Real Wedding: Kate & Lincoln


This wedding oozes Old Hollywood glamour from start to finish. That Champagne coloured dress and those beautiful head pieces set off a truly classically styled wedding. Our favourite part? When hubby-to-be took to bended knee and made his own special vows to Kate’s daughter. Aww!


Date: 19 September 2014

The Couple: Kate Hanssen & Lincoln Ford

No. of Guests: 60

Location: Brisbane

Theme: Old Hollywood

First Dance Song: Say Hey ( I love You) – Michael Franti & Spearhead

Budget: $30,000

Photography: Billeta Wood Photography




















How did you meet?

I was sneaking in a present for one of my friend’s bosses into his private party that she had forgotten. I was just wearing jeans, had no make up and trying to keep a low profile when he said hello. After a five minute conversation I left, and did not think twice about him. We met up a month later in a city bar randomly where he immediately asked for my number (I tried to give him a fake) but he rang it to be sure! Then insisted he take me out on a date. My first real date!

Tell us about the proposal

After 18 months of perfection, after we dropped my daughter at her ballet lesson, at a park nearby he dropped to one knee and asked me. He had secretly bought a ring a couple of months before and wanted to wait until Christmas to ask me, but he couldn’t wait! When he asked I answered “Really?!” quickly followed by a “YES!” of course!

Why did you choose Brisbane for your wedding?

Firstly, we know Brisbane will be where we settle, so we knew we wanted to have it in Brisbane as the city holds meaning to us both. We chose the park where he proposed to have the wedding ceremony and we pass the tree we were married under a lot. Its nice to see. Then we chose the Reserve Restaurant at Milton as it suited the theme and the food and wine is AMAZING!

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

We both made the most of our last big nights out! I went to Sydney for a weekend with my girls to amazing hotel (1888 at Pyrmont) which involved a lot of dining out, shopping, champagne, dancing and a tantric sex class! Lincoln had a weekend down at the Gold Coast with his boys where he had big nights out dining and a lot of female entertainment! haha!

DIY Details

I am not a very DIY type of girl. If anything the DIY thing I did was not hire a wedding planner and did all the sourcing of suppliers and buying a lot of decorations for a lot of different places. Would you believe I bought all the gold, silver and glass decorations, the typed notes, the roses, but it was actually Lincoln who decorated the reception!

What was your key styling inspiration?

The Reserve vintage champagne bar was already gorgeous on its own, I just added a lot of sparkle with rose sequin tablecloths, bunches of red roses everywhere in gold and glass vases, strawberries to the champagne flutes, candles everywhere. I used google, the Great Gatsby Movie, and a lot of social media feeds to find a lot of inspiration!

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

Splurge – Wedding Dress. Worth every cent! Also splurged on the flower girl dresses, but they looked AMAZING.

Save – Instead of having a drinks package we just did a bar tab, that way we could stop it where we needed to. We also saved on the honeymoon by having a ‘Mini-Moon’ for a few days until we can go have a big overseas trip!

What gifts did you give your guests?

We gave them mini bottles of alcohol, suggesting prohibition was over! Hahaha!

What was the funniest moment of the day?

When Lincoln and I, unawares to the rest of the party walked straight out into peak hour oncoming traffic for a photo! Also, on the way to the ceremony, and the flower girls looked really nervous so we played “Let it Go” from the music Frozen and everyone sung it at the top of their lungs.

What was the most special memory from the day?

The Entire Day. I think the most special moment for us was the vows. Lincoln firstly got down on one knee and made a vow to my daughter Alexis and gave her a ring. Then he got up and said his vows to me. There was not one dry eye.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We had to save some money as our original budget was $25,000. So we went to Peppers Cradle Mountain Resort for 4 days. It was perfect. We drank Tasmanian wine, ate Tasmanian produce, had our own cabin and fireplace and climbed a mountain together!

Special thanks to…

A special thank you to all the suppliers – they were with us 100% leading up to and on the day. If anything, I feel as though I had made friends! Big thank you to my four gorgeous bridesmaids who I think I annoyed everyday to bounce ideas off them.

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

Take your time, don’t rush into making impulse choices. I wanted decisions made and everything ready as soon as possible so I made a couple of mistakes and spent money where it wasn’t needed. Always consult someone you trust before making a purchase!

Ceremony: Newstead Park
Reception: Reserve Resturant, Milton
Gown: Johanna Johnson
Bridesmaid Attire: Alexandra Grecco
Groom's Suit: Roger David
Groomsmen Attire: Roger David
Decorator: Miss Weddings
Flowers: Bliss Florist, Stafford
Cake: Delia Coffey
Caterer: Reserve Resturant
Transport: Grande Limousines
Music: Jazz Duo - Tenille West & Jake Bristow
Photographer: Billeta Wood Photography
Videographer: Evernew Studios
Celebrant: Helen Murray
Engagement Ring: Diamonds International
Bride's Wedding Ring: Diamonds International
Groom's Wedding Ring: Vintage

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