After attending the same gym for over a year, but never really acknowledging one another, it was Gibbo sliding into Dee’s DM’s that sparked the romance.
Tell us about the sunrise, new years day, proposal.
It was New Year’s Eve, and Gibbo told Dee she didn’t want to have a big night and wanted to start the new year watching the sunrise. This isn’t anything out of the norm for us. We will watch the sunrise at the beach at every opportunity we get. So off we went to an NYE party, and one fireball shot turned into another, and before we knew it, it was 1 am. We got out of the party at a questionable hour and went to bed for a microsleep. The alarm went off what felt like 15 minutes later, and Gibbo was adamant she still wanted to watch the sunrise- what a trooper.
So up we got and washed away last night’s sins. Gibbo blindfolded Dee and took her on a 10-minute drive. But by the grace of God, we arrived at the secret location where Gibbo led Dee down a path and asked her to wait for a moment.
Dee took off her blindfold, and there Gibbo was, on one knee with our puppa King by her side. Her wingman. She had set up a beautiful picnic to watch the sunrise over our local beach.
Dee also purchased Gibbo an engagement ring many months earlier with the plan of proposing to Gibbo, neither knowing when the other was going to propose. Dee had initially planned her proposal for the 2nd January 2021 in the Blue Mountains. However, due to a COVID outbreak, she had to rebook the proposal trip last minute, and given it was NYE, everything was booked out. The only place available was a gorgeous little blueberry farm outside Dorrigo Rainforest. As fate had it, Dee ended up proposing on 1st January 2021, only hours after Gibbo had proposed to her.
What led you to The Green Cathedral?
We went camping at Seal Rocks one weekend before we were engaged. Dee’s friend told us that we had to visit The Green Cathedral. So off we went in search of a little cathedral. As we searched around this beautiful rainforest, we looked for an actual building, but we were standing IN The Green cathedral. It is an amazing hidden gem in a beautiful part of Tiona. We looked at each other and knew this would be the place we would get married. We ended up booking our wedding before we were even engaged!
What was the inspiration behind the vibe of your wedding?
Our vibe was natural and neutral, tans and whites mostly.
We knew from the get-go that we didn’t want to go overboard with florals that would go to waste. We tried our best to find second-hand vases and décor and made them our own with a coat of paint. We collected dried palms from our ceremony location and pampas grass near our house. We chose to have dried flowers for our bouquets that now serve as floral pieces in our home.
Did you undertake any DIY projects for the big day?
Yes! Pretty much all of it.
As we were in lockdown for quite a bit of 2021, we spent this time DIY’ing most of our wedding décor. We built signs, created palm arrangements, arbor pieces- the works! Dee actually made the arbor piece that is behind us in our ceremony from palms collected at our wedding venue.
Talk to us about your experience finding the perfect outfits.
From the get-go, we knew that Dee would wear a gown and Gibbo a suit.
We went shopping together when we first got engaged, and Dee purchased a lace gown. It was beautiful. However, during the lockdown, Dee spent quite a bit of time on Pinterest looking at wedding ideas and changed her mind on dress style. She ended up purchasing another online, a beautifully simple, elegant gown. When it arrived, and she tried it on, she knew it was the one!
A couple of months later, as Dee scrolled TikTok, she saw this stunning sequin gown. After reading through a couple of hundred comments, she found it. It was from ASOS of all places, so again, without trying it on, she purchased it online, and when it arrived.. she fell in LOVE!
Gibbo had no clue what style she wanted, and she just assumed it would come together. But unfortunately, it didn’t happen so easily.
We were away on a holiday in Queensland, and we went to the shops specifically to find Gibbo’s wedding outfit. Nothing stood out, and she didn’t like anything. We almost got a divorce before we were even married!
However, as we were about to leave, we thought we’d try one more shop. As soon as she tried it on, we knew it was PERFECT! We purchased everything besides her accessories and hat. No divorce was needed. Hallelujah.
Talk to us about the big day! We want all the details.
It was perfect, and we wish we could do it all again.
We hired Bask at Green Point to get ready, it’s owned by Andy and Deb from The Block, and it is incredible. Huge light-filled rooms, white walls for days, backed onto the water surrounded by palm trees. We spent the morning together.
We spent the morning drinking champagne, taking in the views with our best mates, then we parted ways, getting ready separately for the big show. Dee and her gals sipped champagne upstairs with Gibbo, and her crew smoked cigars and drank whiskey on the lawn.
Our ceremony was held at The Green Cathedral, and the reception was less than a minute up the road at The Palms Pavilion.
We spent the night partying with our favourite people, drinking fireball and eating burgers.
What are your favorite moments?
It’s hard to pinpoint an exact moment. The whole experience, even just leading up to the wedding, was so fun and exciting. But to pick an exact moment, it would have to be the moment we both saw each other at either end of the aisle. It was a moment we’ll never forget.
Do you have a standout vendor?
Easy! Luna Wilde Photography. This woman is an absolute superstar. She captured our day in a way we didn’t think was possible. Every emotion, every laugh, every moment was captured so purely. To know we have these images to look back at forever is priceless.
What does marriage mean to you?
Our parents set a beautiful example of what love and marriage is all about.
Through the good and the bad, the love remains.
Love gets you through the best days and the most challenging days.
Knowing that person is always there for you, knowing you’re a priority in their lives.
Love is hard to define, but our definition of love is each other.
Photography by Luna Wilde Photography
Bar Kombi Keg
Cake Wonderland Kitchen
Celebrant Dylan Bond Celebrant
Ceremony Venue The Green Cathedral
Cinematographer Driftwood Cinematic
Earrings Ayla & Oak
Engagement Rings Simon Curwood Jewellers, Tiffany & Co
Entertainment Reuben Carr Music
Florist Flowers By Tee
Gown Boutiques Ceremony– Raffaele Ciuca Bridal, Reception– ASOS
Hair Blanc Hair Studio
Invitations Personally Invited
Makeup Sorella Salon
Prop | Furniture Hire Martin & Ko
Reception Venue Palms Pavilion – Tiona Holiday Park
Shoes Zara, YD
Suit Designer YD
Wedding Favors Succulents in Sunshine
Wedding Party Outfits Noodz Boutique, Zara