REAL WEDDING: Nicole and Simon


Simon and Nicole first met in 2014 where they spent a brief 10 minutes talking to each other at a bar in Brisbane with a whole lot of insurance people (aka colleagues) around. Now at this point Simon tells me that he’d completely written off anything every happening with Nicole, as she was just too stunningly beautiful to ever be in his league. And Nicole, well she didn’t give him a second think twice that night. So I guess Simon was half correct?

But lucky for them both is that Nicole’s subconscious kept on eating away at her reminding her of this gorgeous man that she’s met out, and two or three weeks later when she was out with some friends drunk at 3am, she thought it would be a good idea to drunkenly Facebook message him and pronounce her undying love, or at least that she fancied him a little bit. But as all the classic love stories go, the message hadn’t been received. Not because of some Shakespearean battle or tale of lost messages, but simply because the message was filtered into Simon’s “other” mailbox waiting to go off the moment he saw it.

Keep reading to find out what happened next…

Tell me about the proposal… It was very low key, just like Simon. We lived in Fitzroy at the time and hadn’t had a date night in a while so we decided to stroll up to a speakeasy bar for some cocktails before heading to our dinner reservation at Cutler and Co. The whole night we were watching a couple that seemed very intimate at their table and we kept making jokes about how funny it would be if they got engaged. After we finished dinner, Simon pulled the ring out of his back pocket and asked me to marry him….about 15 seconds after I said yes, the couple on the next table that we had been eyeing all night were celebrating their engagement as well….. So congrats to that mystery couple that also got engaged on the 28th of October 2017.

What was the first thing you decided on as a couple when arranging your day? There were two things we were immediately sure of;
1. We didn’t want a sit down dinner, and
2. We didn’t want a curfew! (a lot harder than initially imagined). Next was the wedding planner that was the first thing we organised.

How did you choose your outfit? I only went into Georgia Young Couture expecting to just try the dresses on for fun but not expecting to purchase given the cost… however fell in love with 3 of her dresses after trying on what felts like hundreds at other stores and even talking to custom gown makers, and I couldn’t walk away from Georgia’s designs.

Tell us how you choose your venue! For the reception it had everything to do with the curfew! Ellis Street Studio had a license until 3am and we happy to host us until then, however we were well and truly done by midnight. For the ceremony it was just the way we felt when we walked in there, we wanted something different but not too out of the box that it became difficult logistically. Picking a fairly new rooftop bar that had modern décor and overlooked Melbourne CBD was perfect for us and all of our out of town guests

What type of cake did you pick? We had a single tier red velvet cake with cream cheese centre and gold leaf butter cream, accompanied by chocolate and raspberry/white chocolate gold dust donuts

How did you make the decisions about your wedding? We made most of the decisions together but it all mostly came from me trawling through Pinterest and Instagram over the years with advice from Judith (our Wedding Planner) on what would work best. The biggest compromise was scaling back and simplifying things – the internet gives you way too many good ideas that don’t necessarily work with each other.

The best thing about our wedding was… that majority of our guests weren’t locals and we had so many people travel from the UK, QLD, WA and NSW.

What wedding vibe were you after? We went for a relaxed luxury, industrial cocktail event. We wanted to keep thing chill and fun but for our guests to still feel like they were at a wedding.

Most people get nervous in the lead up to your wedding, did you? Terribly! Without making the whole experience sound too negative, planning the wedding, particularly the last 6 months leading up to it put a massive strain on our relationship and our mental health. It went beyond the stress of planning and challenged us in many ways. However, when the day came we were relaxed beyond belief and didn’t worry about the details or what else was going on. We felt we were able to be really present on the day because it was such a relief that it was finally here and we were able to put it all behind us and enjoy our new life together.

What was the best thing you did to make your wedding easier? I would highly, highly recommend hiring a wedding planner for the whole job! We hired Judith to just manage the day and to organise our vendors in the lead up (even though she did so much more than this and had multiple planning sessions with me). I wish I had just paid the additional money to have her do the whole job and save myself the mental and emotional stress. In saying that, it’s not just about having ‘a wedding planner’ – you need to find someone that understands your vision and who you connect with – just like all of your vendors!

Has life changed since you got married? Not really, apart from being way less stressed and feeling more at ease with each other.

Whats your best advice for people planning their wedding? Condense all the formalities more in order to have more dancefloor time! And do more research into our DJ prior to the event to ensure a great dancefloor vibe all night.

Who was your favourite stand out vendor? This is a hard one because everyone went above and beyond, but it would probably have to be Judith (wedding planner) and Precious for the emotional support they both provided throughout – they were probably the two vendors that we spent the most time with and were able to connect with the most.

What was the funniest thing about your wedding day? That our first dance was a complete mess because by the time that came, we were both a complete mess! It’s a long day people! Lucky our videographer worked his magic and made it look somewhat presentable.

VENDORS. Photographer – Sabine Legrand. Videographer – BTW ILY weddings. Ceremony Venue - The Stolen Gem, Reception Venue - Ellis Street Studio. Catering – Fat and Skinny Catering. Cake – The Dessert Parlour. Invites – Paperless Post. Dress – Georgia Young Couture. Engagement & Wedding Rings - Ellissi. Suits – Oscar Hunt. Her shoes – Tony Bianco. His shoes - Aquilla. Florist – Raven and the Rose. Wedding Planner – Toko Events.

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