Chris proposed to me the day we put up our Christmas tree because it is one of my favorite days of the year. He placed my engagement ring on the tree branches when I was out the room. It really was a surprise and one of the best memories we re-live every time we put our tree up!

When choosing my dress I thought I had exactly what I wanted in my mind! I couldn’t have been more wrong! When I tried those styles on I just didn’t feel like a bride! Ella from Proposals was absolutely amazing and gave great advice and honest opinions. My best friend actually picked my dress out as she fell in love with it and as soon as I put it on I knew that was the one I wanted to wear to marry Chris!

Everything from then was pretty smooth sailing! We didn’t restrict ourselves to a theme or colour palette…we just wanted a country style wedding! The dresses for the bridesmaids were found by the girls and they loved the colour, length, style but most importantly that they had pockets!

The suits were an easy find with such brilliant staff at Astares too!

My specification to the florist was the vision of going into a meadow and scooping up a handful of flowers…! They were better than I could have dreamed of when they arrived the morning of the wedding!

The night before the wedding I stayed at my Parent-in-laws house with my mum and had a relaxing girlie evening and they even took me for a surprise massage at the local spa! This was an amazing way to spend the night before the wedding and I actually slept like a log until my mum woke me with a coffee the morning of my wedding! I have such fond memories of the morning with all my girls getting ready.

Jazz, my hair stylist, is my sister-in-law and Kim, the make-up stylist, fit in like one of the gang! It was relaxed, full of giggles, music and excitement! We allowed ourselves plenty of time and I didn’t feel rushed at all. My dad arrived and we had a few photographs in the garden before everyone setting off to the venue. Our main aim for our day was for us and our guests to have a relaxing, enjoyable and memorable day.

We had a small wedding with 40 of our closest family and friends in the beautiful setting of Three Choirs Vineyard. The weather was beautiful and we were able to have our dream to get married outside which is one of the reasons we chose the venue. Our personal touches included myself and the bridesmaids decorating all the candle and flower jars for the venue and also the wine bottles for the center pieces. We had a very close friend write our seating plan, place names and favors and another close friend co-coordinating all the decoration the morning of the wedding. My mum took on the project of selecting hundreds of childhood photographs of us both to display as bunting around the venue too. We wanted the personal touch and to involve as many of our family and friend’s talents as we could. I even got my class of 8 year old’s to make heart shaped bunting with little messages on for the back of the chairs during the ceremony!

Our best memory of the day was everyone enjoying themselves, be it eating the delicious food, playing with the games, looking at our childhood photos or dancing to the band. Whenever people talk about our wedding they always mention the smiles that were permanently on mine and Chris’ faces all through the day. It really was the most fantastic day!

Our advice to newly engaged couples would be to go with what YOU want! Of course others will offer their opinions (wanted or unwanted!) but this is your day so make it all about you. Don’t lose sight of why you are getting married and don’t get caught up in all the additions and options you can have…sometimes less is more!

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