Westlakes Wedding Photography | A Real Life Wedding Story…

Amanda & Glen | Real Life Wedding | Brisbane | 16th July 2011

Back in July I photographed the very intimate wedding of Amanda and Glen. While the weather wasn’t the best on the day, Amanda and Glen were so filled with joy, that it just didn’t matter. They were married under a gazebo surrounded by their closest family and friends. It was a pleasure to be part of their very special day and here is their Real Life Wedding Story…


How did you meet and how long have you known each other?

Amanda: We met whilst employed at the same location in 2006.  We dated briefly then, went our separate ways, and found each other again in 2008.  Have never looked back!

How did he propose?

Amanda: I spend a lot of time at work, and love my staff and my job.  Glen tee’d up with my GM that he was going to walk into work and just propose to me on a Monday afternoon.  Everyone knew except me, and it was captured on video.  I was just working at my desk around 3.30pm when this voice behind me said “Excuse me darling?”  I turned around and there was Glen, in a suite, ring box open and rose in hand.  In all honesty, it took several moments for me to process that it was him, as he just ‘should not have been there’.  He then asked me to marry him; still in shock I said ‘What?  Here?” then burst into tears.  He had to ask me if that was a “yes”.  Now that might make me seem cold, but the next day we were going up to Brampton Island for a holiday, and I had secret thoughts that if he was ever going to propose, it would be at Brampton Island.  He wanted to get the element of surprise, which he certainly did!


Gown: Bought off the rack from Harts boutique at Indooroopilly
Suits: Glen’s own
Rings: 1ct solitaire engagement ring, 1.25 carat twin wedding bands to offset
Hair:  Salon Velocity – Westlake – Rebecca
Makeup: Rowena – Napoleon Perdis – Salon Velocity @ Westlake
Ceremony: Private Residence
Celebrant: Anne Campbell
Reception: My parents home, on my mother’s birthday
Number of Guests: 24
Entertainment: we made our own fun, plus had some great music from 70’s – current, on discs
Cake: Katie Young wedding cakes
Flowers/Florist: everything home grown by Mum and Dad, bride bouquet from Middle Park florist
Honeymoon: Phuket Thailand

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

Amanda: We were very happy with everyonw we chose for our day.  We wanted a small, intimate affair and our vendors went to great lengths to deliver what we wished for.  Loaves and Fishes did the catering and provided the staff – everyone was incredible, the food was endless and delicious.  For a buffet, everything was hot!  Anne Campbell is a fantastic celebrant and addition to any wedding, and clearly enjoys bringing people together,  Nicole, you could not have done enough for us, and captured all the things we wanted, as well as bonus moments!

Do you have any advice for other brides?

Amanda: Take the pressure off yourselves.  A wedding does not make a marriage; two hearts do.  The day whizzes by, so to be surrounded by those you genuinely love, who have been a part of your relationship and will continue to remain part of your lives and support you, is both humbling and special.  It is the little moments you have with the people closest to you that become treasured memories.  In six months time, only you will remember details about the cake, the gown, the food etc – so don’t sweat it.  Do what you want, within your budget and just enjoy it!

What made your wedding day so memorable?

Amanda: I married the love of my life.

What was the weather and location like on the day?

Amanda: Rain of course!  But the Heavens held off for the key bits, thank goodness.  We had lots of heating on the day, a necessity that can not be emphasised enough for a winter wedding.

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

Amanda: I would have had the hair and makeup people come to me.  With no attendants, and with the salon 500m from my parents home, I thought I had allowed plenty of time.  However, the hairdressers were working on other clients and it ate into my preparation time.  It is expensive to have someone come to the home when it is one person, and no bridal party, but in hindsight, I think it would have been better to spend that money.

It was a pleasure to be part of your very personal and intimate wedding day. I wish you a lifetime of happiness together and thank you for trusting me to be your wedding photographer.

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