Saturday, 4 August 2018

Ceremony – Mosman Art Gallery

How did you meet? Mike and I found each other on Tinder. Mike described himself as a 6″4 ladies man and his profile said I could earn bonus points for use later in the game if I spoke first So being competitive I did! We spoke for a few days before meeting up for coffee at a cafe in Glebe. By the end of our first date I knew Mike’s entire family history. His love for his family really made me want to see him again (even though I did not get a kiss at the end of the date) and the rest is history.

How did you get engaged?  It was a bit of a comedy of errors, but so perfect!

Mike had booked a helicopter ride over the city in the afternoon, followed by a nice romantic dinner at ARIA for the queen’s birthday long weekend (vivid was also on, which was a bonus). I didn’t have a clue that Mike was going to propose, since Mike had strategically indicated that he wouldn’t do that while Chris, Mike’s brother, was in California (where he lives). Mike had booked the helicopter ride through Red Balloon, who sent us to the wrong location. We were already running late and had no idea where we were supposed to be. Also, Red Balloon did not give us a number that we could call, so that helped. Fortunately, the helicopter company called Mike to ask how far away we were and directed us to the hangar. Mike was pretty stressed by this point. We got to the hangar and learned that we were going to be sharing the helicopter with another couple, who had requested to sit next to each other, which meant that Mike would have to sit in the front, while I sat next to them in the back. Not ideal, but the helicopter ride was fun and it was very romantic for the other couple.

Fast forward a bit to when we got home. We had a couple of hours before dinner, so we decided to put on a movie. Figuring that I would put on a rom-com and get into a romantic mood, Mike let me pick the movie. I chose “True Story” starring Jonah Hill and James Franco, which is the most unsettling movie that either of them have ever been in. The ending leaves you feeling insecure and uneasy. So that was the mood going into dinner…

We got ready and ordered an Uber from our Glebe apartment to ARIA in the city – usually a 15-20 minute drive. Our Uber rocked up at 7 pm for an 8pm reservation, which turned out to be appropriate, since he got lost twice on the way there due to road closures from the Vivid light display. He dropped us off on the wrong side of Circular Quay, meaning that we would have to wade through the massive crowd on the busiest day of the Vivid display. Also worth noting that Mike’s original intention was to propose outside the Opera House after dinner, which would be less romantic with an enormous crowd. Mike was stressed out of his mind by this point, and in his words “this could not have been going worse…”

And then, as we were walking through the crowd, it started to rain. We managed to get to the restaurant right on 8 pm, as the drizzle turned into a storm. Dinner was excellent, and Mike decided that he would propose between dinner and dessert. Once they cleared our plates from dinner, Mike started to tell me how much he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. Unfortunately, Aria had a really spectacular view of vivid, so I was not paying attention to Mike and was busy looking at the Vivid lights. Mike then got out of my chair and down on one knee, got the ring out of his pocket, and asked me to marry him. Mike says “she said yes, so it was all worth it”, and I couldn’t agree more.

How long did you spend planning your Wedding? We were engaged for about 14 months, but actually booked Orso for our reception only a week after we got engaged!

How would you describe your Big Day? Perfect, romantic, relaxed, and just so us. We were surrounded by our closest family and friends, which was so important to us. There was so much love in the room.

What was the highlight of your Day? Getting married to each other, followed by remembering and pulling off our first dance (after 20 private lessons!).

Do you have any suggestions for future Brides and Grooms?  Don’t sweat the small stuff, and take time for each other on the day. It is cliche to say, but it really does go so fast.

Also, try and tackle one wedding thing at a time – it makes is much less stressful if you plan it out stage by stage, rather then all at once.

  • Photographer:  Kevin Du – Images by Kevin Weddings
  • Videographers: Pipewolf Weddings
  • Florist: Belinda Wincote
  • Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia
  • Bridesmaids Dresses: Shona Joy
  • Grooms + Groomsmen’s attire: Groom: Montagio; Groomsmen: Ferrari Formal
  • Cake: Cakes and More
  • Entertainment:Ceremony: Joe Bourke, Hire a Pianist; Reception: Impressions DJ
  • Invitations + Stationery: Rachel Simpson
  • Celebrant/ MC: Gary Reilly, You May Kiss