Feature Wedding – Olivia & Andrew
Olivia and Andrew had known each other for a few years through mutual friends. Olivia thought Andrew was a nice guy, but it wasn’t until 2007 that they shared their first kiss at an Australia Day Party hosted by one of their now bridesmaids. It only took a few dates for the couple to be totally smitten with each other.
Olivia & Andrew lived with each other for some years, and in that time, knew quite a bit about each other, not to mention meeting Prince Harry in Croatia together!
They went camping at Pretty Beach for a week over the summer holidays in early 2013. Having been to this location a few times before that, the spot was special to the two of them. On the last day of their holiday, Andrew & Olivia went to the beach. Olivia conveniently went in the water for a swim and when she came out, noticed that there was sand on her towel. One of Olivia’s pet hates is that she can not stand sand on her towel. As her hat was on top of her towel, she had to pick it up first before she could remove the sand. It was at the moment that she lifted the hat that to her surprise a box appeared.
Andrew picked up the box, already down on one knee, with the ring in his hand. Obviously Andrew had used a cunning ploy to surprise Olivia with his proposal. Olivia was in so much shock that she can’t even remember if she even managed to officially say yes from her shrieks of joy!
On the day of the wedding, a video was taken by Olivia’s uncle towards the end of the night of everyone on the dance floor. All of the guests and bridal party were up dancing and everyone was absolutely enjoying themselves. An impromptu sing-a-long ensued and then the guests lifted Andrew and Olivia up into the air as a couple. This rounded out such an amazing day of warmth, love and celebration. Olivia remarks that every time she hears Wake Me Up by Avicii, a smile beams across her face from the memories.
Interview with the Bride – Olivia
1. What’s one piece of advice you’d give the brides to be?
Don’t leave anything until the last minute. I am lucky that when it comes to these types of things I am very organised but make sure you plan everything way before the big day.
Also, don’t check the forecast in the lead up – it just creates stress over nothing. I checked it a whole week prior, and two days before I witnessed the forecast change to showers all week. On the day of arriving at Terrara House – the sun started coming out, and the weather was PERFECT!
2. What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?
That is such a hard question. I had so many moments that were memorable – getting ready with my bridesmaids in the Terrara House Estate Bridal Salon & Spa; Having my dad walk me down the aisle; Seeing how happy my parents were…
I would have to say though, walking down the aisle, looking at Andrew, and seeing how happy and handsome he looked was probably my most memorable moment. I have never felt a love like it and I will cherish it forever.
3. What are the best things to have in a ‘bride-aid kit’?
My makeup artist gave me a little pack of touch up powder and a lip gloss to keep me going for the day & night but luckily the venue had hairspray in the bathroom – that was a huge hit! I also had Perfume, mints & tissues, and Band-Aids to be safe.
4. People often say the day goes so quickly, what do you wish you spent more time doing?
The day flies by! I do wish I got to speak to my overseas family a little bit more, they made the trek out here and it was so hard to get to speak to everyone so that’s my only regret. I know people understand but you do feel bad.
I also wish we danced more! We both love dancing and I felt like that time all went so quickly.
5.What don’t the blogs and bridal magazines tell you?
Reading magazines are great – but speaking to people with personal experience is better.
Favourite photo from the day
That is impossible to answer! Way too many to choose from. Kat is absolutely amazing and every single photo we are obsessed with. I cried a lot of happy tears looking through them all.
All The bells & whistles
Hair – Pete from Chelsea Hairdressing
Make Up – Lauren from the Makeup Lady. http://www.makeuplady.com.au/
Flowers – Terrara House did our flowers.
Celebrant – Robyn Lenehan
Musician – The Tom & Dave Show.
MC – Brett. He was my Maid of Honour’s partner.
Dress – My dress was a custom made design. I worked with Coral from Corston Couture who was such a lovely lady. She really knew what worked best with my figure and every detail on the dress was perfect.
Shoes – I went through Shoes Of Prey which to be honest, I wasn’t 100% happy with them. The ladies were very helpful though in allowing me return 2 pairs and replacing them, and after my third attempt at a pair we got it right. They were a small heel and very comfortable.
Event Stylist – I don’t think I can put into words how amazing Rosi, Sue, Jodi and the rest of the team at Terrara House was. Every little thing was perfect and they were so calm and helpful with me on the day.
Wedding planner – Myself, Rosie & Sue also from Terrara House.
Caterer – Terrara House catered it all.
Invitations & Stationery – Hayley Adams, Paperbark Rose #paperbarkrose.
Bonbonieres – Piccolo & Poppi.
Headpiece – Teeki Designs. Amy designed my custom headpiece, she was awesome! I want to wear it again I just love it so much.
Grace Sydney Candles. We had candles placed in the marquee which made it smell absolutely divine. Ashleigh and her mother were lovely to deal with. They smell so good and they even place custom labels on the candles too. They are so well priced too. We chose the French Pear scent. Delightful!!!