There are two types of people. There are those people who, leading up to their wedding, check the weather radar ALL THE TIME to see what the chances are that it’s going to bucket down on your wedding day, and then there are the people who would rather live in an ignorant bubble of pretend sunshine and just refuse to acknowledge that weather apps and reports even know what they’re talking about. I am one of these people and my now Husband is the other. I’m the ignorant bubble and he’s the one with the eyes glued to the BOM radar.
I am also super on-time to everything and pretty organised (that’s my way of saying I am pretty much a control freak) and Eric (the Husband) is completely the opposite. He is an Islander and therefore LOVES to live his life on Islander time (great when you’re on holiday in Fiji, not so great when trying to stick to a timetable). I do like to think that over the years we’ve tried to meet in the middle a little (he now knows not to mess with my
food schedule, I now know when he says he’s ready, it means I have to add another 20 minutes). But generally we find a happy balance. And luckily we did, because we just got married!
On March 10th, 2018 Eric and I tied the knot in Noosa. As usual, with weddings, not much went to plan 😂
But before I get to that, I should probably touch on the fact that our wedding was actually planned in the space of a couple of weeks and went from being potentially held 3 years in the future to being held in 3 months. Basically, in a nutshell, we went on a holiday to Tasmania and remembered how much we loved travelling (the only other time we’ve travelled together was about 4 months into our relationship when we legged it to Fiji for a holiday! Go big or go home, we say). So when we got back to our normal lives, with our normal jobs, with our not-so-normal cats, we realised we didn’t want to spend all that money on what is effectively 12 hours (if you’re lucky) of celebrating. In no way do I want to downplay the importance of a commitment like this between two people, nor do I want to criticise how two people choose to do that. We just knew, once we were back from holidays, that we would much rather spend a little bit on money and have a lot of fun with those we’re closest to, than spend a lot of money doing the same thing and with a lot more people.
Apparently they have a term for small weddings these days (because don’t they have a term for everything!?) – a “micro-wedding”. We’re sooo trendy 😎 A micro-wedding is defined as “an abbreviated celebration of marriage that has only a handful of invited guests (commonly 20 or less), is shorter in duration and is more simple in format, relaxed in atmosphere and less stress to organise than a traditional wedding.”
Well, we had slightly more than 20, but it was still absolutely everything else that was defined. Shorter? Check. More Simple? Check. Relaxed? Check. Less Stress? Check, sort of. Who made most of that happen? Natalie Skye – our celebrant and organiser of our wedding package from Fancy and Free Weddings. Being a little bit of a self-confessed control freak, I had to hand over the reigns to Natalie when we booked our package. It was a scary moment, but once I met her and we laughed and laughed and she said I was funny and she was super nice and I found out she has the best laugh I’ve ever heard, it was easy! She made the mistake of saying I was extroverted which is HILARIOUS if you don’t know me (I am very outwardly introverted) but is still pretty accurate if you DO know me, because if we get along and I think you’re about as amazing as pepperoni pizza, I am just about the chattiest person you’ll ever meet.
In fact, we were so under-stressed we forgot to pick a song to walk down the aisle to! We had spent the night before sitting around our Noosa Lakes Resort lagoon pool (or one of, they have THREE) drinking and eating pizza with our friends and family. And in all that relaxed excitement, we forgot to do the one thing that was on our list to do – pick a song! Can I just say though, having your wedding guests stay at the same resort as us and have everyone there a day before is just the best. You can catch-up with everyone, have some drinks and really just spend some quality time together, because everyone knows that when it comes to the wedding day, there is so much happening and so much to do that quality time is rarely had.
The morning of the wedding came before we knew it. We had to get up at 7am (SO EARLY – I am not a morning person) so that the amazing Emma from MD Brides could work her magic on ALL O’ THIS 💁♀️ Also, she is just the nicest person. We got so lucky with all our vendors, every single one of them was just amazing. So Emma got to work on my Mum first (she didn’t need much let’s be honest, already beautiful inside and out), meanwhile our guests kept flitting in and out and checking up on things and seeing how it was all going – it was so nice! Not seeing the bride before the wedding is overrated. The more the merrier IMO. As I was sitting there and Emma was casting her magic wand over my face, two of my friends walked in (Nick, Mel, love you guys) and HANDED ME A COFFEE. Not just any coffee, my exact pseudo-hipster coffee order! I say pseudo-hipster because my order consists of a triple shot soy vanilla latte – soz but a) I like vanillery things and b) am currently lactose-free – not my fault, doctors orders. Definitely a great way to start the day! I also got my bouquet delivery from my good friend, wedding guest AND wedding florist (so many hats!), Cat from Woods & Bloom. Oh. My. Gosh. What a beauty! My brief to Cat was exactly that, brief. I had worked with Cat before and knew she was enormously talented. I trusted her implicitly with the design of our wedding flowers, so I gave her our colour palette and told her to go nuts! That’s the thing about wedding vendors – you have to choose them wisely, trust them completely, and in doing so, should give them the freedom to work their magic in whatever way they need to. I’m no florist, I have no idea about flowers, I just know I like roses. Ergo in Cat’s words “you were getting a sh*t ton”. 😂 She speaks straight to my heart.
