Yep New Years Eve was our special day and we had such a great time.

As most of you would know I don’t normally write many personal posts but I just wanted to brag just for a little while on some of the amazing businesses in Canberra that help make our special day so amazing. One of the toughest decisions was who to use given I know so many amazing business owners in Canberra. Please know, if I could have used you all, I would have but unfortunately I’m not a millionaire (yet) and I’m pretty sure we didn’t need 25 celebrants or seven DJs!

So here is my list with comments:

Ceremony Venue: The Chapel at Gold Creek

How can you possibly go past this beautiful venue. Stan and Anna really make it easy for you too. We didn’t have a rehearsal but yet it still went off without a hitch. And we had all of the family photos there – so easy, so beautiful and they had air conditioning which was great for the 34 degree heat.

Transport: True Blue Wedding Cars

It was so easy and stress free dealing with these guys. The owner and driver of the red mustang, Warwick, was so lovely and patient while we went to locations for photos.

Celebrant: Steve Murray from Canberra Celebrants

Steve is such a relaxed and easy going guy. He even let me write most of the service- what a champion.

Photographer: Carmen from Forever Rose Photography

Carmen was an easy choice for me. I fell in love with her work as soon as I saw it at a Bridal Expo at Old Parliament House. Carmen is from Cootamundra but travels all around the country and I am so glad. She produces beautiful, natural photos but she is even more beautiful herself. We even got a sneak peak of a few of the photos in less than 24 hours- amazing!!

Reception Venue: The Burbury Hotel- Rooftop Terrace.

Beautiful views and the staff on the night were brilliant. They accommodated our creative requirements and even packed up for us after the event. The food was delicious and it was a grey view for the NYE fireworks.

Florist and Stylist: Lou from LGW Events.

I cannot recommend this beautiful person highly enough. I purchased all the bits and pieces from second hand shops (I’ll be selling all of these too if anyone is interested – it will save you weeks of searching for crystal and copper wares). Lou came to my house looked at it all and was so excited to use it all and make my reception look just like I had pictured it. She also went to the Sydney Flower market the day before the wedding because there were no flowers in Canberra at that time of year. And she set it all up for me! Lou is simply amazing and nothing is too much trouble for her.

Signage: Allira’s Inklings

My beautiful friend and very talented Allira produced all of my beautiful signage- so beautiful and such a pleasure to work with.

Band/ DJ: Scott and Jen from The Little Blackbird Duo.

If you need a band for any special event do yourself a favour and hire these guys. They are a beautiful couple. So accommodating and easy to deal with AND they are amazing singers. They performed at both venues and became our DJs later in the evening.

Other information for the girls out there:

My dress was a Johanna Johnson dress which I purchased secondhand from the website StillWhite because there is no way I could afford a brand new version and it was altered by the beautiful and very talented Lynette from Jerrabomberra Clothing Alterations at an extremely reasonable rate.

My shoes were from Nine West Outlet and the head piece was from America (let me know if you are interested in it as I will be selling it – selling my dress to if anyone is interested).

My hair was done by the very popular Missy from Missy’s Magic Styles….you better get in quick if you want her though she books out really quickly.

And the beautiful Jess Day saved the day and agreed to be my makeup artist at the very last minute – such a gem.

Flower Girls and Page Boys: The gorgeous flower girl dresses were made by the beautiful Rachel from Oneofakinda, their shoes were from Country Road and their headbands were from Kmart. The Page Boys were dressed in Bebe Clothing and Converse Shoes and Pumpkin Patch hats.

Cake and Desserts: My cake was made by a friend from work. Our desserts were made by family members and the ice cream was provided by Frugii Ice Cream

My advice for what it is worth…

…is go with your gut. Go with what you love but always try and bag yourself a bargain where you can. It’s one day, a special day, but it’s not worth getting into debt for it.

Oh and if you are thinking about a fantastic place for your honeymoon – I can highly recommend Tahiti.

Thank you to all the beautiful business owners, you made having a wedding fun and stress-free. Love your work!

Carly

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