Caitlin & Steve's Harbourside Wedding
Some of you may remember a little hire-range competition we ran last year. The lucky winner, Caitlin Torr, used the $3,000 worth of hire furniture at her and her high school sweetheart's beautiful Athol Hall wedding. We recently had a chat to Caitlin about her big day - from dancing to sourcing wedding dresses on Gumtree!
How did you meet?
We met at school. We started going out at the start of Year 12, stayed together the whole time and got married 10 years later.
Who popped the question?
It was the weekend before I started a new job, so Steve said we should go out to celebrate. He arranged for cocktails on Cockatoo Island, then we caught the ferry into the city. He surprised me with a room at the QT, we had dinner at Bentley and then he proposed in a quiet moment later that night.
What was the style/inspiration for your wedding?
Being in Sydney, we wanted to find somewhere that would make the most of the Harbour, but we also wanted somewhere that wasn’t hugely formal so that we and our guests could really relax and have a good time.
Tell us about your wedding dress
I have always been about the shoes, so having fabulous shoes on show for the wedding was a non-negotiable. I also wanted something non-traditional, that really reflected my personality and that I would be comfortable in.
About a week or two after we got engaged, I saw a Carla Zampatti dress that I really liked. Except it was about two sizes too small and the only one left on sale in all of Australia. I started searching for that dress and that style of dress everywhere I could – designers, department stores, bridal resale stores. After another couple of weeks I found my dress on gumtree. I went and tried it on one night after work in a stranger’s poorly-lit bedroom, loved it and bought it on the spot. It was the perfect fit and didn’t need any alterations. It was the first thing I bought/decided on for the wedding!
Were there any special details that you incorporated into the wedding?
Family is really important to us, so involving our family in the day was a focus. My sister was my bridesmaid, and Steve’s brother was his groomsman. Both of our mother’s gave readings during our ceremony, and our dad’s both made speeches at the reception. And we had young cousin from each side present the wedding rings during the ceremony – by the end of the night they were best friends and truly reflected the idea of two families becoming one!
What was one of the most memorable moments of your day?
We had a ‘first look’ and photos before the ceremony at Bradleys Head Amphitheatre. It was nice to be able to share that moment as just us with the amazing Sydney backdrop, and then with our immediate family (and a fisherman and a couple of picnickers) before the main formalities and festivities got underway.
There were also some pretty amazing moments on the dancefloor later that night.
What was your favourite piece of hire furniture from the day and why?
I really loved the Outsider Arch. We had it positioned in a space between some trees and the shape of the arch mirrored the shape of the Harbour Bridge in the background.
It was also great having our main pieces on the day being from the same collection. We had our ceremony (Outsider Arch, Distressed Bench Seats) on the lawn at the front of the hall, and then our reception (Distressed Trestle) inside the hall but having all the furniture matching tied both the spaces together and made it feel really cohesive. Afterwards I received a lot of comments on the Distressed Trestle tables from guests, so they were a crowd favourite!
What advice do you have for soon-to-be brides currently going through the planning process?
1. Be organised, and early if possible. Most of my vendors were locked in months and months before the big day.
2. It is said all the time, but be yourself – you do you. Don’t think that your wedding has to be a certain way, or look a certain way.
3. Trust your vendors. If you say arrangements to go around fishbowl vases instead of in them you will get beautiful wreaths that will last for weeks. Your celebrant will be able to tell your story better than you can. Your photographer will take amazing photos even if you barely notice them there. Your vendors know weddings better than almost everyone else, and they will make it the best day for you, so let them stress over the details that you can’t control.
SHOP THE LOOK
The Outsider Arch
The Distressed Trestle
The Distressed Bench Seat