LOVE // Estelle & Matt
Wedding Date 5th May, 2018
Location Maleny Retreat
Photographer Fontaine Photo
TELL US YOUR LOVE STORY
How did you meet?
At a mutual friends birthday party. It was a fancy dress party (of course). I was dressed as a pilot and Matt was dressed as a Fireman. I remember seeing him for the first time and saying to my friend “Shot-gun the fire man!”. The rest is history. That was almost 9 years ago.
How did he put a ring on it?
The proposal was a surprise, even though I knew he had the ring. We were having an afternoon picnic, watching the sunset at Cullen Bay in Darwin. All of a sudden he dropped a knee, and asked me to marry him. After I had said yes, we realised a big crowd had gathered around us and everyone was clapping. It was a really special moment.
WHERE DID YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM?
My inspiration was taken from images I had seen of events held in greenhouses. I loved the idea of no flowers, just beautiful greenery and herbs. From the very beginning I decided to take a close look at the traditional aspects of weddings and simply ask, ‘why do we do that again?’, if it didn’t make any sense to us, we left it out. I wanted to plan a wedding that reflected us – even if that meant customising every aspect.
WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING THEME & STYLE?
Botanical with incorporated 1920’s menswear.
WHAT MADE THE WEDDING PERSONAL TO YOU?
The owl! As a surprise for our guests (only Matt and I knew) We had organised for Luna the barn owl to fly our rings down the isle. When it came to the point in the ceremony when the celebrant asked for the rings from Matt’s best man, (who is notoriously forgetful) he patted his pockets profusely with a very startled look on his face. This is when Matt put the glove on (a signal for Luna the owl to fly) and Luna flew down the aisle, landing on Matt’s arm. She gave him the rings and promptly flew away. The look on our guests faces were priceless. (See photos). I also loved the shoot with Luna after the wedding. It was so special. We close to incorporate this into our wedding when we found out how passionate Jason from Rapor Vision was about rehabilitation of birds of prey and educating the public about them.
Our ceremony was beautiful and personal. Our celebrant – Hayley Belle, structured a lovely ceremony with a tree planting ceremony assisted by our Mum’s and Nana’s. We also wrote our own vowels and read them to each other.
DID YOU DIY ANY ELEMENTS?
My brother made our bar!
NOW THE MOST IMPORTANT PART - THE DRESS!
WHO WAS THE DESIGNER? George Wu
My dress was a custom made couture lace gown by George Wu.
The best part about the lead up to the day was flying down to Brisbane (from Darwin) for my dress fittings with George Wu. He took 5 months to custom make my dress. I loved every part of the process, from the custom corset fittings to George helping me chose between the two pairs of shoes I had purchased for the day. We had so much fun. After countless flights down, sometimes squeezing 4-5 fittings in a week, The end result was beyond amazing. George is truly a genius.
WHERE WHERE YOUR BRIDESMAID DRESSES FROM?
Each from different places/ designers.
WHERE WERE THE GROOM & GROOMSMEN SUITS FROM?
Custom tailored 1920’s suit, Inspired by ‘The Peaky Blinders’ by Black Jacket Suiting
WHAT WERE YOU MOST NERVOUS OR EXCITED ABOUT?
I was like any other bride I guess, just nervous that everything would turn our okay. I was excited about so many elements, but most of all, seeing all of our favourite people in one place and to celebrate and party with them.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR DAY?
My most memorable moment from the day was walking down the aisle with my Dad, to see Matt standing there in tears. It was beautiful. One of those moments that I will cherish forever.
WHAT DOES MARRIAGE MEAN TO YOU?
A special promise to always be a team and never give up on one another. I also believe it’s a promise to one another that you will always sick by them, through good and bad. Like you’re really just telling each other “I’ve got your back for life, Buddy”.
Something New? Diamond earrings my Mum had made for me by Deer Honey Jewellery.
Something Old? The handkerchief my Nana carried with her on her wedding day.
Something Borrowed? A gold horseshoe charm passed down from my Mums family was pinned to my bouquet.
Something Blue? Garter
ANY WORDS OF WISOM YOU CAN PASS ONTO FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
Everyone says your wedding day goes by quickly. But, wow, it really does go by quickly! Take a quiet moment with your husband/ wife away from the commotion and check in with each other. Soak in that moment of peace together before rejoining your wedding celebration.
Advice re planning: Question traditions. Stay true to your own styles and tastes. Make it personal. Pick a theme, or don’t! There are no rules.