Image by Studio Sixty Photography
Brianna & Michael
With the stunning country setting filled with fire lit Autumn trees, Jennifer Burch Photography captured the magic Autumnal engagement photos of today’s loved up couple Brianna and Michael. With Brianna’s emerald green gown against the tones of orange and red, and a love story that was told in perfect detail unfolding – what could be better to celebrate my favourite season?
Michael has joined us today to share the story of how he and Brianna went from a website to falling in love. “Bree and I met on eHarmony during March 2015. We were skeptical of online dating, however, we both worked up the courage to give it a shot. We were both online for a couple of months before we came across each other’s profile. We didn’t spend much time talking online as we decided it was too difficult to find out if the other person was genuine. So we did what anyone else would do and before meeting up for the first time, we stalked each other on Facebook. Once we had a better understanding of who each other was, it was time to meet.
What better place to meet for the first time than San Churro at Erina Fair. Bree walked in and saw me sitting at one of the tables, (we still go back there, sit at the same table and reminisce) we had no idea that this moment would be the start of our incredible journey together.
The first meeting went well, so we decided to see each other the following weekend. We met for a second time at San Churro, still testing the waters, and continued to find out about each other. There wasn’t any silence, that’s for sure. We had so much to learn about each other.”
“The third time we met, we were a bit more adventurous. We met at Oomph Cafe, East Gosford. The conversation didn’t seem to cease. Breakfast soon turned into lunch and lunch soon turned into afternoon tea. As the weather wasn’t that great, we decided to go for a walk between cafe hopping, we walked up and down the East Gosford ‘Esplanade.’ We walked and walked and talked and talked. I think the busker on that day must have gotten sick of us passing him every 10 minutes. As we walked and talked, I dropped a bombshell. Now my attire on all of these dates had one common theme…country. I had the boots, the jeans, the jacket, the hair cut and numerous flannos, I thought I looked great. If you passed me, you could have easily thought I had just walked off a farm. This is how I started said bombshell, “I’d love to move to the country some day.” At the time Bree was gracious and brushed past my comment. Bree later tells me that in this moment she thought, “Well, looks like it’s over…” But as we continued to see each other, my farm life drifted into the distance and Bree stole my heart.
The dates continued. Cafe here, movie there. Even the occasional hand holding…”
“Then came the day I thought I would step it up a notch and invite Bree to come on a road trip with me to the Blue Mountains. We had been seeing each other for 4 months at this point, which brings our story to the 18th of July. At this time it had been snowing a lot and we thought it would be a fun idea to go snow chasing. We drove up, we had an awesome day together, even built two snow men in someone’s front yard. On the drive back, we were talking, and Bree said the fateful phrase, “So, what are we? People are asking if we are dating… are we?” Before a second could even pass I instantly replied, “Heck yes!”
We had to celebrate somehow, now that we were ‘official’. We weren’t home just yet, so we thought, let’s catch a movie and go on our first date. The only movie theatre close to us was the glamorous Bankstown Centro Hoyts. Nothing quite says love and romance like Bankstown.”
“It’s fair to say the rest is history, Bree and I have been on this amazing, fun, stretching, love filled journey for two years now and we are so excited to continue to see God’s plans for us unfold. We have achieved so much together in such a short time, we look forward to seeing what we can achieve in a lifetime together.
Bring it on I say, the best is yet to come.”
Carolyn & Andrew
For a couple who met in Melbourne, it was only normal that Carolyn & Andrew chose an urban workshop space as the backdrop for their nuptials. With Sorrento Wedding Photography behind the lens, the couple wanted to a day that reflected a laid back, sophisticated vibe.
On how they met, Carolyn remembers “Andy was a work colleague of my brother, in fact, they sat next to each other. We met in April 2009 at my niece’s first birthday. We had a few drinks and chatted away all afternoon. We really hit it off. Within 5 days of my niece’s first birthday, we were going out on our first date. Our first date didn’t come easy for Andy though. My brother was doing the ‘brotherly’ thing and made it difficult for Andy to ask for the number, but he got it!”
The bride chose a simple strapless gown by Maggie Sottero from Raffaele Ciuca, recalling “It was cream french lace on top with a cream underlay; a heart-shaped strapless floor length gown with a 1.5-metre train with a full-length veil. It was simple and elegant and I loved it.”
