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THE STORY: Evan and I met in Wagga Wagga New South Wales at Charles Sturt university before my 18th. I took my older sisters ID card and headed to the uni bar. Evan was a student but also a security guard. He saw my sisters ID and knew it wasn’t me, but said that was amazing as the suburb was the same as the one he was living in Sydney, he still let me in and it was the start of a 10 year friendship.

We lost touch for a few years, then we connected on a night out on Oxford Street. Surprised to see him, we reconnected with a spark and the rest is history. He asked me to marry him whilst backpacking three years ago after climbing Mount Rocco, Kobe Japan whilst was snowing, it was a magical scene.

THE STYLE: In a sentence... it was a Boho country garden wedding. We took two years to get down the aisle after we got engaged, so I was in no rush to be all consumed by planning the big day.  As I worked as a bridal stylist for many years I have been part of many weddings and understand that there were many elements involved. I knew from experience that I wanted an intimate wedding with everything in the one location, outdoors in nature and the feeling of a relaxed garden party. We found Somersby Gardens estate on the Central Coast, I knew it was the right place. Ceremony, accommodation and reception all in one place. 

It was stunning canvas, and all local vendors which I highly recommend for less stress and also they all knew each other so they loved working together. It was my photographers Chasing Brightness that recommended Maggie May to me!

BRIDES STYLE: The reason I was drawn to Maggie May was I was petrified to go into a 'bridal dress shop', I just knew by their Instagram that they would have one for me. I wanted something different and my style it’s definitely not off-the-shelf. Vienna and Rose were so beautiful to work with, assisting throughout the process. They also shared other vendors that could help me with a range of other wedding 'to dos' in the local area. My dress from the 70s was floaty and fairy like. I teamed this with more a classic 1940-50s victory roll hairstyle and soft peachy make up. Flowers that dressed the ceremony, my hair, and the bouquets were Australian natives with the centrepiece of sunflowers. My husband didn’t want to miss out on wearing a dress, so he wore a kilt in his Scottish clan tartan!