This celebration was full of elegant touches. Real bride Alex reveals all about her classic wedding day…
How did you and your partner meet?
We met in Newcastle on Melbourne Cup day in 2007. We locked eyes as we passed each other outside a pub in the early afternoon – Troy was leaving the pub as I was just arriving. Troy came back to the pub about half an hour later to find me and ask me out to dinner.
How did Troy propose?
Troy popped the question in May 2015 while we were having lunch at Margan Estate in the Hunter Valley. We often go out for lunch on the weekend and I had organized this particular date, so had no inkling that Troy was going to propose – it was the best surprise ever!! He proposed just with a diamond and we picked the setting together the following week. After lunch, he surprised me again by taking me to my parents’ house where our immediate families were waiting for us for a mini celebration.
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I knew I wanted a slim-line style with a train. I chose the Pronovias ‘Vicenta’ gown because of its delicate features, including the lace detail and illusion neck-line, but it still had wow factor (like the low cut back and amazing train!). As soon as I tried it on I knew it was something special.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
I wanted classic styling, and the venue needed only minimal decorations given its spectacular views. I had envisioned a gold and white style, but added in navy blue to warm the palette on advice from my decorator and am so glad I did.
What was your favorite moment from the day?
Walking down the aisle with my father and seeing tears in Troy’s eyes (and most of the guests eyes!). It was a very special and unique moment.
Any DIY décor elements?
I made the name place cards and seating chart. I ordered the cards and chart from Zazzle to match my invitations and printed the names myself.
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Nothing – I was really happy with everything on the day.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Allow yourself plenty of time so that you can enjoy the process, give yourself plenty of options and not feel time pressured. (We had nearly two years to plan, which was good because we moved cities and both changed jobs during the first 12 months of our engagement, so that took a lot of our time). I would also recommend a wedding planner and decorator to take away any worries about set-up on the day.
Most importantly, take a moment on the day – even if only a minute – as a couple to cherish the moment and acknowledge you just got married!
Wedding Date: 12th February 2017
Dress: Pronovias (purchased from Marry Me Bridal, Mosman) – https://www.pronovias.com/int-en/
Makeup: Bianka Brunner Make-up artist
Hair: Alaine’s Hair
Shoes: Gianvito Rossi
Accessories: Samantha Wills Bridal – https://www.samanthawills.com/
Bridesmaids Dresses: Shona Joy
Grooms Suit: Rundle Tailoring – https://rundletailoring.com.au/
Photographer: Dreamlife Photos & Cinema – https://dreamlifewedding.com.au/
Cake: All Things Sweet by Carissa
Food: Shangri-La Hotel
Flowers: Flora Design by Maria Iuliano
Ceremony Venue: Heritage Plaza, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Reception Venue: Altitude Restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney
Wedding Feature: Giant Invitations – https://giantinvitations.com.au/
Celebrant: Nicky Surnicky (Marry Me Nicky)
Decorator: Divine Events
Bomboniere: Custom Favours
Entertainment: Impression DJs