After a day of disasters while holidaying in Bali, a proposal was the last thing Tahlia expected! “James had organised for us to have dinner at a beautiful restaurant, but he had to beg me to go as I was not in the mood,” she recalls. “During our entree, he got down on one knee and I’m pretty sure I just cried until someone called out, “What’s your answer?” He knew from my expression that it was ‘Yes’,” she says.
With her life-long dream to tie the knot in her hometown of Goulburn, New South Wales, Tahlia and her husband-to-be were married in a traditional Catholic ceremony at the Mary Queen of Apostles chapel. They added their own personal touches including hand-written and traditional vows, an original song written by Tahlia’s brother, which he played during the signing of the registry, and the lighting of a candle in memory of Tahlia’s late grandmother.
After Tahlia and James said their ‘I dos’, the bridal party and their guests moved on to the bride’s family home, where the picturesque gardens had been transformed into the perfect reception location. Chandeliers hung from the peak of the white silk-lined marquee, while a red carpet greeted guests at the doorway. Soft coloured roses and crystals were scattered throughout, along with a spinning light that shone on the dance floor with the couples’ names.
Guests enjoyed canapes upon their arrival, before being treated to a three-course meal interspersed with heart-warming speeches from the couple’s families, maid of honour and best man. The chocolate mud cake was decorated with delicate white roses and diamantes, while bomboniere was crystal perfume bottles for the women and truffles for the men inside small boxes with diamante embellishments.