From Childhood Friends to Together Forever: Emilie & Chris

From Childhood Friends to Together Forever: Emilie & Chris

Emilie and Chris's love story is a testament to the power of friendship and enduring connection. Having known each other since childhood, thanks to their families' bond, their paths eventually crossed again through a modern-day twist of fate – Bumble! Their connection was undeniable, built on a foundation of trust, respect, and a deep love that only strengthened through the years.


Chris popped the question during a dream getaway to Queenstown, New Zealand, a place they both cherished. Unbeknownst to Emilie, amidst the breathtaking scenery and exquisite wine tastings, Chris had meticulously planned a romantic proposal at their favourite winery. Surrounded by vineyards and bathed in candlelight, Chris declared his love and presented Emilie with a stunning ring, making her dreams come true.


Emilie and Chris envisioned a wedding that reflected their personalities – elegant, chic, and brimming with the things they loved most: good food, exceptional wine, and unforgettable memories. The Refinery in Brisbane ticked all the boxes, offering a sophisticated ambiance and impeccable service. With 75 of their closest friends and family in attendance, the day unfolded beautifully, filled with laughter, heartfelt speeches, and delicious food.


Emilie embarked on her dress hunt at White Lily Couture, knowing their extensive collection would cater to her unique style. The experience was everything she hoped for – supportive, stress-free, and filled with gorgeous options. While she initially envisioned a non-traditional dress with sleeves, fate had other plans. After trying on several dresses, she knew "the one" had to be special. And special it was - Vela by Hera Couture! The final gown was a stunning departure from her initial idea, yet it resonated deeply with her and captured everyone's hearts. Emilie's advice to future brides? Trust your instincts, embrace the experience, and be open to possibilities – your dream dress might surprise you!


But what truly made Emilie and Chris's wedding special? It was the way they weaved their closest relationships into the fabric of the day. While they opted out of a traditional bridal party, their inner circle was very much present. Emilie had her lifelong friends by her side as she got ready, with one friend taking on the role of MC and two others delivering a touching joint speech. Chris, too, shared special moments with his closest companions, including a pre-wedding father-son bonding session with his son, Billy. Both Emilie and Chris's friends were entrusted with delivering heartfelt speeches, adding a personal touch that resonated with everyone present.

Emilie's thoughtfulness extended to her family as well. She requested that the florist create small bouquets with ribbons for her mum, niece, and Chris's mums, a sweet gesture that included them in the celebration. She also wrote heartfelt notes to Chris's parents, expressing her gratitude for their love and support.

These special touches, woven throughout the day, transformed Emilie and Chris's wedding into a celebration of not just their love, but the love that surrounded them. It was a beautiful reminder that a wedding is more than just the ceremony; it's about cherishing the people who make your journey so special.


Following their enchanting wedding, Emilie and Chris embarked on a well-deserved honeymoon, soaking up the Fijian sun on Tokoriki Island before exploring the vibrant cityscapes and stunning landscapes of Auckland and Queenstown, New Zealand.


"We were and are still utterly obsessed with our vendors, they’re all incredible and we cannot recommend them highly enough!"

Venue: The Refinery

Photographer & Videographer: Trent & Jessie

Celebrant: Erin Woodhall

Stylist: Til Death Events

Florist: Hunt & Clo Flowers

Makeup Artist: Lilly Rathie

Hair: Leigh McCoy

Menswear: Institchu + Oota Brothers

Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Music: Dave West Music

Wedding Cake: EduCake Me


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