Beautiful bride Jacqui and her husband Sam took just under 12 months to plan their big day. The couple actually agreed to a date and booked a venue before the proposal took place and decided to get married on the 29th of February 2020. Jacqui shared her special reasons for choosing this date with us:
1. It's Sam's grandmother's birthday - turning 88 it was extra special for us to be able to share our day with Jean.
2. We met on the 28th Feb 6 years ago.
3. We thought it would be a fun date that people would remember for years to come.
4. (Sam's contribution!) He only has to remember our wedding anniversary every four years.
Jacqui began the search for her bridal gown after a long time researching online and knew she didn’t want anything overly ‘bridey’ but hadn’t fallen in love with anything yet. One of her reasons for visiting When Freddie Met Lilly as her first bridal appointment was our range of different options such as skirts and tops, alternative colours and sequins. After trying on 6-7 different styles with us and 3 at a different store, Jacqui realised that she had already tried on the style she had been looking for all along at WFML and customised it perfectly for her special day. They held their gorgeous ceremony and reception in the hinterlands at O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards and chose to have all their bridal party photos taken beforehand at the amazing house they rented at Tamborine Retreat. This allowed the couple to make the most of the time with family and friends at the vineyard. Deciding not to have a set theme, Jacqui and Sam wanted everything to be simple and fun with a lot of time spent with friends and family making sure everyone enjoyed themselves. Doing things differently such as having photos first, different coloured bridesmaids dresses and working with the celebrant to personalise their ceremony, they still wanted to incorporate multiple traditional elements into the big day such as a first dance, cake cutting as well as her dad walking her down the aisle.
During her initial appointment, our lovely Laura helped her put together a skirt and top to creative the perfect combination. “Laura was so creative and talented in being able to listen to what I liked or didn't like about each style I tried on and to pick options that suited my preferences. When I tried on what would eventually become my wedding gown I had on the Demi Skirt, and inside out Valentina dress for the shape of the top and bits of the lace I liked pinned everywhere to show me what it might look like. It sounds crazy but worked a treat and all brought together by the fabulous Laura.” She then booked a fitting appointment in with Vanessa to finalise the fit and lace placement on the top and created perfection. For Jacqui, her gown was a reflection of her fun personality and it suited her perfectly. The skirt and top combination also allowed her to get changed into white pants after the first dance so that everyone could party!
Sam was quite particular with his and his groomsmen suits, the jackets were plain navy with white shirts and black ties from MJ Bale. Jacqui had quite a different idea in mind but the suit choice was important to him so she was happy for him to decide. He also took each of them shopping individually to get their suits which was a lovely addition.
When we asked Jacqui what her tips for choosing a dress were she gave us some good advice:
1. Choose something that is for you - you don't need to go for a big white princess dress if that's not your style - you want to wear pink? Sequins? A black dress? Go for it. Your wedding dress should make you feel like the best version of yourself.
2. Try different styles and dresses someone else picks out for even if you wouldn't have picked it off the rack yourself. My skirt ended up being picked by Laura and I definitely wouldn't have chosen it for me.
3. Choose something comfortable you want to be able to walk, eat, dance and use the bathroom in your dress without too much hassle!
4. Know where your dress fits in your overall budget and shop to that. I wanted to be able to buy my dress as well as my three bridesmaids' dresses. With this budget in mind, it also gave me a good starting point for which brands and boutiques to look at for styles so that I wouldn't overspend.
“And the other thing I'd like to add is about wedding planning in general and that is - Don't sweat the small stuff. Sit together and choose 5 or so things that are really important to you and your fiancee about your wedding - agree what those are and focus your energy (and your budget!) on getting those things right. People won't remember what they ate and drank or what the table settings looked like, but they will remember if they had a good time and how happy and relaxed you and your significant other were. Make sure you work with vendors who are on board with what you're trying to achieve and make life easier for you - not harder. The planning process and especially your wedding shouldn't be too stressful.”
Congratulations Jacqui & Sam!
Bride & Groom: Jacqui & Sam (@jacnancy), (@samuelconvery)
Photography by: New Black Studios (@newblackstudios)
Florals by: Fifth Avenue Florist (@fifthavenueflorist)
Hair & Makeup by: Tina and Kristen Weddings (@tinakristenweddings)
Celebrant: Nicole Craze (@
Dress by: When Freddie Met Lilly (@whenfreddiemetlilly)
Suits by: MJ Bale (@mjbale)
Bridesmaids Dresses by: Pilgrim Clothing (@pilgrimclothing) & Shona Joy (@shonajoy)
Venue: Canungra Valley Vineyards (@canungravalleyvineyards)
Styling by: Scenic Rim Wedding Hire (@scenicrimweddinghire)
Music by: Nick Trovas Band (@nicktrovasband)
Cake by: Cubby Bakehouse (@cubbybakehouse)
Stationery by: Maybe at Dawn (@maybeatdawn) & Beam Studio (@beamstudioau)
Cars from: Kool Kombi and Bug Hire (@koolkombibughire)
Alpacas from: Mountain View Alpaca Farm (@mountainviewalpaca)