Real Wedding: Nicola & Dayne



After waiting six years for a proposal, Nicola was still taken by surprise when Dayne popped the question with a diamond ring he designed himself. Their traditionally elegant wedding envisioned hues of peach, cream and ivory creating the fairytale day she had always dreamt of.


Date: 30 May 2014

The Couple: Dayne Harkness and Nicola McIntosh

No. of Guests: 80

Location: Maleny Manor

Theme: Elegant Romance

First Dance Song: Nothing Else Matters – Metallica

Budget: $50,000






















How did you meet?

We first met at a pool hall in Brisbane City 11 years ago. I was playing pool and Dayne was sitting with his friends, he didn’t take his eyes off me. I remember sinking every one of my pool balls in a row on the table, not giving my friend even a chance at sinking any or winning the game. I had never done that before and haven’t done it since. It was all because he was watching me and I wanted to impress him.

Tell us about the proposal

Dayne very romantically proposed on our eight year anniversary. Every birthday, anniversary, holiday and romantic weekend away for the past six years I had been expecting a proposal. This night was no different. We were going to our favourite restaurant at Eagle St Pier in Brisbane for dinner. But when we got in the taxi to leave home I glanced down to see no ring box in his jeans pocket. At that point I knew that tonight once again would not be the night Dayne would propose to me. When we arrived in the city Dayne asked if we could take a walk before dinner. I still didn’t clue on as we walked along by the Story Bridge with the beautiful city lights in our eyes. We took a seat, so tired from the walking and then as we both got up to leave Dayne held my hand from behind and swung me around and I discover him knelt down on one knee holding a big beautiful diamond ring he had designed himself. He so confidently spoke the words “Nikki, will you do me the honour of marring me and being my wife?”

Why did you choose Maleny Manor for your wedding?

We wanted a venue that was far enough away that it felt like we were far from home but not too far that guests couldn’t drive home if they chose to. We fell in love with Maleny Manor online we couldn’t wait to visit. It was always my first choice, no other venue for me compared. Maleny Manor is absolutely beautiful. We visited the Manor to see it first hand and were blown away by the entire place. The wedding coordinators were outstanding and helpful.

What did you do for your hens and bucks?

Dayne and I both went on separate holidays to Phuket, Thailand with close friends one month before the wedding. I also had a high tea bridal shower at Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast to celebrate upon my return.

DIY Details

It was so much fun for Dayne and I making all of the place cards, we were so happy with how they turned out. We also made our guest books for each guest table at the reception. We will open and read their messages on the anniversary for that corresponding table number. No peeking for us in the meantime.

What was your key styling inspiration?

We wanted a colour scheme of baby peach, cream and ivory.

What gifts did you give your guests?

We had personalised bubble wands, chocolates and a dessert buffet.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

There were a few, although one of the funniest moments was when the best man (who I have known for over 10 years) got up to do his speech and got my name wrong due to nerves, and proceeded to tell the guests that this was Dayne’s other girlfriend. The whole room erupted in laughter.

What was the most special memory from the day?

Seeing Dayne for the first time as I walked down the aisle. It was the happiest and proudest I had ever seen him in the 10 years we’ve been together. I will remember this moment forever.

What did you do for your honeymoon?

We flew out that weekend to New Zealand. It was an easy choice as we wanted to visit somewhere with snow in a location that was close. We spent most of the holiday in Queenstown, after doing a road trip from Christchurch via Lake Tekapo. It was two weeks of bliss.

Special thanks to…

Our family and friends. A special thank you to my adorable husband for giving me the perfect fairytale wedding I had always dreamed of. A special thank you to my amazing matron of honour who went above and beyond to help me create the most amazing day. Also, the Maleny Manor staff who nailed it, everything went absolutely perfectly.

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

Take 15 minutes, with your new hubby away from the action to let what has just happened, sink in.

Ceremony: Maleny Manor
Reception: Maleny Manor
Gown: Mori Lee from White Lily Couture
Groom's Suit: Marriott Fashion, Thailand
Groomsmen Attire: Marriott Fashion, Thailand
Flowers: Mondo Floral Designs
Hair: Harpier Hair & Beauty
Makeup: Harpier Hair & Beauty
Cake: Cake Designs
Caterer: Maleny Manor
Transport: Limoso
Stationery: Invitation House
Music: G&M Entertainment
Photographer: Calli B Photography
Hens: Phuket, Thailand and Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast; Hilton, Gold Coast
Bucks: Phuket, Thailand
Honeymoon: Queenstown, New Zealand
Celebrant: Kristy Ellis - Weddings with Kristy
Engagement Ring: Diamonds International
Bride's Wedding Ring: Hofstays House of Diamonds
Groom's Wedding Ring: Hofstays House of Diamonds

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