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