After meeting on the Greek island of Ios, Meghan and Alex’s romance blossomed into something bigger than either of them could imagine!
The Heart-Warming Proposal
The Greek island of Ios is where newlyweds Meghan and Alex first found love. Whilst holidaying separately, the pair met and discovered their mutual interests and the fact that they had both just recently moved to London and naturally swapped information.
After six months of being inseparable as friends, the pair started dating and moved to Australia together just one year later. The relationship was incredible to say the least and after five happy years of being together, Alex finally asked that all-important question.
Alex asked Meghan what she wanted for Christmas, to which she replied a weekend away in a town just outside of Melbourne. Her wish was granted and the couple shared a few days away in Daylesford enjoying hiking and touring around the local area before they enjoyed a glass of wine on the porch of their villa on the Saturday evening.
It was then that Meghan realised that this wasn’t just another weekend away and there was way more to her Christmas present than she’d one thought. Alex asked Meghan to close her eyes while he placed a square box in her hands and you can all guess what happened next…
The Ring, The Dress and Blushing Bride’s Style
The ring that Alex proposed with was an emerald cut white diamond with white round diamond hallow and a band in gold setting. The diamond was Canadian and the smaller surrounding diamonds were Australian – it’s safe to say he got it totally right.
Meghan struggled when it came to trying traditional wedding dresses – it just wasn’t her and wasn’t what she wanted. Her dream dress was something that was non-traditional, form fitted with sleeves. After trying on some less traditional wedding dresses, Meghan was one step closer to finding the one as they were more her style, but not quite right.
It was online where Meghan really fell in love with a dress, it ticked all the boxes and fitted perfectly when she tried it on in person. After trying on around 20 different wedding dress potentials, she had found the perfect gown designed by Grace Loves Lace.
On the day Meghan paired her quirky lace wedding dress with some tear drop Swarovski earrings, her grandma’s engagement ring and a small floral arrangement in her hair.
The Handsome Groom and Sentimental Venue
Meghan’s groom Alex wore a custom made blue suit with a white shirt and smart black shoes. He chose the ensemble himself as he wanted to surprise his bride with his outfit, just like she’d be doing with her dress.
He looked incredibly dapper on the big day and Meghan looked stunning. The couple decided not to have bridesmaids or groomsmen at the wedding and just had their siblings, as their witnesses instead.
The wedding itself too place at Meghan’s family lake house on Georgian Bay, it was where she’d always dreamed of getting married and meant a lot to her that they could have it there. The venue was personal and a real dream come true for the pair to have their wedding in a place that was so close to their hearts.
The décor and theme of the wedding was an extension of the home décor that already exists at the lake house as the couple wanted their guests to feel at home on the day. They used the environment to guide their theme and kept it minimal and simple.
The Romantic Ceremony
Meghan and Alex were married in a civil ceremony which took place overlooking the lake at a gorgeous prime time of 4.00pm while the sun was high and shining. Meghan’s cousin’s daughter was the flower girl and her other cousin’s son acted as the ring boy. The other children spent the duration of the ceremony taking pictures of the pair on the disposable cameras that were provided in their goody bags.
The loved-up couple wrote their own vows and even customised the ceremony to suit them which made it even more special to both Meghan and Alex. Along with the romantic, sentimental songs and readings, there were some funny moments during the ceremony that gave everyone a giggle…
The neighbours slowly canoed past the ceremony, realised what was happening and then proceeded to canoe past again and again and again to get a good view. As well as that funny turn, during the rehearsal one of their neighbours managed to wash up on shore after falling asleep in his inflatable boat!
Despite the comical moments,
The Pretty Little Things
The couple chose blue themed wedding stationery to tie in with the lake setting and the groom’s suit. The stationery style was minimal and water-coloured which again, tied in perfectly with the ceremony setting.
The couple also provided a super artistic map which had all of the wedding details on it, and the RSVP card was actually a post card that used a photograph of the location of the wedding. Every single piece of the stationery was carefully thought out, much like the other details of the wedding.
The wedding favours were tiny bottles of Alex’s mother’s famous chilli sauce which was bound to get the guests talking and the table centrepieces were floral arrangements which were a perfect match to the flowers used in the bouquets.
The tables were numbered using gold wire which was a unique touch that Alex’s sister put together and the couple provided a DJ for the evening entertainment.
Keeping things fresh, the couple didn’t carry out the first dance that they had planned. As the night went on, they were having so much fun that they just didn’t want to stop it all and carry out that tradition.
The Gorgeous Flowers
Meghan’s wedding bouquet was inspired by the wild flowers that grow in the area and were coloured yellow, pink and white. The bouquet was held together by a crisp white bow which ties in perfectly with the bright scenery.
The couple chose a wedding menu just as tempting as their flowers. They served butlered hors d’oeuvres of lamb lollipops, aranchini, rice paper rolls and fish croquettes.
The dinner menu consisted of a buffet including pulled pork buns, beef brisket and maple glazed salmon with quinoa salad, potato salad, kale slaw and beet and pear salad – a seriously appetising selection!
Dessert options on the buffet were chocolate hazelnut torte, pavlova and fresh fruit – both Meghan and Alex aren’t fans of wedding cakes so they asked their caterer to make their all-time favourite – hazelnut torte.
As well as this incredible food menu, the couple also provided a grazing table filled with cheese and dips for guests to enjoy throughout the evening. There was also a selection of late night snacks, a variety of flatbreads and flavoured popcorns.
The Special Moments
The most special thing for the couple out of everything was that the venue was so personal to them.
As well as the sentimental connection to the venue, the couple also touched on how special the dance floor was for them.
With so many funny and hilarious stories coming from people having a dance and sing-a-long, it really was the place to be. Alex spent the evening crowd surfing while Meghan was thrown up on a chair around the reception – and her cousin was even dancing with her baby strapped to her back… If that isn’t a party we’re not sure what is!
After the wedding vows were exchanged and the party was finally over, it was time for the couple to make their way home to Australia but before they arrived at their final destination, they decided to take a four day break in North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii on their way.
The break was like a dream for the pair. They rented a Jeep Wrangler and drove along the shore each day, stopping at beaches and food trucks along the way. They adored the surf town of Haleiwa so much that they ate breakfast there every morning and dinner there every night.
The Couple’s Advice
Meghan and Alex didn’t set themselves a wedding budget and just tried to be economical as possible and keep the costs down that they could. The only thing that the pair said they’d change about the entire day is just that they wish it could have lasted longer!
They had some really useful and practical tips for perspective wedding planning couples which included a warning to prepare as much as possible in advance to ensure you’re not scrambling last minute trying to piece the final details together.
They also suggested hiring an event coordinator for the wedding day itself or even for the days leading up to the wedding. Meghan admitted that she wouldn’t have been able to get through the wedding week without her event coordinator as her mind was totally friend from months of planning and she needed a wedmin break!
Their last bit of advice was to not stick to traditions that mean nothing to you. This couple chose what felt right for them and it worked. Meghan had both their parents walk her down the aisle, they didn’t have a wedding party and opted out of a top table and first dance.
Ultimately, it’s about what you think will make your wedding day special – that’s the motto this adorable couple had and it seems to have paid off perfectly!
Alex & Meghan’s supplier list
Photography by: Kieran Darcy Photography
Accessories by: Swarovski