Love (and veil) on fire at fairytale wedding
OFTEN when couples say their love is on fire they don't mean it literally.
But Adam and Gina Bryer bucked that rule when Gina's veil caught on fire at their August 22 wedding.
"I was set on fire," Mrs Bryer said.
"Now, I agree, this really shouldn't be a laughing matter, but let me set the scene for you: outdoor dancefloor under the stars, a stunning chandelier hanging overhead between two trees, Adam and I standing wrapped in each other's arms and three girls running around us with sparklers whilst the photographer is trying to capture a long exposure photo.
"Yes the worst happened, one of the girls stood on my veil (which was very long), she tripped, the veil ripped out of my hair, it fell onto her sparkler and went straight up in flames."
It was the one moment Mrs Bryer was glad she'd worn her best underwear.
"I must admit, I panicked inside, grateful that I had decent lingerie on in any case I had to get out of my dress in front of 80 guests that had their cameras posed, however the veil was pushed away, I was saved and the moment became quite funny watching the girls trying to put out a sparkler with their hands," she said.
"Some guests (were) running to put it out with their feet, others quite content watching in laughter and others enjoyed filming the moment."
Mrs Bryer said she was pleased the veil had survived the night with minimal damage.
"Only a small fraction of the veil managed to get burnt, it is salvageable for any possible use for my daughters," she said.
Luckily, it was the only real mishap the couple faced.
"There was no huge mishap in wedding planning," Mrs Bryer said.
"I guess we planned and booked a lot of things quite early, then before we knew it, it was only eight weeks out from the wedding and we still had a few things to finalise.
"Our good friend Chrissy at Picture Perfect Decorators was a fantastic person to bounce ideas with and make it all happen.
"My suggestion would be to make sure you have a great person who knows the wedding industry and can guide you to the best places to suit what your ideas are."
The couple got engaged at Bargara in October 2014.
"Adam and I have three children, we decided one afternoon to go have fish and chips at the Bargara Turtle Park," Mrs Bryer said.
"I stayed at the park while Adam went and ordered dinner. I was sitting with our daughter Ruby who was five months old, when our eldest daughter Ashanti, 9, came running over and asked, "excuse me mummy, daddy would like to know if you will be his wife?"
"My answer, 'really?'. Adam wasn't far behind her, he put down the fish and chips and got down on one knee and said 'yes Gina, would you marry me?'."
"Of course I said yes. He even managed to sneak in a bottle of wine and some glasses into an Esky I had packed earlier for us to enjoy."
Mrs Bryer said the most memorable part of their wedding day was being able to meet for photos before the ceremony, in what is called a "first look".
"Adam and I organised to use a beautiful driveway that was lined with old fig trees and had our videographer and photographer ready to capture the first moment of seeing each other," she said.
"Adam stood facing away from me and our bridal party and immediate family members lined the first part of the driveway.
"This was beautiful to walk up to Adam, tap him on the shoulder and enjoy that first moment, our moment, together."
"We then enjoyed a relaxed afternoon of photos before our ceremony started at 5.45pm in the evening in a garden setting filled with flowers, candles and chandeliers."
The couple set an elegant woodlands fairytale atmosphere for their ceremony.
"Lots candles, fairy lights, wooden vases (which we made), an abundance of flowers, touches of navy and a hint of gold," Mrs Bryer said.
She said the day couldn't have been more perfect.
"It ran so smoothly and I believe it was because we were super organised," Mrs Bryer said.
"We both were relaxed on the day, as we knew we had a wonderful team of people and professionals who knew what they were doing, so we left the organising of the day and any mishaps to them.
"It was our day and we did things our way, surrounded by our children, close family and friends, what more could we want?"
Mrs Bryer said it was important for couples to make their day theirs.
"It's not always about being 'normal'," she said.
"I couldn't count the amount of times I heard from friends or professionals saying 'this is not a normal wedding' or 'this is not how we normally do things'.
"It's your day, make it yours! We met up before, some didn't like the thoughts of this happening, that it would ruin Adam's moment, this wasn't so."
"We believed it was perfect."
She said not sticking to tradition had made their day all the more special.
"Adam's 'moment' became more intimate and was shared with our closest friends and family," she said.
"Our ceremony was at night time, this made it more special and was beautiful intimate ceremony, we couldn't see many people in the darkness; it felt like just us.
"There's so many small details that we added to make the day ours, like our cake that told our story, or the soundwaves of us saying 'I do, forever and always' that were made into our rings, the kids initials that were sewn to my veil. Anything is possible, dare to be different."
The pair enjoyed a week-long holiday in Tasmania where they hired a car to drive around, and are set for a special holiday in Europe in January.
List of suppliers used by the couple:
Decorator: Chrissy @Picture Perfect Decorators
Cake: Karen Harris, Sweet Perfection Cakes Bundaberg
Flowers: Locally sourced from Chrissy at Picture Perfect Decorators
Ceremony: Held at Branyan Retreat B & B
Reception was at a Private Residence
Bouquet & Buttonholes: Westside Florist
Photography: Clair Estelle Photography
Rings: made by Trent at Richies Jeweller
Veil Bling and additional accessories: Made by Sue at Flora's Emorium