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Real Wedding: Peggie & David

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Peggie Walsh had just accepted a job offer in Canberra when cupid struck during a chance meeting with David Prendergast in Brisbane. The pair embarked on a long distance romance before David followed his heart to the nation’s capital. Awww! Styling their lush ‘British Colonial’ themed wedding proved to be a real sister act. The bride’s background as a florist helped inform her choice of luxe botanical elements with her sister Amanda (owner of Adorn Event Hire) on hand to coordinate the styling, including many items from her own collection. Amanda made “the most amazing bouquets which included succulents, orchids and mini pineapples!” says Peggie. “It made everything perfect.”

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Date: October 12 2014

The Couple: David Prendergast and Peggie Walsh

Location: Brisbane

No. of Guests: 75

Theme: British Colonial

First Dance Song: At Last – Etta James

Photography: Alcorn Images

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Peggie and David

Peggie and David

Peggie and David

Peggie and David

Peggie and David

Peggie and David

Peggie and David

Peggie and David

Peggie and David

Peggie and David

Peggie and David

Peggie and David

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How did you meet?

We met the day before Valentines Day at the Newmarket Hotel in Brisbane. I had just finished a big day at work when a few ladies and I decided to head out for a drink. After replacing dinner with a few bottles of wine, my boss Beth noticed a bunch of good looking roosters on the table next to us and decided to play cupid. She got talking to Dave and ended up introducing me. I remember he had a cheeky smile and was very charming.

The timing was terrible as I had just accepted a job in Canberra, but we decided to keep dating for the next few months. I was hopeful that we would keep in touch after I moved and secretly hoped he would move to Canberra with me, but it was too early to tell.

After a couple of months into the separation and a few trips back and forth, Dave moved to Canberra making me the happiest girl on earth. We moved in together and never looked back.

Tell us about the proposal…

Dave proposed to me in his parents kitchen, which sounds simple, but he had managed to keep it a secret from all of my family and me, which was a big deal. He was so nervous I could hardly understand what he was saying, but when he pulled out the ring, I was speechless. He of course knew my answer would be yes, but the look of relief on his face was priceless!

Why did you choose the Brisbane Botanic Gardens and Brisbane City Hall for your wedding?

Both of our families live in Brisbane so it was an easy choice to have it there (we live in Canberra). I was a florist once and I love botanic gardens so we knew it was always going to be held in a garden somewhere. The wedding lane of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens was a lovely spot and didn’t need much in the way of decor as the surrounding gardens were beautiful and green.

We chose the Brisbane City Hall for our reception as we fell in love with the room, it had a very traditional feel and the light was lovely.

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

Hens – High Tea at the Burbury Hotel in Canberra, then a pole dancing class (dressed in 80s work out gear) and then out for dinner at Lucky’s at QT Hotel Canberra.

Bucks – Pub crawl through Brisbane.

DIY Details

My mum sewed all of the banana leaf fabric overlays which was a big element of the styling and Dave stamped all of the place cards with pineapples.

We wanted tropical plants on the tables so they could be re-planted after the wedding. Each of them were wrapped in coconut fibre and tied with jute twine which all of my family pitched in to help with.

My sister (who owns Adorn Event Hire) made the most amazing bouquets which included succulents, orchids, and mine had mini pineapples. I absolutely loved my bouquet.

Key Styling Inspiration

I am passionate about interior design and my favourite style is British Colonial. I wanted the wedding to have a combination of lush tropical leaves, natural elements and relaxed luxury interiors; like taking a quick trip to the Bahamas.

Where did you splurge and where did you save?

Splurge – we were lucky to get Motion Art to film our wedding. The day went by so fast and there were so many good memories, now we will be able to look back at our video forever and remember an absolutely unforgettable day.

Save – My hair piece was from Lovisa, from memory it was under $40. My bracelet was from Forever New and was $16, and my diamanté appliqué that went on my belt was $50 from Etsy. I had been shopping everywhere and most things were several 100s of dollars and I actually liked what I picked so it worked out well.

What gifts did you give your guests?

We gave our guests beautiful organic fragrant soaps.

What was the most special memory from the day?

I would have to say the speeches. Everyone’s speech had people laughing and crying, it was a beautiful part of the night when we got to thank everyone that had travelled quite far to be there, our parents who put up with us for as long as they have and a huge thanks went to everyone who helped us put the wedding together. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to do it.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We went to Hawaii for six nights, staying in a beachfront deluxe suit at the Moana Surfrider in Waikiki. It was such a good break after all the stress of planning the wedding. It took some convincing to get Dave to go on a honeymoon, but once he was there, he loved it.

Special thanks to…

I was very lucky as my beautiful sister (and bridesmaid) Amanda owns Adorn Event Hire, so it was fun spending time together styling the wedding. She was an absolute godsend leading up to the wedding. She listened and helped me sort through so many sketches and pin boards and ideas and I was really lucky to be able to use so many gorgeous items from her collection that just made everything perfect. We couldn’t have done it without her.

We enlisted the talents of Bec from ‘Style My Celebration’ to do the food styling. She styled the drink and charcuterie board table at the ceremony and the dessert bar at the reception. ‘Wow’ is all I could say. Amanda and I styled the background elements and sourced the vessels, but left the food styling to Bec; what she did just blew me away!!

Helen from ‘Baked cakes and Cupcakery’ made the most amazing layered cake (Pina Colada cake with coconut butter creme, lemon cake with vanilla butter creme and chocolate with orange butter creme) decorated with delicate white Cattleya Orchids and green leaves. She took all my reference photos and came up with the most perfect design. Simple yet stunning and the taste was to die for!

We can’t speak highly enough of our celebrant Clarah Luxford. We found Clarah while looking through Motion Art’s website. She spoke so well and looked so stylish, it was an easy choice. Clarah was amazing on the day, but also leading up to the wedding. She lent us her book of verses that helped Dave and I put our vows together. We would have been lost without it. She took care of all the legal side of things and gave us plenty of advise on what happens after the wedding (how to change my name etc.).

What advice would give other brides-to-be?

Don’t plan on setting up your own wedding on the day. This places too much pressure on yourself. Instead, leave it to professionals so you can enjoy the whole experience of getting ready and getting excited with your best girlfriends. I would also advise that you go on a honeymoon straight after the wedding – you’ll need it!


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Credits
Ceremony: The Brisbane City Botanic Gardens (The Wedding Lawn)
Reception: Brisbane City Hall (The Brisbane Room)
Gown: The Sposa Group, Sydney
Groom's Suit: Spurling Hire
Groomsmen Attire: Spurling Hire
Coordinator: Adorn Event Hire
Decorator: Adorn Event Hire and Luca & Eve
Flowers: Adorn Event Hire
Hair: The Powder Room (Paula)
Makeup: The Powder Room (Jade)
Cake: Baked Cakes and Cupcakery
Transport: Prestige Vehicle Hire
Photographer: Alcorn Images
Videographer: Motion Art
Honeymoon: The Moana Surfrider, Hawaii
Celebrant: Clarah Luxford
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