Couple Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Christie & Travis

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For Christie and Travis a simple wedding was out for the question. Inspired by Christie’s love of the 19th century and the classic surroundings of the Glengariff Historic Estate, the couple said ‘I do’ in a ceremony full of vintage charm and elegance.

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Date: September 5 2014

The Couple: Christie and Travis Patten

Location: Glengariff Historic Estate, Dayboro

No. of Guests: 95

First Dance Song: Make You Feel My Love – Adele

Theme: Classical vintage

Budget: $27,000

Photography: Milque Photography and Films

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Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

Christie and Travis

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How did you meet?

Travis and I were introduced through a mutual friend at a house party on his birthday.

Tell us about the proposal…

It was like a dream or a movie! Travis squired me away to Crystal Creek Rainforest Retreat for our four year anniversary weekend. He took me for a walk at dusk and we came upon a clearing that was surrounded by bamboo torches, with rose petals lining the ground and a bottle of Champagne cooling in an ice bucket. Even at this point, I thought it was an anniversary gift and was unsuspecting. I looked up at the trees (enjoying the view and the moment!) when I looked down he was on his knee with the ring. The tears came immediately! I couldn’t even see the ring through the tears, I just said yes!

Why did you choose Glengariff Historic Estate for your wedding?

We chose Glengariff because it took the stress out of planning a ceremony and reception (they do both and organise the whole thing!). It also had one set price per head which included so much! A six-course meal, alcohol package, venue and staff hire, the decorations, etc. It was fabulous and so easy for us to be able to leave everything in their hands.

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

My hens night was at the Gold Coast in a beautiful holiday home. My bridesmaids dressed me in embarrassing clothes and paraded me through Cavill Avenue, took me to a burlesque dance class and then we had a big night on the town. The bucks was in Brisbane and was essentially one big, very messy boys weekend away!

DIY Details

We did the stationery and decorations all ourselves to save money. I handmade our save-the-dates, the invitations, and had family help with place settings, the seating chart, menus, bomboniere, etc. Our wedding cake was even made by my cousin!

Key Styling Inspiration

We love the 19th century and have very classical-vintage tastes. We wanted our wedding to reflect that and to also take advantage of the current bridal trends which worked perfectly together. Rather than the popular shabby-chic vintage, we aimed for upper-aristocracy elegance, e.g. elegant script font, pearls, lace, chandeliers, string musicians and leather.

Where did you splurge and where did you save on your wedding?

We splurged on the venue/reception, vintage car hire and string trio – the things we thought would be most likely to give our wedding the right feel, but saved on whatever else we could including my dress (handmade by my aunt), cake (made by my cousin), bridal hair (my bridesmaid did it), decorations and stationery (DIY), etc.

What gifts did you give your guests?

Each guest received a vintage brown bag of white and pink lollies tied up with a brass key and twine.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

The best man’s speech!

What was the most special memory from the day?

Right after the ceremony – Travis and I sitting in the back of the vintage car being driven around the area to get some photos. We were sitting in the back together holding hands and had a few moments to sit quietly together and reflect on the ceremony and how happy we were.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We went to Waikiki Beach in Hawaii for two weeks.

Special thanks to…

Ruth Speight (Seams Superior) for making my wedding dress, Angela Clark for our wedding cake, Myra Davidson for the decorations, Becky Barnett for my amazing hair, Milque Photography for capturing the most perfect moments of the day and the entire team at Glengariff Historic Estate for being so organised and efficient. Basically everyone that helped to make our day so perfect!

What advice would give other brides-to-be?

Don’t feel you need to have your wedding a certain way or do certain things just because that’s the way weddings are ‘normally done’ or because it’s what other people tell you you should be doing. A wedding is your own special celebration and should be a direct reflection of you as a couple, so make it however you want and don’t compromise. It might get hard but once you get there on the day, it will all be so worth it.

Words by editorial intern Emily Russ 


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Credits
Ceremony: Glengariff Historic Estate
Reception: Glengariff Historic Estate
Gown: Ruth Speight - Seams Superior
Bridesmaid Attire: Mr K - High Twist Chiffon in Pearl
Groom's Suit: Wolf Kanat
Groomsmen Attire: Wolf Kanat
Coordinator: In-house - Channing from Glengariff Historic Estate
Decorator: DIY - Myra Davidson
Flowers: Penthouse Hippy - Floral Styling and Design
Hair: Becky Barnett
Makeup: Zalique Makeup Artistry
Cake: DIY - Angela Clark
Caterer: In-house at Glengariff Historic Estate
Transport: Kenz Classic
Stationery: DIY excluding invitations (Cards of Wood)
Music: Ceremony - Angel Strings; Reception - Decibels Entertainment
Photographer: Milque Photography and Films
Honeymoon: The Modern Honolulu, Waikiki Beach, Hawaii
Celebrant: Krista Webb - Celebrated Moments
Engagement Ring: Michael Hill
Bride's Wedding Ring: Michael Hill
Groom's Wedding Ring: Michael Hill
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