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David + Denise in our Arlo gown

A relaxed and elegant wedding, featuring our timeless Arlo gown.

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How did you decide on your GLL gown and accessories?

I wanted something timeless, classic and a little sexy. Being 20 weeks pregnant at my wedding, I just wanted to be comfortable, yet feel beautiful and be able to embrace my new curves. The Arlo gown did exactly that. While the dress was elegantly simple, it allowed me to choose something a little extra to go with it – hence why I paired it with the Henri Veil. I instantly felt like a bride as soon as I put on the veil, it’s so special with the extravagant amount of fabric. The Dosa Heels were a natural choice as I knew I wanted nude, feminine heels that would be subtle underneath my dress. Lastly, the Virtue Pearl earrings completed my look. I was drawn to these beauties because like Arlo, the earrings are timeless, yet eye-catching.

 

Describe your look in three words…

Effortless, natural and timeless.

 

How did he propose?

It was a huge surprise, I had no idea it was coming. He hadn’t told anyone, not even my sisters! We had been travelling around the USA together. Initially, he’d tried to propose while we were in New York. Every day while we were in New York he’d mention this helicopter ride that went around the city. Our friend and I kept blowing the idea off as we had so many other things to do while we were there and just thought that David was being obsessed with air crafts (like he normally is). When we got to Palm Springs, he kept insisting we go on this cable cart ride that takes you up this mountain 8,516ft, apparently the world’s largest rotating tram. We figured seeing as he didn’t get his helicopter ride we’d go on the cable cart. It was really amazing and I would have appreciated it more, had we not had a big weekend of partying in Palm Springs prior. When we got to the top, David was looking for me and asking our friends, “where did Denise go!?”. I had disappeared to the canteen to find hangover food. By the time David found me (he looked so worried), it was time to go back down the mountain. I couldn’t understand what the fuss was, all I wanted was hot chips! We walked to the car at the bottom of the mountain and got in the backseat together with three other friends in the car. I looked to my right to look at David and he was sitting in the backseat with the ring box open looking at me. I screamed – I was in complete shock. He said, “I’ve been trying to ask you this whole trip, the helicopter in New York, the mountain top here and if I don’t ask you now it will be at In and Out Burger or the Airport. Will you marry me?”. The proposal was a beautiful disaster; I couldn’t love him more for it. Totally our style.


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What was your goal for your wedding / what was the most important aspect to you?

I just wanted all our guests to have the best time. Just as long as everyone was having fun, I was happy.

 

The funniest moments on the day were…

Speeches are the best part of a wedding. Our friends and family are hilarious.

 

What was the most stressful part to planning?

David lost his birth certificate and time was running out for the urgent replacement to arrive. We almost missed the deadline for filing our marriage application with our celebrant!


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Any top beauty/health/fitness or wedding preparation advice that you can share…

Try not to stress! Stress wreaks havoc on your beauty – bad skin, hair loss, weight gain. Being pregnant while planning, it was even more important to keep it cool and stress free. I did yoga everyday to reinforce gratitude for the small things and remember what’s important. I didn’t heat style my hair for at least 3 months and it definitely made my hair so much healthier and shinier on the day.

 

A GLL woman is to you…

A natural beauty. Carefree, feminine and a little rebellious.

 

Any last advice or words of wisdom that you can share…

Never forget a wedding is a celebration of love and happiness. If you remember that, you’ll never lose sight of what’s most important in the lead up to, during and after the big day.


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 VENDORS:

GLL gown: Arlo (with the Henri veil, Dosa heel and Virtue Pearl earring)

The Groom wore: TopMan
Photographer: Janneke Storm 

Videographer: Tom Rawlins of Raw Lens MediaHe did an amazing highlights clip of the day, you can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/217753002

Venue: Private property in Tewantin, QLD, owned by the groom’s family

Florist: My best friend Isobel Badin did all the flowers, she’d never done floral arrangements for a wedding before!

Stylist: We didn’t use one. It was a collective effort between friends, family, Tipi Luxe and Isobel Badin.

Hair: My dear friend Jodie Fleming. She’s no longer hairdressing, just for special friends and occasions. 

Makeup: My cousin Susan Brown. She also no longer is doing beauty for weddings, just for close friends and family. 

Catering: Something For Catering

Our celebrant, Bill Scurry is an absolute angel, he made the day even more special than what I thought was possible. 


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