How did you and your partner meet?
One day I shared quite a personal post about my past struggles, and things I have overcome in life to be where I am today. Chris read it and his heart said “I need to meet this girl!” He sent me such a lovely message the day he read the post, that melted my heart and we began to message daily. Over the course of a month we began to talk on the phone and eventually it became daily Facetime calls. My Dad worked on the same site as Chris and met him before I did; I still remember the day he phoned to give me his stamp of approval. We have been inseparable since the day we finally met in person.
Eventually we became social media friends, silently following each other on Instagram, with an occasional heart here or there for each other’s photographs.
How did he propose?
The proposal was at sunrise at Sealy Lookout in Coffs Harbour on Good Friday. It was followed by a weekend of romantic activities which included staying at the gorgeous Establishment Hotel in Sydney and watching Tash Sultana live.
What do you love most about your partner?
What I love most about Chris is unwavering faith that things will be okay, no matter the situation. He is steadfast, always. Life has thrown us some tricky curveballs, but he always has this big smile and this amazing confidence as he says “It’s all good!”
What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
To consciously choose to love and respect your partner daily, don’t let how you feel dictate how you treat each other.
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
My Aunty and I decided to meet in Melbourne for my birthday, I thought it would be the perfect time to look at wedding dresses.
So, I went straight to Google and typed in ‘Melbourne Wedding Dress’ as I scrolled through judging bridal boutiques by their names, there was a link for Anna Campbell, the tagline read ‘bohemian bridal’, just what I was looking for to suit our Wedstival themed day. Scrolling through the design gallery I found the dress from my Pinterest album! The ‘Sydney Dress’.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
To be honest we didn’t want anything to feel like a Wedding, initially, we both weren’t even interested in having a cake. It had to be outdoors and nature.
Any DIY décor elements?
We had a lovely antique dressing table set up with jars of glitter and face paint for guests to decorate themselves with during the reception.
What was your favorite moment from the day?
It was actually later in the evening, I stepped back and I saw all the glittery faces around me, every single one of our guests was smothered in glitter and I just smiled. It warmed my heart to see everyone had embraced our vision, however different and weird it was, everyone joined in and for two days they were free spirits with us.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Enjoy the wedding planning process, savor it. This is a time that really reveals you and your partner's ability to work together.
I was working on a remote mine site for 10 months of our planning period while Chris was traveling working/surfing in Chile and we still planned our perfect wedding.
Venue: The Woods Farm | Bridal gown: Anna Campbell | Bridal shoes: Windsor Smith | Bridal jewelry: Mimco | Groom's attire: Zara Man | Photographer: Nathan Lapham | Location: The Woods Farm | Entertainment: Mild Manic | Invitations: Giant Invitation | Florist: Lilies and Lace Weddings | Hair: Studio Luxe