Congratulations to Erin & Corey

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Tell us about your love story!

We first met over coffee at Indooroopilly in January 2015. Following this, we spent every single spare moment we had together.

Corey had organised a surprise get-a-way to the luxurious “Ruffles Lodge & Spa” within the Gold Coast Hinterland. Appealing to Corey (the romantic at heart), the seclusion of our private tree-house lodge created our own natural sanctuary where Corey proposed following a sunset dinner on our first night away. There were rose flower petals on the floor, candles, and a beautiful presentation Corey had created of our time together. Following this, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! I couldn’t stop crying, I was so incredibly happy and blown away by all he had organised.

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What is the meaning of marriage to you?

Corey truly is the man I was meant to wait my whole life to meet. Marriage to us is about building a life with your best friend. It’s the security of knowing that no matter what happens, there is someone who is still going to love, support and cherish you. Through the twists and turns, it’s having someone right beside you.

The wedding location.

We both easily decided on the exquisite venue of Glengariff Historic Estate in Dayboro for our ceremony and reception. It provided a perfect backdrop for the public declaration of our love. Glengariff is one of the oldest privately owned estates in Queensland and there are over 30 photo shoot locations to choose from, including vineyards, lake, jetty, and rustic barn, which only added to the appeal for us! Also, Glengariff Historic Estate was voted as one of the top wedding suppliers in Queensland.
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The dress.

I wore a demure lace wedding gown with train and floor-length veil. The sophisticated, yet delicate, Mia Solano CAPRIE design was a classic Spanish-style gown with sheer, long, sleeves that fell delicately off the shoulder.

Whenever I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror, I was just completely blown away – I felt I was the most beautiful version of myself, and it just added to the magic of the day. Corey was very impressed too and said I looked, “absolutely gorgeous.”

Wedding songs.

I walked down the aisle with my father to “Pachelbel’s Canon.”

At the reception we played a lot from the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack and a lot of old school classic hits. Some of our favourite songs that were played included Unchained Melody, My Girl and When a Man Loves a Woman, our first dance song. Our first dance was not on an ‘official dance floor,’ however, outside, under the stars.

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Food, food, food!

For the starters, there was a one hour chef’s selection of cold canapés and hot savouries all served on silver trays. For the entrées, guests enjoyed smoked chicken breast with chorizo sausage, grilled polenta spinach and raspberry vinaigrette. The mains included an alternate drop of fillet mignon with potato puree, grilled field mushrooms, verde butter, shiraz jus and also pork loin fillet with kumera, glazed apple, rosemary crackling redcurrant and port jus.

Most memorable moment.

Every single moment of our wedding day was memorable, however, walking down the aisle and looking up to see Corey’s smiling face and eyes glued on me was one of the most beautiful moments of my life. I just get shivers thinking about it!

I arrived in a Daimler Majestic Major Limousine. It was originally the Queensland Governor’s car, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and many other dignitaries have been ferried in it.

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What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding? 

Corey and I planned our wedding for ten months, and it really helped to keep stress levels down, however, it was difficult at times! We got everything we could get done early, and really concentrated on saving our money for ‘special extras’ in the lead up to the big day.

I think it’s important to try and make planning your wedding a fun and enjoyable time as it’s a super special, but remain organised and goal-oriented, have checklists and plan for the unexpected!

Favourite love quote.

“Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s about learning to dance in the rain!”

What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?

Knowing that I will be waking up to the love of my life until I’m old and grey.

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Wedding credit

Wedding Venue: Glengariff Historic Estate 

Photography: Studio SW19

Dress: Mia Solano CAPRIE

Hair & Makeup: Belladonna Brides

Florist:  Northside Flower Market 

Caterer: Glengariff Historic Estate 

Invitations & Calligraphy: Margaret Merrick

Jewellery: Luv Bridal

Music/Entertainment: Glengariff Historic Estate 

Celebrant/Officiate/Minister: Johanna Murray

Transport: Champers Rolls-Royce

Videography: Big Day Brisbane