Another online fairytale comes true! Sarah and Broderick knew from the moment they met that they were meant for each other!
#RCREALBRIDE Sarah wore the Abbie Lynette gown by Maggie Sottero. This elegant fit-and-flare wedding dress features embroidered lace motifs over a crosshatching tulle layer. Chic lace straps glide from the illusion plunging sweetheart neckline to the scoop back, all accented in beaded lace motifs. Lined with shapewear for a figure-flattering fit. Finished with covered buttons over zipper closure.
Photographed by Motta Weddings
THE FIRST SIGHT
We have a very modern love story because we actually met online. He lived in Sydney at the time and I’m from Melbourne so we didn’t really think it would go anywhere because we would probably never meet in person. We chatted on and off for about 5 months not really taking it too seriously as I was travelling for work and he had been in Europe on holidays. I booked a trip to Sydney to catch up with a couple of friends and do the Sydney harbour bridge climb and mentioned to him that I’d be in the city for the long weekend. He asked if I wanted to catch up so we went out on a Thursday night for drinks and burgers and hit it off instantly. He always says he knew I was the one when I ordered the cheapest burger on the menu! I knew he was the one straight away, he is the most amazing guy and the best thing about him is he accepts me for who I am. We did long distance for a whole year before he moved to Melbourne and we just have the absolute best life together.
We were dating for almost 18 months before Broderick proposed. We booked a trip to Vietnam and he organised a private day tour starting from Hoi An all the way to Hue. I had no idea that he had been planning to propose until we stopped at a beach resort and he started acting really strange. We were on a secluded beach and I knew at that moment he was going to propose. He bent down on one knee in the sand and asked me to marry him. It was very romantic for me but I think he was really anxious about the whole process. After he proposed, he said it was actually more stressful asking for my parents permission than it was asking me to marry him!
We came across Canvas House from a blog featuring someone’s wedding day, it’s a fairly new venue so we were a bit hesitant to book it there, however after seeing the venue we were really impressed. It has an industrial vibe and thought it would be a great contrast to the old vintage feel of our wedding ceremony venue at Montsalvat. The great thing about Canvas House is that you can bring in your own caterers so I knew we wanted to work with Sam from Pot & Pan. We did a grazing menu and the food was absolutely amazing.
My favourite part of the wedding was walking down the isle and seeing Broderick’s face for the first time. He was quite emotional and I was trying to hold it together and make it to the end of the isle without crying.
Our whole ceremony was just lovely and our celebrant Melissa was so amazing with keeping us calm throughout the process. We also really enjoyed our reception, it had such a great party vibe and our guests were dancing the whole night!
I am so in love with my wedding dress, it was everything I could ever dream of and more. Initially I thought I wanted a more A-line style however as soon as I tried my dress on, I knew it was the one. It fitted perfectly and I loved how it accentuated my curves. The fabric and lace detailing was so beautiful and I liked the idea of having a nude lining so it wasn’t just a traditional white wedding dress. I have never felt as beautiful as I did on my wedding day and the dress was such a big part of it.
FINDING THE ONE
As soon as I got engaged I had a little bit of anxiety about going shopping for wedding dresses because I knew I wouldn’t fit into a regular sample size. I found out RC had a curve range so I booked in my appointment with them straight away. I had a look online beforehand and had an idea of what I wanted however when I went into the Brunswick store, there were so many options I could try on that would actually fit me. The staff were great and I felt really comfortable throughout the whole process. The alterations team were also amazing, I left getting a veil until the last minute and they were able to track down the matching veil to the dress with only 6 weeks to go.
ADVICE FOR OTHER BRIDES
We had about 18 months between the engagement and the wedding and we planned and locked in most of the big things within the first 2-3 months. This really alleviated some of the stress so my number one tip is to be really organised at the beginning so that you don’t leave things to the last minute. I also noticed that vendors were booked out over 12 months ahead so to ensure you don’t miss out, book them in as soon as possible. This also includes organising hair and makeup as I contacted a couple of hairdresses with about 8 months to go and they were already booked out.
Dress: Raffaele Ciuca Bridal
Photographer: Motta Weddings
Venue: Canvas House
Church/Celebrant: Montsalvat / Melissa Polimeni
Flowers: Sam Rizzo Floral Designer
Cake: Miss Ladybird Cakes
Hair: K Image Hair
Makeup: Liv Beauty
Shoes: Bared Footwear
Groom: Peter Jackson
Band/DJ: Pro DJ’s Australia
Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New
Bonbonerie: Coco Scent
Table Centrepieces: Sam Rizzo Floral Designer
Rings: Michael Hill
Balloon Installation: The Pretty Balloon Co
Neon Signs: Little Pineapple
Catering: Pot & Pan