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Real Brides

MARIA & NICK

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Bride & Groom: Maria & Nick Zervos
Venue: Hyatt Regency
Gown: Leah de Gloria
Photography: ImageHaus
Videography: Cinemotive
Styling: Bling Events
Floral: Bling Events
Bride’s shoes: Gucci
Groom’s suit: Zimma Tailors
Bridesmaid dresses: WhiteRunway
Groomsmen suits: Politix

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How did you and your husband meet?

Nick and I met through my best friend and his sister, we had all met at university. It wasn’t until a few years later on vacation in Europe that we sparked as a couple.

How did he propose?

I was actually away for six weeks in Western Australia on a work secondment, on the seventh week Nick joined me for a mini holiday around WA. On our second night of being in Fremantle we went out to dinner and upon returning to our hotel, the room was filled with roses, rose petals and a book on the bed and on the last page it said “Will you marry me” and Nick got down on one knee. I guess it’s right when they say - distance makes the heart grow fonder.

To add to the story -  I knew something fishy was going on... at the airport he wouldn’t let me hold his backpack, I later found out the ring was in there, he also “ forgot his wallet” on our way out to dinner.  Nick didn’t know at which point in the holiday he would propose so our next hotel also had roses and rose petals everywhere!

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What was your wedding planning journey like for you? How far out did you start planning?

Ahh where to start? I didn’t really have my heart set on a particular location I just knew i wanted it to feel glam and contemporary with some traditional touches. For us it all really started after we locked in our guest numbers, we had over 400 guests so it narrowed down our reception choices. After locking in our venue, we went straight out to key suppliers that we knew we wanted to have part of our special day including photographer, videographer and stylist. Nick and I really tackled the preparation together, he kept me level-headed and we made the effort to attend every appointment as a couple. We also had amazing support from our family and friends, especially the bride squad - that made it extra special for us.

Also buy lots of bridal magazines - cause well... when else will you?

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What does marriage mean to you?

Marriage for us meant finding that one person you couldn’t live without.

I feel so lucky and blessed to have married my best friend and soul mate. Finding that person that brings out the best in you, sees the best in you and keeps you balanced. For us marriage was a way to symbolise our love and commitment to each other and the next chapter of our lives together, as one.

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Is there one thing you wish you knew before you started your wedding plans?

I guess in some sense you know ‘everything’ but once you’re caught up in the moment you can forget to ask the important questions or any questions (ensuring you have clarity on everything is important), look at the fine print, make sure you feel in control and balanced. Planning a wedding can be stressful, especially if you are juggling work and other family commitments. Be open with your partner and communicate to each other - you will need to comprise on something at some point, so be prepared for that as you might need to sleep on it, trust me.

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If you could give other brides-to-be one piece of advice, what would it be?

If you have a budget stick to it - I’m sure anyone reading this who knows me is laughing but honestly do your best to stick to your budget and remember you may want to go on a honeymoon, buy a house or whatever is next for you.. there is life after the wedding day (.. I know shocking). Speaking of investments, look at your budget and think about what you want to invest your money on for your big day, think of things that you're left with like photos and videos and make sure you are content with your decisions.

Try and stay present on the big day and don’t get stressed about things you can’t control - it’s not always easy (trust me I know) and have a contact person who can answer anyones questions or deal with issues - my wonderful maid of honour did all that for me.

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ALEXANDRA & BRENNAN

This was our last wedding we shot, during Covid-19. Our team (photo + video) had to drop everything, change flights and fly the next morning to NZ, 2 days early to avoid the instant 2 week mandatory isloation laws, the wedding had big issues on the day, even the wedding car company cancelled on the morning of the wedding, and the bus was pulled over.. But.. even after all of that nothing phased Alexandra & Brennan, and the wedding was celebrated beautifully and everyone had fun. See the images & a Q&A with the bride below... We love this wedding inside & out!

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Names / Alexandra & Brennan Latimer

Wedding Date / 19 March 2020

Guest Numbers / 35 (reduced from 83)

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How did you both meet

Brennan and I met through a mutual friend. They grew up together and I was sharing an apartment with his friend at the time. After some persistent DM'ing by Brennan, we went out on a date and have never looked back.

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What’s your Engagement Story

The proposal is quite a funny story. I actually saw the ring before Brennan proposed! The night before, Brennan was on the phone to his parents excitedly telling them he had just picked up the engagement ring. Of course, Brennan’s parents asked to see a photo of the ring and he send the photo to me instead! Brennan tried to delete the message, turn the wifi off, turn his phone off, but the message went through. Brennan got a text back from me saying, “Um, was this meant for me?” “Yes, it’s off Instagram, I was just sending it to see if that’s the one you liked”. Please note the image was a very obvious photo of Brennan’s hand in our bedroom.

The next day he proposed in front of all my close friends and family at my 30th birthday lunch at North Bondi Fish. Everyone in the restaurant paused to watch the proposal, with one lady actually being so moved she cried.

