Kate - A Real Bride Story

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Kate’s Story

Bride & Groom: Kate & John
Gown: Inbal Dror from Helen Rodrigues Bridal
Veil: Oscar De La Renta from Helen Rodrigues Bridal
Venue: Halcyon House, Cabarita

“From the moment I first visited Helen and her team I was blown away by not only the amazing selection of International Designers but also the teams warm nature and ongoing personal touches throughout the entire experience. From beginning to end, Helen’s service was nothing but outstanding!”

Beautiful real bride Kate and her husband John’s wedding was featured on Harper’s Bazaar. Here we share an extract on Kate’s bridal journey and her magnificent images.

How did you meet John?
We met nearly nine years ago when I walked into a little cafe to find John (he was the barista at the time!). I was totally infatuated by him and after one date we were inseparable. We moved in with each other just three months later and nine years later we were married.

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How did he propose?
John proposed to me in Italy, 2014. We were in Positano and he hired a little white speed boat one afternoon, which I thought nothing of at the time. We spent the day cruising the Amalfi coast and anchored somewhere out at sea when he pulled out an amazing Italian picnic, dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. I was totally oblivious to what was happening and it was literally a dream!

When did you know your Inbal Dror gown was ‘the one’?
I found my Inbal Dror dress before we even found the venue. I didn't look for long as once I tried on my dress I knew it was the one! I was totally obsessed with it and in love with the design and craftsmanship of it.

My veil was by far my favourite accessory; it was an Oscar De La Renta two tiered cathedral veil. There's something so special about a veil and it was definitely a favourite part!

What was your vision for your wedding day?
Our vision for the day was a relaxed resort style wedding with plenty of Aperol Spritzers! Surrounded by family and friends at an amazing venue with beautiful food and wine, we wanted it to be easy and fun but at the same time really beautiful. After looking for the perfect venue for what felt like forever, our amazing wedding planner Georgie Duddy from After The Rock Weddings suggested Halcyon House. We were in love with it so much, we didn't even visit the venue before we got married.

Halcyon House was absolutely perfect as we shut down the hotel for the Saturday night. The majority of our guests stayed on site; we had the ceremony, pre-ceremony cocktail party and reception all at the one venue.

How did you select your wedding venue?
We chose the venue as we both love the ocean and boutique European hotels, which Halcyon House fully embodies. In addition to the location and beautiful styling, the venue allowed for us to have all our guests of whom had travelled from across the world (Europe, Asia, the Middle East, New Zealand, The Barossa, Melbourne and Sydney, of course) to stay on site and not have to worry about travelling between venues for the ceremony and reception.

The ceremony was held under two palm trees on the grass just before the entrance to the beach at Halcyon House in Cabarita, NSW. After the ceremony we had a cocktail party by the pool there and the reception was held at Halcyon House's restaurant, Paper Daisy.

What was the highlight of your day?
The highlight of the day was definitely when the skies cleared 20 minutes before the ceremony. It went from a drizzly day to perfect sunshine literally just before I walked down the aisle! Another highlight for us was definitely our amazing vocalist, Tom Francis, who sang for the ceremony and cocktail hour and a local DJ who played live percussion on the drums for our entrance and dancing later that night. The hosts at Halcyon House and Paper Daisy were all so incredible and made everyone feel so welcome for the whole weekend, remembering people by name and joining in on the party on the wedding night. They didn't even mind when some of John's Greek family starting smashing plates!

What tips do you have for future brides:
Don't stress in the lead up to the day! Everything has a way of falling into place perfectly. My maid of honour gave me the best advice which was to take five minutes to sneak away with your husband on the night and look back at the party and take it all in. It's a very surreal experience that you will never have again.

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This feature has been adapted from Kate’s wedding feature on Harper’s Bazaar Bride. Read more here