Kurt and Bianca
Kurtis and I met in 2002, just as I was starting to properly understand and speak fluent English after moving over from Rio de Janeiro not long before. I can still feel the incredible emotion I felt when Kurt first told me he loved me on a New Year’s Eve, as the beautiful fireworks were going off in the sky and the clock struck midnight. With his finger, he traced the shape of a love heart on the palm of my hand whilst looking into my eyes. There are no words to really describe how that moment felt in my heart. What a mess I was the moment when Kurt proposed to me, 8 years after we met. There were so many happy tears, it was the most amazing feeling to know that the person I loved unconditionally, with all my heart, felt the exact same way about me. The excitement grew even more when I realised that this meant the rest of my family would all finally come over to Perth from Rio. I hadn’t seen my father, stepmother and brothers in years!
From the start I had a very clear vision for our wedding day and being an event and wedding planner myself really helped. We wanted to incorporate things about the two of us into the celebration such as our different backgrounds and, most importantly, we wanted all guests to know how important and special they all are to us. Together with my beautiful bridesmaids, I decided to stay at the Joondalup Resort the night before our wedding so we could all have breakfast and get ready together. We had so much fun the night before it was very hard to get to sleep!
My wedding dress was custom made and it was very meaningful and special to me as the vintage lace on the detachable train and on the bust area had actually been taken from my own mother’s wedding dress. With the left over lace, I asked the florist to tie it around my bouquet together with the rosary bead that I was given when I was a child. The cross I wore around my neck belonged to my great grandmother, which my mother had also worn on her wedding day.
Since I hadn’t seen my father in years due to the distance, my heart skipped a beat the moment he grabbed my arm to walk me down the aisle. And since my stepfather is like a second father to me, there was no doubt that he was going to join my dad and I to give me away to my husband-to-be.
After the ceremony our guests arrived for pre-dinner canapés and drinks at our stunning venue, Kings Park Function Centre , which had the most incredible views overlooking the city. From the start we were dead set on having our reception there to reflect our love for the beautiful city of Perth. We served Caipirinha cocktails, Brazil’s national cocktail, and each drink had a cocktail stick with a small Brazilian flag that I had spent my time putting together. As per Brazilian tradition, we had a dessert table full of mini tarts, chocolates and macaroons for the guests to help themselves to.
Each table was named after a special date or something very meaningful to Kurt and I, such as our favourite singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley and the location where he proposed to me, Dunsborough. Our florist, Natural Art Flowers by Rebecca Grace, also did an amazing job with keeping up with the colour theme for all the different arrangements we had on each table. We wanted to make sure that all the ladies had a great time on the dance floor, so as our gift to our guests we had personalised Havaianas thongs with a Rio de Janeiro/beach theme and with our names on them.
To complete the best day of my life, my new husband surprised me with his band by singing me the most beautiful song he had written for me, as well as my favourite song by one of my favourite artists. His best man also sang us a song which he had written for us especially for the night. By the end of it all I had totally run out of tears to cry!
This was and always will be, the best day of my whole entire life.
Photography by Brydon Dunstan / Videography by The Little Day Project
Ms Gingham says: A heartfelt and very romantic wedding this Easter Monday. Thanks to Bianca and Kurt for sharing their story with us.
Bianca says: “I am a 27 year old Wedding and Event Planner living in Perth. I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was told by a friend’s mother when I was a child that I would one day marry an Australian man. ”What is Australia?”, I wondered. Guess what happens next? A few years later just before I turned 15 my stepfather was offered an amazing job opportunity in Perth, Western Australia! So there I was, packing up my bags and remembering what that friend’s mother had said to me. I ended up meeting the love of my life within 2.5 years and 8 years later we were planning for what would be the best day of our lives; our wedding day.”