Where was your ceremony and reception
We really enjoy being up in the mountains, and we fell for the view from Mercure Clear Mountain Lodge Spa and Vineyard. We had an outdoor ceremony in their pavilion area.
We decided from the start that we wanted to have our ceremony, reception, and photos all at the one venue. We wanted guests to be able to relax and enjoy the time in between the ceremony and reception. We had lawn games, canapés and drinks for our family and friends while we were off having the bridal party photos. The Event Coordinators James and Jessica went above and beyond to ensure we had a beautiful day.
How Courtney and Steve met,
We were put together for a work event. It was kind of crazy and we didn't know what we were getting in to, but in short, Steve had to play the part of Prince William and I had to play the part of Kate Middleton, around the time they were getting married. Jokes, then friendship, then dating later ensued
I was just overwhelmingly happy! We were on a holiday in Japan, and it was our last night there when he told me he'd planned a surprise. We walked down these streets that were lined with trees illuminated by fairy lights to arrive at the secret destination - Tokyo Skytree. We spent some time on the viewing deck, 450 metres up, where you can see the lights of Tokyo city stretching all the way out to the horizon in all directions. He then took me to the restaurant, where we were served an exquisite dinner, which culminated in a very special dessert. When the plate was put down in front of me, written in strawberry sauce was “Veux-tu m’epouser?” Steve rose and walked around the table, got down on one knee, and said some very beautiful things, not least of which was “will you marry me?” I very happily agreed! I remember later, as we were holding hands across the table and just taking it all in, looking at Steve and saying (through happy tears) "you're going to be my husband, and I'm going to be your wifey."
Choosing the dress,
The dress was from Destination Bridal. I tried on all kinds of dresses, but this one was just right. It was important to me that the dress I chose wasn't going to be restrictive on the day. This came in handy for dancing... and for when Adam casually announced we had to climb over a fence to get to the next photo spot.
Unique and funny moments,
How to choose! I loved having my Nana in the role of "Flower Granny". It was the people that really made the day. The speeches were unbelievably funny and heartfelt. There were also video messages from friends overseas and a personal video message from Steve's buddies Hamish and Andy, which was a great surprise that he had kept under his hat.
Advice for future couples,
Remember to put more time and effort in to planning for your marriage, than planning for your wedding. It's the love and commitment between you that really matters.
We have so much to be grateful for. It was a perfect day.
Venue: Clear Mountain lodge
Celebrant: Pastor Andrew Carnell Bridgeman Baptist Community Church
Gown: Destination Bridal
Make up and Hair : Stefans
Harpist: Sally Beaumont
Cake: Brownie tower made by groom's mother and Sister
Photography: Brisbane wedding photographer-Raconteur photography