Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Annie-Rose and Thomas

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Picture-perfect bride Annie-Rose Bishop and doting new hubby, Thomas David Glover, celebrated their big day with a romantic country theme in the beautiful Sunshine Coast hinterland. Starting their road to marriage with a Tuscan countryside proposal, the duo ensured their special day was just as spectacular.

Date: March 6th 2015

The Couple: Annie-Rose Bishop and Thomas David Glover

Location: Yandina, Sunshine Coast

No. of Guests: 100

Theme: Country Chic

First Dance Song: Til Kingdom Come – Coldplay

Photography: Edwina Robertson Photography

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How did you meet?

We initially met at a house party, where I thought Tom was a bit arrogant. We talked about people we knew in common from my hometown, as I had just moved to Toowoomba and that was about as far as the conversation went. We reunited a few years later, were I was working my way through university at a local pub. Tom frequented the pub most weekends and just so happened to be a housemate of an acquaintance from my hometown. It wasn’t long before we started to hang out a lot, and I became an honorary member at their ‘boys pad’. After two dates, we were inseparable.

Tell us about the proposal…

I had always loved Italy – the food, the wine and the culture. So Tom decided he would buy me a plane ticket for my birthday. We planned our trip through Italy, as well as a stopover in Paris and Dubai. Midway throughout our trip in Tuscany, we were staying in the medieval town of San Gimignano. We had picked out this restaurant looking over the Tuscan country side as our special little treat for our visit. We had a delicious meal and we took a stroll through the cobble stone streets after. Under the street lights he proposed, and I screamed so loud I think the whole of Italy heard me!

Why did you choose Yandina Station for your wedding?

Tom grew up a lot at the beach, and I’m from the country originally. We wanted a location that would allow our friends and family to get away for the weekend as well. So Yandina Station was an obvious choice! Its rustic charm pleased me (not to mention the amazing food!) and the coastal accommodation was fitting for our time outside of the wedding.

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

Tom was taken to the Gold Coast with around 10 of his closest mates. While I was surprised in Byron Bay with a beautiful oasis for the weekend with 10 of my closest girls. My maid of honour, older sister and I had her convinced they were headed to a Caravan Park for weeks. She had hired bikes for us all for the weekend, and we did nothing but eat, beach and relax. We had one big night out – with an 80s aerobics theme, it was the best!

DIY Details

I set out collecting a variety of jars from the moment we were engaged. These all came together as vases and candle holders on the day. Similarly, my ill dad made my table numbers by hand, as well as our welcome sign. These I will cherish forever. I used four old windows from a Queensland home to use as my table guides. As well as those we also designed all of our stationary, made our favours of limonchello (as an ode to were our engaged journey began) and co-ordinated the elements of gold sequins throughout the day, and the trickeling of family photos as you walked into the venue.

Key Styling Inspiration

We wanted to keep things really romantic but still fun! We kept the country feel throughout – without an inch of white linen (except the napkins). We concentrated on blues, whites, woods and bright oranges and pinks to bring things to life. We had hints of gold throughout the wedding as well, to bring that extra element of glamour.

What did you splurge on and what did you save on for your wedding?

We splurged on our venue – for its beauty and the amazing food that came with it! We also splurged our photographer and videographer. We knew this expense wouldn’t matter when we could look back on the memories for years to come! We saved on our styling by doing lots of DIY elements ourselves, including our favours and stationery which I designed myself.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We went to Melbourne for a week! We ate out for almost every meal and did nothing but relax in our hotel room in between. It was a fantastic break after such a busy time!

What advice would you give other brides-to-be?

Don’t lose your cool! Brides, if you’re a control freak like me, that extra vase of flowers on the table really won’t matter on the day! So don’t let those things blow your budget out! Stick to it. Be sure to make the day fun for yourselves and fill the room with lots of love and laughter. Be sure to splurge on a photographer and videographer – you won’t regret it


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Credits
Ceremony: Yandina Station, Yandina
Reception: Yandina Station, Yandina
Gown: Melinda O'Donogue
Bridesmaid Attire: Bride’s designs
Groom's Suit: Hanna’s Toowoomba
Groomsmen Attire: Hanna’s Toowoomba
Decorator: Simply Style Co
Flowers: Willowbud
Hair: Bye Bye Birdie
Makeup: Peacocks and Lilies
Cake: Ideas in Icing
Transport: Noosa Hinterland Tours
Stationery: Bride’s designs
Music: Golden Child Entertainment
Photographer: Edwina Robertson Photography
Videographer: BXCSMXTH
Honeymoon: Melbourne, Australia
Engagement Ring: Parker Diamonds
Bride's Wedding Ring: Parker Diamonds
Groom's Wedding Ring: Wallace Bishop
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