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Phillip Island Wedding – Clifftop

Simon & Alannah’s ‘Clifftop Wedding’ was held on Saturday 28th December 2013, at the spectacular Phillip Island Wedding venue of Clifftop B & B.
Q. When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?
A. Simon & Alannah met in May 2009 in a traditional Irish pub in Belfast. Simon was visiting Belfast for the first time from Newcastle (UK) for a friend’s wedding and decided to go out for a few drinks the night he arrived. Alannah was out with girlfriends to celebrate her friend’s first night out since having a beautiful baby girl. Alannah saw Simon earlier in the night at the bar but was too shy to make contact. It was later in the night (after some Dutch Courage) that they got chatting at the bar, and the rest they say is history!
Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. After months of careful planning, Simon proposed to Alannah at the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Alannah (a huge penguin fan) had waited so long to visit ‘Penguin Island’, it was definitely worth the wait, a perfect emotional moment which they will both remember forever!
Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
A. As Simon & Alannah have lots of family visiting from the UK & Ireland for the wedding, they are taking everyone up to Sydney two days after the wedding to see the fireworks at the harbour. Not sure if this can be called a ‘Honeymoon’ as there will be 18 people going! 🙂 Perhaps after things quieten down in the new year, the two of them will get to go somewhere to relax and enjoy the beginning of their married life!
Q. What are your future plans together (e.g. buying a house/starting a family)
A. Simon & Alannah have big plans for 2014! They hope to buy a house after renting for so many years. They plan on getting a new addition to the family in January: a new puppy to accompany Bailey their Cavoodle. As for kids, they have to wait and see what the future brings 🙂
Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. The most perfect location to have the wedding was Phillip Island. They were very lucky to find a small secluded white chapel on a cliff top with a beautiful backdrop. The reception is to be held at the same venue where Alannah & Simon stayed the weekend they got engaged (The Clifftop Hotel) back in 2011.
Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a details description and also include any accessories such as shoes.
A. Alannah’s Mother had always wanted to be the first person to see her in a wedding dress, so she was not allowed to try any dresses on until she was with her Mother. This meant a flight back home to Belfast to go wedding dress shopping! When she found ‘the one’ she could tell, as it brought tears to her Mother’s eyes. The dress suits Alannah’s style as it is elegant, but not too extravagant. The shoes are satin and simple with a few diamantes, also from a shop in Belfast.
Q. What is the Theme or style of your wedding?
A. Natural, Earthy, Green
Q. Jewelry & Accessories:
A. The hair accessories and jewellery were handmade from Jeanette Maree in Armadale.
Q. Hair & make up:
A. A friend of Alannah’s is her hair and make up stylist, while Ally De La Rosa (from Make Up & Body Art) will be doing the hair and Make up of the girls in the bridal party.
Q. Who is conducting your service (celebrant, minister, priest etc).
A. Simon & Alannah’s local priest from Armadale is traveling to the island to conduct the ceremony.
Q. Florist:
A. Alannah’s Aunt has put together the Mother of the Bride & Mother of the Grooms corsages. The other flowers have been designed by Alannah.
Q. Wedding Favours & Cake:
A. Melva Smith a local from Phillip Island is making the cake, while Alannah has made the favours herself, which double up as the names for the place settings.
Q. Invitations & Stationary:
A. Simon is very talented with Photoshop and design and made the invitations and wedding stationery himself.
Q. Food & Drink:
A. Paul Stafford from Spice Island is catering at the wedding. His food is delicious and has a platter style way for serving the food to ensure everyone gets to try a little of everything.
Photography: Jade Walton wedding photography gippsland

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