A looming border closure brought Kat and Jared's wedding forward four weeks and, as luck would have it, the day turned out to be nothing short of Paradise.
While on the initial chosen date, torrential rain bucketed down, their outdoor creek-side wedding at Kingscliff saw only sunshine, smiles and intimacy with a ceremony of 30 people.
Scroll on for pics of Kat in our Paradise gown and discover more details about this divine bride's perfect day:
What was Jared's reaction when you walked the aisle?
I think he was just happy to see me. We were both so thrilled that the day had actually arrived, as, with everything going on in the world, and with friends cancelling weddings left right and center, we weren't sure.
I did ask him what he thought of the dress and his words were, "exactly what I pictured you would wear". He thought it was beautiful and suited me perfectly.
What was the magic moment of the day?
There are so many, I couldn't possibly choose one. A few stand outs were:
- Of course saying our 'I dos' and first kiss;
- Having, basically half a tree branch land on my head during our photos (it was ok, I had a glass of champagne in hand and didn't spill any);
- Singing 'Happy Birthday' when we cut our wedding cake. Our wedding day was also Jared's mum's birthday, one of my oldest friend's birthdays; and the day before Jared's grandad's 80th. The rendition of Happy Birthday was a total surprise led by Jared and I, and it was special to see how chuffed they looked.
- Sharing our first dance to 'Tennesse Whisky' by Chris Stapleton;
- Catching up with old friends that I had not seen in too long.
What did you love about planning your wedding?
We really planned two weddings. The first was a party with 90 guests in an eclectic venue on the Gold Coast (a Barber Shop!), with a recovery brunch the next day. We planned to dance into the night, eat paella and gelato and of course, get married.
Our actual wedding was basically the opposite of that plan. We planned the whole thing in six weeks as a contingency plan due to Queensland's border still being closed, and my whole family living in NSW. We got married at the creek at Kingscliff during late morning with 30 guests, four weeks earlier than originally planned, and had a 20 person reception (due to COVID restrictions) in a beautiful apartment on Marine Parade at Kingscliff. Our lunch reception still saw us dancing well into the night of course.
How did your feel in the Paradise gown?
I felt spectacular and was so so happy with my choice. I felt lucky that I had chosen such a versatile gown too. I purchased the gown before border closures and COVID restrictions existed and, of course, while our big Barber Shop funky wedding plan was in full swing! Even though our wedding ended up being the opposite of that, I got so many comments from people that the dress was perfect for the setting and the whole day. I thought the shape of the dress was also super flattering and somehow was fitted without feeling 'tight' or restrictive.
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Photographer:Jen from Woven Studio @wovenstudio
Ceremony Venue Kingscliff / Cudgen Creek
Florals: Fifth Avenue Florist, Palm Beach
Celebrant: Danielle Barker
Vegan wedding cake: @vegansisters.hc
Ceremony set up / hire: Coastal Events @coastalevents
Jared's suit: Hugo Boss