We didn’t want to miss out on our chosen reception venue, Bondi Pavilion, so we did things a little backwards and booked before our engagement!
Dylan always wanted to be the one to propose and, on our four-year anniversary in February 2017, Dylan popped the question with a beautiful indoor picnic at The Old Clare hotel. Little did Dylan know, I had always planned to ask Dylan back (everyone loves a proposal, right?) and I created a picnic in Bronte gully the next day.
Our ceremony was supposed to be held in Bronte Gully in the same exact spot, however, our wedding day was the first day in 70 days to have rain and so it was held at the reception venue.
Our ‘theme’ was quite tongue-in-cheek because everyone kept asking me about a theme and I didn’t care to have one, so it was ‘rough and ready’. e.g. “we’ll throw everything together and it will all work out”. This soon morphed into ‘rough and joyful’ and I can honestly say that it was the best theme. Our wedding was ‘rough’ in that it was relatively stress free and we didn’t care for every little decoration to be perfect and fussed over and Dylan and I radiated joy which was infectious for all of our guests.
To be honest the rain added a little more joy to the day as well. My bridesmaids and I had to run through howling wind and rain to get to the venue, which made us laugh hysterically. It was an entrance to remember and set the tone for a really joyful evening.
We are now looking forward to our legal ceremony which will be held 1 year and 1 week after we got engaged, hopefully in our original ceremony location in Bronte Gully. We are only having a small party this time, but I’m sure it will be equally as joyful!