Montville Wedding Photographer | The Real Life Wedding Story – Sam & Von

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of photographing the gorgeous Sam & Von for their beautiful Montville/Yandina wedding. I love sharing my clients wedding experiences, so here is their Real Life Wedding Story as told by Von!

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Bride’s Name: Veronica
Groom’s Name: Samuel
Date of Wedding: 28th April 2017
Number of Guests: 113

The History….

How did you meet?
Through a mutual friend that Von played handball with and Sam studied law and played water polo with. We met at Suncorp Stadium watching the then Brisbane Roar.

How long did you date?
10 years!

How did he propose?
At sunrise on top of Mt Tibrogargan, Glass House Mountains. He just said “I have one question to ask you”, and got down on one knee and proposed.

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The Wedding….

What was your wedding date?
28th April 2017

Why did you choose this date? Any special reason?
We choose the date as we wanted to maximise the May day long weekend for our guests travelling interstate.

Where did you have your wedding?
The Ceremony was at The Chapel, Montville, and The Reception was at The Rocks, Yandina, our guests all stayed at Noosa Heads with a buses transporting them to and from the venues.

Were there any special touches, vows, traditions or tributes that you included into your ceremony?
There were so many beautiful moments, especially including family throughout the ceremony.

If you could pick one special moment from the day to remember what would it be?
Kissing whilst standing on top of our chairs and looking down at all our loved ones watching us.

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The Gown….

Who designed your gown?
Pronovias Collection

Where was it purchased?
White Lily Couture

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?
I went to four shops and tried on about 40 dresses. I think I had in mind what I wanted.The fourth shop I went to, I had a strong feeling that I would find my dress there and was fortunate that my mum, sister and one of my bridesmaids could be present when I finally tried on my dress. Initially I was hesitant about it, but I put it to the side of potential dresses to retry. When I tried it on the second time, the sales assistant recommended I try on a jacket and a belt because she could see the style that I was going for. Once my look was complete, I turned around to see my mum, sister and friend all crying! I knew then that that had to be the one.

Where there any special details you included in your day? Did you borrow a piece of jewellery etc?
My shoes were given to me from a close friend who read at our wedding and I just couldn’t find anything more comfier and prettier than those shoes. My earrings were one of the first pieces of jewellery that Sam had ever bought me. One of my bridesmaids bought me a beautiful white lace handkerchief for my wedding day from St Gallen in Switzerland where she had been studying. She presented it to me the morning of my wedding day, so I wrapped it around my bouquet for the ceremony, just in case I needed it.

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

Something Old- shoes & earrings
Something – dress, hair piece
Something borrowed – didn’t have one
Something blue – I was given a little blue bag with magic stones in it the day before my wedding day, so I carried them in my purse.

Did you have any DIY elements to your day?
We made an outdoor Guess Who with pictures of all of our guests. On the opposite side we displayed some of the amazing engagement photos from our engagement photo shoot taken by your’s truly: Nicole Barralet. We also made up a bus game quiz about us for our guests to enjoy whilst they were travelling to The Chapel. We cut out love hearts with our names on them that guests had to hold up who they thought the answer to the question was about. These were also substituted as handheld fans for the Ceremony.

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

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Gown: White Lily Couture
Suits: Stuart Suits
Rings: Canturi, Michael Hill
Accessories: Bridesmaids belts: Glam Her Bands, Dressing Gowns: Piyama, Earrings: Samantha Wills
Hair & Makeup: Lawdy Miss Claudy Vintage Van
Ceremony: The Chapel, Montville
Celebrant: Fr Bob Harwood, Catholic Priest – Redcliffe Parish
Reception: The Rocks, Yandina
Entertainment: Ceremony: Cello Dreaming, Reception: Tom Francis (from Byron Bay)
Videographer: My Cousin – Sam Kelly
Cake: Our friend Nicole Bensink made our cake. Gluten Free – The base – caramel mudcake with dolce de leche filling and the top coconut & lime mudcake with lime syrup filling covered with white chocolate buttercream.
Bonbonerie: We had lolly jars as our favours purchased from and we purchased stickers from and the Lollies from The Confectionary Warehouse
Flowers/Florist: Hudson Floral Couture did the bouquets and the table centrepiece at The Chapel. The Reception flowers were purchased from Flower Lovers and were arranged by my brother Chris Kelly and his girlfriend Simone Macginley
Transport: Kenz Classic Cars – Jaguar White Classic, Black 1936 Dodge Limo for the bridal party

How did you find your overall experience with the above vendors?
All our wedding vendors were incredible! So welcoming and friendly to work with. All were professional in what they did and all helped contribute to the amazing day we had.

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Do you have any advice for other brides?
Ask as many people you know about what they did for their wedding day and ask them for recommendations of people they worked with. I would highly recommend everyone that helped with our wedding day. We had a very memorable experience and our day was all the more enjoyable because of it. For wedding inspiration, I spent a lot of time on pinterest!

What made your wedding day so memorable?
A combination of things, the location, the weather, the people who helped organise it and see the vision we wanted for our wedding day.

What was the funniest memory from your wedding day?
Probably watching our youngest siblings (Sam’s Sister & Von’s brother- the MC’s) bust out “Oh Happy Day” and nail it both in high notes and dance moves!

What was the weather and location like on the day?
The weather was the perfect temperature, not too cloudy and there was no wind. Everyone was comfortable, apart from a few mildly sunburnt faces.

If there was one thing that you would change from the day, what would it be and why?
The bus company that picked up our guests an hour late and pushed the ceremony back an hour and subsequently everything else back an hour. Fortunately our other wedding vendors and guests didn’t seem to mind and accommodated for it. It meant that our guests could enjoy the reception venue into the night and under the stars.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We haven’t been on our honeymoon yet, but we are hoping to go in September to Greece, Spain, Portugal and Croatia.

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And a few words from Sam & Von about the photography experience with Nicole Barralet Photography…

Nicole was so professional with helping to plan the photos we would want to have on our wedding day. From the engagement photo shoot to the wedding, Nicole helped calm our nerves in front of the camera to get some incredible photos. Her beautiful personality, friendly, cheerful smile and enthusiasm was an absolute pleasure to work with. Nicole made us feel like we’ve known her for years. Her work ethic is incredible as she worked all day and into the night for us on our special day with her awesome assistant Jess. Together they helped create memories we will treasure for many years to come. We can’t thank Nicole & Jess enough for their hard work!

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If you loved reading about Sam & Von’s real life wedding experience and would like to know more about Wedding Photography with Nicole Barralet, then get in touch! We would love to chat more about your wedding plans!

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