Heath had chosen me a beautiful
ring, not an engagement ring but one that he had bought in Fremantle
before he left. I had always said that I would like to wear my grandma’s
engagement ring when I got married. Lucky we were in England to
have it! I had promised my mum that I would take good care of it
and I promised that I wouldn’t change the setting of the ring.
It was just too beautiful to alter in any way. The only change we
made was to change it from Gold to Platinum.
Pretty much as soon as we got
back to Australia, the planning started!!!! Even though there was
over a year to wait as we had decided on Easter 2007, I couldn’t
wait any longer to start! My job in Administration was a perfect
place to organise a wedding!!!
The time flew past so fast and
after many smiles, tears, laughs, stresses and anxiety dreams our
big day came!!!!! My family and a few friends had made the big trip
over to Perth which was the most special thing ever. The night before
our special day, my 4 bridesmaids who consisted of my sister, my
two friends from Perth and my friend from home stayed with me so
there was a lot of chatting, a few drinks and nail polishing going
on! My nephew Sam was my page boy but he was with my other Sister
and would join the boys in the afternoon. The morning came so fast
and it was absolutely tipping down with rain!!! Weirdly though I
wasn’t even phased! I was too excited!!! A last minute marquee
was organised ‘just in case’ and the morning started.
Breakfast consisted of a bottle
of Moet and some croissants while waiting for the make-up and hair
ladies to arrive. The transformation was a wonderful sight! I was
going to be a bride! And I certainly looked like one! The morning
flew, the flowers had arrived which were absolutely gorgeous. My
bouquet was gorgeous pink tulips and my girls had beautiful cream
gerberas, then before we knew it, it was time to get my dress on!
The photographer had arrived and was taking photos of my bridesmaids
helping me get into my dress.
For our journey to the ceremony,
I had my mum and dad in the car with me and my girls in the car
behind. I felt like royalty and had a mixture of excitement and
nerves in my belly!! The closer we got, the more nervous I became!
I didn’t need to be though! Everything was perfect! The rain
had stopped and I could see Heath waiting for me! I still wasn’t
sure whether I was going to have my veil over my face, but the wind
made that decision for me! I decided it would be easier to have
The jazz duo started playing
“At Last” by Etta James, and I knew it was time for
me to walk! I was trying hard not to cry through my big smile! My
Mum and Dad walked me down the Aisle. I couldn’t have had
it any other way. Our ceremony was so special, fun and relaxed,
exactly how we had wanted it to be. Our celebrant made it so very
easy for us. She really was wonderful. There were a few giggles
when I forgot to repeat what Pamela the celebrant had said but that
just added to the atmosphere! I was in my own world! Our friend
Toni and my sister did the most beautiful readings which bought
tears to my bridesmaid Sally’s eyes! Bless!
We were pronounced husband and
wife! Again the smile just wouldn’t go away!! The kiss! Yay!!!
We were told to do it again by the photographer! Oh go on then!!
Heath and I had been taking dancing
lessons and thought while we were on the grass right on the banks
of a beautiful river we thought we would surprise our guests with
our first dance. The jazz due sang “My Baby Just Cares for
Me” by Nina Simone. We couldn’t stop laughing, the wind
had just gone up about 5 notches, but it was just perfect (in our
eyes!). It was so wonderful to be dancing with my new husband, trying
to remember our steps! Just as the dance was finishing the rain
started spitting, but there were two beautiful rainbows in the sky.
It was amazing.
Our reception was at Matilda
Bay restaurant which had the most magnificent view. The dinner was
beautiful and the service was fantastic. The speeches went down
without a hitch. Heath and I did one together and I think this was
the one thing I was extra nervous about but once we were up at the
microphone, the nerves went and we even got a few laughs!
Our entertainment for the night
was none other than the Mucky Duck Bush Band! For as long as I can
remember I have always wanted a bush dance when I got married!!
Luckily Heath thought it would be fun too. We just wanted something
that everyone would get up and dance to, whether young or old. The
first dance was for us, our bridal party and their partners! It
was lots of fun!
The night went so fast and before we knew it the arch had been formed
and we were running back and forth underneath! I didn’t want
to leave before everyone else! Our guests finally realised this
and started making their way home. My bridesmaid Sally and her husband
were our chauffeurs and drove us to our hotel and the rest shall
we say well……!!!
Waking up next to my HUSBAND
was so wonderful! Breakfast was yum and then back home to get packed
for our FAMILY honeymoon down south! We decided it would be fun
to take both sets of families down to a great spot in Dunsborough.
We didn’t want my family to come over from England and then
for us to jet off somewhere. So the next 4 days were spent with
everyone having fun in the sun! It certainly wasn’t romantic
but it was fun! Once everyone had left to go back home, Heath and
I spend a few nights down at Bunker Bay which was just magic. Plenty
of romance there!
My gorgeous dress and the bridesmaid’s
dresses were made by the hands of Denise Wright. The girls looked
so beautiful. She really is so very talented, a great woman to boot!
My trips up to the other end of the freeway were always fun! My
dress was absolutely perfect, I so want to wear it again!
My flowers, the girl’s flowers, the corsages and the button
holes were done by Vera from Paulik flowers. Vera was so very patient
and was full of ideas. The finished flowers were just beautiful!
Our hair and make up were done by Brigid and Linsi of Designing
Brides. I never imagined that I could look like this!!!! Thank you
We used Elysium Functions for our ceremony and reception, and everything
just looked perfect. They also came to the rescue with the marquee!
Our function coordinator was Melissa Turner from Matilda Bay Function
Centre. She really was wonderful and did an outstanding job in organising
everything. Nothing was too much for her, she was always there to
answer my questions!
Narelle Watson was our photographer. A very patient woman after
receiving about 100 emails from me! Her personality fitted so well
into our day, she is lots of fun! Our album is brilliant and would
never hesitate in recommending her to anyone. The boy’s suits
were from Formalwear Express. Their service was outstanding and
they were never too busy to help or to pop out with yet another
suit to try on! Our rings were from Ross Ezekiel and were absolutely
gorgeous. They also did a wonderful job of altering my grandma’s
engagement ring. Our cars were supplied by Absolutely Fabulous and
were absolutely beautiful, very classic and elegant.
Pamela Eaves was our celebrant, she is the most beautiful and caring
woman! Nothing was too much for her and on the day she just made
everything so simple, putting us at ease and enabling us to just
enjoy the ceremony without worry. Last but not least I want to thank
our family and friends. Without you all we could not have got through
all of this in one piece! Thank you for all your help, even the
smallest things didn’t go unnoticed. It was so very special
to have you all by our sides on our wedding day.