Dave and I met officially at a festival in Perth. I was with my best friend and a few other girlfriends and Dave was with the boys. A few friends had always said to me that Dave and I would be a good match. Once we met at the festival we went back to a friends and were hanging out. A few days after the festival, I sent him a few funny YouTube videos and we kept in contact. One night I was home alone and my power went out. Knowing that Dave was an electrician, I called him straight away. Lets just say that was the start of our love story!
The night we got engaged was a complete surprise! I had just started school holidays and was feeling very unwell and had caught a cold. I had just finished cooking us both a curry and was sitting in my trackie pants and hoodie. Dave had disappeared and I was wondering where he was. Our dog Maxx was strolling into the lounge room and Dave told me he had bought Maxx a new collar and to have a look. Because I was sick, I was not really in the mood to look at a collar. I dismissed it. Dave again told me to look at the collar and insisted I look at it. I read what was on the collar "Dani will you marry me?" I turned around and Dave was on his knee with a ring. I was in complete shock!
Our wedding planning experience had a few ups and downs but overall it was an enjoyable experience. We did a lot of the decorating ourselves which can be stressful but it is also very rewarding when you see it all come alive.
The most important thing about the wedding was that it represented Dave and I and how we like to spend time with our friends and family. We wanted the atmosphere to be relaxed but fun. We made sure that the decorative materials we had made was something that we made and represents our style.
From the start of the wedding I wanted it to be vintage looking however as the planning continued, I started to go a bit more rustic and bohemian looking.
We were very lucky to be able to have a Catholic ceremony outside. Dave's Dad made us a beautiful cross that was our backdrop (even though Fonty's Pool's surroundings were amazing). The bridesmaids were in a peach colour and the boys were wearing maroon bow ties, so Mary and Ivor created flowers that would compliment and bring the colours together. Felice at Mary and Ivor made sure that there were lots of flowers. We also had picnic blankets at our ceremony for people to relax during our ceremony.
Flowers were a big part of our day. The bridesmaids and myself wore flower crowns and the reception has flowers everywhere. I wanted the table settings to be all different with the flowers coming out of wooden boxes. Wooden boxes were also placed around the sweets table and gifts table. We had gold wine bottles scattered around the venue with long candlesticks as well as candles everywhere, lighting up the area. Mary and Ivor had placed a ladder over top of our bridal table which was in the middle of the reception area. We had all our guests around us. The ladder had ivy and glass bulbs hanging with lights. I wanted Mary and Ivor to make sure the tables were all different and didn't look the same. The linen was brown so that it complimented the theme. The menus were on cream bohemian paper and then we had homemade chutneys, jams and curries for each guest which were also the place cards. We chose walnut tiffany chairs as they also complimented the look we were going for. Professional Misconduct hung festoon lights all around which gave the room a whimsical feel.
Outside during canapés, there was a Pimms station and also giant Jenga. The guests loved the giant Jenga and was a hit! We had furniture on the grass for guests to relax and also had wheelbarrows around the area filled with water.
Our seating plan was an old door that one of my bridesmaids had. We had gold paper flags around the outside area that we bought and spray painted.
I like DIY because it represents Dave and I.
Bombonieres: Homemade chutneys, jams and curries which members of the bridal party help make.
All the gold wine bottles and jars were prepared by us, gold flags.
The wooden boxes for the centrepieces were sanded back and stained by us.
Pimms station, wooden signs we had around the reception, the ladder, the cross, wheelbarrows (got from the tip shop).
I had a different dress in mind the whole time. One with lots of beading and a bit more vintage. I tried a dress on at a bridal store which had a princess skirt and was surprised how much I liked it. I wasn't totally sold so I went to Loui Col Designs and we talked about what I wanted. She was outstanding and created my dream dress.!
Our bridal party helped us a lot. They helped with decorations and other items. Our families helped with the venue and organising different things. I also had special friends and cousins that helped throughout the day as well like organising things for the ceremony, helping the photographer and also doing readings and signing the registry.
It was in the South West which is very Dave and I. It was also in a relaxed environment at Fonty's Pool. We wanted our wedding outdoors and down to earth.
Dave's favourite moment was the reception entrance. Starting up a good atmosphere and joining all our family and friends. My favourite moment was walking down the isle and also coming into our reception. It was so good to finally join everyone and start celebrating.