Irene in the Arlo Gown

Brunette bride wearing Grace Loves Lace Arlo Gown embracing groom in smokey field

Nick & Irene

In the Arlo Gown

A GLL woman is to you…

Unapologetic, bold and beautiful. She’s unafraid to own who she is – imperfections and all.

What is it you loved about your GLL gown and accessories?

ARLO gown: Deciding on my GLL gown was uncomplicated and somewhat surreal – it was a “when you know, you know” moment. After trying on quite a few (stunning) gowns, I asked my stylist whether she could suggest any other styles that might look good on me – to which she said, “I have one gown that I think you would look stunning in” – funnily enough, that’s the gown I went with. As soon as I put the ARLO gown on, I knew it was the one. It felt right. It felt like me.

FLEUR veil: The decision to have a veil was last minute, and came soon after the FLEUR veil was released. As soon as I saw the FLEUR veil, I was convinced that I had to have it.

Describe your wedding day look…

Minimal, stunning & timeless.

How did he propose?

After having dated for two years, our “dating” anniversary was approaching and Nick had planned a special day out together to celebrate. Irene being Irene, I was completely oblivious to that fact that this day would further mark an even bigger moment in our lives…

We began the day with a mini road trip down the coast, breakfast at our favourite beachside café, followed by an impromptu (or so I thought) shopping spree at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Nick had pre-empted me with a “Today, you get to buy yourself, and me, a brand new summer outfit – head to toe, from whatever store you want”.  After a few hours of shopping (every girl’s dream) we got into our new outfits and headed towards Byron Bay for what I thought was sunset by the beach, and dinner at a restaurant. As we pulled into a secluded beach (by the coastline, down an off-road dirt track, through a rainforest and over a mountain, Nick asked me to wait in the car so he could “check the temperature of the water.” (Again, Irene being Irene, I still had no idea what was about to take place).

Nick then texted me and told me to head toward the beach, following the “signs” along the way. As I hopped out of the car, I saw a sign that read “Irene – follow the red line and don’t look back.” As I continued toward the beach, I began to see a line of red rope weaving through the beachside trees all the way down to the sand. Following the red line, I found 12 x padlocks, locked onto the rope, with a timeline of photos tracing back from our very first photo together (Splendour in the Grass, 2013 – Ps. How good was Frank Ocean!?), to our 21st birthdays, first dates, and various other key milestones. Each padlock was locked, with a photo attached to it, and had a date engraved on it to match. However, the final padlock, with the current day’s date – the 22nd of December, 2016 – was left unlocked with no photo attached. The red line then took me down to the beach where I saw Nick waiting in the distance with a picnic set up.  As I ran towards him (Yes, I actually ran – haha), I approached him with a big smile thinking to myself “What a beautiful surprise picnic!” (Yep – I still had no idea what was going on). When I finally reached him, he began to speak, dropped to one knee and pulled out a ring box – FINALLY it kicked in and I turned into a waterfall of tears of joy. Nick popped the question and I said YES! From there we took an aerial photo to mark the occasion and a polaroid to which we attached to the final padlock (cheesy – 100%!), locked the final lock, and threw the key in the ocean – WOO!

What was your goal for your wedding / what was the most important aspect to you?

The goal for our wedding day was to have a celebration of love. To create a wedding that would inspire others, and to build a relationship that would have love at the core of it. To us, what was more important than the single wedding day itself, is the many days of marriage after. We wanted to celebrate with family & friends, to create memories & moments, while also honouring our commitment to one another.

The funniest moment on the day was…

With our bridal party –  from dancing with them on the sand at Coolangatta beach (featuring some very white dance moves), to walking in on them sitting in a room laughing their heads off watching Wipe Out on Channel 9, to one of them going so hard on the dance floor that they knocked over the bridal party table – there was never a dull moment with them around.

What was the most stressful part to planning?

The most stressful part to planning were all the details you seem to overlook in the lead up, for example, wedding favours. Utilise a team to get the job done, and remember that at the end of the day, whether things go to plan or not, you get to choose whether your day was perfect or not! It’s not a wedding without a speech gone wrong, someone forgetting something, or an awkward family photo – enjoy & embrace it all!

Any top beauty/health/fitness or wedding preparation advice that you can share…

Rest often, laugh a lot. Planning a wedding can be full on, but it’s important that you keep the main thing in mind – which is the love that you and your spouse share. Make sure you nurture that love and keep your relationship healthy. Oh & eat, hydrate & do push ups along the way!

Any last advice or words of wisdom that you can share…

Pause. Intentionally take moments with your husband to pause, take a breath and take it all in. Your special day seems to go faster than you expect – so embrace it by taking moments out – just you two, no one else around. In the morning, we set aside time to pray together, in the afternoon, we planned a photo set featuring just the two of us, and in the evening, we took a moment to dance hand-in-hand with no one else around. It’s your day – do it together & love it together.


The Bride Wore: The Arlo Gown and Fleur Veil
The Groom Wore: Ben Sherman
Photographer & Videographer: Annie Ruby Connolly
Venue: Forget Me Not Weddings
Florist: Unveiling Poppy
Stylist: Byron Bay Weddings
Hair: Danielle Van De Van
Makeup: Tanielle Jai MUA
Catering: Fig Tree Restaurant