Real Wedding: Christie & Travis



We’re so utterly besotted with this bride’s luxe gown that we couldn’t wait to share this beautiful wedding. Inspired by Christie & Travis’ love of the 19th century and all things classically vintage, the wedding is a celebration of opulent, aristocratic styling, straight from the history books. Divine.


Date: 05 September 2014

The Couple: Christie & Travis Patten

No. of Guests: 95

Location: Glengariff Historic Estate

Theme: Classical Vintage

First Dance Song: Make You Feel My Love, Adele

Budget: $27,000



































How did you meet?

Travis and I were introduced through a mutual friend at a house party on Travis’ 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) and 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 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, decorations, etc. It was fabulous and so easy for us 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 ourselves to save money. I made save-the-dates and the invitations, and had family help with place settings, the seating chart, menus, bomboniere, etc. Our wedding cake was even made by my cousin!

What was your key styling inspiration?

We love the 19th Century and have very classical-vintage tastes. We wanted our wedding to reflect that, as well as take advantage of the current bridal trends which worked perfectly together. Rather than the popular shabby-chic vintage, we aimed for upper-aristocracy elegance – fancy script, 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 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), the cake (made by my cousin), bridal hair (my bridesmaid did it), decorations and stationery (DIY).

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 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. The entire team at Glengariff Historic Estate for being so organised and efficient. Basically everyone who helped to make our day so perfect!

What advice would you 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 reflection of you as a couple, so make it however you want and don’t compromise. It might be hard but once you get there on the day, it will all be so worth it.


Ceremony: Glengariff Historic Estate
Reception: Glengariff Historic Estate
Gown: Ruth Speight – Seams Superior
Bridesmaid Attire: Mr K
Groom's Suit: Wolf Kanat
Groomsmen Attire: Wolf Kanat
Decorator: Myra Davidson (DIY)
Flowers: Penthouse Hippy Floral Styling and Design
Hair: Becky Barnett
Makeup: Zalique Makeup Artistry
Cake: Angela Clark (DIY)
Transport: Kenz Classic
Stationery: DIY
Music: Ceremony – Angel Strings; Reception – Decibels Entertainment
Photographer: Milque Photography & 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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