Congratulations on your marriage Annmaree and Jayden! Thank you for sharing your special day with us.
Annmaree tells us about the proposal "We hadn't been on a road trip in while and Jayden suggested it one weekend. We packed and off we went. The 12 Apostles was our destination. When we arrived it was just on sun set, we made our way to the look out. Once we got to the lookout I took some photos on my SLR Jayden suggested we get one together so I set up my tripod and stood beside him ready for our photo. Just as it went to take the picture Jayden got down on one knee and proposed. It was very romantic."
"My wedding day was perfect. We had no dramas, everything ran smoothly and the weather was lovely. We arrived to the venue in a 1929 stretch Dodge. Having extra seats meant I could arrive with my dad, bridesmaids and mum. It was special to share the incredibly exciting drive with them all. That moment at the top of the garden step before you walk down the aisle is the most nerve racking and exciting time! But once I started walking I could not stop smiling, you forget all the people are watching you and all you can see is your future husband. We said our vows, we had my Mum and his Nan read out a prayer which was lovely. The reception was fun, the food was great. Our first dance was to Barry Whites "Can't get enough of your love" which was a bit of an in joke. The night ended with a good bye circle which is a great way to do the rounds. My highlights were getting ready - it's a lot of fun being dolled up and saying "I Do" -making that promise to someone knowing you plan to spend the rest of your life by their side is just incredible."
"Our wedding ceremony was just kept classic and simple with a garden wedding, nothing fancy, white chairs and rose petal cones. The theme for the reception wasn't over powering we had photo frames with vintage prints of the places we were going on our honeymoon. Everything else was kept simple. The table decorations were supplied by the venue. We had a suit case styled box for our wishing well."
"Jayden and I wrote letters to each other which we opened the morning of the wedding we had also given each other gifts. I received diamond earrings and I brought him a watch. I had also pinned a bell to my dress. Long story short my grandpa carried it with him everywhere before he passed. I had given it to him when I was little so he could be at my party "with bells on" so I wore it so I could have something with me that reminded me of him. My garter was also a family tradition, it was my Nans and all her daughters had worn it and now one of her granddaughters had too."
Annmaree has this advice for brides-to-be "the wedding is yours and your partner's special day, no one else's. You will have input from 1000's of different people, take the advice but do what makes the two of you happy. Some people won't like some decisions but they will get over it. Also with our Reverend we had to do a little pre-marital course. We laughed at it at first but in the end we became a lot closer and learned a lot about each other and what we both wanted from each other and the relationship. This is worth doing."
Annmaree's biggest tip for planning is to use Pinterest. Just having a mood board with all your ideas is very helpful. She also used an app on her phone with a month by month planner on what needed to be done.Ingrid Szajer