Krystal and Greg’s Relaxed Engagement Party

Greg and Krystal

Greg and I met on the Central Coast at a mutual friends 16th birthday party in 2010.

We were holidaying on Hayman Island when Greg popped the question. He is a big planner when it comes to holidays so I didn’t suspect a thing when he booked a romantic day trip filled with snorkeling, whale watching, and champagne. I had no idea he had planned the whole thing, I was completely oblivious. Greg asked me to marry him during a private picnic on Whitehaven Beach. To say I was thrilled would be an understatement.

Marriage means Love, friendship, trust and support. Finding that perfect person that you love waking up to everyday – someone who makes you laugh, someone who encourages you to be exactly who you are & someone you want to share the adventure of life with.

We had our engagement party at a private residence at Pearl Beach on The Central Coast. We wanted our Engagement to be small and intimate and what better way to celebrate than a house filled with your loved ones.

My wonderful and very talented friend Elle Green was our photographer. On the day she mingled with guests and captured such breath taking moments. Elle went the extra mile and took the time to explore the nearby area to find different locations for the photos, capturing some magical moments. We are both so thankful to have had Elle photograph our day and just love our photos.

Greg and I did all the decorations ourselves the night before, over a bottle of wine of course.. We opted for Neutral décor with some accents of red and blue to make the space pop. We wanted it to be a relaxed engagement party with a fancy free freel where our guests felt more at home than a staged event.

Instead of gifts, we had a gift registry with where our guests could contribute to upcoming holidays, activities and our future honeymoon.

Simmone Logue did all the catering. We had roving canapés when guests arrived, a grazing table for lunch, followed by a decedent cheese platter and petit fours for dessert. To finish we served Banana cake with passion fruit cream cheese icing, which was so sensational that guests haven’t stopped talking about how delicious it was.

It was the hottest day on record in many years for March and with no air-conditioning it was a little challenging, however we didn’t let that spoil our day and if anything it made us realise how the little things don’t matter when you are celebrating your love with family and friends. Greg and I had left ourselves with only 10 minutes to get ready and in those few moments we had alone it made me incredibly happy knowing that this wonderful man is going to be my husband.

The whole day was just magical, we felt as though we had our own little piece of paradise at Pearl Beach and having our friends and family sharing the day just made it that much more special. We had several family members who requested to say a few words and their speeches captured the essence of our relationship perfectly.


Ms Gingham says: Gorgeous photography and a lovely couple. Thanks to Krystal for sharing her day with us!

How To Choose A Wedding Dress For A Surprise Wedding


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So we had well and truly committed to a surprise wedding but how to choose a wedding dress for a surprise wedding? I knew a traditional bridal gown wasn’t for me. I also knew exactly what style of dress I wanted. So I actually didn’t visit any Bridal boutiques to even try on gowns. There was no need.

Instead, I made an appointment with a dress maker, who had made my Year 12 formal dress many moons ago, and had also made me a dress for my 21st birthday. I had worked with Adriana before, trusted her 100% and knew she would help me create what I wanted.

I showed her pictures I had gathered. Each dress had elements of what I was after. A neckline from one, the length of another… as we spoke, Adriana sketched away and showed me what she had come up with. It was spot on.

On top of knowing exactly the style of dress I was after, I also knew what fabric I wanted. Not white. Not ivory. But silver sequins. And I wanted to be in the one dress, from the start of the night – right through to the end.

I didn’t think I wanted a train, but after speaking with Adriana, her expert opinion had me change my mind. Yes, I would have a train after all. It would be hidden though, and then let out when the surprise was revealed – a simple way to take me from ‘party girl’ to ‘bride’.

It was for this reason I decided to have a bouquet as well. I wasn’t going to – but again, it was a small and effective way to transform me to an instant bride.

I knew I wanted the dress code to be set as cocktail. But as for a theme, I hit a stumbling block with the planning and brainstorming of little details. I have a dear friend who is fabulous at styling, and pulling plans and events together – it’s what she does for a living! I knew she would be perfect to throw ideas around with! It would mean I would need to let 1 more person in on the secret. But I knew I had to. For my own sanity, I needed the talented Gabs to help me see the bigger picture. And I was right. Coffee and cake with Gabrielle one Saturday afternoon made everything better. I suddenly had a clear path and everything was far less daunting.

Cocktail : Glitz and Glamour. This is what our theme would be. My sequined gown wouldn’t look out of place, where it may have at just a plain ‘cocktail’ event. I didn’t want anyone getting suss, and this way they were less likely to, because I would fit the Glitz and Glamour dress code to a tee!

Those who know me well, would expect nothing less – I love an excuse to get all dressed up!

I used spray glue and sprinkled silver glitter over each invitation – again, keeping with the glitz and glamour theme for the night… and at the same time, leaving a trail of glitter in the homes of each of our guests, as they pulled their invitation out of its envelope!

To be continued…….

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Ms Gingham says: Oh sequins and glitter……

Kerrie says: “I am a radio journalist in my hometown of Adelaide. I love cups of tea, glasses of bubbles and precious time with those closest to me.”

Inspired Words – Chrissy

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Chrissy & Marty’s Cheerful Montville Wedding was a day filled with colour, joy and fun! Gorgeous Chrissy shares her inspired words of advice, with an emphasis on being yourselves on your big day.

Chrissy suggests “Have the wedding you want to have and not the wedding that others expect of you. We were lucky in that we didn’t have too many external parties telling us how it had to be done.”

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“We got some great advise from our Celebrant, Paul, to not over do it keep it simple concentrate on only a couple of things and make them BIG. For us this was the live band (they were a hit!) and the hall. Remember it is a celebration and should be enjoyable.”

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