Congratulations to Rachel & Trevor!
WEDDING DATE: 19 March 2017
NUMBER OF GUESTS: 54
Tell us about your love story!
Trevor and I met at a San Francisco Giants Baseball Game. Trevor works for the United States Coast Guard and was in San Francisco for work at the time. I was travelling the US with my best friend from primary school, Amanda. We were sitting near each other at the game and spoke for a little while. I gave him my email address and never thought I’d see him again – now we are married!
Trevor proposed to me in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne on 16 December 2015. I was living in Melbourne at the time and we had been dating long distance for over 2 years. He took me on a gondola ride and had a beautiful letter for me to read before he got down on one knee and popped the question. Lucky he’s a naval engineer and has good balance on the water! He also had a few of my friends hiding on the riverbank taking photos and holding a banner. It was a lovely surprise!
Describe what marriage means to you.
As a family lawyer, I have learnt a lot about relationships and marriage. While marriage to me is a lifelong commitment, I don’t believe in people staying in unhealthy and dysfunctional relationships. I believe that relationships built on a solid foundation of good communication have the best chance of success. Trevor and I, having made a long distance relationship work between Australia and the US, are in the minority. We had to learn to communicate well early on. You need to be willing to work hard and to take risks to make a marriage work, and you each must also be willing to make sacrifices – for me I left a job I loved and live a long way away from my family and Australian friends right now. Having said that, the relationship itself should not be hard work – it should be easy to be with your partner. It is nice to feel like you have their unconditional love and they will support and encourage you to achieve your goals.
The wedding location.
Where was it? Why did you choose to get married here?
Trevor and I were blessed to have 2 weddings!
On 10 September 2016 we had a very small wedding in Trevor’s home town of Lexington, Kentucky USA that started out as a requirement of my visa and turned into a beautiful celebration.
However our bigger wedding was our Australian wedding on 19 March 2017. It was held at Osteria in Casuarina Beach, Northern NSW. It’s such a gorgeous venue! We chose to get married in Casuarina as my parents live on the Gold Coast and we wanted to do something close to them. It was also a great destination for our American guests.
The theme of your wedding.
We wanted our wedding to be very relaxed and fun. We focused on showcasing good Australian food and wine, as well as having predominately native flowers for our arrangements.
The bride’s dress.
I wore the Mia Solano “Laura” dress. I felt gorgeous in it! It was so comfortable and elegant and suited our relaxed garden wedding perfectly! Trevor absolutely loved it! He is not into over the top embellishments or full skirt dresses. He felt the simple lace a chiffon dress suited my personal style and showed off my figure in a tasteful way.
Ceremony & reception.
While originally we had planned on having our ceremony and reception in two different locations, closer to the wedding we decided to do it all at Osteria as the venue has a beautiful garden ceremony space. It made it easier for our guests (as most were not local) and gave us more time to spend with everyone.
Our first dance was to Zac Brown Band “Loving you Easy”. Our wedding band performed a great cover. It’s Trevor’s favourite American country band – he has promised to take me to a concert one day!
Food, food, food!
To accompany our pre-dinner drinks we had beautiful share platters of cheeses, meats, breads, and dips served with frosè and passionfruit mojitos – yum! We had a 2 course sit down meal and served our wedding cake as dessert.
Most memorable moment.
Our ceremony. Trevor’s best friend and best man, Adam, officiated our ceremony and it was phenomenal! We asked our guests to switch off their phones and to really be present in the moment. I really enjoyed his message. Trevor and I had also prepared and exchanged our own vows.
What about the extra details?
The best thing we did was getting our friends and family involved in making the day our “Best Day Ever”. We are blessed by having so many talented people in our lives and therefore cut out a lot of the traditional suppliers. It was a great way of keeping costs down but made the day really meaningful. My mum created all of our flower arrangements (our arbour and my bouquet were breathtaking), my dad built our corn hole set for lawn games, my friend Tori took photos assisted by my sister Emma, our friend Adam was our celebrant, and all of our bridal party helped set up on the day. We have such grateful hearts for everything they did!
What’s the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
Keep it simple. Think about the key things you want to take away from the day – for us it was spending time with the people that are important to us, and having some beautiful photos to remember the day by. No one is going to remember if you had black or white linen napkins. It’s easy to get caught up with details. Remember what matters and, of course, be nice to your husband or wife to be in the planning process. It should be a fun, not a stressful time.
Favourite love quote.
Together we will build a life better than each of us could imagine alone.
What do you look forward to most as Mr. & Mrs.?
Living the life we have dreamed of together! After spending almost 3 years in a long distance relationship, every day we have together is wonderful. Two days after our wedding was my birthday – the first time I have been able to spend the day with Trevor. We are now living in San Francisco – funny that Trevor’s work has taken us back to where we first met. It’s great exploring our new city, but we enjoy the most basic things like having breakfast together before Trevor goes to work.
Did you Have Videographer?
Nothing formal, but my sister made a little video with her Go pro that turned out great!
Wedding Venue: Osteria booked by Casuarina Weddings
Photography: Tori Graf (friend)
Hair: Moana Rose Elite Makeup Artistry
Makeup: Moana Rose Elite Makeup Artistry
Celebrant: Adam Stank (friend)
Florist: Cathy Holmes (Mother of the Bride)
Invitations: Bridget Cassidy of Blue Novella
Jewellery: Charles Rose (Melbourne)
Music/Entertainment: Radio Club Band