Emma and Matt’s sensational wedding was held on Saturday 7th April, 2018. We asked them a few questions about their special day, read on for their answers in their own words.
How did you meet?
We met in 2012 on the train to uni! Matt had seen Emma catching the same train as him and getting off at South Bank to walk to QUT for several weeks before he got the courage to introduce himself (this is something very out of character for Matt as he is usually very shy). Emma was new to Brisbane and thought Matt was so kind for saying hello but thought it was probably a ‘one off’ meeting as semester was wrapping up and would probably not see him again… Matt had other ideas and really wanted to get to know Emma more – he somehow managed to search through Facebook of all the Emmas at QUT until he found her! When he sent Emma a message she was totally freaked out (changed privacy settings straight away!!) but he was so persistent messaging every now and again all break. Against all the advice of her friends about meeting this ‘creepy train stalker’ again, she thought he genuinely seemed like a nice guy and eventually arranged to catch up at uni one afternoon, and we met again and again… the rest is history
How did Matt pop the question?
Just after Christmas in 2016, Matt and his brother went engagement ring shopping under the guise of buying cricket jerseys so I wouldn’t want to come… it was a stinking hot day and when Matt came home I said why don’t we go for a drive so we could enjoy the car’s air-con. So we went out west to Wyaralong Dam and had a bit of a look around until we decided it was much too hot and would head home. We got back to the car and Matt said he was just going to have a look in the boot because he thought he had heard something rattling around in there while we were driving. Unbeknownst to me he hadn’t even had the chance to take the ring out of where he’d hidden it in a shoe box in the back of the car that morning. Matt seized the moment of aloneness and beauty of the dam that afternoon and when I turned around to see if he’d found the noise, he was down on one knee (with tears in his eyes) holding the ring box asking to marry me (by this point I was crying with joy too)! Without a doubt in my mind I said YES!!
Why did you choose Indooroopilly Golf Club as your wedding venue?
Emma had her heart set on a wedding ceremony at her local church (The Church of the Twelve Apostles) in Jindalee so we were looking for a reception venue close by and convenient to the city for all our travelling family and friends. The first time we stepped foot in IGC we fell in love with the setting – we could see that the beautiful gardens and greens would be ideal for our photos and being able to have views out to them from the reception room was so lovely. The packages on offer included everything we were looking for and it was all so well coordinated. When we met our coordinator, we immediately knew she was someone we could trust and rely on to make our special day absolutely perfect and unique to us (and we were right she was a dream to work with!)
Favourite Wedding Day memory?
Our favourite memory was probably our first dance – Emma had always dreamed of learning to dance and having a bit of a princess moment on her wedding day! So, Matt wanted to make this come true and we had had lessons and practiced so hard to learn a full routine including a lift! It was just magical and we had so much joy in showing it off. Emma’s granddad ran up to Matt afterwards crying and gave him a big hug saying how proud he was and that he had not seen anything like that since he was a young man at the country balls!
Ceremony Musical Choices
Bride’s Entrance: Morning Has Broken (played on organ)
Ceremony Exit: I Say a Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin)
Reception Musical Choices
Reception Entrance: Coming Home (Sheppard)
First Dance: Never Seen Anything ‘Quite Like You’ (The Script)
Father / Daughter Dance: Little Ray of Sunshine (Axiom)
Were there any funny moments throughout your day?
The bridal party had so much fun hanging out together and relaxing from the formalities while we had photos taken on the course at IGC. The golf buggies were quite comical as was hiking up the big hill to a spectacular tree in all our heels and dresses. We had a mate come out with us to get some ‘behind the scenes shots’ of the afternoon so we could remember these little moments.
Did you include any personal touches to your day?
Emma’s creative passion came out in planning the wedding and wanted to hand make as much as possible to save a bit of money but also make the day really personal. With a lot of help from family and friends we created everything – from the cake topper, wishing well boxes, floral centrepieces, little favours with personalised lollies (we didn’t make the lollies though!) to the design on all the stationary that matched the embroidery on the bridesmaid’s dresses. We were so proud of what we achieved and how it all looked so professional on the day!
What advice would you give to future couples planning a wedding?
Make the day how you would like it – not how it will look on Instagram or what tradition/family/friends say you have to do… If you have an idea about a way that would make it personal and memorable to you then pursue that because it is all about you in the end! We think another important thing to remember on your wedding day is to roll with the punches. There will definitely be things that are so far out of your control or you just never imagined happening but there’s no use ruining your makeup crying over it! Think of a backup plan and get your bridal party to help – that’s what they are there for!
Is there anything else you would like to say about your special day?
Looking back nearly a year on we agree there really isn’t anything we would change. It really was the happiest and most fun day of our lives so far! We were blessed to have received such great help from our friends and family but also our venues and vendors. The team that surrounds you in the lead up to the special day are really what makes it in the end and we were exceptionally fortunate to work with such lovely and passionate people!
Celebrant: Fr. Daniel Carroll | Photography: Alana Fay Photography & Tahlia Kleinig Photography | Hair & Makeup: Jade Beauty by Teagan | Cake: Fetch My Cake | Florals: The Little Flower Market | Bride’s dress: Luv Bridal | Bridesmaids dresses: Review | Groom & groomsmen’s suits: Black Jacket Suiting | Transportation: Milimo & Father of the Groom’s vintage Holden | Dance Lessons: Rhythm & Dance Attitude