Charles and I were both international students who met on a tour on our first day of our new school. It was an instant connection, we started dating at the age of 16 and have never looked back! Being together for over six years, we have truly grown into adults together, facing the good times and bad together and always being there for one another.
Charles is a financial planner and I work as a manager of Mecca Cosmetica. Charles proposed at the Opera House in Sydney. It was totally unexpected, as Charles is from South Africa, I assumed we were doing a little sight seeing of one of the most well known Australian locations across the world. It was my 21st birthday, I had also just received a promotion at work and Charles had just graduated from university. It was a weekend away to treat ourselves for our hard work and accomplishments but turned out to be a weekend I would never forget!
Initially I thought I definitely wanted something with lace. I knew I wanted something figure hugging but still soft and romantic. I tried on some dresses here in Brisbane with my mum, but it wasn’t until I visited my dad who lives in Phoenix, Arizona that I found “the one”. I decided on a super simple number from Mori Lee. It was so delicately draped, with a small but elegant train and sweetheart neckline. I wore it with a belt from Luv Bridal that had oval stones to match my engagement ring for the ceremony and then for the reception I wore it with a very special handmade lace cape that my beautiful mum surprised me with, it really completed the overall look.
We decided on Weddings at Tiffany’s as our venue. As soon as we set foot in that venue, we knew it would be the one. The views were spectacular, it was able to cater for a smaller wedding and the service was impeccable from day dot. You could almost say it was like our love for each other, when you know you know!
Our favourite part of the day was first seeing each other as I was walking down the aisle. Charles and I are both usually very cool, calm and collected and had previously said that we didn’t think we would cry at that moment. Boy were we wrong! It’s safe to say we were both completely overcome with happiness and excitement and it is a moment in time we will cherish forever.
The overall vibe was a rustic, romantic feel. We tried to incorporate lots of wood and a little lace where possible. We also loved choosing the flowers, we wanted to have as many flowers as we could possibly afford, and Tiffany’s Flowers did a spectacular job sticking to a soft, whimsical romantic feel for the flowers.
We were so over the moon with both our videographer, Michael Kelly Films, and our photographer, Amanda Hamilton from Peppermint Photography. We could never be able to thank them enough for capturing every moment of our special day.
Ms Polka Dot says: Such a beautiful day with special touches that make the day truly unforgettable. Congratulations Mariah and Charles on your beautiful day and marriage!
From Mariah: Charles and I are high school sweethearts, we have been together 6 years now and married recently at Weddings At Tiffany’s, Maleny.
We love it when brides and grooms share their words of wisdom with us – because let’s face it, the best advice comes from people who have been there before you! Alice and Luke celebrated their waterside wedding at a yacht club in Victoria and offered this advice.
“Enjoy the process! There will be so many ups and downs. So many times you think what are you doing! So much money for just a single day! However we wouldn’t change it for the world. The entire process just requires really clear and succinct communication between everyone.
Once you have the big things booked in like catering, venue, band, photographer and hair and makeup you can relax for at least a couple of months.
We also found it hard always being asked questions about what was going on which was lovely that people were so interested but we tired of that quickly. Don’t be afraid to have those awkward conversations early on as they will make the entire process so much easier in the long run!
Also be sure to take time on the day to yourselves and sit back and enjoy what you have been able to create.
Finally organize the packing up and aftermath of the wedding as this was something I didn’t do and it all got very messy as people wanted to help but didn’t know what to do. You will honestly never write so many lists in your life! ”