Next thing I know it’s 10:30am and we’ve got to go go go! We hopped in the car and started driving to Noosa Boathouse – this was actually our backup wet weather option that we ended up having to use because the weather leading up to the day had been TERRIBLE and we weren’t going to risk the outdoors. I am actually really glad it worked out that way though because it meant everyone was in the same place for the ceremony and reception – easy! The wind was also CRAZY that day AND as predicted, the weather was a bit testy. As we got there, Natalie greeted my Mum and I and said somethings that I now absolutely don’t remember except for “walk slowly up the aisle, so many people race down, but you need to go slooowwww, Nicole needs to take some pictures”. Well, let me tell you… did I go slow? Absolutely not. My Mum walked me down the aisle which I love her for (amongst a million other things) because when it comes down to it, you really are going to accidentally bolt down the aisle and you really do need someone supportive who will say (under their breath) “SLOW DOWN ELLY OH MY GOSH. SLOW. DOWN.” while looking like they’re not saying anything at all and smiling for the camera. Thanks Mum, you’re an aisle and life saver.
Then there was lots of heartfelt talk from Natalie and Eric and I were being our awkward selves and not knowing where to stand or where to look or how to place our hands. THEN THE VOWS. Oh, the vows.
I will always shower you with hugs, kisses and so much cat fur “furever”, and I will always call you my ‘Shorty’.
I vow to agree to disagree on a lot of things especially who’s taller.
Obviously spoken from the heart, sincere and full of jokes. Typical us. I am also clearly way taller as you will see in the photos below. Elly: +1, Eric: 0. Let me tell you though, saying things you really mean and feel in front of 20+ people is TERRIFYING. My hands were shaking so much I could barely turn the pages! My voice shook, my knees shook (insert funny joke about Eric making me weak in the knees here), everything shook. Eric tried to put the ring on the wrong finger. Our niece rolled her eyes and said “gosh, how hard is it?!” 😂 and we finally said we do!
The time in between the ceremony and reception was spent taking photos with our wonderful photographer Nicole Laufer, munching on delicious cookies from SweetP Cakes & Cookies and sipping Moscato WHILE on the photo shoot – how fun! Thanks to Cat for organising that gem of an idea. We then finally made it back to Noosa Boathouse and joined our guests for a 2 course lunch (amazing, delicious, sublime, superb, I can’t even rate the food and service highly enough, KEN YOU’RE A STAR) and some delicious wedding cake made by the super talented Naomi from Buttermilked. Our lunch ended and we moseyed on up to the Sunset Bar and spent the afternoon sipping cocktails, downing the Moscato (yeah, even our Tradie friends were into that one!!) and ended up finishing our night at the function centre at Noosa Lakes Resort, sipping more beverages and, naturally (because it’s us) eating pizza. You can never have too much pizza and pizza is definitely a food that should never be shunned just because it’s a wedding. We also had our first dance – drunk, happy, and sashaying our way out of the way of the camera to a 90’s love song. Classic.
My takeaway from our micro-wedding was that, it was perfectly imperfect and totally worth it. We had the time of our lives with the people we love and we can STILL travel. We’re not in debt and we’re not broke (well, any more than usual, I blame the smashed avo’s). If I could do it again I’d do everything exactly the same. Our vendors were incredible and although the weather didn’t hold up for us to have an outdoor ceremony I don’t even care. I know it’s cliche, but it really was the best day of my life. Thank you, on behalf of the new Husband and I to all our vendors, family and friends who made it possible, who made it enjoyable and who made it the best day ever. I will cherish the memories – and photos once my memory is not as sharp – for a lifetime.
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♥ єℓℓу ♥