Couple Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Louise & Graham

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What would you say is the most romantic time of the year? Christmas? New Year’s Eve? Graham combined both of these in a very unique and touching proposal. After missing both occasions with Louise, Graham set up a Christmas Winter Wonderland dinner, followed by their very own New Year’s Eve countdown which ended with a proposal. The couple were married at the historic St. Brigid’s Cathedral and enjoyed a reception with their loved ones at the elegant Landing at Dockside.

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Date: October 4 2014

The Couple: Louise and Graham Snow

No. of Guests: 120

Location: St. Brigid’s Cathedral, Red Hill and The Landing at Dockside

Theme: Navy and baby pink

First Dance Song: Your Everything – Keith Urban

Budget: $40,000

Photography: Nouvel Amour

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Louise and Graham

Flower girl

Louise and Graham

Louise and Graham

Louise and Graham

Bridesmaids

Louise and Graham

Louise and Graham

Groomsmen

Louise and Graham

Bridal party

Church

Louise and Graham

Reception

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How did you meet?

We met on the first day of grade eight. We were best friends. Over the years I changed schools in grade 10 and we remained very close friends. We dated in grade 12 briefly – and then lost contact until I moved in with my close friends and found out Graham was a mutal friend of theirs. The rest is history.

Tell us about the proposal…

I was in Ireland for Christmas in 2012, and while away Graham was putting together his plan. He booked a hotel down on the Gold Coast for when I arrived home and, assisted by his mum, made the room into a Christmas Wonderland as they we didn’t get to spend it together. After our Christmas dinner, Graham had put together a New Year’s countdown, to which he asked me to marry him at the end of the countdown. It was an amazing proposal.

Why did you choose St Brigid’s Cathedral and The Landing at Dockside for your wedding?

We chose St. Brigid’s Cathegral because I loved the beautiful red brick and the inside. Graham loved the fact you could see Suncorp Stadium down the side. We chose the Landing for the vibe we got when we walked in. The staff were amazing and the view was just beautiful.

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

Graham’s bucks was very low key- he went to the pub with some mates and had drinks at our house. My hens was very different! I had a weekend away in an incredible house on the Gold Coast with my closest friends and saw Puppetry of the Penis, had cocktails and waiters. My sisters and mum ensured the events were well thought of for the whole weekend. Including survival packs for each guest.

DIY Details

The invitations were made by myself and my maid of honour, Suzanne. The centrepieces were done by my younger sister, Lynsey. Flowers were done by my best friend, Amy. Gifts were done by myself, sister Vicki and my two year old niece kissed each and every one of them luck. The lolly buffet was done by my mum. The seating plan was all hand made- as guests chose their name from the designated table and chose where they sat.

Key Styling Inspiration

I wanted something rustic but classic. The invitations were made to incorporate lace and hessian. The rest of the wedding was styled around this idea.

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

We splurged on our reception, nothing was held back. We both wanted it to be perfect. We saved on invitations and flowers. I’m a school teacher and I had my colleagues play the bridal march and had my students perform outside the church for guests to enjoy while photos were happening.

What gifts did you give your guests?

We donated money to Heart Kids Australia as this is a charity very close to our hearts. We then gave guests a homemade keyring with two hearts, heart lollies and a card explaining the charity. We also had a lolly buffet and a photo booth.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

The speeches. They were so spot on and something we will never forget.

What was the most special memory from the day?

Our surprises for each other. I had organised a special message from Troy Cassar-Daley, and had personally met with Gorden Tallis. Graham was absolutely blown away. Our MC Jai read out the messages together with messages from my family in Ireland which was really special. Graham’s speech was very special as it was also a montage of everything we have both been through- in our relationship in a style close to the New Year’s countdown he had done for the engagement.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We went to Fiji and stayed in the Raddison Blu for seven days. We had the best time as we were looked after so well. We went on numerous day trips and drank plenty of cocktails.

Special thanks to…

Our amazing families. They were our pillar of support and really made our day so special.

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

Just breathe. Everything will be perfect on your big day and enjoy every minute. Take selfies so you have memories of the next day to look back on.

Words by editorial intern Emily Russ


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Credits
Ceremony: St Brigid's Cathedral Red Hill
Reception: The Landing At Dockside
Gown: Spurling
Bridesmaid Attire: Forever New
Groom's Suit: Roger David
Groomsmen Attire: Roger David
Coordinator: Sandra Difrancesco and Penny Walker
Decorator: Groomsmen
Flowers: Amy Belcher
Hair: Samantha Hambleton & Sarah Minns
Makeup: Janice Chan Makeup Artist
Cake: Sublime Cake Creations
Caterer: The Landing At Dockside
Stationery: Officeworks/ Spotlight/ Pillow Talk
Music: Good Vibrations
Photographer: Nouvel Amour
Videographer: Jade Lindon
Hens: Gold Coast
Celebrant: Father Augustine Obi
Bride's Wedding Ring: Stephen Dibb Jewellery
Groom's Wedding Ring: Stephen Dibb Jewellery
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