Hillstone St Lucia Wedding Photographer | A Real Life Wedding Story – Matt & Suzie

Back in July I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful wedding of Matt & Suzie at Hillstone St Luica. It was such a beautiful winter’s day filled with so much love, laughter and good times. Both Mel and I felt like we were family on the day. I absolutely love hearing back from my couples about how they felt their wedding day went, any advice they have for other brides and of course their experience being photographed by me. So here is Matt & Suzie’s Real Life Wedding Story as told by Suzie.

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Bride’s Name: Suzie
Groom’s Name: Matt
Date of Wedding: July 3, 2016
Number of Guests: Approx. 70

The History….
How did you meet?
Matt’s friend Shaun & my friend Tegan introduced us

How long did you date?
Almost 4 years

How did he propose?
He left clues around the house that led to the ring & a note asking me to marry him

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The Wedding….
What was your wedding date?
July 3, 2016

Why did you choose this date? Any special reason?
No special reason, just worked well

Where did you have your wedding?
Hillstone, St Lucia

Was there any special touches, vows, traditions or tributes that you included into your ceremony?
We had a candle lighting ceremony to symbolise 2 families becoming 1

If you could pick one special moment from the day to remember what would it be?
When we saw each other for the first time at each end of the aisles

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The Gown….
Who designed your gown?
Wendy Makin

Where was it purchased?
BellaDonna Bridal

What was your gown shopping experience like? Was this dress the first one you tried on? Did you try on hundreds, loved it, hated it?
Wonderful experience – everyone was so friendly and always made me feel beautiful. This was probably the 5th of so dress I tried on but as soon as I did I knew it was the one. I went back one week later and tried on the 2 I’d narrowed it down to but knew all along this was the one

Where there any special details you included in your day? Did you borrow a piece of jewellery etc?
I had a charm with my nana’s picture around my flowers to remember her & borrowed one of her hankies that my sister also used on her wedding day

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What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
Something old – a photo of my grandmother in a locket around my bouquet
Something new – My Sarah Walsh Bridal Jewellery
Something borrowed & blue – A hanky with blue stitching from my Grandmother. My sister also used it at her wedding.

Did you have any DIY elements to your day?
We decorated the cake topper, ‘mr & mrs yates’ sign on the head table & made our table numbers. We also made our seating chart & menu’s etc

If you could describe the overall theme of your wedding day what would it be?
Outdoor traditional wedding (I think haha)

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VENDORS
Gown: Wendy Makin – BellaDonna Bridal
Suits: Connor
Bridesmaids: For Her and For Him
Rings: Suzie’s – Diamonds International & Matt’s – Tungsten World
Accessories: Jewellery – Sarah Walsh Bridal, Shoes – Nine West, Bridal belt – BellaDonna Bridal
Hair: Amy Flinn from The Hair Affection https://www.facebook.com/thehairaffection/?fref=ts
Makeup: Emma Jensen from Emma Frances Makeup Artist https://www.facebook.com/emmafrances.mua/?fref=ts
Ceremony: Hillstone, St Lucia
Celebrant: The Rt Rev. Graham Preston – He also married my parents 30 years ago
Reception: Hillstone, St Lucia
Entertainment: David – DJ Clark
Videographer: Tatjana Hamilton http://www.tatjanahamilton.com/
Cake: By Sarah-Jane Webb from the Cake and Icing Centre
Bonbonerie: Personalised toblerone chocolates from Chocablock Chocolates
Flowers/Florist: Kayla Thomas-Nielsen & Kirsty Flinn from Bride & Bloom
Transport: Blue and White Limousines
Stationery: Etsy pages that we printed ourselves

How did you find your overall experience with the above vendors?
All were fantastic

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Advice…
Do you have any advice for other brides?
Try not to stress, it will all fall together! One way or another, the day will arrive whether you’re ready or not so just enjoy the ride 🙂

What made your wedding day so memorable?
Family and friends. Matt and I have never felt more loved & surrounded by support

What was the funniest memory from your wedding day?
The speeches

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What was the weather and location like on the day?
The weather couldn’t have been better! The sun was shining. It was nice and warm with a cool breeze. We couldn’t have picked a better day

If there was one thing that you would change from the day, what would it be and why?
Nothing – Everything that happened (whether to plan or not) made our day ‘our day’ 🙂 It was perfect to us.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
New Zealand

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