23 Aug Katie + Adam
Katie and Adam
Married on 28 October 2022
It was perfect! It was Christmas Eve 2020, we were living in a tiny houseshare in London and in the middle of a snap lockdown. I had been opening windows of a beauty advent calendar all month, and Ad woke me up in the 7.00am darkness with breakfast and a coffee. I thought he was excited about Christmas Eve! When he gave the calendar to open the final window, I told him it was HIS turn, I’d opened 23 of them! After much back and forth (multiple times), I finally opened the window and found a gorgeous diamond ring and looked up to find him on one knee. It made what might have been a cold, miserable winter in lockdown so unbelievably incredible! I’m a lucky girl.
Why we chose our venue
Believe it or not, we toured and booked the venue all online from overseas and didn’t step foot inside the estate until 12 weeks before the wedding! (A big thanks to mum & dad for making several visits and sending dozens of additional photos and videos). Thankfully we made the right decision as Aravina is absolutely gorgeous! From the perfectly manicured gardens and lakeside to the grand interiors, it had everything we were looking for all in one place. The Aravina team were exceptional from day one, professional, responsive, and completely on top of things. They made planning far easier than expected – particularly on the day! The addition of the Bridal Suite was also a big drawcard for us!
We wanted a romantic wedding with an authentic, relaxed and fun feel! We got just that!
Getting married is the wildest thing – the day goes so so quickly, yet there are so many special moments that stay with you. For us, having the ceremony conducted by one of our oldest friends was so special! Kate knew each of us so well and included so many tidbits that other celebrants wouldn’t have been able to. Speeches for us were also very special, our parents and bridal party blew us away!
Finally, we took some time out during the reception to watch our favourite people from afar (thanks to my maid of honour Chenaye for that suggestion). Having that moment to be together, enjoy the moment and recalibrate was lovely. Also, we 100% recommend a sax player! So much fun!
Advice for Future Couples
Our biggest piece of advice is to ignore all of the noise and make decisions on what’s important to you. It’s your day.
If you have a strong network of family and friends – use them as much as possible. Have them as your MC, your cake maker, your celebrant. Having them by your side really makes the process and the day so memorable. And lastly, don’t leave anything until the big day, knock out your tasks in the weeks and days before so that you can be as relaxed as possible when you meet your partner at the aisle.
Processional: Xavier Rudd- Follow the Sun
Signing: Jack Johnson – Better Together
Recessional: Sonny and Cher – I got you babe Reception
Entrance: New Order – Blue Monday for Bridal Party, Dancing in the Moonlight for Katie/Adam Entrance
First Dance: Kings of Leon – Comeback Story
Father/daughter, mother/son: Fleetwood Mac – Landslide
Meet the Vendors
Accommodation Geographe Cove Resort Dunsborough
Beverages, Catering, Venue Aravina
Cake Katrina Foot, family friend
Celebrant Kate Doube
DJ DJ Lady Angie
Engagement Rings Ferrara Diamonds (London)
Wedding Bands Queensmith (London)
Groomsmen Suits InStitchu
Bridesmaids Tanya Olsen design, Nora & Elle Bridal
Groom Suit InStitchu
Wedding Gown Martina Liana design, Angelica Bridal London
Florist Sorella Flowers
Hair Stylist Kim Keyser, family friend
Ceremony Champagne Agency – Reilly Craig acoustic guitar
Reception Champagne Agency – Reilly Craig electric guitar and Tim Newhouse on sax
Makeup Allure Beauty & Co
Photographer Merge Photography
Videographer Maverick Lam
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Happy planning! Love, From This Day