When we featured Amy and Stephen’s wedding in our first print guide earlier this year, it was honestly one of the most difficult posts I’ve edited – Amy’s impeccable taste and attention to detail, coupled with the talents of Capture The Moment Photography and a superb team of CQ wedding vendors meant there was an enormous number of stunning photos. Attempting to select only a set number to meet our page limit was, impossible! So I’m excited today to have an opportunity to share much more of Amy and Stephen’s Lazy Acres‘ day and their sweet story.
Steve and I met when he first moved to my home town in 2007 while I was working at the local hardware store. Steve is a carpenter, so we were lucky enough to see each other almost everyday during that first year of friendship. We began dating two years later, while I was completing university in Townsville. We managed to make our long distance relationship work, often seeing each other six weeks apart. We have always been so grateful that we were able to make our relationship work over that year and a half while I was living away. As soon as I had finished my degree, we were living together and ready to start the next chapter of our lives. We’ve had an interesting ride over the last 7 years. Steve was involved in a car accident in 2013 that placed him in the hospital for over two months. It was the hardest thing that we’ve ever had to deal with, but our love and dedication to his recovery never wavered. Steve mentioned in his wedding speech that he knew he would propose when his recovery was complete, and I am so grateful that we had the chance to walk down the aisle and express our love and dedication to each other in front of our families and friends who were so supportive during that time.
Steve and I found ourselves with a few weeks of holidays, so we decided to take a trip to America – with less than three weeks to plan the entire trip! Our trip involved visits to Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas. There were a few tourist spots we wanted to explore whilst we were travelling, with the Brooklyn Bridge being just one spot in New York on our list. Every day Steve was talking about Brooklyn Bridge, continuously asking me if that was on the agenda for the day. On one of our last days, he asked and I admitted that I just wanted to stroll through Central Park. Admitting defeat, he finally decided on popping the question in Central Park. Throughout the whole day, whenever we would take a photo he would always make sure he was positioned to one side, with his arm in front of him. Of course I didn’t notice this at the time, but we now have all of the photos to prove it! He was hiding the huge ring box. The proposal was perfect in the end, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way. We had spent the morning walking through the park and the zoo, so decided to lay out our jackets on one of the hills and lie down in the sun. There was a jazz band at the bottom of the hill, so I thought we would just lie down and listen to the music. It had been raining – and freezing (!!) for the previous few days, so we were loving the sun. Once we were lying down, Steve rolled over to face me with a HUGE smile on his face and gave me a folded note. It was a piece of note paper from the motel we were staying at with the question at the top ‘Will you marry me?’ followed by three check boxes – yes, no, maybe. Of course, once the shock wore off and he had slid my beautiful engagement ring on my finger, I said yes! It was so perfect, and we now have his proposal framed in our house as a beautiful reminder.
What does marriage mean to you?
Through faults and triumphs, we’ll always have each other to rely on.
What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme?
We wanted our wedding to be relaxed, and full of good food, flowing drinks, much laughter and all of our favourite people in the one space. Encompassing this, we also wanted an emphasis on the link to nature. For this reason, the majority of our decorations were the floral arrangements. Our reception area had a beautiful reclaimed timber wall, so we knew that the eucalyptus and blue gum would look (and smell) amazing in the space. We carried through the timber details to our signage and dessert table and the floral arrangements were everywhere on the day, hanging from the ceiling, on the bar, on all of the tables, on our timber signage, on vintage ladders – everywhere! We also knew we wanted a killer dessert table, with all of our favourite things – complete with Krispy Kreme donuts (that were flown in the day before the wedding)!
What was your favourite detail from the day?
I honestly couldn’t decide, it was all so amazing but perhaps the flowers take top spot – the arrangements that hung from the ceiling were amazing, as were our table runners. Our florist and stylist ensured that every detail was taken care of on the day. The table runners and hanging vintage ladder was actually constructed on the day, with flowers hand-placed throughout the runners to ensure the natural feel was accomplished. The reclaimed timber tables, timber chairs and those runners were just breath-taking on the day… and then looking up to the hanging arrangements was just as stunning. We were so lucky to have such a great styling team on the day! And the smell of the Blue Gum was divine and lasted all night!
