Every woman imagines fireworks are filling the sky when the man of her dreams pops the big question, but for Kristen’s special moment… they really were (just about!).
Celebrating 3 years since their budding gym friendship evolved into a romance, Kristen and Joel were holidaying in Hamilton Island. After a dinner at Bommie, the couple headed out to the balcony to watch the fireworks, only to find they had just missed them. Joel quickly kerbed Kristen’s disappointment when, on one knee, he presented a ring and asked her to marry him.
Their magical day took place on the property of a friend of the couple, at “Barwon Bank” – a stunning heritage property on (as the name would suggest!) the banks of the Barwon River. Given the understated, natural beauty of the house and its surrounds, the couple opted for a ‘back to basics’ theme, with most of the decorations being made by the pair, including most of the furniture.
Married in a private ceremony, an exquisite Kristen was dressed in the floor-length lace ‘Kate’ gown by the bohemian bridal designers Grace Loves Lace. Teamed effortlessly with SAMANTHA WILLS Bridal & FINE jewels, some choice family heirlooms (something old, borrowed and blue) and Steve Madden shoes, she was a bohemian bridal vision. Looking every bit the debonair groom, Joel donned a navy MJ Bale suit, complete with a crisp white shirt and brown leather shoes.
The 90 wedding guests were greeted with cocktails and giant balloons upon arrival, where they then relaxed in the spacious sunroom and surrounding lawns, awaiting the arrival of the newlyweds. Festivities kicked off soon after, with all experiencing a Shutter Hub photo booth, live music and a dessert bar – with the goodies lovingly made by the groom’s Aunty. Espresso martinis and doughnuts were brought in after sunset, and for those who could still move after all the amazing food, the dancing continued well into the night.
With the amazing food, bright bursts of flowers and the happiness radiating from the couple, it was truly a spectacular day for all involved.