Gippsland Wedding Waratah Lodge – Ben & Amy

Q. When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?

A. We first met in Vancouver, in a place called Rogue which is a restaurant I worked at downtown. He came in with a friend on his 3rd day in Canada and I was his server. Honestly, he was extremely nice, but just a rough around the edges Australian guy. I didn’t want to date him at the time, but for him it was love at first sight.

Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?

A. The proposal took place on a plane flight from Vancouver BC, to Edmonton, Alberta. Ben purposefully didn’t sit next to me which I thought a bit strange, but expected nothing of it. Next thing I knew, he was up at the front of the plane with a microphone, calling my name out. He actually forgot most of his speech, but still I was a mess and crying, along with all of my family who were on the plane, the flight attendants, and other people watching. It was amazing!

Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?

A. We are going on a minimoon for a few days to Daylesford to get away. We haven’t yet decided on a honeymoon location or date because Amy’s friends and family are here from overseas for the wedding and a while after. We feel it is best to spend time with them. Likely, in Australias winter we may go somewhere to get out of the cold.

Q. What are your future plans together (e.g. buying a house/starting a family)

A. Our future plans include traveling for the first little while. Later likely a family as well.  In terms of jobs, we hope to combine both of our passions of brewing beer and acting/performing arts together. A brew pub that provides a place for local actors, comedians and performers to show their art is an idea.

Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?

A. Our ceremony and reception is being held at the Waratah Lodge, in Walkerville, just outside Wilson’s Prom. The location is somewhere Ben and his family have been going for years, and it is a very Australian and very beautiful location. The people from overseas will love it too.

Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a detailed description and also include any accessories including jewellery and shoes.

A. My dress is a very beachy, elegant, and simple dress, custom made from ivory silk. It is relatively fitted to mid-thigh, with a sweetheart top and a small rhinestone detail at the waistline. The back has very thin straps that come from the chest and criss cross across the back only four times. The back is very low. The material is very delicately pleated at the chest. It doesn’t have a train or a veil. The shoes are sparkly heels with a very classy sparkle to them – they are a pale gold colour. I am keeping it simple for jewelry with a delicate bracelet, and pearl earrings.

Q. Do you have a Theme or style to your wedding? And if so, what is it?

A. The idea is based around the Bride, Beers & the Beach. We have tried to create a relaxed beachy atmosphere with a rustic feel. Most things have been handmade, hand-painted and drawn, from the invitations, to the decor and the signage. Some of the decor includes dark brown beer bottles with tiny fairy lights within them, and twine wrapped in bows around some of the other bottles. Ben has handmade wooden candle holders. We will be decorating the ceilings with festoon lights.

Q. Hair & Makeup – please describe what your hair and makeup is like and who the suppliers are.

A. My hair will also be very beachy and laid back — it will have a nice wave and mostly be down, with a waterfall braid starting at one side of my head at one ear, and finishing at the other ear. Put through the braid will be little pieces of babies breath flowers in my hair. My makeup is just a simple, fresh, and natural look as well. Essential Body Basics in Foster are doing my hair and makeup.

Q. Who is the person conducting your service? (celebrant, minister, priest etc).

A. Richard Bryant is our celebrant.

Q. Florist – what are your flowers like & who is the supplier?

A. Sonia Webber is our florist. Her business is located in Foster which is a short drive away. Brunia, misty emille, gyp & other ivory flowers.

Q. Wedding Favours & Cake – what are they like and who is the supplier?

A. Brent Sinclair is our caterer and baker. We have opted for cupcakes rather than a big cake to cut. Just to keep things simple. Ben himself has brewed a craft beer for the wedding to give away to our guests – it is a belgian style farmhouse ale, which is very light and summery.

Q. Transport – what mode of transport did you choose and who was the supplier?

A. We are driving ourselves since we are coming out from Melbourne.

Q. Food & Drink – what are they like and who is the supplier if not venue?

A. Brent Sinclair is doing all foods related items. Entrees are Moroccan beef skewers and thai prawn skewers. Our mains are Tasmanian salmon and free-range chicken with roasted vegetables. We had the chance to try the food at his house and it was truly incredible.

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