Real Bride: Kristy
Bride: Kristy | Groom: Josh
How did you meet your husband?
It’s funny, because we actually don’t remember, as we are a part of a larger Christian community where we meet a lot of people here and there. Sometime in 2013 we predict we met, and around 2015 we lived in the same town and where in the same friendship groups. As Josh is almost 5 years younger than me, we never saw each other as more than friends. Josh moved away in 2017 which prompted us to catch up when he visited Bendigo, and our feelings for each other developed. We wrote letters to each other for 6 months and in 2018, Josh moved back to Bendigo. .
How did your partner propose to you?
In October 2018, I was working one evening till 10pm. I was welcomed home by my piano & a beautiful saxophone playing "I can’t help falling in love with you." Via a sticky note, I was asked to put on a dress & follow a trail of candles, balloons & thousands of shiny hearts scattered everywhere to outside in my backyard, where Josh was in a black bow tie, asking on one knee if I wanted to spend forever with him. I very happily said yes! We enjoyed some wine & a cheese platter, while I read a beautiful letter from Josh.
What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
I loved seeing everything come together that I had dreamed about for so long. But to do it standing beside my best friend. Especially as I had wondered for a while if I’d ever get married. One beautiful moment I remember – was when I was standing at the alter with Josh, I looked around in to the audience, and saw my Pa sitting in the seats. He was very unwell, and we weren’t sure if he would get there or not so to see him was very special. Definitely a precious moment, as he passed away 2 weeks after the wedding day.
Did you have a theme or concept for your wedding day? What was your inspiration?
We wanted an atmosphere that was relaxed for our guests, so having the ceremony & reception at the same venue was helpful for that. We had a garden ceremony, overlooking a stunning view of the Macedon Ranges, and we stood under a triangle arbour made by my dad, decorated in a bohemian way by my Bridesmaid Tilly. The reception was a bohemian vibe with a marquee, outdoor picnic rug seating and fire pits. We had a pizza oven for catering which was casual and relaxed too. The bridesmaids dresses where more formal floor length style, so I would say an elegant bohemian garden wedding sums up our theme. Our inspiration was to have something outdoors as Josh loves the outdoors, and I love anything beautiful – especially gardens, so Camp David Farm was a perfect fit for us both.
How did you find the experience of shopping for a wedding gown?
I was blessed with a great experience. I tried on about 3-4 dresses in another store before I tried on about 3 at Bendigo Bridal Collections and found my dress. I didn’t want to continue to look at any more or any other stores as I didn’t want to be confused with more options. Plus Bron and the team where so wonderful so I wanted to buy that dress to also have the exposure to their helpfulness and great experience.
What did you love about your wedding gown?
I loved that I found it easily but more so that it had a lower back design. I didn’t think I would’ve wanted as much back showing, but it felt flattering and I liked that. The gorgeous lace however was my favourite part, especially with a train to highlight the stunning triangle lace design.
Any words of wisdom for future brides?
On the day, make a conscious effort to take a minute alone together to stop and appreciate that it is your wedding day. Also if a bride finds herself not relaxing, I’d give them the advice, that beforehand they could delegate someone to help them with some strategies of what will calm them down. What would help them focus on what is important?
Venue- Camp David Farm – Spring Hill
Catering & cake - Cake was made by a friend Katelyn Kemp
Photographer- Breanna Gravener Photography
Hair and Makeup- Camille Hair and Make Up