This week I’m kicking off my brand new Letter From a Bride series! This summer is full of spectacular weddings and I know I have a whole host of beautiful brides who would love to write and open and candid letter about the best and worst things about their special day. To kick us off I decided I would write about my experience planning my own wedding and being a bride. I truly loved my wedding day. No pushing required to get me to tell you all about it!
I got engaged to James at the end of June right before my 21st birthday. We took almost a month to decide on a date to fit in around our families, but finally we settled on November 15th. That gave us just under 4 months to plan! I had a few ideas rattling around in my brain but at this point nothing had been decided. Obviously this caused a bit of a panic to my parents. Sorry guys!
I was a very relaxed bride in the sense that I didn’t have any major opinions on anything. I didn’t do a lot of planning and relied pretty heavily on my mum and bridesmaids to help me get everything together. I wanted lots of input from them. Sure, this was my day, but I wanted it filled with special little bits of the people I loved the most. I told my 5 beautiful bridesmaids that I wanted a gorgeous rich green colour for their dresses but let them all pick their own individual style of dress that they knew would suit them. Comfort is super important to me and I wanted my girls to feel comfortable with the style and cut of their dress.
Seeing as I didn’t give myself a lot of time before my wedding one of the biggest struggles I had was booking my photographer and purchasing my wedding dress. If I hadn’t been using my grandma’s house as the venue I’m sure that would have been pretty tough too. These things need to be booked or bought with enough time so they aren’t either booked out or unable to have your dress on time. But I’ve known people to have less time than I did and pull off gorgeous weddings so anything is possible!
James and I found a great photographer, Kim Wheeler to shoot our day. She was really relaxed and chill. That was exactly what we needed! She just blended in and captured everything perfectly.
My wedding dress was easy. I found my dress at the second store I went to, Wilkins Bridal. For me it was true what they say about when you find the right dress you just know! As soon as I put it on I knew it was exactly what I wanted. And it was on SALE! Perfect!
I was expecting to be really nervous on the actual day but when it finally rolled around I was as cool as a cucumber. The only moment I felt a bit stressed was the fact that the wedding ceremony started at 1pm and at 2 minutes to 1 the groom still hadn’t showed up! I thought he might have got cold feet on me. Fortunately no, he made it with like a minute to spare.
The weather was stunning and we got married in the magnificent gardens at my grandma’s house in my hometown of Okains Bay. We had a few mishaps throughout the ceremony but nothing we couldn’t just laugh at! The celebrant called James “Phill” which is his brothers name. We had hymns at our wedding but the hymn sheets had only been given to the bridal party. So no one knew the words. This resulted in just the bridal party singing to all the guests. Also our celebrant forgot the rings. James had to stop him and say “don’t we need rings?”. There were bugs flying around inside my veil and a little spider hung from James’s beard for the majority of the ceremony. All of these little incidents don’t really bother me. They are just little extra memories I have now that made my day unique.
We had amazing photos taken all around the bay. We went from right down at the beach to the top of the hills. While we were at the top we met some cyclists who thought it was so funny to run into a wedding party way up there that they wanted a photo!
There is nothing I would change about my day. To me, it was perfect. It was sunny, happy and filled with love! What more could I ask for!?
Check back in soon for the next Letter From a Bride which I’ll be posting very soon! If you’re engaged and planning a wedding I recommend you give these a read. These ladies have been through it all and have a lot of great advice to give.
Are you planning your wedding? Or have you recently been married? How has it been for you?