A proposal in Thailand and a wedding ceremony in Australia just steps from the beach, can you really ask for much more? And just look at the “Lu” gown against those lush greens. Oh yeah.. you’re going to want to hear all about Katie and Jonny’s big day.
X THE MEETING STORY
Over 10 years ago…. I briefly dated one of Jonny’s friends and from that we became friends. We would often see each other out and about and we were always the only ones on the dance floor doing hideous dancing… the chicken dance… the worm… sardine in a can (haha). One day my friends said to me “what is with you and Jonny” and his friends said to him “what is with you and Katie?” They put the idea in our heads and here we are years later!
X THE PROPOSAL
I surprised him with a holiday to Thailand and he surprised me by proposing when we were there! He had planned to propose on Phi Phi island (where the Beach with Leonardo DiCaprio was filmed (I love Leo),however, our tour just passed by there that day. He was very edgy all day wondering where he was going to do it. We ended up back at our resort enjoying some champagne, watching a magical sunset when I decided to go for a swim in our pool and….. whoops he had hidden the ring under the towel and I found it! He took that as his que and the rest is history! It was a HUGE surprise and PERFECT!
X THE VENUE
We held the ceremony on Flagstaff Hill, Wollongong Australia. Jonny’s parents use to go up there on dates when they first got together 47 years ago! We also choose there because obviously it’s a gorgeous backdrop but, so our guest and us could simply walk over to City Beach Function Centre for our reception immediately after.
X THE AESTHETIC
Fun, relaxed, beachy, boho and most of all a celebration of us!
X THE DRESS
The dress….. the dress… the dress! PERFECT! I wanted something not bridey, fun, relaxed, simple but beautiful! I honestly could not imagine a more perfect dress! Everyone said it was so me! The best compliment I could receive! The quality was perfect, the detail was amazing! I could just stare it it all day!
Book with a venue who knows what they are doing, book a photographer whose photos you love and let them do their thing!Don’t sweat the small stuff, no one is going to remember their name tags or what the menu was printed on. Have fun. Stop during the day. Take it in. Remember that everyone is there for you guys and that is pretty special and awesome!
X MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT
Katie: Our ceremony. The whole moment of arriving to leaving! We had a celebrant who made everyone laugh and cry and laugh and cry again. It was so us! And… I got to marry my best friend! (Also me braking my toe… at our reception… doing the worm.. in my wedding dress! I couldn’t forget that. I am still limping!)
Jonny: When we first got to the ceremony. Everyone was excited and I just kept thinking.. I’m about to marry my best friend and the love of my life! Also when we first got to the reception with all our family and friends
Photographer — Emma Hampton
Makeup — Amanie Beauty
Celebrant — Michael Bourke
Ceremony Set Up Team — Style My Aisle
Reception Venue — City Beach