A lot of effort can go into the perfect proposal. Tegan had planned a Harry Potter themed proposal, however, it didn’t all quite go to plan! They share with us how the proposal actually happened and their journey to newlyweds.
DWH: Talk us through the proposal, how did it all happen?
T: We’re both self-confessed ‘uber dorks’ and so, I had a Harry Potter themed proposal all worked out. However, sometimes things just don’t go to plan! On a sporadic weekend getaway, I actually ended up proposing in a shop when Ena tried on a dress that she looked amazing in! I was so shocked that I’d actually done it that I ran out of the store!
E: …and I ended up chasing her down the street!
T: Fortunately she said, yes!
DWH: My goodness! We hope that wedding planning went a little more smoothly for you both!
E & T: We found our perfect team straight away. We clicked with everyone we contacted and they were all so amazing at what they do. They supported and loved us for us, which was everything we wanted. It was important to us that our team was as fun loving, and laid back as we are.
E: Special shout-outs to our incredible celebrant, Jarrad Baylis, for his warmth, love and humour and our photographer, Adriana Watson, for the beautiful soul that she is!
DWH: And did you go about finding the perfect venue?
T: One of the girls at work had just been married in the venue in April. When I saw a few photos I fell in love with both the venue and the photographer who’d taken the shots!
E: The inside of the venue also reminded us of the Great Hall in Harry Potter, so it was pretty much a done deal from the start! (Did we mention the dork-factor?!)
DWH: You also wore beautiful white dresses, how was the experience of finding the perfect outfit?
E: It was actually super difficult going dress shopping without one another but it was important to us to have some ‘surprise’ element on the day. I kept wanting to run and show Tegan all of the dresses I’d tried on, but fortunately, my amazing (but stern) sister kept me on track. She also promised she’d check out Tegan’s dress for me to make sure that we wouldn’t clash in photos – the things we have to think of as two brides!
T: We both had really amazing friends and family to help us find the perfect dresses. My Bridesmaid, Jas, also checked out Ena’s dress for me, just to be sure!
E: We originally weren’t sure whether we should have the same colour theme from both our bridal parties or go for something totally different. In the end, we went for different, and I’m so glad we did! It all worked together so perfectly on the day!
DWH: So, planning the wedding was relatively easy for you, how did the big day go?!
E & T: I don’t think we could have hoped for a better day – we both just had so much fun!
E: I didn’t know it at the time, but there was a disaster unfolding at the venue as we were getting ready – our flowers didn’t arrive! Apparently, a scheduling error meant that our flowers wouldn’t make it. My absolutely incredible wife handled this all with grace and strength, all while completely keeping it from me knowing my tendency to overstress wouldn’t be helpful!
T: Jarrad, our celebrant, worked some incredible magic in sourcing bouquets and buttonholes from one of his many contacts in record time so that the ceremony could go on. Our wonderful friend, Dave, saved the day by ducking out to collect them for us! The florist we had originally hired managed to pull it together and arrange very beautiful table settings for the reception – which we ended up receiving an incredible number of compliments for!
E: Honestly, I don’t think anyone knew what had happened until we mentioned it later on! All’s well that ends well!
DWH: And, now you’re newlyweds! Do you have any advice to offer others planning a wedding day?
E & T: Be yourselves! Don’t let others ideas or opinions dictate what you want for your day. It is totally all about your love for each other. Also, weddings are expensive! Saving a few dollars here in places that aren’t overly important won’t matter all that much in the end!
DWH: Great advice! Lastly, what does marriage mean to you both?
E & T: Marriage to us is getting to do life with that one, amazing, person that you can’t live without. Being together through the highs and lows that life throws at you, still holding hands and smiling through the tough times. So far, it has been the best!
Photography Adriana Watson Photography | Cinematographer Bxcsmxth | Event Planner Flaxton Gardens | Florist Ginger Lilly Gardens | Venue Flaxton Gardens | Cake Cupcake Elegance | Celebrant Jarrad Bayliss | Transport Old Skool Kombi’s Noosa, Mystic Mountain Tours | Dresses Casar Elegance, White Lily Couture | HAMU Allure Bridal Stylist, Meraki Artistry | Bridal Party Outifts White Runway, Myer, David Jones