How about this for a proposal, lads and ladies. On a Friday afternoon in May, Mick’s car ‘broke’ down at Nobby’s Beach. Naturally, Steph set out to rescue him. Upon arrival, she discovered a pretty sweet situation that involved candles, hearts and one delightful ring. Decked out in a lacey dream, courtesy of Grace Loves Lace, we are feeling Steph’s bridal vibe. Now, get scrolling for Caroline Sada’s snaps…

THE VENUE “Mick and I are from the Gold Coast and are lucky enough to enjoy the beach every day but for our wedding, we were looking for something completely different. A venue with rolling green hills, endless views and lush gardens. My first thoughts were the Byron and Bangalow hinterland. We tried a handful of places but nothing truly reflected us. So we looked a little closer to home and found a beautiful homestead through a friend of a friend situated on a 60-acre farm in the hills of Tweed Valley. The property was beautiful, homely and the perfect place for a celebration.”

FAVOURITE DETAIL “The dessert table, hands down, was one of my favourite details from the day. What I loved most about the dessert table was that every item on there was made, dipped or baked by my sisters, family and friends. The highlight was obviously the wedding cake which my incredible sister Kate made the day prior. It was a beautiful three-tiered ‘naked style’ chocolate hazelnut praline cake, topped off with a few garden roses for good measure. It looked and tasted like a dream.”

DIY “One DIY highlight was the ceremony arbour, which was a basic arch from Bunnings, transformed with vibrant orange and bright pink bougainvillea hand-picked the day prior from a friend’s garden. The colourful arch really popped against the lush garden background.”

THE DRESS “I am so lucky that one of my close friends has a wedding dress company, Grace Loves Lace. When I got engaged I already knew that I would be wearing one of her dresses down the aisle, it was just a matter of picking which one suited me the most. After trying on a few styles, I went for the Verdelle Dress. This caught my eye with its striking lace shoulder detail which resembles a cape – because who doesn’t want to feel like superwoman on their wedding day?!”

A WORD OF ADVICE “It was actually really beautiful to have our friends and family so involved with the day. From setting up the venue the day prior, to the bridal bouquets, to the wedding cake and dessert table, to the welcome sign, and roping in our mate to drive us in his 1970s Rambler to the ceremony, it was really fun having the people we love adding their special touches to some of the smallest and biggest things involved with organising a wedding. So my advice would be don’t be afraid to ask for help, as I am sure your friends and family would love to be involved.”

This divine day was originally published in our 2019 Real Wedding Special. If you’d like to snag a copy, full to the brim of fab real weddings, then jump onto our online store. If you fancy checking out some more brides donning Grace Loves Lace for their big day you can pop on over here to peruse a whole heap of real weddings.

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