A Cozy and Elegant Winter Wedding

Stacey and Michael met by happenstance, as most strangers do, but these two actually met at a wedding. 

"An old school friend of mine was marrying Michael’s cousin," Stacey says. "Michael’s sister had planned to set him up with another old school friend at the wedding, but when she introduced them the match was not meant to be and Michael and I ended up chatting for the most of the night. At the very end of the wedding I saw Michael striding over to me out of the corner of my eye and I was overcome with butterflies. He asked for my number and a date once we were both back in Sydney and the rest as they say is history."

How did Michael propose? 

Michael surprised me with a helicopter ride from Hamilton Island to Hayman Island where we spent the day relaxing by the pool at the One & Only resort. That night he organized a private dinner on the beach and he got down on one knee under a super moon with the waves lapping beside us and proposed. Funny side note: the super moon meant the tide came in a lot quicker
than expected and by the end of dinner we were basically sitting in the ocean! We then spent the rest of the week sailing around the Whitsundays and basking in engaged bliss!

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?

‘Winter Elegance’ – a roaring fire, a beautiful timber book barn, cozy and oozing with love.

Any DIY d├ęcor elements?

Our individual, personalized origami paper ‘fortune tellers’ designed, printed and folded by Michael and I were used as an all-in-one place setting, menu and message to guests. We painstakingly printed, cut out, and folded 150 individual origami pieces, but it was worth it to see the curiosity and delight on our guest’s faces when they opened and read them and realized we had made them all especially for each one of them.

We sourced vases of various shapes, sizes and colors (blue, crystal and gold) from variety stores and op shops for the table flowers and I made the table numbers from old classic-looking children’s books tied together in a bundle to create a holder for the table number. We also set up a photo booth table with Polaroid cameras, an album, and pens for guests to take photos and leave a note as a memory of the night.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?

Be true to yourselves and chip away at it every week ahead of the wedding. Do your research! There are plenty of DIY projects and fun things you can do together or with friends for the wedding that really give it a personal touch and will definitely save you a lot of money! If there is something you really want, be as inventive and creative as you can to achieve it.

As stressful as the wedding planning was sometimes, we were really happy in the end that we had planned the whole wedding ourselves. It meant that our wedding was a true representation of who we are as a couple. The whole day was everything we could have ever imagined and more!

Vendor Credits: 

Dress: Erin Clare 
Makeup: Nicky Lurie 
Hair: Hair by Louka 
Photographer: Milton Gan 
Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations 
Flowers: Flowers by Emma 
On The Day Wedding Stationery: B Wedding Invitations
Ceremony Venue: Bendooley Estate Gardens 
Reception Venue: Berkelouw Book Barn at Bendooley Estate
Band: Mike Champion and the Cool Cats

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