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Preparation

I started planning my wedding the day after our engagement. I contacted all the important wedding suppliers that I knew I really wanted and locked them in. What that meant is that I could get all the big-ticket items out of the way and then work on all the other things as I had time leading up to the wedding.

There will be weeks where you don’t want to think about the wedding, so it’s best to get the time-sensitive things out of the way while you still have all that excited “just engaged” energy.

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Marriage To you means…

Being in a committed relationship with the person I know I am going to spend the rest of life with. I am so lucky to be married to my soul mate and my best friend. It's so great to find that one special person you get to annoy for the rest of your life 🙂

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One Thing you wish you Knew Before you started your Wedding Plans

Before locking in a supplier, look around and get a few quotes to compare. Knowing the different prices and quality of product will help you be better equipped to make the right decision and know that you are getting a good deal. It is also important to look at the finer details to make sure there are no hidden expenses before you commit to locking in a supplier. You do not want to book a supplier and later find you haven’t factored in costs that have not been covered in the initial quote.

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If you could give other Brides-To-Be one piece of Advice

Just be prepared for at least one thing to go wrong. In our case, we had about 20 things go wrong – who could have ever envisaged COVID-19!! Prepare yourself in advance for this and approach your big day with the attitude that anything that goes wrong won’t phase you. If something does go wrong (and it will), don’t sweat it. There is only so much that you can control and most of the time only you will know it is wrong. Do what you can leading up to your wedding and then place all your trust in the day being wonderful, with all the work you, your planner and your loved ones have done to make it an amazing celebration. Focus on being present and having fun on your big day.

Also, if you don’t have a wedding planner, get a day-of wedding coordinator. Your wedding is one of the most memorable days of your life, but it can also be stressful. You want everyone to have a great time and you want things to run smoothly. Sam from Tregold was our saviour! When things started to go wrong, she was there to come up with a solution, shielding us from the drama. You don’t want to be dealing with problems on your big day as it will definitely spoil the magic..

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Our Contacts

Photography / ImageHaus

Videography / ImageHaus

Watch video here

Bride’s Dress / Pallas Couture

Bride’s Shoes / Badgley Mischka

Reception dress / Custom

Groom’s Formal Wear / Brent Wilson

Wedding Stylist / NA

Florist / The Green Room Flower Company

Wedding Venue / Rippon Winery, Wanaka, NZ

ANNABELLE & KIERAN

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Bride & Groom: Annabelle & Kieran McCaffrey
Venue: Clifton - 7 Woolwich Road Hunters Hill
Gown: Inbal Dror from Helen Rodrigues Bridal
Photography: Image Haus
Videography: Soda Films
Styling: Jo Powell
Floral: Poho Flowers

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How did you and your husband meet?

On June 17th 2017, my birthday wish came true and I met the man of my dreams on the dancefloor at Darlo country club.

How did he propose?

We were down at his family’s place in Lake Crackenback on a morning walk through the national park. He got down on one knee and before he even opened his mouth I was in tears. He had organised a beautiful dinner with both our families at Apollo that night to celebrate.

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What was your vision for your wedding day?

A beautiful ceremony from our dearest friend Father Pio, followed by a backyard wedding with all of our family and closest friends. We are both fortunate enough to be blessed with incredible families and couldn’t wait for our extend families to meet and enjoy the night with good wine and food -almost like a Sunday night family roast combined with a dancefloor that had more energy than a Beyoncé concert.

Where did you look for your wedding inspiration?

We have a very similar eye for design and wanted to create a romantic rustic atmosphere that emulated with the McCaffrey family home. We drew inspiration from the sandstone and flowers from the garden, as well as images from Instagram to bring the theme to life.

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What was your wedding planning journey like for you? How far out did you start planning?

We started planning about 8months out before the wedding. I was fortunate enough to have two people with great taste by my side. Mum was my wedding rock. She did an amazing amount of research and has a gift when it comes to talking to people. She attended all supplier meetings and knew everyone we hired very well by the time of the wedding day. Similarly, Kieran put most husbands out there to shame. He found the most incredible Saxophone player and DJ and created the best dancefloor you could imagine by moving the heaviest pots and balancing out of windows to put up lights. We were very fortunate to have the helping hands of our family around us in the lead up to the big day.

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What was the highlight of your wedding day for you?

It was a magical moment walking down the aisle with dad, surrounded by everyone I love, while starring down at the alter to the man I was about to commit the rest of my life to. Kieran and I put a lot of time into the preparation of the ceremony with Father Pio, and during the lead up he spent a lot of time with our families. After attending Kincoppal for 15 years, the Chapel holds many special memories for me so we felt very lucky to blessed by a Priest we love dearly in a place that will forever be sacred to the both of us.

Is there anything you would do differently?

I wouldn’t change a thing! We couldn’t have asked for a more magical day.

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