We met, dancing away all night (with many drinks) at Tongue and Groove bar in Canberra City on a Friday night six years ago. Jesse was out with the boys for a farewell, and I was out with my girlfriend for a girl’s night out. We have never looked back since.
The ProposalIn March 2015, Jesse and I holidayed in Koh Samui with eight friends, all dining at a gorgeous beachside family-run cafe in blissful tropical warmth. He took me away from the group dinner early and brought me back to the resort. Once we were back in our beautiful plunge pool suite, he got down on one knee and said nervously “Will you be my wife?”, taking me completely and utterly by surprise. He had hidden the ring throughout the whole trip without me finding it!
The PlanningWe did all our own planning! Wedding planning for my friends and myself is one of our most favourite things to do. I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it and could easily do it over and over again! We even organised and made our own wedding favours. Jesse used a Neil Perry marshmallow recipe to make raspberry and passionfruit marshmallows, which were prepared two nights before, then cut and put into clear bags with custom printed labels and presented in a basket next to the wishing well and birdcage.
The Wedding DayMy bridesmaids (my 3 younger sisters) and I got ready first thing on the Saturday morning at my place, while Jesse got ready at a friend's place with the boys. At 12pm our brilliant photographer Andrew arrived. He was an absolute delight to work with and we could have shot together all day! He took us out to the Canberra Brickworks, Governor General's Drive and The Arboretum to take all of our stunning shots before we arrived at the ceremony at 5.30pm to see Jesse for the first time that day.
Our wedding day was truly magical and perfect. It was hot summer’s day with clear skies, great vibes and sharing pure excitement with all our loved ones.
The CeremonyFollowing an afternoon of fun and artistic photos with my bridesmaid sisters, we arrived at 5.30pm for the ceremony which took place in the large, private courtyard of the Ottoman Restaurant in front of 80 guests. As we walked down the red carpet, our dear uncle Geoff and best mate Ben played the piano and acoustic guitar in the romantic garden setting. Our guests loved our vows and said they were the funniest they’d ever heard! Both ceremony and reception were set inside the Ottoman Restaurant’s private courtyard garden, a purely charming and picturesque setting. The beautiful landscaped gardens and clear open skies provided the perfect backdrop for our dream wedding.
The ReceptionOur cocktail reception kicked off while we headed out to take photos around Old Parliament House and Barton. It was a spectacular warm evening under the stars which continued well into the night inside the Ottoman's private garden. Sparkling champagne, crisp, fresh beer and pale ale, and only the best wines were served to complement an outstanding cocktail of Turkish food.
The HoneymoonWe spent two amazing weeks in Perth, Fremantle and Margaret River, WA. It started off with three nights in Fremantle where we saw all the highlights of Perth city and Fremantle. Then we drove three hours in our hire car to Busselltown and Margaret River where we had a spectacular time going on private wine tours, endless wine tastings and chocolate tastings, eating gorgeous food and taking in an eternity of magnificent views and sunsets.
Wedding Advice ...Get every detail organised as much as you can as soon as you can. Don't leave anything to the last minute, time creeps up on you. I'm a freak organiser and even I felt that time was coming up so quickly. Plan every minute, especially the photo-shoot. That consumes a critical part of your day that you can never get back and if you have all the locations planned, you will get you dream photos :)
If I had my time again ...If I had my time over, I would have way more hours in the night to spend with my dear friends. It went by so quickly and before I knew it, it was midnight and time to leave the venue, but we had a kick butt after-party at the Breakfree Capital Tower in the Penthouse suite!