30 Jul Cat’s floral September wedding
1. Wedding date?6th September 2020
2. Wedding venue?Old Thorns
2a. Did your wedding plans change due to covid? If so what changed?Yes very much so! Our original wedding date was the 24th April 2020 but we obviously couldn’t go ahead then due to lockdown. So instead we postponed to September (thinking all this would be over by then… how wrong we were haha!). Due to the restrictions in place in September, we had lots of changes to our plans – our ceremony room was changed, our guest numbers had to be cut by half, our pre-wedding interview had to be conducted together (so Josh would’ve seen me in my dress without a ‘grand entrance’), and in the ceremony I wasn’t allowed to have my dad walk me down the aisle and we weren’t allowed personal vows. Plus masks had to be worn, dancing wasn’t allowed… the list goes on! But Josh and I both felt like we had waited long enough and just wanted to be married, so we went ahead and found different ways to make the day what we wanted! We live-streamed our ceremony so more people could join us virtually, added our personal vows into the speeches and had an intimate pre-ceremony ‘moment’ with just our parents, bridesmaids and groomsmen where my dad walked me down the aisle and Josh got to see me in my dress the way I’d always imagined – this actually ended up being one of my favourite parts of the day! As we couldn’t have dancing in the evening, we added in some games instead (like the Mr & Mrs shoe game) which were a lot of fun. While Covid meant we had to change pretty much all of our plans, we still had the most amazing, perfect day.
3. Wedding photographer & How did you choose your photographer?Our wedding photographer was the amazing Hannah of Hannah Lucy Photography. Hannah is actually Josh’s cousin and we both loved her photos so it was a no brainer that we had to have her photograph our day!
4. Wedding Flowers & did you choose your dress before your flowers?
Our flowers were supplied by the wonderful Micah (Mrs Bouquet Wedding and Events) who helped bring my dream
Pinterest wedding flower board to life. We had lots of eucalyptus with the biggest and most beautiful dusty pink roses I’ve ever seen. I did choose my dress before our flowers – it had floral aspects to it so I think the flowers complimented it really well.
5. Did you have a colour scheme or theme for your day?Our colour scheme was navy, dusty pink and silver which was one of the first things we picked when we started planning our wedding. And I’d say the theme was floral/rustic which worked beautifully with my dress and the venue. I designed our invitations and all the wedding signage so it was easy to have the perfect floral theme run throughout. And The Little Details Company handled all our wedding decor and they made our ceremony and reception rooms look truly beautiful.
The Dress6. Dress Designer?Justin Alexander – my dress was style 88048 in ivory. It’s THE most beautiful dress! Off the shoulder, a-line and covered in beautiful lace and floral appliqués.
7. Before visiting Creatiques did you have an idea of what style of gown you’d like? If so were you surprised by the gown you did choose?I was open to trying any style of dress but initially I had imagined myself in a light, flowy Grecian-style dress. However, that all changed when I attended a bridal show Creatiques put on. It was getting towards the end of the show when my dress made its appearance on the runway and it was just love at first site. It was completely different to the flowy dress I’d imagined but I loved everything about it – the style, shape, lace and all the details were absolutely perfect. When I had my Creatiques dress appointment a few months later, it was the first dress that I tried on and nothing else could compare to it in my eyes.
8. Overall how was your Creatiques experience?I loved my Creatiques experience! I didn’t really know where to start with wedding dress shopping but when I met Rob and Andrew at a wedding fayre I knew I had to start with them! They really looked after me and made sure I felt completely at ease throughout. I’m forever grateful that they helped me find my dream dress.
9. Highlight of your wedding day?This is a hard one as the whole day was just incredible! Getting to marry Josh was probably my biggest highlight. We’d been together 9 years and had been engaged and planning our wedding for 3 and a half years so to finally get to marry my best friend was a dream.
10. Did you have any special touches?We had a few nice little touches throughout the day like having photos of my late grandparents set up in the reception room so they could be part of the day. And I had a lovely brooch from my grandma attached to my flowers which was my ‘something blue’. Having our personal vows included in Josh’s speech was also really special.
11. Do you have any advice for bride’s planning their big day?The best bit of advice I was given (and I’d definitely recommend doing) is to schedule in a few minutes of alone time during the day for you and your partner so you can just be with each other and take in the fact that you’ve just got married! Also if anything doesn’t go to plan, don’t stress about it as it’s highly likely that no one else will notice. And just enjoy every second of it as the day goes by so quickly!
12. In hindsight, would you have done anything differently?No I don’t think we would have to be honest! Obviously it would have been nice to have been able to get married as we had originally planned but our day was just so special. Having a smaller group of people there made it much more intimate and we got to spend time with everyone without feeling rushed. Plus as it had been a rubbish time for everyone with lockdown etc, you could really feel the joy and happiness on the day. It ended up being better than we could have ever dreamed.