Caitlyn and Stephen were married on Thursday 16th January, 2020. 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 at our local church through mutual friends. We remained friends for years before considering each other romantically. The more time we spent with each other, we discovered many deep common interests and similar values that we hadn’t realised previously. Once we started dating, we sort of just knew we had found ‘our person’!
How did Stephen pop the question?
The proposal happened on May long weekend 2019 while we were hiking up Mt Beerburrum. The weather was perfect, and we had planned a day trip to walk up the mountain, followed by a picnic. Stephen got down on one knee in a small clearing overlooking the coastline, and of course Caity said ‘yes’! She was completely taken by surprise. Caity had not climbed Mt Beerburrum before, and complained at how steep the hike up was – she was expecting a far more leisurely walk! Once reaching the top, she realised what was going on and apologised the whole trip down.
Why did you choose Indooroopilly Golf Club as your wedding venue?
We loved the surroundings and atmosphere at IGC. Use of the golf course for photos was the perfect bonus, and Stephanie presented such a beautiful vision for our reception. We had heard wonderful reports from other weddings that had happened at the same venue, and the space was ideal for our guests!
Favourite Wedding Day memory?
Caity: That special moment to ourselves in-between the ceremony and reception as we were travelling to IGC. We were finally married!
Stephen: The photoshoot was a highlight, our photographers Lauren and Peter (Everlast Studios) were so incredible to work with – we had a lot of fun just being ourselves with them and driving around in the golf carts! Stephanie provided the most amazing food platter for us to enjoy too.
Ceremony Musical Choices
Bride’s Entrance: Bless the Broken Road – Caleb and Kelsey
Ceremony Exit: Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and The Waves
Reception Musical Choices
Reception Entrance: Bones – One Republic
First Dance: All for You – The Light The Heat
Were there any funny moments throughout your day?
We asked our pastor to include our ‘what we originally thought of each other when we met/how we started dating’ story during the ceremony and he included some very honest memories and impressions from that time which brought many laughs.Our best man dropped the wedding rings during our ceremony which has left such a fun memory as well!
Did you include any personal touches to your day?
We had many discrete sentimental touches to our day. Caity’s dress had the words of Shakespeare’s sonnet ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?’ embroidered across them. We always imagined our day would be centred around the concept of summer romance and simple elegance, and so finding this gown was kind of perfect. Throughout the day we highlighted the silver-dollar eucalyptus leaf which also featured in the embroidery of the gown’s tulle, in all the bouquets, and in the menu/stationery prepared by IGC (Stephanie). To us this symbolised simple elegance. Caity carried a special handkerchief and coin with her on the day that was presented by her Nanna, who held these on her own wedding day over 50 years earlier. And Stephen wore avocado-printed socks, which was done as a quirky surprise for Caity (who is slightly obsessed with avocados).
What advice would you give to future couples planning a wedding?
Do it together! Make sure you take time to talk about what you would both like and how you envision the day to look. Do as much research on venues as you like, but only visit your top three – we found this helped us narrow our choices. Also, don’t be afraid to ask what vendors your reception venue would recommend/have worked with previously! They’ve already built a relationship with them, and there’s reliability in that!
Is there anything else you would like to say about your special day?
Some advice, the day goes so quickly so take every moment as it comes because there is no other day like it. Oh, and please remember to eat!
Celebrant: Pastor David D’Amour (Grace Bible Church, Logan) | Photography and Videography: Everlast Studios | Hair: TigerLamb Coorparoo | Makeup: Makeup by Lynè Jana | Cake: Kandy K Sweets | Florals: The Little Flower Market | Entertainment: Spotify – we had prepared our own playlists and equipment | Bride’s dress: Wtoo by Watters (Bella Donna Bridal)| Bridesmaids dresses: KF Bridal | Groom & groomsmen’s suits: Connor