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Clifftop Wedding – Brad & Taryn

Brad & Taryn’s Wedding was held at the beautiful venue Clifftop in Smiths Beach on Phillip Island Saturday 15th February 2014.
Q. When and how did you meet?
We first met through our mutual friend Amy at her 18th Birthday party when Taryn was 16 and Brad 17.
Q. And what were your first thoughts of each other?
A.(Brad): I saw her dancing with a group of her friends looking down at the ground. I wondered what this pretty girl had to be so shy about. So I decided, very uncharacteristically, to go over and dance with her and I admired her beautiful eyes.
A. (Taryn): I was impressed by his outgoing nature but thought he was just charming all the girls. We shared our first kiss while dancing to ‘Tears in Heaven’. I had such a great time with him and was thrilled when he contacted me the next day.
Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. Brad proposed on Valentine’s Day 2012 after a lovely dinner in Docklands with our best friends, Matt and Emma (best man and bridesmaid). I noticed Brad was looking very anxious and couldn’t work out why he was so quiet then he went down on one knee. It was perfect to share the moment with our best friends, especially as Emma and I had had secret chats for years about getting engaged and had started dreaming about weddings.
Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
A. Thailand: Phuket and Koh Samui
Q. What are your future plans together?
A. We plan to continue to travel as much as possible, with regular trips back to the Bride’s home of South Africa. In the future we also plan to work overseas with developing communities, as Brad is a teacher and Taryn is finishing her Master’s in International Development. “No kids, more pets!” jokes the groom.
Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. Both the ceremony and reception was held at Clifftop in Smiths Beach, Phillip Island. Taryn saw an article in Cosmo Bride and we raced down to look at it. The moment we saw the venue we fell in love with it and loved how personal and unique we could make our wedding. We were blown away with the views and loved that we could all stay there together for the weekend.
Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a detailed description and also include any accessories such as shoes.
A. After shopping with her Mom, the bride chose an ivory sweetheart gown by Maggie Sorreto, and wore a long veil. A perfect mix of elegance and beachy. My shoes were ivory peep toes by Alan Pinkus.
Q. What is the Theme or style of your wedding?
A. Pink romance with a touch of coastal
Q. Hair & make up?
A. The incredible Ally De La Rosa.
Q. Who is conducting your service?
A. Reverend Gerry Riviere. Who was the Bride’s family pastor for years.
Q. Florist?
A. Kristy Gainfort. Soft, pretty mixes of pink roses, hydrangeas and Singapore Orchids. The long centerpiece boxes were a mix of pinks and leafy greens. The centerpiece boxes were made by the Bride’s father, Alan Muller, the groom, and the Maid of Honour’s boyfriend, Gareth Hunter.
Q. Wedding Favours & Cake?
A. Favours were white boxes of pink and white marshmellow hearts. Made by Gareth, Amber and Emma
Q. Invitations & Stationary?
A. Save the dates were hand made by Brad and Taryn. The wedding invitations were handmade by the Maid of Honour and the Bride, with help from the Bride’s family and Brad.
Q. Food & Drink?
A. The amazing team from Priors Catering. Alva was so open and excited to incorperate touches of South Africa cuisine. The food was a mix of unique South African food and summery seafood
Q. Is there any other supplier you would specifically like to mention?:
A. From the moment we met Lucas , we felt so comfortable and relaxed with him. We blown away by his unique talent and we were so excited to see what he could do for our wedding. Without the help of the lovely ladies at Clifftop our day wouldn’t have happened. Helen and Rachel were so kind, helpful and flexible. We left feeling like we were saying goodbye to family. Island Marquees did a fantastic job of setting up the marquee and the guys were so friendly and helpful.
We couldn’t have had our dream day without all the help from our family and bridal party. They all helped willingly to create the vision that we had in our minds. We thank them for all their hard work!

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