After eight years together, surviving a pandemic and bringing their gorgeous daughter, Ella May into the world, Holly and Tysen finally tied the knot in August. Their modern, minimalist wedding is sure to act as inspiration for future brides wanting a wedding that blends the best of chic and classic.
How They Met
The Proposal and Engagement
Once they were finally seated, Tysen took action. "He began to recap our entire relationship. It took us from sitting down, through the entree and all the way during dinner. At the end he said, "Now we can say that we have been to Singapore with our daughter. And we can tell her it's the place that I asked you to become my wife." And then he dropped to his knee. It was absolutely perfect."
Due to building a house and welcoming a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Holly & Tysen decided to push back the wedding and enjoy sitting in the 'we are engaged and building a house and becoming first-time parents' bubble for close to three years. "We then selected our wedding date to be 5/8/22. This date had a little bit of meaning for us as it was 5 years since he proposed and would be 8 years together when we got married."
Style and Theme
When asked to describe their wedding styling, Holly said it was a "classic meets minimalistic meets modern" affair. "We had white reflexed roses and babies breath for florals, with a neutral white, black and beige colour palette. Our venue was in the hinterland which had a rustic feel, so we had a lot of white furniture to freshen it up."
Holly was so happy with how her wedding panned out, but spoke particularly highly of her celebrant, Sharron. "Her delivery on our day was everything and more. We didn't make this decision lightly and it was a collaborative decision on what we wanted in a celebrant." Holly & Tysen knew they wanted someone who would make the ceremony personal and intimate. The couple spoke multiple times to their celebrant before the day, meeting up at a coffee shop closer to the date to fine tune details. "Sharron was super flexible and answered my never-ending list of questions. I requested she welcome the bridal party during the ceremony with a sentence about each of them so that our guests could learn the connection between us and the people standing alongside us." We love that personal touch! "It allowed our guests to get to know each individual person before the ceremony really began." The couple received glowing feedback from their guests about Sharron, many saying they'd never experienced a ceremony like it. Two guests even requested Sharron's details!
Holly also raved about her photographer and videographer. "Our photographer was a weapon. It really worked out for the best as we had originally locked in a different photographer almost two years prior who then backed out on us eight months from the wedding date." Holly had been following their soon-to-be photographer, Jess on Instagram for a while, but expected she wouldn't be available...luckily she was! "Jess was relaxed, she made us feel so comfortable, making the portrait session a moment where Tysen and I could just take it all in." Unlike their photographer who was booked in "last-minute," Paige their videographer was the first vendor locked in after the venue was secured! "We had watched Paige work her magic at a friend's wedding and knew she was the right one for us! Jess and Paige worked so well together."
Saying Yes to the Dress
White Lily Couture was the third place Holly visited on her dream dress hunt. "I kept dress shopping with my mum which was a really special experience for both of us, being her only daughter." Holly's vision for her dress was that of a square neckline, tight bodice and lots of beadwork. As is standard in an appointment, Holly's consultant suggested an option or two outside of the bride's initial pick, just to make sure Holly was seeing all the options - and boy, is she glad she did! "Hera Couture had their Trunk Show the weekend I was there and VIVIENNE was part of that selection." It was one of the wildcard choices Holly's consultant picked. "I loved the boning structure in the bodice and the split in the skirt. This was the dress!" However, when Holly got home, she saw a dress on our social media (by the same designer) she loved even more. "I saw LE BELLE V1 and fell in love with the cowl neck design. I phoned up and booked an appointment to come back in and try it on. I fell in love instantly. I changed my mind and locked in LE BELLE V1." But wait, there's one more part to this story! Holly saw on the designer's Instagram that LE BELLE, the very dress she just ordered was about to be released with a more daring split in the skirt. "I immediately emailed your beautiful team and made the decision to swap the dress over to V2 with the higher split, without even trying it on. It hadn't even been released yet!" Holly also chose to have the off-the-shoulder sleeves removed, opting for a stunning strapless bodice instead. "I share my experience with all my future bride-to-be friends - remain open and have fun trying on different styles. You will definitely surprise yourself."
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The Dream Team
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