Real wedding – Kelly & Charles, Curlewis VIC
Almost a decade after they met, Kelly and Charles’ wedding day was the perfect beginning to their happily ever after. While Charles did have Kelly fooled that she might be gifted an oven for her 30th birthday, she was more than pleasantly surprised when it was a marriage proposal she received instead!
The pair made a vow not to sweat the small stuff throughout the planning of their big day – and the result was a relaxed soirée, with a distinctly country-vintage feel.
IN KELLY’S WORDS…
We have known each other for almost 10 years. We met at the Queenscliff Football and Netball Club, where we both played.
Finding ‘the one’.
I don’t think that there was a definitive place in time when either of us had a lightbulb moment. I guess over time, things happen when you realize just how much of a legend your partner is, and how lucky you are to have them in your life… when they make each day better and encourage you to be a better person. Maybe it’s when you look into the eyes of the other person and know that you can put your trust in them for every day of your life.
I was turning 30 and Charlie was talking about getting me a new oven for my birthday. He got up early and said he would make me breakfast. He came in with a tray and the ring was sitting in a little white box. Way better than an oven. I didn’t eat the breakfast either.
The lead up.
We both wanted the wedding to be relaxed and fun. I didn’t want to get hung up on small details because to me that just equals stress. We involved our families as much as we could and tried to go with what we thought, rather than the thoughts of others.
Charlie grew up on a farm and I have always loved a bit of country-vintage style. The venue has its own wonderful quirky style so we didn’t need to decorate. We wanted everyone to feel relaxed so there was plenty to drink, plenty of places to stand and have a chat and lots of food around. Everyone could just eat, drink and chat to who they wanted to chat to, not sit next to a mouldy old relative and have to make small talk.
Erin from The Bridal Atelier sold my sister her wedding dress when she had her Pakington street store, and she was a delight to be around. Friendly, cruisy and knew her stuff. I knew that I wanted my first wedding dress shopping experience to be with her. I had no idea what I wanted, just that I didn’t want to drag myself around from shop to shop stressing. I pretty much asked, “What do you think would look good?” and bought the third one I tried.
Having the overwhelming calmness wash over me right before I walked down the aisle, knowing that I was marrying such a wonderful person.
I wore my great grandmother’s amethyst necklace, which was special. We also lit a candle for some of the special people in our lives that have passed. We wanted to remind ourselves that their spirits are always with us.
The meaning of marriage.
Marriage to us means making a commitment to stay on the same path. Life can lead you down different roads. Our marriage means walking alongside each other and experiencing life together.
Aisle – Unst Bridal March played on the piano by my Dad’s partner Ruth.
Reception entry – ‘Sign Sealed Delivered’ by Stevie Wonder, played by our band.
Words of wisdom.
Do not stress the small stuff. In the end, it doesn’t matter and no one notices if you don’t have a ribbon tied around a pole. The only person who will notice will be you when you look at your account balance.
KELLY & CHARLES’ TRIBE
Ceremony and reception location: One Day Estate
Celebrant/Officiant: Sally Cordner
Photography: Stephlee Photography
Styling: The Bride, Kelly
Florist: The Bride, Kelly
Dress: The Bridal Atelier
Head wear: Head circlet was by Danielle at Moss Industry
Accessories: From the bride’s Nanna
Shoes: Wittner Shoes
Rings: Portobello Queenscliff
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Zimmerman
Menswear, shoes and accesories: Menz Club
Catering: Scof Catering
Cake: Sweet Indulgence
Cake topper: Made by the Bride
Entertainment: Like This Corporate
Honeymoon: Yet to be decided