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Sandy Point Wedding – Paul & Amy

Paul & Amy had a prom country wedding with the ceremony being held on the couples own farm in Foster, followed by a reception at the Sandy Point Hall. The Gippsland wedding photography locations were on the couples own farm and Walkerville / Sandy Point beaches.
Here’s some words from the bride about their relationship and their special day…
When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?
We met in 2001 at The Isle of Wight (affectionately remembered as the Isle of Fright!). We both went to Philip Island for a friends party. The party ended up at the Isle of White Hotel and much drinking and dancing occurred. The following week we went on a dinner date in Camberwell to Orsini’s Restaurant and the Rivoli Cinema and have been a couple ever since. That was 13 years ago, in October 2001! It was so long ago that I cannot honestly remember what my thoughts were – other than he was cute and a nice guy.
When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
Paul proposed on 13.11.2012 – Overlooking Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janerio.
“Paul proposed whilst we were on holiday in Brazil. We had gone to a friend’s (David & Karin Duffett’s) wedding in Vitoria, Brazil and spent a month traveling in Brazil and Peru. It was our last night before we flew out for Dubai and home. I had hoped Paul might propose during the trip, but after 12 years of waiting and the holiday being nearly over, I’d all but given this idea up. We were staying at the Rio Othon Hotel, overlooking Copacabana beach, we shared an amazing three course meal at the restaurant on the top floor, with views across the city and then headed back to our room. Once we arrived back at our hotel room, champagne was waiting on ice and Paul got down on one knee and proposed on our balcony overlooking Copacabana Beach. I was so surprised and happy, I can’t even remember if I said yes! I must have, because a little over a year later we’re marrying”.
“Paul may have proposed earlier in the trip, however trying to slip away from me to purchase a ring was a bit of a challenge. Once he did get away from me, then he had the language barrier and the fact that he knew my ring size in the Australian alphabetic system, but not what the equivalent numerical size was in Brazil and Peru. He did well, the ‘stunt double’ ring as he called it, to propose with, fit perfectly. As we had a 3 day stopover in Dubai on the way home, we spent some time there and picked out the engagement ring together”.
It was a pretty memorable end to a holiday and a magical proposal.
Where are you going on your honeymoon?
Nusa Dua – Bali.
What are your future plans together?
We hope to start a family in the near future and also to build a family home on our farm. We purchased the farm in March 2013 – but it needs shedding, stock yards and a home built before we can settle there. So it will be either a busy time ahead with Paul working away in QLD (fly in/fly out) or perhaps embarking on an owner/builder adventure!
Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
Ceremony: Our farm – Foster and where we hope to build a family home.
Reception: Sandy Point Community Centre – Sandy Point
What does your wedding dress look like and any accessories?
Dress: Maggie Sottero Emma Gown in light gold satin with ivory appliqued tulle overlay; a slim Aline gown with fluted train and delicate beading on the bodice and accents on the skirt and train.
“I saw the dress in a magazine and fell in love with it. I then set about trying to find the dress. My brother and his fiancé were living in Toronto, Canada at the time and so kindly purchased it for me in Canada and shipped it home” (thanks Amy Finaly – looking forward to having you officially as a sister!)
Shoes: A pair of sparkly gold wedge heels from Diana Ferrari.
Bouquet: All the wedding flowers including the bridesmaids and my bouquets were done by Michelle Murray, one of the bridesmaids. Michelle’s gift of doing the flowers was a wonderful and heartfelt gift. It makes the flowers such a personal touch on the day. Bouquets were of white and pink roses with hints of hydrangea and baby’s breath.
What is the Theme or style of your wedding?
Rustic farm glam ~ if that’s at all possible!
Beautiful white flowers and lace, mixed with accents of aqua green/blue & pale pink. To add a touch of glam and sparkle, the reception featured crystal garlands and silver elements.
Jewelry & Accessories:
Pair of crystal drop earrings were a gift to me from Paul. The earrings were purchased as a souvenir on a holiday in June 2013 to Bellagio, Lake Como, Italy.
Hair & make up:
Hair: Jane Trease, Leongatha
Makeup: Bronwyn Beach, Korumburra
Wedding Favours & Cake:
Favor: Home grown, home made berry jams. Made by Judy Love ~ Mother of the Bride
Cake: Two tier aqua green/blue and white flowers wedding cake featuring white sugar craft flowers. Made by Brent Sinclair – Brent Sinclair Catering
Invitations & Stationary:
Invitations designed and hand made by the bride and featured a aqua card tied with white ribbon.
Food & Drink:
Brent Sinclair Catering: Roving canapés, followed by a sit down dinner and desserts buffet.
Any other supplier you would specifically like to mention:
Pamela Scott – Wedding Celebrant
Decorations – CV Styling Yarram

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