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Proposal Stories From Bended Knee: Mitch + Hannah

by | Engagements, Groom


Ms Chevron

It’s a big moment in any man’s life – the moment he decides to ask his lady to be his wife. But, what exactly runs through his head in the lead up? I’ve caught up with some menfolk to spill the beans on their own proposal stories. Today Mitch shares his story of asking Hannah to marry him in tropical North Queensland:

Planning a proposal is HUGE – what initial ideas did you have about how you would propose?

I didn’t generally want to follow the same lead as other people I knew – I wanted it to be original and specific for Hannah and I.

I contemplated scuba-diving and writing it underwater on a board, setting up signs on beaches or tropical islands along with the typical romantic night out, however that didn’t particularly appeal to me.

How were you feeling leading up to the big question?

I was ok with the whole situation until the morning of Dec 15. I had planned it to be on that particular day, waiting on a break in the weather and so that morning we went to breakfast with friends. It wasn’t until then that I realised how nervous I was. I didn’t propose until around lunchtime, so those few hours were particularly tough.

Please spill on all the proposal details – we want to know how it played out, any hiccups along the way, and if she was surprised!

Hannah and I are lucky enough to do a lot of offshore fishing. She had identified an island with a beautiful beach and palm trees completely secluded and impossible to access without a boat. This was approximately 6 months prior to the engagement however I earmarked it as the place. That first day I made up an excuse that it looked too shallow and dangerous and we left it at that. This continued for a few months until she eventually conceded that we couldn’t access it.

I had packed champagne in the front of the boat the night before the proposal, however the rest of Dec 15 was a ‘normal’ day out on the water for us. We packed some lunch and snorkel gear and off we went. We snorkeled first and that was all I could think of. When we left the dive site I was so nervous and it was about a 15 minute trip to the secluded beach. When we eventually reached the beach, Hannah hopped off with some gear and by the time she turned around, I was down on one knee and thankfully she said yes!

Do you have any tips or advice for future grooms planning to propose?

Tips would be to do your research in regards to ring design and options available. Find out what she likes and don’t rush into anything. Stay away from retail stores because they are way overpriced and you can often get the same ring made for less than half the cost.

In terms of the proposal, try and find something unique and special for the two of you. I tell my friends that although it may not seem all that creative it was relevant and special for Hannah and I.

Hannah had no idea, I tried to keep everything as normal as I could to ensure that she was surprised. If I had have taken her out to a romantic dinner I think she would have expected it.

Scott and Mark’s Spectacular New Zealand Wedding

by | Groom, Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings,



Scott and Mark

The Proposal

We had been together since November 2002 when Mark proposed in December 2008 on White Island New Zealand which is an active volcano… he knows that I am fascinated by volcanoes. We were originally planning on marrying at Lake Louise Canada at the Fairmont but not many family or friends could come. So as soon as NZ passed marriage equality in 2013, we couldn’t wait to be married in the same country where the proposal occurred. We chose Queenstown as we love the snow capped mountains and lake setting which is similar to Lake Louise.

Wedding Theme

The colour theme was black, white and green. Because our venue backs on to the Remarkables Mountain range in Queenstown which features snow capped mountains and a rocky hillside with tussock grasses, we wanted to bring nature inside the venue but also add colour. As the grasses are varying colours of browns and oranges we wanted to bring green into the venue to brighten the venue and tables but also incorporate elements of nature so we included twig branches as centrepieces with hanging tea light candles. Moss balls and chrysanthemums were chosen for the base of the twig centrepieces. Orchids were chosen as our button holes and table decorations as my father and myself love orchids. Groomsmaid dresses were mint green to contrast with the mountain setting. Floral decorations including table, ceremomy and Groomsmaids flowers were a combination of white and green. We chose matching suits to signify our lives becoming one and the same and we kept that theme classic with plain black suits and tie and white shirts. All table linen was kept classic white as were the tables and chairs.

The Suits

We originally had a smaller budget and so bought cheaper suits to start with. But I was unhappy with them so convinced Mark that we needed to buy new ones so I would be happy on the day and not worrying how I looked (yes I was bridezilla). So we spent about 3 weekends unsuccessfully looking for new suits and then walking home from work one day I stopped into a shop to have a quick look and spotted the suit. Both Mark and I tried them on and instantly knew they were the ones. So already well over budget with the wedding, we decided to buy them anyway. They are from Messini in Pitt St Sydney.

