Real Wedding || Kate + Alex
It has been an interesting year to be in the bridal industry, as are most industries right now. We never thoguht we'd be in a world of limited weddings. Covid has certainly knocked the wind out of us, our brides, their loved ones and our other colleagues within the bridal world. While it hurts both you and us to postpone your weddings at the moment, we remain ever the optimists and 2021 is going to be a huge big ol' fashioned love fest for weddings and we can't wait to be apart of that (hugs included) and finally make your bridal dreams come true because we simply know you don't want to wait any longer to marry the one you love the most.
Which brings us to the present. There is simply no greater to pull to announce to the world that you want to spend forever with someone, pandemic or not. Kate + Alex had postponed their day at the height of lockdown and as restrictions eased they seized their moment. Intimate, simple and personal.
In Kate's words:
The Meet Cute
Alex and I met at a mutual friend’s party. We got to talking and eventually he got up the courage to ask me out on a date, and the rest is history! We’ve been together ever since.
Alex and I were living in London at the time. We went on a trip to Bruges in Belgium for our 6th anniversary, and Alex popped the question while we were there! He told me later that he had chosen the perfect spot in advance, however, when we visited the popular location, his plan was foiled by some noisy construction workers and their remarkably loud radio. In the end, Alex asked me to marry him on the spur of the moment as we walked through the immensely beautiful Koningin Astridpark. It was all very romantic.
I had quite a specific idea about what features I wanted in my wedding dress, but I couldn’t seem to find my ideal dress anywhere. Admittedly I was losing hope of ever finding ‘the one’. I am plus size and was beginning to worry that I’d have to wear an ugly, frumpy dress. I was frantically searching online without much luck, until by chance I came across the perfect Wendy Makin gown that ticked all the boxes. It was love at first sight.
Once I’d spotted the Wendy Makin dress on an American website, I did a little research and just couldn’t believe it when I discovered that my dream dress was actually made by an Australian designer, based in my hometown of Brisbane of all places! When I found out the gown was couture and would be made to measure, I was ecstatic as I didn’t have to worry about the dress not being made in my size or whether it would fit me correctly. I made an appointment at Wendy Makin Bridal right away. I was super nervous for the fitting as I’d always assumed that trying on wedding dresses would be a painful experience for a curvy person like me, but I needn’t have worried. The lovely staff at Wendy Makin looked after me from the moment I walked in the door and, although I tried on a bunch of different dresses while I was there, I knew that the Tia gown was my dress. I knew from the moment I saw it online and seeing the gown in person only assured me that I’d made the right decision. I just couldn’t wait to wear the dress on my wedding day.
Alex and I ended up getting married at the stunning Hanworth House in East Brisbane. It is a gorgeous old Queenslander with a magical view of the city. We had originally planned to get married at a different venue, but had to change plans as we got married during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We actually cancelled our June wedding back in March due to COVID-19, but then, a few weeks before our original wedding date, the government eased restrictions and we discovered that we could have 10 guests instead of just 2 witnesses. We have many family and friends interstate and overseas, and seeing as we had no idea how long it would take for borders to open, we decided the best course of action was just to get on with it. I basically re-planned our entire wedding in the three weeks before the big day! We used the vendors we’d already paid deposits to but changed venues and scaled back what we had originally planned.
Although we ended up having a micro wedding, we still wanted the day to reflect us as a couple. In the end, I selected two flowers that each represented us and incorporated these into the florals; Billy Buttons for me (as my favourite colour is yellow), and Sea Holly for Alex (as these flowers look like thistles and he has Scottish heritage). It ended up being a lovely little touch.
Our wonderful celebrant, Jo from Big Love Ceremonies, brought along a couple of face masks - very apt for a pandemic wedding! Obviously we didn’t wear them during the ceremony, but we did put them on for a couple of photos afterwards and everyone had a laugh. We also gave out hand sanitiser as wedding favours. The gift tag read: “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something antibacterial”.
The Favourite Part
Definitely our wedding ceremony. Having my father walk me down the aisle, and seeing Alex waiting for me at the end, was such an emotional moment. The day itself was a whirlwind and definitely went by too quickly, but during the ceremony we got to stop and just be present together, which made for a really intimate moment that I won’t ever forget.
Absolutely exhausted! And also super relieved that we went ahead with the wedding and were finally married despite all the obstacles. We were both just so happy that everything went to plan and it ended up being such a lovely day even though we weren’t able to share it with all of our loved ones.
My advice would be to sit down with your partner and discuss what is important to you both. Neither of us were interested in having bridesmaids or groomsmen, so we didn’t. Because we didn’t do things just because we felt like we had to, the day we planned was perfect for us.
I’d suggest you decide on a plan and budget together, and then go from there. Getting things done well in advance helped make me feel calm and on top of things - until coronavirus decided to mess everything up, of course! Just make sure you don’t get caught up in all the fuss and blow things out of proportion - ultimately it’s just a day! Getting to marry your partner is the best and most important part of the day anyway (although wearing the perfect wedding dress helps, too!).