Couple Real Weddings

Real Wedding: Peta & Bryan

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Bright and beautiful was the order of the day when Peta and Bryan tied the knot, from the blooms to the bride’s megawatt smile. With plenty of DIY touches and a fun retro feel, this wedding is definitely one to envy – right down to the tiny little details.

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Date: 05 October 2014

The Couple: Peta Hewitt & Bryan Gray

No. of Guests: 88

Location: Preston, Toowoomba

Theme: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

First Dance Song: You Belong to Me – Jason Wade, performed by the Archibald Duo

Budget: $25,000

Photographer: Salt Studios

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How did you meet?

My first job in high school was at a gourmet fish and chip shop, of which Bryan was the manager.

Tell us about the proposal…

I am a solicitor and the night before I was admitted to the roll of solicitors, we stayed in Brisbane at the Stamford Plaza. Bry was looking for the perfect time to propose and was planning on doing it during or after dinner. Unfortunately the ring box was so large, he couldn’t fit it into any of the pockets of his suit and he was too nervous that he’d lose the ring it he took it out of its box. So when I was ready to go to dinner, Bry got down on one knee in our hotel room and asked me – it was perfectly humble and understated and amazing! Two of the most important moments in my life happened in 24 hours, so it was a pretty special time.

Why did you choose Preston for your wedding?

We grew up in Toowoomba and still live there, so we wanted somewhere close to home. We chose Preston Chapel and Preston Manor because we really wanted an ‘all in one’ location so our guests didn’t have travel between the ceremony and reception. The location is so picturesque and tranquil, even though it is only a ten minute drive outside Toowoomba.

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

For the bucks, they had a boys’ weekend at the Gold Coast. They went to the races (we are big racegoers) and an AFL game and just hung out.

For the hens, we had a girls’ weekend at the Gold Coast. The activities were a surprise for me until the actual day! It started with breakfast and flowers, followed by pedicures, Champagne, lunch, some fun games and partying in the afternoon, then concluded with an awesome night at Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant.

DIY Details

We did lots of DIY for the wedding – it started with the engagement party invites (which Mum and Dad both helped with by cutting out hundreds of sparkly cardboard birds!). I also made our wedding invitations, pew ribbons (rainbow satin bows), ceremony programs (which I made as cute little fans to keep people cool), menus, a pinwheel backdrop for behind our candy bar (my mother in law made 50 pinwheels for this!), seating plan, outdoor signs (which my husband helped paint – they had quotes on them like ‘every love story is beautiful, but this one is my favourite’) and all of the other signage for the present table.

What was your key styling inspiration?

Right from the start, there were two things which stood out for me – I wanted to walk down the aisle to the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’ and I wanted very large, very bright and very textured flowers to feature in all the wedding styling! We wanted the wedding to have a bit of a retro vibe, which was evident in the style of the girls’ dresses and the colour of the boys’ suits. It was also really important to me to focus on all the little details, to create those little moments of ‘oooh’ and ‘ahhh’ from our guests.

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

The biggest splurge was on my wedding dress – it was a completely unintentional splurge but once I tried the dress on and realised it was perfect, there was no way I could have anything else! We also didn’t scrimp when it came to the food and alcohol, as we really wanted something a little different and not your standard ‘chicken or beef’. We saved significantly through DIY and also through purchasing a lot of sites secondhand or on eBay.

What gifts did you give your guests?

We had a beautiful candy bar and gave each of our guests a small gold box to fill with lollies.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

The funniest moment was actually when we were saying our vows to each other – we had written them ourselves and had both memorised them. However, as soon as the ceremony started and the emotions took over, we both realised we needed a little help! Luckily my wedding dress had pockets so I was able to whip them out, but some of our guests thought my ‘Year 8 debate’ style palm cards were quite amusing!

What was the most special memory from the day?

Despite needing a little assistance from our palm cards, our beautiful, heartfelt vows were definitely the most special memory from the day. They really evidenced our love for each other. Reading my vows and hearing Bry’s is something I’ll never forget!

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We went on a 12-night cruise to Vanuatu and New Caledonia, which was absolutely amazing and incredibly relaxing! The day after we arrived home we went to see The Lion King stage spectacular in Brisbane – we had purchased the tickets as our wedding present to each other.

Special thanks to…

There are too many to thank, but above all, our wonderful friends and family!

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

Don’t rush – give yourself at least a 12 month engagement so you have plenty of time to enjoy the process and put together your perfect wedding! And don’t sweat the small stuff – accept that not everything will go quite to plan on the day.


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Credits
Ceremony: Preston Chapel
Reception: Preston Manor
Gown: Bertossi Brides at Paddington Weddings
Bridesmaid Attire: LightInTheBox
Groom's Suit: Myer
Groomsmen Attire: Myer
Flowers: Yandilla Rose, Pittsworth
Hair: Air Hair Studio
Makeup: Beauty Secret & Spa
Cake: Cakes 2 Covet
Transport: Hope's Classic Cars
Music: Archibald Duo
Photographer: Salt Studios
Hens: Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant
Honeymoon: Celebrity Cruises
Celebrant: Karen Gray
Engagement Ring: Hogans Jewellers
Bride's Wedding Ring: Hogans Jewellers
Groom's Wedding Ring: Hogans Jewellers
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