Presenting Charlie Brear’s #FridayBride

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Almost 2 years after a surprise birthday proposal, Maddie & Jack said their “I dos” in September 2016 at Weddings at Tiffany's, in Maleny. The ceremony spot had an incredible view, overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. A timeless, elegant and minimalist wedding, reflected by the detail of the table settings right through to their attire. 

Wearing our Arlette tea length dress, Maddie looked graceful and lovely. She completed her outfit with a delicate headpiece from Rosantica and a pair of sophisticated earrings from Mimco.

Maddie & Jack’s beautiful pictures were captured by Luke Going Photography.

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When and where did your partner propose to you?
The proposal occurred on my birthday in 2014 at Spicers Maleny. We had decided to celebrate my birthday away and he told me that there were complimentary cocktails at the bar before dinner. We collected our 'complimentary' cocktails and went outside next to the bonfire. This is where he asked me to marry him and my reply, 'of course'!

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How was your experience shopping for your wedding dress?
I had done a lot of research online, looking at styles that would suit me. The Arlette dress was the first dress I seriously considered. I travelled interstate to try on the dress, but also went to two other stores to try on other potential dresses. I left the Arlette dress until last and I am glad I did because it was perfect.

How did you feel after you had ordered your dress?
Great! I knew I had found the one.

What shoes did you wear?
Nude Metallic Jimmy Choo heels. I got so many compliments on the day. They were amazing!!

Did you struggle finding the right lingerie that worked with your dress, if so would you recommend anything for future brides?
Initially yes until my dressmaker, who made some alterations, suggested a corset. Once I knew what I was looking for it was easy. I settled on a corset bra. For future brides, leave yourself enough time to find what you need. I was running out of time and was just lucky that the dressmaker gave me some great advice.

Who did your hair & make-up and how did you find them?
Evalyn Parson did my hair and Tasleema Nigh did my makeup. Both had fantastic reputations and their work spoke for itself.  I had looked for vendors in a variety of Australian Wedding Magazines and Blogs, Hello May, White Magazine and Nouba. I knew I wanted some type of braid for my wedding hair and saw on Evalyn's site that she had created some beautiful looks. I also met her at a wedding showcase and she was so helpful, I knew I wanted her calming and friendly presence around on the big day.

How did you feel walking down the aisle?
I was happy and excited! Luckily I had worked through the majority of my nerves while getting ready.

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What traditions did you follow?
We followed some traditions; such as the cutting of the cake and bouquet toss. However, we didn't have a bridal party and there was no first dance.

Did your wedding have any quirky or unusual features?
We chose not to hire a car and instead our very lovely friend allowed us to use her 380sl Mercedes Coupe. It is a beautiful car and we knew it would fit in with the look of our wedding. My friend drove me to the chapel; it was an experience I will never forget. Also, we were lucky enough to have a full moon, which made for some lovely photos.

What was the funniest moment of the day?
Probably the antics on the dance floor; one of our friends took his belt off, was whipping it around the dance floor, and managed to hit our photographer. Good thing Luke found it funny.

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TAKE 5 WITH THIS WEEK’S #FRIDAYBRIDE MADDIE

 

1. Accept that things will not always go to plan. You can organise and plan everything, but little mistakes will happen. The best part is, you won't even care because you are so happy about marrying the one you love.
 

2. Don't feel pressured into following traditions that don't speak to you as a couple, for instance we wrote our vows together. The same goes for anything strictly bridal e.g. I chose not to wear a veil as it just wasn't for me and I wanted to walk myself down the aisle.
 

3. Take your time when picking a dress, online research definitely helps. I found my dress early on, but I still took the time to try on different dresses to ensure that my choice was definitely what I wanted.
 

4. Choose a relaxing honeymoon. We decided to travel to Europe less than 48 hours after the wedding. It was still an amazing trip, but the long haul flight was a bit much straight after the big day.
 

5. If you are wearing heels, pack flats for the photoshoot. I had every intention of buying a pair and just didn't get around to it, which made trekking across the countryside to various photo shoot locations a little tough.

 

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Who took your wedding pictures?
The photographer was Luke Going. We loved his work and did not want traditional wedding portraits. His photos look like works of art. He was a logical, helpful and positive presence on the day. Also, he has shot international weddings. If you like his work, shoot him an email.  H

Did you find organising your wedding an easy process? What parts were easy and what parts were trickier?

We had a lot of time, so it wasn't too stressful at all. We both really enjoyed picking out items for the wedding and creating a look we were happy with. It did take some time to decide and source accessories for the reception, such as lighting on the tables, guestbook and wishing well. Another thing that ended up being a lot trickier, and time consuming, than we anticipated was hand painting our guests place settings. We almost escaped the DIY experience, but it was worth it. The place settings looked great and what’s a wedding without a bit of DIY.

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What will you do with your dress now?
It is still sitting in the cupboard. I definitely won't be parting with it anytime soon, if at all.

What are you and your husband's best memories of the day?
Jack - The moment Maddie entered the Chapel, her beauty captivated me. She looked stunning in that dress! I could not have felt happier to see her. Also, after taking the photos, when we were atop the mountain road beneath the moonlight, when we could simply be together as husband and wife without the distraction of our guests.

Maddie - I enjoyed leaving the canapés to get our photos taken. My husband drove the two of us to the locations where we met the photographer. It was great to have that time together; just the two of us, to talk about how surreal it was that we were finally married.
 

SUPPLIERS

Ceremony Venue - Wedding's at Tiffany's chapel.
Reception Venue - Wedding's at Tiffany's
Photographer/Videographer - Luke Going Photography
Shoes & Accessories - Shoes Jimmy Choo, Headpiece Rosantica, Earrings Mimco
Rings - Hardy Brothers and Tiffany & Co
Florist - Tiffany's Flowers
Entertainment - G & M DJ's
Caterer - Weddings at Tiffany's
Cake Supplier - Eden Cakes & Cupcakes
Hair - Evalyn Parsons
Make-up - Tasleema Nigh
Transportation - Private vehicle