The idea of having an Anna Campbell dress came to me after going wedding dress shopping for my sister’s wedding dress the year prior to mine. When we were in that shop I just fell in love with how elegant, feminine and vintage a lot of the dresses were.
So sure enough, the following year I booked in for an appointment knowing that I would find the right dress for me in that shop. I narrowed it down to the top 2 and when returning for the second appointment it wasn’t until the lovely dress stylist asked me “How do you think your husband-to-be will react when he sees you in this dress?”, then I broke down in tears and just knew how perfect this dress would be.
It was just so feminine, so elegant, so… me.
Our ceremony was at Ecostudio Fellini in Mudgeereba on the Gold Coast. The plan was to have the ceremony at their little open air chapel outside, amongst the trees and nature. However Mother Nature had other plans. It rained just as our guests were arriving. So we resorted to plan B, to take our ceremony upstairs, undercover, where the reception was. I think back to it now, and think just how perfect it was. We stood out on a small gazebo and our family and friends were nice and close which made the atmosphere feel even more intimate and beautiful.
Lindsey and I both grew up close to the ocean up in North Queensland, which helped make our decision to hold our wedding near the water either on the Sunshine or Gold Coast our priority. The majority of our family live all over Australia, so we also had to factor in the idea of convenience and holiday experience for them all as well. We visited many venues both up and down the Coast, before coming across Ecostudio Fellini. It wasn’t on a beach, however the secluded nature of the property and the natural environment it was surrounded by, completely ticked all the boxes for the intimate and relaxed wedding we wanted. The moment we stood on the grounds at Ecostudio and looked around at the natural beauty that the venue held… Lindsey and I both knew that this was exactly the spot we wanted to celebrate our wedding with all of our favourite people.
Was there any unique or funny moments that stood out in your mind about the day?
For Lindsey, he said:
The most unique moment that stood out to me was watching Katrina enter the aisle during the ceremony and seeing her for the first time. I don’t often show my emotions, however during this moment, seeing how beautiful she looked, I was struggling to hold back a tear or three. Definitely a moment I will never forget.
It was when Lindsey and I went outside under the festoon lights. Those lights were exactly where we wanted to have our first dance, but due to the weather, it just wasn’t going to happen. My sister had given Lindsey and I some important advice just after our ceremony – to at some point during the night, find a spot away from everyone else and for the two of us to just take 5 minutes to share a special moment together, to be present and to be grateful to have so many people wanting to help celebrate.. us. So in saying this, the rain had died down a bit later on in the night, enough for Lindsey and I to go outside, under those lights and have our little dance, our little moment, just the two of us. It was just the icing on the cake on our beautiful day.