“We were engaged for 15 months and midway through January this year, we decided it was about time we ‘tied the knot’, so from start to finish, we planned and executed the wedding in 10 weeks. As you could imagine, I planned and organised 90% of the day, it was fun and a little stressful at times but worth every second. We also found and purchased a house at auction and we both had the busiest quarter with work – it was a massive effort by both of us and we were thrilled with everything we achieved in that space of time.”
Collingwood venue The Craft & Co set the scene for the ceremony and reception. Carolyn explaining “We loved the different spaces at The Craft & Co. We also loved the fact that it could accommodate the ceremony and the reception all in one. It has a very modern style that is quite understated so it enabled us to put a lot of our own touches on it. It had a fun and relaxed but sophisticated vibe to it as well.”
For her walk down the aisle, Carolyn remembers “I chose Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major. I heard it playing at a function 10 years ago and it just resonated with me. I’m not overly into classical music, but I truly love that piece. My brother, Michael walked me down the aisle. He’s been such a huge influence in my life.”
Charis White officiated the ceremony, Carolyn noting “We were both very nervous in the lead up to the ceremony. I had been relatively calm through out the process of organising the wedding, but it was the last 4 hours where my nerves almost got the better of me. We didn’t want the ceremony to feel too formal. We wanted it to be fun, funny and as relaxing as possible for us…and we were both really happy with how it unfolded. It was happy and romantic.”
“Charis is absolutely divine. She made the whole process as easy as possible and was very patient with us getting information to her. She is warm, caring, classy and professional.”
Of their photographer, the bride remembers “Shannon from Sorrento Wedding Photography is very talented. Throughout the whole process, he was calming and really helpful. He’s creative, funny and accommodating. He made the whole process really straight forward and easy, which was important to me as I had so many things to do in the planning of the day.”
“There are several really lovely photos. Some of my nieces, one of my brother and sister and I, one of Andy and I walking down the stairs at the venue, but my absolute favourite photo is one of Andy and I in an embrace laughing. It’s beautiful, fun and relaxed….exactly what we wanted for our day.
Carolyn and her family styled the floral arrangements together, the bride explaining “My sister-in-law Steph is amazingly talented when it comes to event design and styling – she was an amazing help and assisted me with all of the styling. Together with Andy’s Mum, Di, we put together all of the flowers and table settings the day before and delivered them to the venue. I love flowers and it was so much fun, although a lot of work. We also had hanging potted plants from the ceiling beams, freshly cut foliage in wicker baskets along the window wall behind the bridal table. It all looked amazing.”
The couple were begged to do a first dance. “Andy and I really didn’t want the first dance. It’s not something that appealed to either of us, but our friends convinced us to do it. Their successful argument was that it signifies the end of the formalities and the start of the party! The song we chose was ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri. Neither of us can dance that well at all but it was fun and we mostly laughed.”
Congratulations on your marriage Carolyn & Andrew! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Sorrento Wedding Photography for sharing today’s beautiful day!
Just when we all thought Spring has started to shine, the cold of this week blew us off our feet. I have been thankful for warm cups of tea and sheltering inside with old jazz tunes this week. We have been busy talking with new patterned people (watch this space!) and launching a big project for wedding pros – Matchology (open to the public now!) and yet somehow, we have had so much magic wedding inspiration this week!
Let’s round it up!
Can’t wait to mix up this Toasted Pecan Negroni by Om Nom this cold Winter weekend!
Nick shares his inspired memories after his black tie glam Brisbane wedding.
Perfect for a bridal brunch, we’re in love with this Bircher muesli with maple granola crumb recipe.
So many beautiful moments in Amelia and Jake’s Rustic Cleveland Winery wedding
The registry gurus The Wedding Nest share with us what’s trending in linen
Urban groom style with this grey look from Chris
We go behind the door (garden gate!) with Iris Park Garden Weddings
Hometown loving! Ms. Honeycomb explores Newcastle through honeymoon eyes!
Simple but true advice as Hana shares her inspired words.
Exploring Groomsmen Etiquette: Who Pays For What?
We’re celebrating love this week as we share the wedding of Alvin & Katie by the team at Iconic Pictures. I am pretty sure this one will get you right from the word go.