HOW WE MET: We
met at the Tyres Music Club Gippsland Victoria in June 2005. My
guitar teacher Tony Calabro had encouraged me to check out the performances
there so I went along. Soon after seating myself, I felt a 'tug'
on my long hair so naturally I turned around smiling at the playful
culprit, unbeknownst, my future husband! Nik introduced himself
during intermission and we chatted about music sharing our common
interests and passions. The following week Nik visited my guitar
teacher Tony to pass on his contact details with a view to jamming
with me. I was really impressed that Nik had managed to track me
down as we'd not previously exchanged our numbers. We began jamming
regularly, enjoying getting to know each other, developing a strong
friendship. Nik was an inspiration to me, his attitude was always
so positive and enthusiastic! Everything flowed when we were together
and so our musical duo was appropriately named "Kindred".
Our romance begun in October 2005, ignited with an amazingly passionate
first kiss. That was my life changing moment, I knew from then,
I would be with Nik forever!
THE PROPOSAL: Within two months
we were already discussing marriage, we were effectively "engaged
to be engaged"! In March 2006 we shopped together for my engagement
ring. Over the next four months, the ring nested safely in Nik's
possession whilst I was left pondering when and how he'd actually
propose! On July 19 2006, Nik invited all of our family and friends
along to our Flanagans gig. I was surprised and stunned when Nik
begun strumming his guitar singing these words to the song he'd
Baby, you know how I feel
The Love between us is more than real
Kindred, is how we describe
The feeling that makes us more than alive
And now, I sing this song to you
So that you know my feelings are true
The question, I know I've been slow
But now I'm ready and I'm gonna propose..
Will you marry me now?
And be my wife,
Will you marry me now?
Be my girl for my whole life
Marry me now, cause one plus one is better,
Please give me your vow, to love me for ever
My love for you, is stronger than ever
I will stay true, for the rest of my life
What ever we do, we do it together
Seeing it through, to the after life
PLANNING THE WEDDING: We decided
on an Adelaide wedding and allowed 15 months to plan our dream wedding.
The first thing we did was book our wedding celebrant Rob Thomas.
We then wrote out a list of potential Photographers, Videographers,
Venues and Decorators that appealed to us. Before setting our wedding
date we spent one week in Adelaide choosing and meeting our wedding
suppliers in person viewing their work and ensuring their suitability.
It was important to us to have wedding suppliers that "zigged
with our zag" who'd serve only our best interests with personalities
to compliment ours. I think this is a really important aspect which
couples tend to over look when planning their weddings. Finally
we designed and sent out our invitations along with our "Wedding
Newsletter" which detailed everything guests needed to know
(especially our interstate travelers), including accommodation,
maps and sightseeing ideas.
ON THE DAY: I got ready within
the beautiful heritage "Vale House" located alongside
the River Torrens. It's unique character was ideal for photographs.
I'm a Makeup Artist so I did my own makeup. Nik started the day
at his father's place in Marino. A silver limousine escorted me,
dad and the bridesmaids to the Adelaide Botanic Gardens for the
ceremony. My dad John Bremner accompanied me down the lush pink
and white rose petal carpet along the picturesque lakeside. Guests
enjoyed the sounds of a harp as they awaited my arrival seated on
Americana chairs with pink sashes.
I wore a one off Maggie Sottero strapless gown with a sweet heart
neck line, accented with pink and clear Swarovski crystals. My
gown featured pink organza over white satin which swept across my
waist creating a fluted side cascade, and a corset back.
We wrote our own ceremony and vows, incorporating a "sand
ceremony" in which our family participated, pouring pink and
white sand into our heart shaped decanter. Our guests later showered
us in celebration with pink and white rose petals. Post ceremony
refreshments were enjoyed in the Gardens and photographs were taken
before heading onto Henley Beach for further shots.
The song "I like the way you move" razzed our 66 cheering
guests as we bounced into our reception room at the National Wine
Centre which was beautifully decorated, white covers fitted to each
chair complete with pink sashes. The table centerpieces featured
a large Martini Glass with orchids and candles floating in baby
pink water. We made our own place cards which doubled as keepsake
bookmarks, they rested inside each wine glass. Our cake topper and
bombonierie were impressive miniature versions of us! We also had
wedding themed napkins and toilet paper! "Nik and Julianne"
trivia questions rested on each table with our MC revealing answers
through out the evening. Further entertainment was provided by a
Jazz Guitarist and Double Bass player followed by a performance
of our own song which we'd written together especially for our wedding!
We honeymooned in Cape Tribulation Queensland, Port Douglas and
Cairns concluding with a trip along the Great Ocean Road VIC. Our
wedding was incredible; I want to do it all over again!