How did you meet? What was the first thing you noticed about each other?
We met through a mutual friend at a jet-skiing day on the Brisbane River. Cam says the first thing he noticed about me was my long legs and dorky sense of humour. The first thing I noticed about Cameron was that he was quite handsome and that he had a fantastic, dry sense of humour.
When he proposed what were you thinking? and how did he do it?
I was thinking “Very Funny Cameron” because I thought it was a joke. We went to Stradbroke Island with our closest friends, I took him to a beach that is very special to me that I had always talked about. He wrote “Maddy marry me” in the sand but cryptically so I had to figure out what he was writing. When I noticed how nervous he was I realized it was the real deal. It was very special having my mum and closest friends there to share the moment and celebrate, drinking champagne and watching the sunset.
Where was your ceremony and reception and why did you choose there?
We held our Ceremony at the Carindale Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, followed by a simple reception at the Redland Bay Baseball Club. We chose this location because we wanted a simple, affordable and relaxed reception. The staff were great and very helpful and we were very happy with the way it all turned out.
Who was your celebrant and why did you choose them?
We were fortunate to have two very good friends of ours perform our Ceremony. One of whom was a registered celebrant. Having people close to us perform the ceremony made it a lot more personal and intimate.
Was there a particular feel or style your Brisbane Wedding?
Cam and I planned our wedding in 8 weeks. The biggest thing we wanted was a chilled, relaxed atmosphere. We didn’t want flashy and formal. We had grazing tables and a bar, a deck over-looking baseball fields and made a playlist with our favourite tunes. My sister put together an amazing dessert buffet, guests could hit the batting sheds to test out their skills and at about 6pm, Cam and I snuck out to go have an intimate dinner at a South bank restaurant just the two of us. It was brilliant.
Who made your dress and where was it from, what made you choose your dress?
I’m so proud to say my mum made my dress. (With the help of a family friend) I just wanted simple but elegant and found that was not the style in any of the stores. So mum said stuff it – I’ll just make it for you. Probably the most stressful thing she has ever been through but it was absolutely perfect. I loved my dress.
Were there any unique or funny moments that stood out in your mind about the day?
We had our photo shoot with the bridal party before our ceremony. We had a ‘first look’ moment where my dad walked me to Cameron who was facing away, I tapped him on the shoulder and he turned around to see his bride for the first time. Was really special doing this just the two of us, and resulted in some really touching photos. After the photoshoot the nerves were gone and Cam and I walked down the aisle hand in hand. Also, Cameron dropped my ring when he went to put it on. Which was a good laugh.
Any advice for future couples?
Break the rules! There is no need to stick to age old traditions unless of course that is what you want. Don’t want a cake? Want a pinata instead? Do it! It’s YOUR wedding.
Also – Invest in a good photographer. Someone who you both mesh well with that understands you as a couple, your wants and ideas and has a lot of experience. Can highly recommend Adam from Raconteur photography for someone who ticks all of those boxes.