A New York proposal

Love blossomed on campus at University in Ballarat for Andrea and Charlie who have spent their whole adult lives together.

On a trip to New York in 2019, Charlie got down on one knee in Central Park and in a magical moment asked Andrea to marry him. It was magical!

Andrea immediately starting planning their wedding day by creating a spreadsheet and listed the ‘big ticket’ things she needed to book such as potential venues and then the couple went and chose together.

Closer to the day she met up with her bridesmaids and wedding planners to go over the finer details and wrote lists of things that needed to be organised, bought or planned.

Her advice to anyone getting married would be to buy a diary, make lists and be organised. Although the pandemic did not interrupt their wedding, they did miss out on having an engagement party and Andrea was forced to choose her wedding dress alone, relying on facetime for advice from her tribe.

The couple chose a relaxed, country garden wedding with 80 guests with no specific colour theme. Andrea’s dress was chosen to match the colour palette of her complexion with the bridesmaids in dark forest green.

Charlie and the groomsmen wore beautiful navy/blue suits. During the ceremony, best man Luke was asked to hand over the rings and a look of horror swept his face as he realised he had lost it Charlie’s.

Everyone thought he was joking and there were a few giggles in the crowd as he fumbled nervously in his pocket for a minute or two. We decided I could just use my celebrant’s ring as a backup but as Andrea looked at Charlie’s ring she saw hers perfectly snug in his ring.

Charlie was pretty nervous about being in front of a big crowd with all eyes on him so to calm his nerves they met in the garden before the ceremony.

Although the couple had private photos before the ceremony they also snuck away for half
an hour around sunset for further photographs and enjoyed the time to take a break and take
in the day and forever cherishing that time they had together.

Honourable mentions:

Gown: Bernice Fashions
Bridesmaids gowns: Bernice Fashions
Hair: Salon Sojourn
Makeup: Crew Faced Makeup
Suits: Eddy Elias Menswear
Rings: Michael Hill
Celebrant: Jessica Odonnel
Ceremony: Harvester Moon
Reception: Harvester Moon
Flowers: Petals by Elise
Catering: Paella Pan
Cake: Felicity Ried
Photography: Luisa Walsh and Kaitlyn Cousins
Honeymoon: The couple hired a campervan and travelled the Great Ocean Road across to the Barossa Valley and travelled back via the Murray River enjoying lots of fishing, drinking wine and eating local cheese and fresh produce.