Tony and I met at work 4 years ago. I worked at reception and Tony worked in the IT department. He had invited me to his housewarming party, which was later on cancelled. However he decided to have a few close friends for dinner and asked me if I would still like to come. I said yes, and we spent a wonderful night eating a delicious lasagne he had cooked, drinking wine and listening to music. We enjoyed each other's company so much that we haven't looked back since.
On the day that Tony proposed, he woke me up at 5:30am and put his laptop on my chest. A power point presentation began to play and it instructed me to pack quickly as we were going to a surprise location. We drove to the airport and flew to Sydney where we spent the day shopping and then went to the Centrepoint revolving restaurant for a lovely dinner. Just as we finished dessert, the waiters bought over a cake that had written in icing "will you marry me"? It was just the most romantic evening and of course I said yes! From that point, it took us 4 months to organise the wedding.
Our ceremony was held on the croquet lawn at Peppers Hidden Vale, in the Lockyer Valley. We chose Peppers for it's country style and charm. Quite a few of our guests chose to stay the night in one of the many cottages available. The girls and I arrived early in the morning to get ready and spent the day out on the balcony of the honeymoon suite with our hair and makeup lady, Amber Baird. It was a perfectly relaxing day. The view from the lawn during the ceremony was just as we imagined and we couldn't have asked for a more serene atmosphere.
Our celebrant, Vi Jorgensen was just the loveliest person. She really made our ceremony special. Our photographer, Marcus Bell, was completely unobtrusive and captured some fantastic shots.
Our reception was held in the restaurant at Peppers, where we had floating candles and rose petals scattered on the tables. This was the simplest part of our wedding to arrange. We drove out to Peppers before we were even seriously considering the venue, and after seeing them, no other venue compared.
At Peppers, we had a Latin/swing band playing in the corner which added to the festive mood in the room. The staff at handled everything perfectly, even replacing bread rolls which had been half eaten by children before the reception!!
The last part of our reception was dancing in the barn. We had hay bales with blankets for people to sit on, and everyone had a ball. I have never seen so many people constantly on the dance floor! Tony and I had choreographed a quick dance for the beginning of our bridal waltz and it really set the mood for the rest of the night. Two of our special friends finished off our night by playing a song just for us to dance to when everyone else had left the barn. It is a memory we will cherish forever.
If we had our time again I truly believe we would keep everything exactly the same. We had a fantastic day, and we believe our guests did also.
We had our honeymoon in Tasmania. We chose to drive ourselves around for 10 days and see as much of the state as we could. We picked out a few expensive hotels, but they were worth it and Cradle Mountain Lodge was one of these. From the roaring fire places, endless supply of activities and delicious food, we couldn't have found a more relaxing end to our honeymoon.