous I have ever felt.

Our ceremony was held at St Mary's by the Sea Port Douglas. It was a beautiful chapel situated on the banks of a beautiful beach. The weather was perfect and sunny. I walked down the aisle to Ronan Keating, 'When you say nothing at all.' Our marriage celebrant was a family friend, Renee - she made the ceremony very personable. Our niece, Lacey (aged 6) surprised us with a reading that she did and we also had two of Kyle's cousins, Georgia (11) and Charlotte (10) do beautiful readings. We signed the register whilst Stevie Wonder's "Signed sealed delivered" was playing in the background.

Bride of the Year 2014 - Connie Richardson Bride of the Year 2014 - Connie Richardson

The ceremony lasted about 30 minutes - this was followed by family photos. The bridal party then travelled to a few off site locations for photos (which was a heap of fun) whilst the wedding guests enjoyed drinks and nibblers on the wharf of our reception venue. The bridal party arrived back to the reception at 6pm for a grand entrance to the song Happy by Pharell Williams. Our reception venue was beautifully decorated by The Vintage Hire Company - rustic/vintage theme that they executed perfectly.

We left the reception with a sparkler ceremony - our guests made an arch for us to leave walk under which was made with sparklers. James Blunt, Bon Fire Heart was playing in the background.

Our Reception was held at The Sugar Wharf Port Douglas - an older building situated over the water with a timber deck/wharf attached to it. We had a live band which was located on the wharf along with the dance floor, man made pallet bar, fairy lights, gift station and polaroid station. Inside the building was the bridal table and guests seating tables - these were decorated in a rustic/vintage style. The guests were gifted with a mason jar which they drank out of all night. The room also had our cake (Passion for cakes), buffet style dinner (Cairns Spit Roast) and Lollie Bar (a wedding gift from my two older sisters Georgie and Emmy).

The night started we a small introduction from our MC (Uncle Dave), followed by dinner, speeches, wedding cake/dessert, bridal dances, partying and flower/garter toss. Kyle and I had dance lessons, we had a heap of fun dancing to James Morrison 'I won't let you go,' the scene was set beautifully under the stars and fairy lights. I enjoyed a father-daughter dance with my dad to Guns n Roses, "Sweet Child of Mine." I thew the flower bouquet to Shania Twains, "Lets go girls' and Kyle threw my garter to Marvin Gayes "Sexual Healing."

The highlight of our wedding would easily be the surprise 'flash mob' dance that my little sister and made of honour Elizabeth initiated. During her made of Honour speech, Elizabeth directed all guests out on to the dance floor - little did we know, she had choreographed a dance routine - flash mob to Will I Am and Britney Spears, Scream and Shout, filmed her doing the dance and sent a CD to every wedding guests encouraging them to learn the dance. The wedding guests all successfully participated and performed the dance - 120 of our closest family and friends on the dance floor dancing to the same routine was breathtaking. Kyle and I had absolutely no idea - we were so overwhelmed and thankful to have such a beautiful and thoughtful sister.

The night went so quickly I wish our guests had another hour or so to party - Kyle and I left at about 11pm which worked well for us however I wish we arranged an after party venue for our guests to kick on.

The simplest thing was booking the ceremony and reception locations - they were the first venues we looked at and we fell in love. Booking these first meant we could book everything else in around it. The hardest thing was finalising the guest list - given we grew up in Far North Queensland, but were living in Brisbane we had a lot of friends and family that we would have loved to share our big day.

Bride of the Year 2014 - Connie Richardson Bride of the Year 2014 - Connie Richardson

 

We went to the Maldives for our Honeymoon. This was the most memorable and breathtaking experience; we were so happy with our decision to go straight on a honeymoon. It was such a nice balance of relaxing, eating, drinking and experiencing the culture. We stayed in an over water bungalow, went snorkeling and sun baking nearly every day.

One of the best decisions we made about our wedding day was having it filmed, we had so many little additions to our day that we are glad to have on film. We had the day filmed from the very beginning right through to the speeches and dancing. Receiving the DVD a few months after our wedding was so exciting.

 

Wedding Photography by Alison Jones Photography Cairns