Steve and I met at the 'Desperate & Dateless' ball at The Exhibition Gardens in Melbourne on September 6th 2003. I had gone with a group of my friends and Steve was there with his. Our eyes crossed from opposite sides of the room and as soon as we set eyes on each other that was it. It was love at first sight. He came over and introduced himself to me and my friends. We talked and danced all night and before we knew it ... the night was almost over.
We spent the next month pretty much inseperable and we knew from the moment we met that we were meant to be together. One afternoon a month later Steve proposed. There was no hesitation in saying 'Yes', I loved him so. We then told our family and friends and the planning went full steam ahead.
We decided that there was no point in waiting to tie the knot so we decided to be married in March 2004, this gave us six months to get organised. We both had very similar wedding ideas of what we wanted for our special day, so this made it a little easier. We chose to have a formal style wedding with a pale pink, silver and lilac colour scheme.
We encountered a few disasters along the way, especially with bridesmaid dress fittings, hair & makeup trials. However, the dressmaker who made my gown was an absolute angel and made my dress fittings so enjoyable. The hardest thing to arrange would have been the table seating plan and trying to get the bridesmaids all together at the same time for dress fittings. The only disagreement we had was the cost of the dress, which was soon resolved when my mother and I told Steve it had nothing to do with him!
A really sad moment for us just before our wedding, was when my grandfather passed away, with his funeral being held just two days before Steve & I were to be married. We wish he had been able to share our joy, but it wasn't meant to be.
The day started at 6am when I awoke and had breakfast with my bridesmaids. At 9am we were at the hairdressers. By 1pm we were having lunch with my family and closest family friend who was so kind as to let us get ready at her house in Balwyn. During the day I was not nervous at all, I was calm and relaxed - I was more excited than anything. By 2.30pm the bridesmaids were dressed, the photographer had also arrived and then it was time to put on my wedding dress and I felt amazing. At 3.30pm George from Fleetwood Car Hire came to pick us up to take us to 'The Gables', in East Malvern to get married to the man who I love and adore.
As soon as the car got to the gate, my heart began fluttering. I squeezed my fathers hand tight, we then got out of the car and he and my mother then escorted me down the aisle to the music of a string quartet to be married to Steve. The ceremony was beautiful, we had decided that we would like to write our own personal vows which added extra meaning and we also had family members do readings during the ceremony with both sets of parents being a big inclusion during our ceremony. We then said "I Do" and we were husband and wife.
After the ceremony, there were photos galore and a wonderful reception to be had for all of our family and friends. The reception was also at 'The Gables' and was a sit down 4 course meal. Also following through the pale pink and silver theme. The chairs were decorated with white covers and lilac ties. The tables had fresh rose petals scattered across them and had silver candelabras as centre pieces. Our bridal waltz was to 'Thankyou' by Dido.
The day was just absolutely magical and everything went so well.
We had Steve's family come all the way from Mildura, relatives from both sides come from Interstate. Time just flew and then it was time to leave 'The Gables' and off to The Park Hyatt where we stayed for our first night as husband and wife. The day was just beautiful we wouldn't have changed anything for the world. It was perfect.
We honeymooned in Queensland for two weeks. We visited the theme parks and spent some very special time together. It was great and we have some very beautiful memories.
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