Highschool sweethearts Kristi and Steve had a chic and glamourous wedding. Kristi shared the details of their special day with us.
How did the two of you meet?
Steve and I were childhood sweethearts… We started dating when we were just 15 years old after meeting at my friend’s older brother’s 17th birthday party. We may have been very young at the time but we were absolutely smitten with each other, and spent as much time together as our parents would allow. We decided to move in together when we start university, that was a true test of our patience, but perfect none the less!
How did the proposal go?
For Valentine’s Day last year Steve surprised me by taking me hot air ballooning (I’d always wanted to go). We were watching the sun rise and absolutely freezing, luckily I had Steve to keep me warm. At one stage though he had stopped cuddling me, by the time I turned around to see what he was doing he was down on one knee with my stunning engagement ring gleaming up at me.
How would you sum up your wedding in a few sentences?
Our wedding was definitely glamourous! The fact that I wore multiple different dresses on the day probably showcased that. We also focused our wedding décor around the contrast of gold and different shades of red. Our reception included over 2,000 individual flowers which really popped again our clear glass furniture and gold detailing. I really do think that glamourous is the best description!
What was important to you about your wedding?
I really wanted our guests to be blown away, by everything! With this in mind we really had no limits set; the more glitz the better! Thousands of flowers and hundreds of candles, we wanted every element of our wedding to be incomparable and unforgettable. My dresses were also very important to me; I couldn’t decide between having a big princess dress, or having a more sexy fitted dress… So in the end I decided to combine both! I also wanted to wow our guests with ANOTHER dress for the cutting of the cake, so I chose to literally match my dress with the cake and have gold detailing throughout.
What made your venue “the one”?
We needed a big venue to comfortable house all of our guests, we also wanted something quite neutral that we could fill with all of our chosen wedding décor. Steve and I did a lot of research and visited a lot of different venues; when we finally stumbled upon the Ivy I knew it would be the perfect canvas for what I had in mind!
What made the day really special to you?
Definitely Steve and my first dance together as a married couple! Neither of us had much ballroom dancing experience, and I didn’t want to embarrass myself, so I made Steve take private dance lessons with me for a few weeks leading up to our wedding. After cutting our amazing cake our wedding song came on, it was quite nerve racking to start with but Steve made it fun and I soon relaxed.
What advice would you give to brides and grooms planning their day?
On your wedding day; take a deep breath and enjoy yourself! Your whole day goes so quickly so you really don’t want to spend it stressing about minor details that may or may not go wrong. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are there to help you, take advantage of that! If there’s anything that they can do to help, ask them so that you have one less thing on your mind and you can really embrace the day!
Where did you go on honeymoon?Steve and I went to Hawaii for our honeymoon. We spent two weeks at the Hilton in Honolulu, sipped on cocktails every day and did way too much shopping! The two of us hadn’t been on a proper holiday together for a few years before that so we really made the most of our time away together, finally able to relax without needing to stress about any wedding details.
Ceremony & Reception: Ivy Merivale, Sydney
Wedding Dress: George Elsissa – georgeelsissa.com
Bridesmaids dresses: Sweethearts Bridal – sweetheartsbridal.com
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman – stuartweitzman.com
Stationery: Adorn Wedding Invitations – adorninvitations.co.uk
Flowers: Sydney Wedding Flowers
Groom and Groomsmen’s suits: Hugo Boss
Accessories: Jewellery: Nader Jewellers – nader.com
Cake: Sweet Passion – sweetpassion.com
Photographer: Blumenthal Photography – blumenthalphotography.com.au
Make Up & Hair: Natalie Anne Hair – natalieanne.com
Film: Untitled Film Works