Tom and Toni were married in a lush garden at Toni’s childhood home by her uncle, Pastor Tim Stringer on 2nd April 2016. The reception was held beneath a canopy of festoon lights underneath the stars.
Toni kindly paints a picture of her fairytale wedding, held at her family property in Gurley, northern NSW. She describes the homely yet elegant style of the reception, and recalls the fondest memories of the day.
How did you and Tom meet?
Tom and I met at a fancy-dress housewarming party. I was dressed as a cheerleader, and he was a ninja. I was talking to Tom’s best friend, who I had known since high school and Tom sidled over for an introduction. On our wedding day, our guests recalled that evening “revolved around us as we talked all night, completely oblivious to the party going on!”
How did Tom propose?
Tom's proposal was very low-key. After cooking dinner together as we usually do, we settled on the couch to watch a movie with a bottle of wine. While he went to fetch a throw to keep me warm, he snuck the ring into his pocket. Then he dropped to one knee and asked, "Will you do me the honour of being my wife?" I replied "Of course!"
What was the style of your wedding?
I had a hands-on approach to the wedding, and it was magical with a touch of simplicity. Our guests took a stroll through an enchanting fairy walkway decorated with mini jars of flowers and wooden, hand-painted signs. The fresh, colourful table settings were made of flowers hand-picked from my Mum's amazing garden.
We exchanged, "I do" by the lake at sunset. After the ceremony, our guests enjoyed cocktails on the lush lawn. They were then ushered into the reception area decorated with festoon lights for a more festive atmosphere… I chose these lights because they didn’t compromise the sparkling stars above us.
Wedding cake made by Toni’s mother, decorated by Lea and Amy Jericho
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
I used my late great-grandmother’s lockets and bracelets for ‘something old’ and ‘blue’. They were were tied to my bouquet. My great-grandmother was an exceptional lady with a grand zest for life – she went sandboarding with her great grandkids at the age of 80!
Did you include your own touch to the wedding?
I designed the wedding invitations with my sister and sister in law. We used the designs for other displays such as the order of ceremony, menu, table numbers, table cards and thank you notes. The wooden signs were hand painted by me.
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As someone who loves style and design, we chose a new sofa from King Living as an ideal wedding gift. The Gift Collective was simple for our guests to use and saved them so much time.
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It was also lovely to see messages from our guests roll in before the wedding. It really amped up the excitement leading up to the big day!
After planning and visualizing the wedding for months, the whole day was a surreal experience. It was amazing to be surrounded by friends and family, some who had travelled from Wales, Germany and South Australia to celebrate this momentous occasion with us.
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