Real Wedding || Requelle + Mark
We first met Requelle at the Queensland Brides Wedding and Honeymoon Expo last October, almost a year to the day (See you this weekend future brideys!) Requelle was lucky enough to be drawn by us to win her french collection by Wendy Makin gown that weekend from a giveaway we were running! Since then her and her now husband Mark (who works for the very stylish Institchu, thank you!) have become quite close to the Wendy Makin Group family and it was such a joy to see their wedding come together with a few unique touches to make it extra special. Their love story is super cute, overcoming some massive hurdles and obstacles and proving that laughter in a relationship is the key to enduring love....and maybe some garlic bread!
The Meet Cute
Requelle: "We both went to the same high school. At lunchtimes, I would sneak up to the year 10 area to hang out with my first boyfriend, who was Mark’s best friend! Mark really was the ‘funny guy’ in the group, we always got along and he would make me laugh, but I never considered we’d be anything more than friends. Years later, after moving schools and losing contact, we crossed paths and I figured out he was always interested in me. I just never knew at the time!"
Mark always knew I wanted a low-key proposal, even though he’s the sort of person that would love to publicly shower me with love. In June 2018, we had tickets to Disney on Ice (my favourite!) and I had a small feeling he wouldn’t pass on the opportunity to do it at intermission. In the break, I leaned in close to Mark and gave him a cuddle (and a sneakily feel around for a ring box) but to my surprise, I didn’t feel a thing… so I knew it wasn’t the night!
We got home and made our way up to our apartment, where Mark opened the door. I looked up in shock, and saw red helium balloons covering the ceiling. I turned around and Mark was smiling. I remember asking him “Is this really happening? Like right now?” I was in disbelief when he grabbed my hand and said “yes”, and to slow down so I could take it all in. While we were out, Mark’s best mates had sneakily set up the apartment with balloons, rose petals and a dozen roses on our bed. Candles were lit and the Greatest Showman’s ‘Rewrite the Stars’ was playing on repeat. There was even freshly baked garlic bread!! Once I had the chance to catch my breath, and while it was just the two of us (just as I had hoped), Mark got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever!
In October 2018, I attended the Queensland Brides Wedding & Honeymoon Expo in South Bank. This was about the time where the dress hunt began, and I had just started booking in appointments to find ‘the one!’. I hadn’t heard about Wendy Makin up until this time. I was with my now mother-in-law, and I remember when we both saw Wendy’s design’s on the runway, we both get goosebumps! It was really important to me that I could look back on our wedding photos in 10 years-time and not feel as though my dress had dated, so it had to be classic. Wendy’s dresses resonated with me - I loved that they weren’t typically too 'Instagram-my', but had plenty of classic silhouettes that I instantly fell in love with.
After browsing her designs at their stall, I took a mental note to schedule in a visit to try on her dresses, and also entered the Instagram competition they had running for the launch of their latest collection. A few days later, my name was drawn out live on Instagram! I honestly could not believe it, there were so many tears of happiness.
The BellaDonna Bridal team were amazing throughout the entire experience. I was a little hesitant, and anxious going into my first appointment because I had no idea what to expect, but the team instantly made me feel at ease. I initially chose the Roxanne, a beautiful, low-back, lace dress with nude lining, which I loved. I was pretty much sold until I came in for my second appointment, this time with my best friend, and we decided to try on some more with the extra time we had.
Then, Ellie introduced me to Jeanne, a new addition to the French Collection. She was nothing like I had pictured for my wedding dress. She was simple, modern, sleeveless… and fitted, in a really good way! I tried it on, and somehow I knew, even without seeing myself in a mirror, that this was the one. I stepped out the change room and my mum and best friend’s faces said it all. We were all in love. The V neck was incredible, and the jersey and sequinned chiffon hung beautifully. I have never felt more beautiful in my life.
Side Note: No request was too much for the Wendy Makin team. They also worked with me to create beautiful detachable tulle wings to complement my dress, which I wore for both our ceremony and photos!
We chose to have our ceremony and reception at Spicers Clovelly Estate, Montville, a French provincial homestead in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland. We were married under their iconic Jacaranda Tree, and celebrated through the night on the library deck for our reception with just 40 of our closest family and friends. Most of our guests stayed at Spicers on the night with us too. It was absolutely perfect in every way.
Our vows. We both chose to write our own personal vows for the ceremony, and the only rules were not to rhyme (at my request – way too corny!) and also to stick within a word limit (at our celebrant’s request). Mark who is usually the more humorous of us two, shared beautiful and heartfelt vows that stuck within the word limit. In contrast, my vows were longer than the word limit, and without intention, ended up rhyming!
Overall, our wedding was beautiful, relaxed and filled with good food, good wine and good company – this is so us! We really personalised so much of our day. From our “The Aiken’s’ neon sitting pretty behind us at our reception, to the Superman theme song playing as we walked back down the aisle. Mark even designed the suits for our wedding party through his work, Institchu. The whole wedding itself was really special to both us and our families, as Mark was diagnosed with Lymphoma, just 2 short months into our relationship. He had over 12 months off work, undergoing chemo and a transplant, so to celebrate him being in remission, we also made small donations on behalf of our guests to the Leukaemia Foundation. Our wedding really was a celebration of our love, good health and happiness.
The Favourite Part
Apart from our vows, it would probably our first dance! We actually learned a fully choreographed dance to the Greatest Showman’s ‘A Million Dreams’ in the months leading up to our wedding day, and on the night, I barely remembered the first 30 seconds! We totally improvised the rest, but I don’t think anyone else knew. It was so much fun.
At the end of the day, we snuck up to our room to find a spa running, candles everywhere and more dessert! We both were on top of the world, but really at peace. It was so nice to relax and reminisce, and soak it all in (pun intended!) as newlyweds. We were both really proud of ourselves for what we had accomplished. Because of our journey, we just weren’t sure if it would happen the way we had dreamed, or even on date we had set… but it did, and we are so grateful for that.
There's not one thing that we would change for our wedding day.
· Less is more, but do plan well beforehand and have a detailed runsheet.
· Find your dream team of vendors and trust them – they’re all there for you!
· Choose a strong MC, and ensure there’s plenty of good food and drinks to go around!
photos: About Time Co
gown: ' Jeanne' from the french collection by wendymakin via Belladonna Bridal suits: Institchu venue: Spicers Clovelly Estate celebrant: Dan Ford Celebrant florals: Mondo Floral Designs cake: Elizabeth and May silk ribbon: Songbird Silk earrings: A B Ellie hair: Sass and Niki Wedding Hair mua: Natalie Hunter MUA video: Luke Bickley Studios music: Erin Jane Music neon: Neon Republic bridesmaids: Shieke and Co robes: Le Rose ringbox: Fira Studio
Check out Requelle and Marks Wedding Video by Luke Bickley!