Feature Wedding – Brooke & Paul Douglas
Brooke arrived in Hong Kong for work in April 2011 and spotted her husband-to-be across a local bar. Brooke mentioned to her friend that the guy across the bar was just her type.
Twelve months later, Brooke was set up on a blind date by a friend, and it was Paul, the guy across the bar.
One year to the day of their first date, Brooke and Paul celebrated with a progressive dinner around Hong Kong. As a surprise to Brooke, Paul had organised for dessert to be served on the window sill of their apartment, overlooking the Hong Kong skyline. Paul proposed to Brooke at the end of a perfect evening.
Being an event planner, Brooke knew all the people she wanted to work with, and the places that made sense to the two of them, so they booked a date for two months later.
Considering there was only two months between engagement and wedding, of course everyone thought Paul and Brooke must have been pregnant. Little did they know, a few weeks following the wedding they would be in fact expecting a baby.
Brooke and Paul welcomed their beautiful baby boy the following year which I was honoured to photograph his newborn photos.
Although their wedding was over a year ago now, I felt it deserved to be featured + shared on this blog as it was so unique, spanned over 2 days and was so well planned and styled (from overseas)!
Interview with the Bride – Brooke
1. What did you do for your hens day? And what was the best part?
I was lucky enough to have 2 hens day, one in Hong Kong and another in Cronulla. In both locations I was surrounded by gorgeous old and new family & friends and the effort made was just so special. Both days included so many thoughtful, personal touches and I feel very lucky to have these people in my world at home and in my home away from home.
The best part of the hen’s party in Cronulla were the gorgeous table settings and the amazing detail my sister, and friend Bianca, went to.
In Hong Kong, it was the random flash mob with a bus of mainland Chinese dancing to Gangnam Style.
2. What don’t the blogs and bridal magazines tell you?
These days they are very thorough so not much gets missed. My advice would be, go with your gut. If you meet with a supplier and you get on well, book them, you’ll work out the rest.
Many blogs and magazines also suggest the DIY wedding factor, I say get on etsy.com and get someone else to create the ‘homemade’ look for you.
3. What’s one piece of advice you’d give brides to be?
Keep your bridal party small and involve friends and family in other creative ways.
Also, if you have suppliers and you love and trust the work they do then let them surprise you. Send through some images from Pinterest and then let the professionals do what they do best. So many details on our day were a surprise. It was a wonderful process and the outcome exceeded expectation.
4. What would you recommend having in a ‘bride-aid kit’?
Flat shoes to really enjoy photo time and the reception.
A good friend who has your run sheet/supplier list and all your requests so they can check ahead for you and you can just enjoy the moment.
5. People often say the day goes too quickly, what do you wish you spent more time doing?
We were lucky enough to celebrate our wedding over 2 days. We had our ceremony and dinner with family on the Friday, and then a gorgeous garden party on the Saturday, so we felt like we got the chance to chat, cuddle and have a drink with everyone.
I only wish we had more time on the dance floor… 7 hours wasn’t enough!
6. What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?
There is an endless list of memories, but there is something very special about standing with your father at one end of the aisle, and the love of your life waiting for you to arrive at the other end.
Favourite photo of the day…
How long is a piece of string? There is a shot of us both laughing with balloons in our hands. Sums up the day and us really well.
All the bells & whistles
Ceremony – Gunnamatta Park, South Cronulla
Reception – Summer Salt Restaurant & a family friends home in Burraneer
Photographer – Kat Stanley Photography
Shoot locations – Gunnamatta Baths, South Cronulla Rock Pools, HAM Café, The Timiltys’ beautiful family home/garden
Honeymoon – Koh Samui, Thailand
Hair & Make Up – Living Beauty by Mieke – http://www.living-beauty.com.au/
Cars, Flowers, Styling (Friday) – Sugarcoated Events – http://www.sugarcoatedevents.blogspot.com.au/
Celebrant – Lilian Lyon – http://www.lyonheart.com.au/
Musician – Second Hand the Band
MC – Family friend, Rick Del Monte
Dress – Blushed Bridal (Hong Kong)
Shoes – Toms (Nordstrom online)
Event Stylist – (Sat) Myself, my parents and Kathy Timilty
Caterer – Feast Catering – http://www.feastcaterers.com.au/
Bits & Bobs – http://www.etsy.com