Real Essense of Australia Bride: Louise + Steve

Essense of Australia bride Louise’s road to ‘I Do’ started 11 years ago and was topped off with a romantic Christmas Eve proposal. They took their time in planning and made sure every detail was a reflection of their love (cue the ‘awwws’!). The Aussie native looked stunning in her Essense of Australia wedding dress, and wearing it was her favorite part of the day (next to marrying her soul-mate of course!) Her favorite tip? Start planning early, and get involved as much as you can.

From the bride: Steve and I had been together for 11 years. It was very surreal when he finally proposed on Christmas Eve. Steve has always known that Christmas Eve is a very special day to me and had planned to propose for awhile. Unfortunately he got sick a few days before… but that didn’t stop him! He drove to my parents to surprise me (although I kept my distance as I didn’t want to get sick!). He asked me if I wanted one of my Christmas presents, and of course I said yes. He handed me an empty box, I looked at him and he handed me a ring box. I opened that… empty too! He then pulled out a gorgeous half carat brilliant cut diamond on a white gold band and handed it to me. I couldn’t believe it! My parents were in on it, and were standing in the background grinning from ear to ear. I was so happy, it was the best Christmas present ever.

We were engaged for a year before we got some bad news, that Steve’s Mom was diagnosed with cancer. We then decided to get serious about planning, we thought it would give her something wonderful to look forward to. It certainly worked, she was so excited to help plan all the details. She is still undergoing treatment but we all have our fingers (and toes!) crossed that all will be well.

The best advice I received was to start planning early. It really does make a difference! We changed our date from October to August as it was going to save us quite a bit. Taking the time to pick your menu is also a great tip, as the food is a big part of your wedding. That’s part of the reason we chose Roselyn Court, Essendon, as our reception. Not only is it a beautiful venue, but that food was amazing. We definitely took our time planning things we thought would make our wedding fun and personalized. We decided on a great band called New Xchange that dress up and really get the guests involved. We had a photobooth that provided many laughs. Our guests are still telling us how much fun it was.

I loved the goodbye circle at our reception, such a special moment. Having everyone there with smiling faces and warm wished was the best feeling ever. All in all, the best part (besides wearing my incredible wedding dress and marrying my soulmate) was enjoying the day with our loved ones and making memories that will last forever.

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Essense Bride Louise

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Photography by Julian Meehan

Congratulations Louise & Steve!