Real Life Wedding Story | Keith & Samantha

Keith & Samantha | Wedding | Ipswich | 30th August 2014

Back in August I had the absolute pleasure of photographing the beautiful wedding of Keith & Samantha. This was an incredibly special wedding as they both flew out from the UK to celebrate with Samantha’s Australian family and friends. The day was filled with so many beautiful moments and traditions that it was a privilege to be part of. I think Samantha described the theme of her wedding as “Family” and I certainly think that is the best way to summarise the day. Even I felt part of this beautiful family. It was certainly a special day for me to be part of. Here is their Real Life Wedding Story as told by Samantha. ipswich-club-wedding-photograph-skw

Bride’s Name: Samantha Kate Burow
Groom’s Name: Keith Bunce
Date of Wedding: 30 August 2014
Number of Guests: 50

The History….

How did you meet?
Sam: Online dating in the UK. My friend dared me to give it a go. Uniform dating 🙂

How long did you date?
Sam: About 3 months before the proposal

How did he propose?
Sam: Quite casually introduced it into the conversation. I wasn’t too surprised as we were on the same wave length from the start.

The Wedding….

What was your wedding date?
Sam: 30 August 2014

Why did you choose this date? Any special reason?
Sam: So our UK guests wouldn’t melt in the Australian heat

Where did you have your wedding?
Sam: The Ipswich Club

Was there any special touches, vows, traditions or tributes that you included into your ceremony?
We had a piper and a celtic hand fasting to honour my Scottish heritage, we also lit a memorial candle for my Dad, and Keith’s Nan. And we also wrote our own vows and kept them secret until the big moment.

If you could pick one special moment from the day to remember what would it be?
When my mum lifted my veil and gave her blessing to Keith and I

The Gown….

Where did you purchase your gown from?
Sam: Berketex Bride Maidstone UK

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?
The first one I saw and tried on, fell in love with it. The staff were amazing and so helpful

Where there any special details you included in your day? Did you borrow a piece of jewellery etc?
I wore a brooch that belonged to my great grandmother and pinned my Mum’s, Dad’s and Nanna’s rings to it. I also had a button brooch by Nic’s Button and Buds that included special things like my Dad’s cufflinks, photos of my parents, Keith’s army badge and our initials.

What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
Something old – antique brooch
New – my underwear 🙂
Borrowed – Dad’s crucifix
Blue – my bridesmaids wore blue

Did you have any DIY elements to your day?
Sam: Our stationery and lolly bar (thanks to my big sister!)

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



Gown: Berketex Bride Maidstone UK
Rings: H.M.Samuel
Accessories: Nics Buttons and Buds for my bouquet and bridesmaids cuffs
Hair & Makeup: Kara Lehmann
Ceremony: Ipswich Club
Celebrant: Lyne Taylor
Reception: Ipswich Club
Entertainment: PJs DJ hire
Videographer: My brother
Lolly Bar: My sister
Cake: My friend Kerry-Lee
Bonbonerie: Personalised key rings
Flowers/Florist: Button Bouquet
Transport: My brother’s friend
Stationery: DIY

How did you find your overall experience with the above vendors?
Hair and makeup were beautifully done by Kara and her Mum, I really looked and felt like a princess. And Nics Buttons and Buds were so easy to work with from the UK and the results blew me away.


Do you have any advice for other brides?
Sam: Relax and don’t let anyone push you into making any decisions. Enjoy the experience

What made your wedding day so memorable?
Coming home to Australia and having friends and family from Australia and UK around us on the day. We felt so loved.

What was the funniest memory from your wedding day?
When my brother surprised me with the V8 cars he borrowed for the day for myself and my bridesmaids. Very surprised!

What was the weather and location like on the day?
Beautiful, we could not have wished for better weather and our amazing sunset!

If there was one thing that you would change from the day, what would it be and why?
That it lasted longer, wish we could have captured those hours for days.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?
Outrigger Resort Fiji


Thank you both again for asking me to photograph your beautiful wedding. It was such a privilege to be able to capture some very beautiful memories for you and that sunset will certainly be one I won’t forget for a while!!!

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