On the Day
It was torrentially raining for the two days leading up to the wedding. On the day, it rained throughout the morning but right on 2.30pm the blue sky and sun emerged. Although there was not a single cloud in the sky, that didn’t mean that the ground was dried up! Everyone had mud on them by the end of the night – shoes were ruined, and pants and dresses had a lovely two inch brown ring around the bottom of them by the end. This included me, with my dress being caught on numerous occasions on the bottom of my muddy boots through photos with my groom having to extract layers of lace from the bottom of my shoes so I could walk safely through paddocks. There was another photo opportunity in a lychee farm that ended with a huntsman spider climbing up between the layers of my dress and getting caught there until my groom and two photographers could remove it. There were actually quite a few brushes with nature throughout the day in my dress – flies, mosquitos, flying ants, spiders and even a frog were caught between layers of lace throughout the day and night! We wanted a wedding reflecting nature, and we definitely accomplished that! Also, we were so excited to have such an amazing desert table, all up there were 190 dessert portions. In the end, the whole dessert table was emptied in an hour and I had to steal a piece of my wedding cake from my sister. Poor Steve didn’t even get a single dessert on the day!
Our Planning – Finding Local Vendors
This part of the wedding planning was the easiest. In Central Queensland, we generally have a small amount of vendors in the area – but some of them are the best in Queensland! We were so incredibly lucky to have Carissa Cross from Capture the Moment Photography
with us throughout the planning process and on the day. She passed on some great tips during her bridal coaching, which led us to the pathway of finding Lilly & Lotus Events
. Lilly & Lotus Events planned and carried out our styling throughout the planning process, with Danielle and her team providing lists of the best vendors in the region for us to pick from. I still can’t believe how lucky we were to have the team that we did. Our photographer, planning and styling team, florist, entertainment, hair stylist, makeup artist, and the vendors for our stationary and handwritten signage, were just amazing. We could never thank them enough for making the day reflect our personalities and love for each other, it was just perfect.
Advice for other couples planning a wedding
Relax! On the day, take everything in your stride because there will always be minor things that pop up – remember, these things are not important to your happiness in your new life as husband and wife. The other tip that I would mention is to get a planner – whether it be for a complete planning package or on the day management, do it. You will never get back the time it takes to organize people or make sure that decorations are where they should be, so spend this time with your fiancé, friends and family and let the professionals do what they do best! Our planner was a godsend on the day and in the lead up!
Did you undertake any DIY projects?
Fortunately for me, I didn’t but my father painstakingly hand cut and hand poured soy candles for our tables. For 6 months we were collecting olive green wine bottles from friends, family and restaurants, which my Dad hand cut with a rolling blade. For every one candle, there were two that didn’t make it to the tables due to not having a clean enough edge to sand. He worked so incredibly hard to make sure we had 45 on the day, and we were so grateful. I am still getting pictures from friends and family that are lighting our candles in their own homes, which is such a special reminder for them and us.
PHOTOGRAPHER Capture the Moment Photography
, EVENT PLANNER / STYLIST & FURNITURE HIRE Lilly and Lotus Events
, STATIONERY Fluid Ink (Etsy)
, CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE Lazy Acres, Alton Downs, Rockhampton
, CATERING Lickety Fingers
, CAKE Coco Jo Cake Design
, FLORIST Simplicity Market Fresh Flowers
(including cake flowers, hair piece and floral arrangements), WEDDING DRESS San Patrick design purchased from Bridal on Pulteney, Adelaide
, WEDDING RINGS Michael Hill Jewellers, BRIDESMAID DRESSES ASOS, GROOM AND GROOMSMEN SUITS Roger David, HAIR NG Hair
, MAKEUP Bloom Makeup Artistry
, SIGNAGE Willow & Ink, ENTERTAINMENT Ben Beasley Acoustic Soloist & band
, CELEBRANT Kym Teague
, NIECES DRESSES Bardot Jnr & Pumpkin Patch.