Bobby & Nick
For Bobby and Nick, who married among a rainbow of colour, it wasn’t always going to be this way. “I’d originally just wanted white flowers with lots of greenery – no colour. After my wedding planner asked after the style of the bouquet I wanted, I gave her photos of what I thought were similar bunches, which in fact were completely different styles. I ended up looking through the florist’s Instagram page to screenshot the styles I liked and captured the same bunch of flowers about six times – and it was full of colour. So a few weeks before the wedding, we changed our whole floral design, to incorporate the colour and the new styles I’d picked.”
And to be honest, we’re over the moon they did. Because for this wedding, that bountiful, bright colour just added such a sense of fun to an already romantic, country day. Captured by Wednesday & Co, it was the most beautiful new beginning for these two, who met through friends and became engaged after an epic nine-year journey together.
“On a month-long trip to America in 2017, Nick finally proposed after nearly nine years together,” remembers Bobby. “We were nearing the end of our holiday and had a rough few days when we both got chest infections, I fell down a flight of stairs and fractured my elbow and then got violent food poisoning two days later. We spent our final day in New York wandering through Central Park, taking it easy because of how sick we felt. Nick kept wanting to explore and find new spots, but I was getting cranky because I was exhausted and felt ill. We found a nice spot, which Nick later told me he wanted to propose at but there was a middle-aged man sunbaking in his budgie smugglers right next to us. After moving again, we finally found a secluded little area with no one around so lay in the sunshine for a bit – after getting up to leave, Nick wrapped me up in a big hug and said, ‘I love you so much,’ and at that moment I knew he was about to propose. But I didn’t want to make it easy for him, so all I said was ‘I know’. He grabbed the ring box and held it out to me. My response was, ‘are you going to get down on one knee and actually ask?’ He did, and I’m sure I said ‘yes’ but it was all a bit of a blur!”
The bride chose a beautiful White April gown from Brides of Brisbane sharing, “I never thought I would have “that moment” or find “the one”, but I went for a shop with my mum Candia, maid of honour Kristen and one of my bridesmaids Kate to try some dresses on. It was a really long day, and by the time we got to the third bridal store I was starting to get over it. By this point, it was 3 pm, I hadn’t found anything I liked and we hadn’t eaten so we were all hangry. I put on a White April dress that looked identical to the very first wedding dress I pinned on my Pinterest board (about five years ago), and when I came out the dressing room my MOH and bridesmaid gasped and said it was “the one” immediately. I looked at my mum, who had tears in her eyes (she isn’t a crier), then I started to cry and had “that moment”. It was beautiful! I paired my dress with a cathedral length raw edge veil, and used a nude clutch that my Mum used on her wedding day, which Kristen (who is Nick’s identical twin brother’s wife) borrowed on her wedding day.”
The bride walked down the aisle with her father, one of the reasons that the pair said I do, instead of eloping. Explains the bride, “I walked down the aisle with my dad, Joe. Nick and I had originally (briefly) considered eloping, but my one non-negotiable was having my dad walk me down the aisle. We walked down the aisle to John Mayer’s cover of ‘XO’ by Beyoncé.”
The couple chose AC Celebrations to officiate their ceremony, sharing, “Our ceremony was magical – it had been pouring with rain since about 3am, which was not ideal for our outdoor wedding. But as our car arrived at the venue, the rain stopped and the sun came out and it was the perfect afternoon. We didn’t want a long or formal ceremony – we wanted it to reflect us as a couple and to show our personality. We wrote our own vows (which was a long and enduring argument during our whole engagement) and used the celebrant that Ben and Kristen used when they got married two years earlier.”
The beautiful Bargeera Barn set the scene for Bobby and Nick’s day. “We got married at Bargeera Barn (a family friend’s property which he is turning into a wedding venue) at Dayboro which is where I grew up and where we have purchased our next block of land to build our dream home. Both the ceremony and venue were held here. It was an open, green space, with a beautiful fig tree at one end that we got married in front of, and we hired a clear marquee for the reception, with a dance floor and lots of fairy lights out under the stars.”
Bobby and Nick actually had two photographers – Wednesday & Co and Ingrid Coles – capture their day, explaining, “We used Ingrid Coles, a family friend of mine who Nick went to school with. We chose Ingrid because her photos were amazing, but also because we knew we would feel comfortable with her. She introduced us to our second photographer, Kristen, of Wednesday & Co photography, who brought a completely different perspective. It was wonderful to get two sets of photos showing different aspects and details, which were very different in style but complemented each other so perfectly.
Woods & Bloom styled the bright and beautiful floral details (with the refreshed colour palette!)
“We tried to keep our wedding very personal to us. We were married at a family friend’s property, used the same celebrant as Nick’s brother, one of our photographers was a family friend of Bobby’s who Nick also went to school with.”
The couple enlisted wedding planner Storybook and Co to help things run smoothly, the bride noting, “The whole day was a whirlwind of emotion, and it was our dream wedding come true. Our MC did the most amazing job, the speeches had everyone in stitches, and our wedding planner, Kirsty from Storybook and Co, pulled out every trick in her bag (including somehow miraculously making the rain stop just in time for the ceremony!). There is no way I would have had the wedding I dreamed of without her.”
“All of our vendors were great, and really made an impact. Our photographers were amazing, hair and makeup (Hair by Emma and Makeup by Aleasha Deanne) worked their magic to get us feeling fabulous, Wilson Bar (a vintage caravan) looked awesome next to our clear marquee, and our wedding planner Kirsty was heaven sent,” remembers Bobby.
The couple took to the dance floor under festoon lights, much to the horror of the groom! Bobby explains, “We danced to ‘Honeymoon’ by Johnny Stimson. We just liked the song and felt it was nice and soft. Nick hated every moment of our first dance; he’s not a dancer and having everyone watch us while we had our first dance was torture for him!”
A big congratulations to you both Bobby and Nick! Thank you for sharing your delightful day with us. Thank you also to Wednesday & Co for sharing today’s stunning celebration.