Katie + Alex: Romantic Overgrown Wedding


One thing that we love more than a lass who doesn’t realise she is about to be proposed to? A lass who thinks the surprise is that she is going to visit a tropical fruit farm, and instead arrive for horse riding on the beach, where the lad had to fake an injury to get off his horse to propose! But, maybe you should hear it from the bride herself…


Tell us about the proposal:

We went to visit our family in Queensland and Alex had organised a couple of days in Byron Bay as I had never been. He made it sound like a very casual arrangement but of course he had organised everything in advance! During the drive he told me he had a surprise for me and I thought it was a trip to the tropical fruit farm (hahaha!) He went along with my guess until we instead arrived at a horse ride on the beach! It was such a perfect day – not a cloud in the sky and I was so excited. Alex’s horse didn’t want to be anywhere near mine which was quite funny in hindsight. At the halfway point, Alex feigned an injury and got off his horse (I was actually really worried) then he got down on one knee and popped the question!


When did you know your partner was the one?:

After our first date. It was the most perfect first date. We had tea in the morning at the cafe we had first seen each other 3 months earlier (literally only seen – it’s amazing how the world can bring strangers together at the right time). Our conversation was easy and relaxed and I remember loving every little detail of our conversation. I called my sister afterwards and told her I’d just had the best date of my life.


Tell us about the wedding details:

Alex is actually a huge traditionalist and I am not. For this reason, more often than not we would ask ourselves “what represents us?” rather than “what is traditionally done?” Something that reflected us was the choice to have an uneven bridesmaid to groomsman ratio and one of my best friends was a “bridesman.” From the very beginning, the theme I was going for was a “romance in the garden” type of feel. I wanted a romantically lit, over-grown nature kind of look and it couldn’t have gone any more to plan. My florist and the venue were just perfect. My advice to future couples getting married? Have the things that mean a lot to you and sacrifice/save on other parts of your wedding. We wanted a specific band, photographer (both of which we had to pay a travel fee/fly in) and amazing flowers so we saved money by having a cocktail wedding (which everyone loved!), spending less on my dress and we decided to forgo a video. We regret nothing. It was the most amazing day and we feel so humbled that our friends and family still rave about it!


Photos by Figtree Pictures.



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