Real Bride • Edwina
WEDDING DATE… 27 June 2016
WHEN AND HOW WE MET
We met in Byron Bay in June 2009. I was living on the Gold Coast and went to Byron Bay for the weekend with two of my girlfriends that knew Ryan who came up for a visit from Melbourne (they were later two of my bridesmaids). We went out on the town and I was introduced to Ryan dancing on tables at Cheeky Monkeys of all places!
OUR WEDDING LOCATION
Villa Di Masseto, Pontassieve, Tuscany Italy.
It was always my dream to get married in Tuscany and thankfully Ryan encouraged me to go with my heart!
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I hit up the boutiques of High Street and found the whole process full on and little depressing after an initial upsetting appointment. I was recommended to go to One Day Bridal and the experience was completely different. It was wonderful. Kyha helped find a style that suited my curves and made me feel so special.
CELEBRANT: A local Italian, named Francesca.
I wanted a “rustic” style wedding which was low key, but had beautiful plentiful food. We had bare wooden tables with olive branches down the centre, with candle filled jars. We also had beautiful peonies hanging from shepherd’s hooks to make the aisle and an arch with big bunches of olive branches.
We were in Italy, so the food was a dream. A huge cheese table with freshly sliced cold meats, followed by two courses of pasta followed by mains of wild rabbit and beef. Each guest had every course and was allowed seconds or thirds as they wished. Heaven.
We did not have a stylist, but a fantastic property manager who helped organise the catering, live music, celebrant, and a florist over in Italy for us. The rest we did ourselves with the help of fabulous friends and family.
WHAT WAS YOUR NON NEGOTIABLE FOR THE DAY?
Have pasta on the menu with a delicious chianti, and make sure all guests had a drink in hand when I walked down the aisle.
My hen’s was so incredible. My bridesmaids organised a dinner for 30 close girlfriends and I at the Cullen Hotel. They organised a “silent disco”, an instructor came and we all put on headphones listening to the same tunes and danced around the streets of Prahran. We finished up at the Emerson. It was SO much fun!!
Will Hartl, Sydney, This Day Forward photography. Will is an old friend of mine and when he heard I was getting married he got in touch wanting to shoot our wedding. He captured the occasion beautifully (the photos speak for themselves!) and it was great to share those intimate moments with someone familiar.
HAIR & MAKE UP
I was lucky enough for the beautiful Skye Isabella Make Up Artist (also an old friend of mine) with us in Italy for both hair and makeup. She is based in Melbourne and is fabulous. A lovely person to have with you on your big day.
I had four bridesmaids. Finding dresses for them was actually the hardest part of the whole wedding I think. I settled on some simple shifts from Cue.
Ryan was dressed in a beautiful Hugo Boss suit, and his groomsmen in suits from ASOS. They actually come up really well on the day and in the photos, and were a much better option to hiring – especially for a destination wedding. Also allowed us to keep within budget!
I had a local florist for our bouquets. Mine were loose white peonies with lots of greenery. The girls had light peach peonies with some greens.
My mum and aunty did all the flowers for the aisle and arch. Jars of peonies down the aisle with big bunches of olive branches with lavender on the arch at the head of the aisle . We went to various markets and florists around Florence and came across our supplier in Central Market who had a great range of the freshest flowers. They all came out beautifully, quite rustic.
YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES
Do what you want to do… Don’t be talked into things by others if it doesn’t suit what you’re going for! Both on the day, and in the events around it. It’s your day and enjoy every second. It’s all over so quickly.
To take a little moment at some stage throughout the evening or day to take it all in with your partner. It all goes so quickly!!