22 May Sophia + Adam in our Portugal
#LWBBABE Sophia wore our Portugal
Photography by: Alex Jack Photography
Location: Shoal Bay, NSW
LWB Stockist: Storybook Bridal
Ceremony location was at Nelson Head Lighthouse Reserve in Nelsons Bay, Post Stephens. It. Is a beautiful andquiet little coastal town 2.5hrs north of Sydney. Our reception was meant to be at Shoal Bay County Club, but because of restrictions from covid we had to cancel it.
TELL US HOW YOU TWO MET:
We met on Tinder 🙂 Hit it off straight away, and we never looked back. What’s the proposal story? Adam Purposed at the top of Mt Tomaree in Shoal Bay, Port Stephens just shy of our 3 year anniversary. It has the most amazing views over Shoal Bay. It is our favourite walk and spot so Adam says he was always going to purpose there. He thought I had already seen the ring box in his pocket so he purposed on the way back down to throw me off his tracks. All the while I had no idea!
THE DRESS! TELL US HOW YOU FOUND THE ONE:
Storybook bridal was the first place I looked for dresses. It was the 3rd dress I tried on and I loved it so much I didn’t want to take it off, my sisters said that meant it was THE ONE. A few other people recommenced I look else where so I knew it was definitely the one. I only looked at another place and nothing was as stunning as the PORTUGAL gown. It was just so simple and classic yet elegant and complimented my curvey figure so well. I had the choise to add detail to the back, I chose the pearl fringe which added a little extra glam to the gown. I never knew the dress could have wings until a whole year after I had ordered my dress & 3 months before the wedding where I saw pearl tulle wings on another dress on instagram. I hadn’t seen this look before and I was instantly in love with them. I ordered them straight away and got them express posted from Canada to Australia just in time. I never my sisters I got them as I wanted it to be a surprise.
WHAT WAS THE MOOD/STYLE FOR YOUR DAY:
Our wedding style was going to be coastal luxe, With a venue across the road from a bay/each, my bridesmaids were meant to wear different style dresses with a colour pallet between pink and burgundy. My florist is amazing and I kept changing my mind on my flowers so in the end I gave her free reign to choose my flower design based on my colour scheme, along with the arbour and handing installation in the venue. However none of that worked out as due to COVID before we knew it more then half of our guests had dropped out, 5 days before our wedding our venue had to shut its doors, and 3 days before our wedding we were restricted to only 5 people including the celebrant and x2 witnesses. I had the most amazing vendors who still wanted to help us get married. We decided to go ahead with a small ceremony because being married was the our only priority by that point. My Celebrate (Monty King), Photographer (alexjack Photography) and Videographer (The Barefoot Bride Films) all agreed to still help us make it happen. It was all planned at 8:30 am in the morning the day before the 5 person limit restriction came into place. We left our home straight away and drove 4 hours up the coast to our original destination wedding location. We called our parents on the way and told them to leave ASAP! It felt like we were running away to get married. Since I had to cancel my whole flower order, my florist (Film and Foilage) created a stunning died bouquet with whatever she had in her studio. It ended up being better than I could have ever imagined. I called my H&MU artist (MakeupbyBonnie-Lee) on the drive up and she was ecstatic to hear we were still getting married. I want to her house and she did my H&MU in half an hour. My originally guitarist couldn’t make it either but the music company found us another amazing guitarist (SILENT SHOUT) who would play for our ceremony and he was just as amazing. In the end it ended up being an intimate ‘elopement’ which was still so special. We managed to have 10 guests. We were just so grateful to even be getting married and really soaked up being in the moment amidst all the restrictions and the anxiety of the pandemic.
ON YOUR WEDDING DAY WHICH MOMENTS MADE YOU LAUGH/CRY THE MOST?
Our whole ceremony we were laughing. I wrote my vows in the car on the way to the ceremony (I know close call right). I nearly cried listening to my MIL welcome me into their family officially, she would never have spoken in front of 80 people so I am so happy she got to speak in the end.
ANY BITS OF ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES? ESPECIALLY IN THE MIDST OF PLANNING THEIR WEDDINGS AROUND COVID-19?
In the end the only thing that mattered was declaring our love, signing that paper, saying our vows and being married. In the end I didn’t even care what song I walked down the isle too. It all became insignificant. So much planning and organising, hours of emails, quotes, decisions, changing my mind and customs made orders. Just be in the moment, enjoy the day for what it is and, don’t focus on the little things and what should or could have been. HIGHLY recommend a videographer It is worth every cent of money.