Chris and Allyson are not city people, but they love the country side so it made sense to have a country rustic wedding. We were lucky enough to get to talk to Allyson about everything leading up to the wedding, including the romantic Christmas proposal and how their wedding day was everything they both had hoped for.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Chris and I have known each other since primary school. Our friendship started during high school when we used to catch the same bus home together from school. It bloomed when we had the same classes together. We used to stay up till late on school nights chatting away, even sometimes till 4am on msn or on the phone. We always had so much to talk about and it was so easy to talk to each other. Chris confessed many times to having feelings for me, but I always just wanted to be friends, not wanting to ruin the friendship. Until one day in our last term and last year of high school, Chris’ persistence had paid off and he asked me out one more time and I accepted. I am so glad I did, because we have been happily together ever since for 7 years now and are now married; excited for the next chapter our in lives together.
2. Tell us a little about the proposal and the lead up to the Wedding?
Chris and I always knew we wanted to get married and have a life together. A few weeks before Christmas, we had been casually looking at engagement rings while doing our Christmas shopping, on Christmas Eve Chris surprised me with the ring he said made me smile the most. It was the best Christmas present ever.
3. What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme?
Chris and I aren’t city people, but we love the country side so it only made sense to have a country rustic wedding. We went looking down in Bowral at Wedding venues and fell in love with Bendooley Estate.
4. Favourite detail and/or moment of the day (besides becoming husband and wife of course! )
I loved the whole day! Watching all of our planning and everything coming together. Chris’s favourite part was watching me come down the aisle and watching me getting excited about the details e.g. The set-up of the venue, seeing the wedding cake, wishing well and food etc.
5. Did you undertake any DIY projects, if so what?
Yep! The wishing well was my biggest project. It was home made. I envisioned a terrarium style wishing well, that reflected a magical rustic atmosphere inside of it. My Dad and Grandpa crafted it according to the design I communicated, Chris and I decorated it ourselves and it came together beautifully.
6. Any family or religious traditions incorporated into your day?
A Traditional Chilean dance “La Cueca” was performed at the beginning of the reception.
7. What does marriage mean to you?
I think this quote sums up what it means to me: “And when you choose a life partner, you’re choosing a lot of things, including your parenting partner and someone who will deeply influence your children, your eating companion for about 20,000 meals, your travel companion for about 100 vacations, your primary leisure time and retirement friend, your career therapist, and someone whose day you’ll hear about 18,000 times.”– Tim Urban, and much more than what is in this quote.
8. Talk to us about your dress, where is it from? how long did it take to find.
My dress is from the Sposa Group Australia. I was fortunate to find my dress in the first store I walked into. After trying on a few dresses, I found just what I was looking for. Since I was a kid I knew I wanted a sleeved dress, lucky lace sleeved dresses are trending now, so there’s heaps everywhere.
9. Advice for other couples planning a wedding?
Be organised. Plan early. Know that things will not go exactly as you imagined so go with the flow.
Photos: Michal Kriesch Studios
Bridal gown: The Sposa Group Australia
Veil / hair piece: The Sposa Group Australia
Flowers: Little Bird Bloom
Rings: Roselands Centre Jewellers
Jewellery/Accessories: Earrings – Swarovski, www.swarovski.com
Bridesmaids dresses: Review
Grooms suit: Roger David
Grooms Shoes: Williams
Groomsmen suits: Roger David
Belts: M&W Leather
Ceremony: St Paul’s Parish, Moss Vale, Berrima.
Reception: Bendooley Estate
Catering: Bendooley Estate
Cake: Cake Arcade
Cake topper: Cake Arcade
Hair and Make up: June Rose, Delrene (Make up artist) and Clare (Hair)
Celebrant: Father John Pickering
Transport: The Vintage Factory
Cinematographer: Joe Els