Monique + Thomas: modern elegance
You can meet some interesting characters on a night out – just ask Monique, who crossed paths with her future husband when celebrating a friend’s birthday. “We kept catching each other’s eye, and then Thomas plucked up the courage to make his way over for a chat,” says Monique. “He was adamant that I couldn’t leave without promising him a date.” We suspect Thomas got his ideas from Ryan Gosling in The Notebook.
After four beautiful years together, the two became engaged after Thomas planned a simple yet sweet surprise proposal. Knowing he couldn’t get much past his girlfriend he pretended to go to work, but spent the morning picking up the engagement ring from the jewellers. Returning home to Monique, he popped the question and then whisked her off to the Gold Coast to celebrate after she said ‘yes’. “For me, it was perfect – it was private, intimate and, for the very first time, he actually caught me off guard,” laughs Monique.
Opting for a sleek, modern wedding style with fresh white and gold details, Monique and Thomas tied the knot in a touching ceremony at the Cathedral of St Stephen in Brisbane on 16 April 2016. Celebrating with their loved ones, the two enjoyed a stunning reception at Customs House, complete with a few cultural touches. “Being Italian and Greek, we gave guests bottles of sparkling Moscato from Italy and served them platters of our favourite Greek and Italian sweets,” says Monique. Now that’s our kind of wedding. “The day was truly perfect, with some of the most special memories being the heartfelt speeches from our closest family and friends; having an amazing pianist and singer perform all of our favourite Michael Buble songs, and of course marrying the man of my dreams.”
Bride’s Little Black Book: Dress: Darb Bridal // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Bridesmaid dresses: Elle Zeitoune // Hair: Linda Watt // Makeup: Abigael Johnston // Rings: Diamond Centre Brisbane // Flowers: Always Fabulous // Ceremony: Cathedral of St Stephen // Reception: Customs House // Cake: Studio Cakes // Photography: Studio Impressions Photography // Honeymoon: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa