Ipswich Wedding Photography | The Real Life Wedding Story of Troy & Amanda…

Troy & Amanda | Wedding | Ipswich | 27th October 2012

In October I had the pleasure of photographing the very stormy wedding of Troy & Amanda. It started off with a very hot morning with the humidity and a storm building throughout the morning and into the afternoon. We were lucky that the weather held of just long enough for us to have the ceremony and family photographs. Then the heavens opened and crazy heavy rain transpired. Never fear, it didn’t dampen the spirits of this happy couple – we continued on and embraced the rain for some truly unique photographs. Here is the real life wedding story of Troy & Amanda.

Date of Wedding: 27th October 2012
Number of Guests: 80

The History….

How did you meet?

Amanda: Troy and I met through a mutual friend who took Troy to a work function for a free dinner and she introduced us later in the evening

How long did you date?

Amanda: We have been together for 3 and a half years now

How did he propose?

Amanda: Troy and I had arranged to go out to dinner one night and as a last minute change of plans I invited some people to come to dinner with us. After dinner that night I suggested we go out to dinner the next weekend just the two of us and Troy thought that would be a nice idea as well. It was a Saturday night and I had worked through the day and got home at around 5pm. Troy asked me if I still wanted to go out to dinner as we hadn’t really spoken about it through the week and when I told him that I did he asked where I wanted to go. He suggested places like KFC, Hungry Jacks and Macca’s which was his typical humour – I told him that I didn’t really care so long as we got to eat out together. Troy then suggested we try and get a ‘last minute’ reservation as The Morrison Hotel. I was definitely keen to go to dinner there and jumped in the shower while he ‘called’ to check if we could get a table. Troy yelled out that we got a table which I was surprised at but glad we were about to have a nice evening together. On the way to Woolloongabba I tapped Troy and mentioned how nice it was that we could have a date night at the same place we had our first date – Troy responded with a typical blank look as if he forgot that fact then laughed at me for falling for it! I got over his teasing quickly and soon enough we were seated at a table that was out of the way and candle lit and enjoyed a perfectly cooked steak together.

On our way home Troy took a detour through the city which was not out of character and asked if I wanted to go and have some ice-cream up at Mt Coot-tha lookout. Being a sweet tooth I was up for that! It was a rainy night but the rain had stopped in time for us to have our ice-cream at the lookout with a cloudy view over the city. Troy finished his ice-cream quickly and cuddled me to keep me warm from the chilly breeze up on the mountain and he whispered that he loved me very much, he also told me some other lovely things that would embarrass him too much to tell but nevertheless made me a little teary on the night and then asked me to be his wife! By this point I was a blubbering mess and dropped my ice-cream over the ledge, turn around to face him and said YES!

Troy held a large black box which even in the dark and through my tears of joy I could see the sparkle sitting inside – in Troy’s true form he asked if I could wait until we got to the car for me to put the ring on! He was worried he would drop the ring over the edge of the lookout or that too many tourist would see and make a fuss! Of course I could NOT wait and he succumbed and place the most beautiful ring I have ever seen on my finger!

The Wedding….

What was your wedding date?

Amanda: 27th October 2012

Why did you choose this date? Any special reason?

Amanda: We thought October was a good time of year as far as weather goes and Troy suggested the last Saturday of the month so we had more time to prepare.

Where did you have your wedding?

Amanda: We had our Ceremony at Kholo Botanical Gardens and our Reception at Brothers Leagues Club where we met

Was there any special touches, vows, traditions or tributes that you included into your ceremony?

Amanda: Before I walked down the isle to marry Troy both of our Mothers were called upon to light a single candle together to represent our lost loved ones so that they could be acknowledged and present for our wedding.

If you could pick one special moment from the day to remember what would it be?

Amanda: Seeing that genuine pride and happiness in Troy’s face when our eyes met for the first time when I walked down the isle

The Gown….

Who designed your gown?

Amanda: It was a Mia Solana Gown

Where was it purchased?

Amanda: It was purchased from Luv Bridal at Slacks Creek.

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?

Amanda: When I started dress shopping I had an idea of a simple dress with NO frills, NO lace, NO straps and I wanted a very white dress. The dress I bought… HAD lace, HAD frills, HAD straps and was called Diamond White which was a subtle off white with a lot of silver in it! I tried a lot of dresses on in lots of different stores and small boutiques but was put off by the service in some places and didn’t like how some of the other dresses sat on me that I though I would like. I was just about to give up when one of the ladies as Luv Bridal flicked through the same catalogue we had been through and pointed out my dress. I had seen it before and thought it was beautiful but didn’t think it would suit me due to having all the traits I thought I didn’t like. She insisted I try it on anyway so I did. As soon as I saw myself in the mirror I knew in that moment what I would look like when was would marry Troy!

The Details…

What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?

Amanda: My something old was my engagement ring as it was the most used thing I was wearing on the day, my something new was my wedding dress, something borrowed was the ring pillow and something blue was a blue bow on my garter. I also had a six-pence in my shoe which makes up the full verse by tradition.

Did you have any DIY elements to your day?

Amanda: I made all of our wedding invitations with the help of friends and family.

If you could describe the overall theme of your wedding day what would it be?

Amanda: I would describe it as a Black & White Modern style Vintage feel.


Gown: Luv Bridal
Suits: Tom Browns
Bridesmaids: eBay (not recommended)
Rings: Pascoe Jewellers
Accessories: Pascoe Jewellers
Hair: Judy Barralet
Makeup: Kara Lehmann – Ella Baché Ipswich
Ceremony: Kholo Botanical Gardens
Celebrant: Janice Hancock
Reception: Brothers Leagues Club
Entertainment: DJ – from Moby Disc
Cake: Megan Stewart – Stewarts Cakes ( Highly recommended)
Bonbonerie: Happy 2 Express Cards
Flowers/Florist: Jacqui M Designs
Transport: Friends and friends of friends helped out with this one – Brain Pratt from Exhaust Innovations drove his HT Monaro as the main bridal car! The other bridal cards were an XW Falcon, 57 Chev and a 61 Chevy Impala.
Stationery: DIY but bought the supplies from The Paper Connection

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

Amanda: Would absolutely highly recommend ALL of them except using eBay to find bridesmaid dresses. I chose some of these vendors after bad experiences with other people in the industry before I found them and they had a very noticeable difference and were all very genuine, professional and experienced people.

Do you have any advice for other brides?

Amanda: Stay relaxed about EVERYTHING! If I can do it so can you and we had the best day because of our relaxed attitudes. You can be as prepared as humanly possible but things can still go wrong so you just have to go with it.

What made your wedding day so memorable?

Amanda: THE RAIN! Of course as well as the fun we had at our reception with our friends and family!

What was the funniest memory from your wedding day?

Amanda: The speeches from our friends and family were great and plenty of reception shenanigans!

What was the weather and location like on the day?

Amanda: Our wedding day included a Thunder Storm! The timing was perfect as it held off until our last photo was taken at the ceremony then the storm hit so we had the rest of our Bridal party photos taken in the rain.

If there was one thing that you would change from the day, what would it be and why?

Amanda: We wouldn’t change a thing! 🙂

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

Amanda: Fiji – The Warwick Hotel & Spa on the Coral Coast! Loved it!

Thank you Amanda & Troy for asking us to share in your special day! We had a wonderful day photographing your wedding and we wish you all the love and happiness for the many years ahead!

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