Ebay was also a
huge help, as this is where we bought the majority of our decorations
including bali flags, chair covers, table runners, tulle, tea candles,
fresh water pearls, white umbrellas and fairy lights. I even bought
my brand new Maggie Sottero wedding dress off ebay! As we lived
over 2,000kms away from our wedding venue all of our purchases were
posted to my parent’s house on a regular basis.
In the week leading up to the wedding we along
with our families transformed the Surf Life Saving Club function
room from an empty space into a magnificent white wonderland filled
with soft tulle and fairy lights and all of the magnificent floral
arrangements for the reception were created by my auntie.
The night before the wedding we held a rehearsal
on the beach, followed by dinner with our entire bridal party. It
was a fantastic opportunity to finalise everything, settle the nerves
and to enjoy such as special event.
I spent the night before the wedding at the Esplanade
Resort Penthouse along with my three bridesmaids (best friend and
my two sisters). In the morning the girls ran me a lovely bath with
roses, chocolates and a cup of tea. I then had seventeen of my closest
girlfriends, mum, mum’s best friends and my aunties around
for a champagne breakfast before we ducked off to the hairdresser.
Two of my close friends then did our make-up back at the penthouse
before we got dressed and travelled down to the ceremony.
A simple civil ceremony was held amongst the
sand dunes at the Main Beach Lakes Entrance in near perfect weather
with a backdrop of the front lake and the blue sea. The aisle was
lined with eight white bali flags streaming in the light breeze
and rose petals scattered on the sand. I was so excited walking
down the aisle with my Dad by my side to the song ‘At Last’
by Etta James. As soon as I saw Stephen I couldn’t keep my
eyes off him for the entire ceremony, everything else was a blur.
Our reception was held at Surf Life Saving Lakes
Entrance function rooms overlooking the beautiful Cunningham Arm
and township of Lakes Entrance.
For our honeymoon we had 10 amazing nights
at the Aquamarine Resort and Villa, Phuket, Thailand www.aquamarineresort.com.