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Our mums walking us down the aisle as they are very important to us. We also had a warming of the rings ceremony where our rings were passed around to our guests and they were to wish health and happiness or good thoughts into the rings before they returned to us so those wishes would be with us for always.

Favourite Moments

There are too many to choose from. But photographs on top of the Remarkables mountain range and landing by helicopter at our ceremony with our guests standing in a heart formation are a few! Just before landing was when it all seemed real and the nerves kicked in. Also during the reception our videographers took us outside in the dark on the pontoon and had us dancing on wine barrels just like our old days of dancing on podiums at clubs. This turned out to be a spectacular moment capturing the fog from our breath as we sat on the wine barrels looking at each other.

Also on the day of our wedding, our wedding planner was standing on the pontoon over the lake where our ceremony would take place, organising our guests into the heart formation, getting ready for us to land by helicopter. As the guests were not in complete formation she asked them all to take a step forward (at the same time demonstrating the move by taking a step backward). Unfortunately there was no more pontoon for her to step back onto and she fell into the lake with her iPhone in hand. Completely submerged she arose from the lake holding her phone in true wedding planner style. She dried herself off and was there waiting for us to land, dripping wet and freezing cold on a winters day and continued planning our wedding until dry clothes arrived for her.

What Does Marriage Mean to You?

It symbolises the completion and formal unification of our relationship in front of the most important people in our lives. Our family and friends! It is a basic human right that we wanted our family and friends to witness so they could see our unconditional love and commitment that we have for each other. Marriage is about compromise and not sweating the small things. If the answer to something is No, then just say YES. “If the answer is definitely no, then just say YES YES”. It’s about sharing your life completely with your partner and enjoying that time. It’s about spending time with your best friend and doing the things you love in life together. I’s about love and understanding and most of all good communication.


Use Pinterest to gather ideas and then create a board of your favourite ones. Choose your colour scheme and design and then use the services of a professional wedding planner. Either as a full package or just to get ideas from. As they plan weddings all the time they know what will work and what will not and are not shy about telling you if something will look ghastly. They also take the stress out of the big day, leaving you to focus on the most important thing. Marrying your partner stress free.

Film & Images by Sunshine Wedding Films

Ms Gingham says: One of my all time favourite places in this world is Queenstown. Stunning wedding, stunning images! Congratulations Scott and Mark!

Photographer: Rich Bayley Photography / Photographer: Andy Gock Photography / Other: Sunshine Wedding Films / Other: Messini / Other: Florsheim Shoes / Other: The Flower Room / Other: Avant GardeTitanium / Other: Brony Leigh Bridal / Groomsmen Attire: Connor / Other: Asos / Other: Jack’s Point, Queenstown / Other: Cherry Blossom Cakes / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Simply Perfect Weddings / DJ: Jay Moore, Queenstown DJ / Ceremony Officiant: Philippa Cook / Other: Heliworks / Other: The Hilton, Queenstown / Other: The Amazing Travelling Photobooth / Other: Professional Touring Queenstown

Daniel & Christine’s Sandy Feet Island Wedding

by | Groom, Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings,



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Our Wedding journey was a dream from the start from my buying the ring to standing at the altar taking the first look at my beautiful bride.

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After all the careful planning and preparation it’s funny which parts of the day really stick out once you have a chance to fully digest everything. The first time I saw Chrissy in her dress I choked back a few tears (of joy of course) as she looked even more beautiful than normal. The smile on her face is something that I will never forget, you could just tell she felt and looked like a million dollars.

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The ceremony flies by and I couldn’t tell you half of what I repeated on the day but I do remember making our vows to each other. Chrissy and I both decided we would write our own vows because there is something pretty special about making lifelong promises from the heart and receiving them in return. I was also very moved and touched by a personal reading from my older sister Stephanie. The words were so beautiful and had such meaning and they will always hold a special place in my heart.

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The setting was perfect, the ceremony was finished, now it was time to relax into the party. I have to admit standing at the end of the aisle having our guests come up to congratulate us was very overwhelming. I was lucky enough to have almost 30 friends and family travel to Australia from the UK as well as Chrissy’s family traveling from all over Australia. It was fun to watch the Anglos and the Aussies mix, swapping stories over a chilled glass of bubbly on the beach.

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Before I had a chance to sip my glass we were straight into the group Photo. Chrissy had the great idea of using mini beach balls as our makeshift confetti and I had the idea in my head to use the group shot with the beach balls as our signature shot, Our photographers on the day (Stradbroke Island Photography) captured the shot just how I pictured it in my head.

