DWH: Tell us, how did you meet?
C &C: We were lucky enough to have been one of those couples that met online, although we did have a few mutual friends who helped usher the process along. Being two brides, for us, also meant having two amazing proposals, each one surprising the other in their own way. Caitlyn first asked Ciara, surrounded by her favourite animal, a colony of African Penguins at the Pittsburgh Aviary, where all our friends and family could watch live on the penguin cam! Ciara surprised Caitlyn a few months later and proposed on a trip to New Orleans. We were walking through Audubon Park, and she got down on one knee under a huge live oak.
DWH: So, the wedding day. What was the inspiration behind the day?
C & C: We wanted our day to represent us as a couple and what was most important to us was that we celebrated the union. We married on a farm that homed cows and donkeys that had been brought from Caitlyn the farm owners, and our now family friends, now run a herd of more than 25. As animal lovers we can’t imagine getting married anywhere else.
DWH: Being on a farm that’s not usually a wedding venue, did you incorporate any DIY projects?
C & C: Everything was DIY! And we mean, literally everything (except the flower bouquets). We crafted the table numbers, name cards, center, floral archways, chalkboards and flower crowns. We love crafting so much and with the help of loving family members the entire space came to life. It also meant we had the opportunity to have a customised wedding day.
DWH: Talk us through the bouquets.
C & C:A friend of ours, Judy of Surf City Florist, did an amazing job on both bridal bouquets and bouquets for our bridesmaids. We chose colours of Marsala wine, blush and eucalyptus green very early on and that really inspired all the décor and flower choices.
DWH: Apart from all the DIY projects, how else did you personalise your wedding day?
C & C: I think one of our favourite parts, aside from getting to marry one another, we had two of our friends, Noel and Laura, get ordained just to marry us. They captured our love for one another and the meaning of our relationship in their own words for our ceremony service.
DWH: How did you go about choosing your wedding day outfits?
C & C: We both wore dresses that fit our style and personality. Ciara’s was low in the back, form-fitting with lace and crystals. Caitlyn’s needed something that was a little less bling, a raw silk ball gown with crystal beaded straps fit the bill perfectly. We didn’t see one another’s dresses until we walked down the aisle, the suspense and surprise of the reveal was totally worth the wait.
DWH: What was your favourite moment of the day?
C & C: Hands down, walking down the aisle. We both wanted to go the traditional route and didn’t see each other the night before nor did we have a ‘first look.’ We both cried our eyes out walking down the aisle knowing that we were moments away from being wives for life was truly magical.