This is such a stunning wedding! Bride Andrea shares the details of her elegant celebration, featuring lots of greenery, romantic details and a beautiful custom wedding gown…
How did you and your partner meet?
We first met from an Instagram story actually. My friend and I were out at breakfast and Johnny asked who I was in her story. We then got talking and met up in Sydney for a first date. We ate, laughed, danced and it was this day that made me fall for him. That saying of ‘when you know you know’ is true in my story because I just knew.
How did he propose?
This was a day I will never forget. We had been renovating our home for 6 months prior to the day he proposed. I was working in Melbourne and he was working in Brisbane, which is where our home was, so we were not only renovating but doing long distance. And yes, it was hard. We somehow made it work that on Christmas Day we would spend half a day with my family in Melbourne and then jump on a flight to spend the other half with his family in Brisbane. Somehow it worked. Little did I know that Johnny had plans of his own.
We had never spent a night in our new home, so on Christmas, we planned to have this one night together in OUR home. As I walked in at 11pm I couldn’t believe my eyes. I hadn’t seen our home after all the renovations, and there it was right in front of my face. As I walked down the corridor there were about 100 candles lit up everywhere. So romantic, right?! Our home looked like a movie. He told me that my Christmas present was behind the ball on the Christmas tree. When I had a look, and turned that ball around it said on it “Marry Me”. I instantly turned around in shock and there he was on his knee, holding a box with a ring in it, asking me the most important question of my life – in our beautiful new home. Well the rest is history.
My husband made my dreams came true and I have never been so sure of the word ‘yes’ ever in my life.
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I originally had a lot of trouble finding a dress as I knew it was going to be difficult to find something romantic, exotic and sexy. So it was about 2 months before the wedding and I actually dreamt of my dress. I woke up and drew it on a piece of paper so I wouldn’t forget what was in my dream. I then needed to transform this image in my head into real life, so instead of going wedding dress shopping, I went shopping for a designer to make my dream dress come to real life.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Something exotic, lots of greenery, with a Hampton’s/romantic vibe.
What was your favourite moment from the day?
Definitely the speeches. The whole day went so fast, but once we got to the speeches it was like we could finally breath and take it all in. The words, tears and moments that were shared during this time was unforgettable and just pure love. The words that were spoken on our special day will be with us forever and never forgotten. How lucky are we.
Any DIY décor elements?
Carmella Balbuziente (my amazing mother in law) made the Page Boy Pillow that holds our rings from scratch. What a talent
Where did you go on honeymoon?
Amalfi Coast, Greek Islands, Croatian Islands and Spain
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Breath and trust in yourself that you will be the most perfect version of you. Remember that you only get to do this once in your life so when time is going by quickly don’t forget to take a moment between your husband and yourself, away from everyone and cherish the feeling of bliss and unconditional love together. Life is just about to get even better as one.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Love each other to the deepest of your core and everything else will fall into place
Wedding Date: 22nd December, 2018
Wedding feature thanks to: Adorn Invitations
Wedding Invitations: Leigh Childs
Dress: Darb Bridal Couture
Makeup: Suzy Sela
Bridesmaids Dresses: Piink
Grooms Suit: Calibre
Cake: Eifel Tower
Flowers: Village Blooms Of Essendon
Photographer: Rick Liston
Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Star Of The Sea
Reception Venue: QuatQuatta