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We were so spoilt for choice regarding our photographs. Chrissy and I were so relaxed about the day we trusted their judgment (which as you can see was fully justified). The beauty of being on “Straddie” is that you can switch between different worlds very quickly, taking 5 steps off the beach put you in a wonderful mysterious forest of beautiful vines and luscious greenery.

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It’s pretty hard to describe how I felt around this time but I guess I was just so mesmerised by my Wife that everything just flowed I have to admit my eyes did not stray far from her all day.

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Ang and Stu were absolutely incredibly photographers. We weren’t one of those couples that planned our photos, locations and poses. As locals, we let them guide us on the best places to capture our special day, and boy they didn’t disappoint! They made us feel at ease, nothing felt forced and often we even forgot they were there. They captured every single moment of our special day perfectly and we are both in awe of the incredible photos they have given us. They are everything we could have asked for, without having to ask. They created a lifetime of memories for us.

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After all the fun and adventures that the photos were it was now time for our big entry. With a spring in our step and Pina colada in our hands we walked in to a rapturous welcome taking in not only the applause but the beautiful set up by Donna at Stradbroke Island Events. The flowers and candles on the table and the backdrop lights behind the bridal table were truly stunning and made the venue feel like a scene from a fairy tale.

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We were lucky enough to have an an incredible friend who is a graphic designer, who only too willingly put up her hand to help out with the stationery. We had lots of ideas, but a minimal budget, so this worked out perfectly. We were able to sit down with our friend Paula and outline exactly what we wanted, and she turned it around in no time, matching our invitations perfectly. Our particular favourites where the “Do Not Disturb” signs we made for guests to take home (because we were banking on some of our guests having killer hangovers the next day). Our guests also really appreciated the bathroom baskets we put together, which were complete with a cheeky poem.

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The food provided by Gordon and his catering team was spectacular. The spread was everything I had ever imaged when we discussed a “Beach BBQ” buffet menu and all my guests can say that they ate “Bugs” at a wedding.

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Now to the speeches, after some lovely words from my now father in law and a beautiful speech from the maid of honour it was down to me, I decided that I wouldn’t pre write a speech and lose myself in the moment, I guess looking back I probably should of at least had some notes but I still managed to thank everyone I needed to.

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Now the main event, I broke with tradition and had 2 “Best Men” when you grow up with 2 sisters my 2 best friends are like my brothers. They decided to do a combined speech and ended up putting me on trial for creating a fake Australian Identity. The speech was brilliant and would be fit for youtube!.

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After choosing our first song (Andy Williams – I Love You Baby) and attempting to practice, we quickly discovered we were working with four left feet. So, we secretly took lessons with Mark from Let’s Dance Co, and surprised our guests on the night with a specially choreographed routine. In the chaotic lead up to the wedding we missed out on time to practice, so we ran through the routine on the beach after photos had wrapped up, before we arrived at the reception. In this moment we were able to look into each other’s eyes, soak up everything around us and laugh at ourselves as we tripped over the dress and added to the layers of sand it had already accumulated.

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Looking back at the day from our sunbed down on the Gold Coast my wife and I were still riding the wave and now our attention turns to the honeymoon next year!

Images by Stradbroke Island Photography

Ms Gingham says: A spectacular looking wedding! Thanks to Daniel for sharing his day!

Photographer: Stradbroke Island Photography / Bride’s Dress: Sincerity Bridal / Bridal Salon: Sugar & Spice, Chermside / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Real flowers by Islabele Flowers (Lisa Lowe) / Bride’s Shoes: Pied A Terre, Seeka / Flowers & Decor: Islabele Flowers (Lisa Lowe) / Wedding Ring (Bride): Angus & Coote / Wedding Ring (Groom): Argyle Jewelers / Bridesmaid Dresses: Jadore, from A Formal Affair, Alderly / Groom’s Attire: Strictly Formal Suits, Milton / Groomsmen Attire: Strictly Formal Suits, Milton / Ceremony Venue: Home Beach, Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island / Ceremony Officiant: Sheryl Gotje +61 (0)430 429 615 / Reception Venue: Point Lookout Community Hall / Catering: Straddie Catering / Reception Stylist & Decor: Stradbroke Island Events / Cake Baker: The Cheesecake Shop Wynnum / Cake Topper: FloroMondo / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Stationery Graphic Designer: Paula Morphew / Hairstylist: Kobe’s Hair Art / Makeup Artist: Stradbroke Island Makeup (Emma Simms) / Music: Adam Dunn
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