Gilles & Catherine Clarisse,
Married Saturday, 17 March 2007

Escalator Proposal

Wedding Stories

Wedding Stories

Wedding Stories

Wedding Stories

Wedding Stories

Wedding Stories

Well it all sounds a little outdated with modern technology and internet dating, but my husband Gilles and I met at a local Nightclub on the 8th June 2002. He migrated to Australia when he was 5 from Mauritius and was studying at Ballarat University. I was 18 years old and fresh out of school. We hit it off instantly and were living together within 6 weeks.

After 18 months of being girlfriend and boyfriend things felt perfect. Gilles and I spent a romantic weekend in Melbourne to celebrate Valentines Day, but instead of the proposal taking place at dinner or on a picnic, it happened on the escalator at Myer in the perfume department. A quick "will you" followed by an "ok" from me and before you knew it we on out way to Michael Hill to pick a ring. Not the most romantic of proposals, but hey I wasn't about to say no!

There was a 3 year break between the engagement and the wedding. I was only 19 when we got engaged and we wanted to make sure it was the right decision.

The planning went very well. We really didn't have to do much running around, which was great since we live in Ballarat! We found the dress and the bridesmaid?s dresses in one day in the same store. The reception venue, cake provider, florist and band were all the only ones we checked out.

The photography and the Videography, were the hardest to select. They are a very big financial chunk of the wedding, and the travelling to Melbourne to meet with each one was quite hard. You never really knew if you had picked the right one and this was stressful. In the end we selected our videographer who recommended the photographer to us. Luckily we got it right!

The day was typically Melbourne. Fresh but sunny, threatening rain in the morning then giving us bright sunshine and wind for the afternoon. The evening was still and quiet, perfect for the horse and carriage ride departure. We were both pretty calm throughout the day, me especially. Gilles I am told was a little nervous. The entire day ran smoothly, apart from the occasional drunk St Patrick's day green person on the way to our photo shoot!

The ceremony was simple. It was held in the Atrium at the Rendezvous Hotel. No readings by family, everything read by the celebrant. It was 15 minutes maximum, with 3 songs. I walked down the aisle to "all in the way" by Mr Friend the Chocolate cake, signed the register to Elton John's "Your Song" and then walked down the aisle to "All my Loving" by the Beatles.

Our reception could be described as, very creamy and vanilla like. I had over 80 vanilla candles burning as well as hand made place cards and bomboniere on all the tables. I had selected all the music. If I had my time again, I would remember to enjoy myself more and not forget to buy the guest book! I'd also practice dancing in a longer dress, as out choreographer dance didn't work because of my train.

The reception went from being very formal to being very Mauritian. My husband was soon being carried on the shoulders of his family to the sounds of Sega music.

Our horse and carriage ride was the absolute highlight! People walking down the street and our 110 guests gathered to wave us goodbye on the footpath. It was magical leaving the reception like that and really completed the day.

For our honeymoon we went to Thailand, spending some time in Bangkok and Phuket. We can?t wait to go back again - it was romantic and the shopping was amazing!

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