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Paul + Karen in our Hollie gown

An intimate wedding in the Rocky Mountains, featuring our original Hollie gown.

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GLL: Congratulations on your recent wedding, you looked stunning! Tell us how and why you chose your GLL gown?

I was feeling pretty uninspired by wedding dress shopping until I stumbled upon the Hollie and fell in love with its unique and free-spirited style. At first, buying a dress all the way from Australia seemed impractical, so I wrote it off and tried to find something local. Of course, nothing even came close. I wanted something light, airy and fun to wear and the Hollie was IT; everything else I found felt too structured and restricting. I emailed the GLL team and asked if there was any way to have a sample Hollie shipped to me in Texas to try on. I knew the answer would be no, but I had to try! My heart skipped a beat when I received an email back saying that there was a concierge event happening the following week in Dallas, Texas where I could try on GLL dresses. Fate, right?? I couldn’t believe my luck and immediately signed up for an appointment. As soon as I put the Hollie on, I knew it was the dress for me! I was giddy with excitement and couldn’t stop twirling around in it.

 

GLL: So tell us, how did you both meet?

We work together! I’m an engineer and Paul is an IT analyst. We really hit it off after he agreed to train and ride with me in a 150-mile fundraising bike ride (MS150). He didn’t even own a bike at the time, ha!

 

GLL: Was it love at first sight or was it a slow burn kinda situation?

We started as friends but it escalated quickly.

 

GLL: What first attracted you to your partner?

His kindness, intelligence and sense of humour. We could be ourselves around each other and it was so easy but also electrifying. His gorgeous green eyes and adorable freckles didn’t hurt either!


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GLL: And the proposal? How did that go down?

It was amazing! Paul proposed at the top of an epic 10-mile hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. We had visited the park together exactly a year prior and had tried and failed to finish that same hike (long story) so apparently Paul had been plotting to get us back there so he could propose at that exact spot. He had talked to my parents and picked out a ring all on his own and somehow kept it all a secret. I was so surprised and blown away by all the thought he had put into it. He also recorded the whole thing on our GoPro (he set it up a short distance away to “take a picture”) which was so fun to watch afterwards. There was no one around us so it was very intimate and romantic and we were able to really soak up the moment together. Afterwards, a guy appeared out of nowhere (seriously, there was NO ONE else around) and asked if we wanted our picture taken. He was visiting all the way from Australia and was thrilled to learn we had just gotten engaged. We joked that Paul had hired him to photograph the engagement and that he was just a slow hiker. Since we were overflowing with excitement but had zero cell phone service to tell our friends and family, we told groups of hikers we encountered on the way back down the mountain and everyone was so enthusiastic. It was so fun!

 

GLL: How did you feel on your day and how did you style your GLL look?

I felt relaxed and carefree. I think doing a morning ceremony helped with that because there wasn’t any time for nerves! Plus, we got to enjoy the thrill of being married for the entire day! I wore a minimalist flower crown and no jewellery other than my wedding band and engagement ring. The natural greenery in my flower crown and bouquet paired with the Hollie made me feel like a forest nymph! Very ethereal.

 

GLL: Where did you get inspiration from for your wedding?

I was inspired by blog features of brides who kept things simple and a little unconventional. Blogs on Green Wedding Shoes, A Practical Wedding, and GLL all had stories that reminded me what a wedding is really about and helped me ignore the hype. We decided on an intimate, morning ceremony in the park where we had gotten engaged (complete with donuts and champagne, of course) followed by a mountain house brunch party. In order to spend more time with everyone, we rented out a bar at night to finish off the festivities. We focused our energy on planning a fun and unique experience for everyone and eliminated the need for a ton of decoration by choosing places with natural beauty. What more do you need besides great people, great views, and great food and drinks?! :)


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GLL: Describe your wedding in 3 words…

Intimate, joyful, relaxed

 

GLL: What was your most memorable moment?

It’s too hard to pick just one! The whole ceremony was something I’ll never forget – waiting for our cue on a little wooden bridge with just my dad, turning the corner and seeing our loved ones that had traveled to be there with us and Paul’s sweet face, having one of my oldest friends officiate, standing hand and hand with Paul and soaking up every single word as we became husband and wife, popping champagne in the park afterwards and signing our marriage license with everyone around us…magical…all of it!! Paul and I walked off immediately after the ceremony to enjoy a few minutes with just each other (as husband and wife!) which was really memorable. Our wedding dances were definitely a highlight too; we were surrounded by the most stunning scenery and everyone was circled around us blowing bubbles while we danced. Seeing friends and family together in one place and knowing they’re all there for you and your spouse is so special. Being surrounded by so much love and support is such a powerful thing and we were overwhelmed in the best way possible.

 

GLL: What was your wedding song / playlist?

Paul’s brother played acoustic guitar before and during the ceremony which was incredibly special. We actually weren’t sure if we wanted to do traditional first dances but made the decision that morning that we would. The spontaneity was exciting and I’m so glad we went for it!  Paul and I had our first dance to T. Swift’s Everything Has Changed (feat. Ed Sheeran) and my dad and I danced to Father and Daughter by Paul Simon.

 

 

GLL: And where are you honeymooning?

Since we had a destination wedding, we decided to take things one step at a time and plan the honeymoon once the wedding was done. We just recently decided on New Zealand!


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GLL: What did you find the easiest and hardest thing about planning a wedding?

The hardest part was getting started! We were all over the place with what we wanted to do… Small wedding, big wedding, destination wedding, elopement!? It took us about 6 months to realise that we didn’t have to follow a standard wedding formula and that we could have whatever kind of celebration we wanted! The hardest part after that was scaling back the guest list in order to make our vision work. The easiest part was getting our group on board with a destination wedding in the stunning Rocky Mountains.

 

GLL: Any top tips or advice you can give fellow GLL brides (beauty, health & wellness, planning etc.) Think outside the box! There are very few rules that you have to follow so do it your way!  Spend time creating a ceremony that is meaningful to the two of you and is an honest reflection of your feelings. So much wedding hype surrounds the (expensive) details but what people will likely remember is the emotion of the day. Oh, and hold your bouquet lower than you think you should, ha!

 

 

GLL: Describe your GLL experience…

Everyone at GLL was such a joy and so helpful. Hands down, some of the best customer service I’ve ever experienced combined with the most gorgeous and unique dresses. I highly recommend the concierge appointments if at all possible! I was helped by Bec who was so sweet and also hilarious. She made me feel like we were old friends and made dress shopping so fun. I found GLL too late in the game to have a dress made to my exact proportions, so I ordered a “ready-to-wear” stock size. It worked out perfectly because the French lace has a slight stretch to it, so the stock size already fit exactly how I wanted it to besides the length. Alterations don’t get much easier than that!

 

GLL: What does marriage mean to you?

It means a lifelong adventure and a commitment to continue growing with one another and supporting each other no matter what life throws at you. It’s a promise to love your spouse well and to make their happiness a top priority. Life is full of surprises, but marriage means you know who will be walking beside you through it all.


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