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MEL + BRAD IN MELANIE

The Goddess By Nature Melanie gown was customized by our bride Mel from Mel Silva Photography.
How did you meet? 
On a Boeing 717 aircraft somewhere between Darwin and Alice Springs. Brad is a pilot, and I am a flight attendant and fate had us working together that day.
 
When did you know Brad was the one?
When I went to meet his family for the first time. I saw what a loving family man he was, and this is when I realized he was the one.
 
Who proposed and how did it go down? 
Brad proposed on our 6-week Europe holiday in November 2019. Unbeknown to me at the time, there were several failed attempts in Iceland earlier in the trip (because I kept complaining of the cold so this kept ruining Brad’s original plans of proposing under the northern lights). In week 5 of the trip, Brad got down on one knee in the middle of St Mark’s Square, in Venice, Italy. It was the biggest and best shock of my life. It was a truly surreal experience and through tears, Brad eventually prompted me to answer. I, of course, said yes.
 
Tell us the story of how you fell in love with your GBN dress?
After trying on over 18 dresses at other stores, I couldn’t find anything that suited. Plus all of the stores had very large dresses and no option to try on my actual size. I came across Goddess By Nature on Instagram, and flew to Brisbane and made an appointment with my Bridesmaids at GBN. The dresses there were all in my size, which was a huge help. They all fit me like a glove. I fell in love with two. The bottom part of the Eliza gown and the top part of the Breanna gown. I asked GBN if they could merge the two, and they said they could. This is how my Goddess By Nature Melanie gown came to be. There was another dress from another designer that looked very similar to what I wanted, however after terrible service at other dress stores and amazing service at Goddess By Nature, I wanted them to be the ones to make my gown.
 
What was the wedding theme/style for your special day?  
No theme, however, I wanted it to be just like my photography business slogan “Timeless, natural, beautiful” – and it was. After photographing over 100 weddings myself, I knew I had to have a cocktail style event, that was outdoors. I always found these weddings were more interactive and fun, and there was much more dancing. I never liked the seated formal idea. I had a neutral colour scheme, and the bridesmaids all chose their own nude/beige coloured gown. The flower brief was soft greens, soft whites and blush pinks. Laura from Gilded Florals did an amazing job. Brookleigh Estate in the Swan Valley was the perfect venue, we were married in the secret garden and had our reception on the Lakeside Terrace. One of the best things about Brookleigh is we didn’t have to leave the venue. We got ready there, were married there, had photos there and our reception. We danced the night away to our awesome DJ Brandon from Off The Wall Promotions, and didn’t finish up until 1am.
 
On your wedding day, what was the moment that made you cry the most / What was the moment that made you laugh the most?
I was so excited all day, with no tears, but as soon as I got to the top of the aisle the happy tears didn’t stop until after the ceremony. Walking down the aisle and seeing 100 loved ones there and Brad waiting for me looking super handsome at the end of the aisle was the happiest, overwhelming and surreal experience. Dad walked me down the aisle and it was an amazing moment. 
 
Any advice for future brides?
Make sure you are super organized on the day, so you can relax during the getting ready experience. You don’t want to be ringing around to different vendors and people still trying to confirm things. Hire GOOD vendors who you trust to do a good job. Hire them, and then let them do their job. You get what you pay for!!
 
VENDORS:
Venue: Brookleigh Estate
Celebrant: My very good friend Nikki from “Married by Nicole”
Flowers: Laura from Gilded Florals
Stylist: Lukes Party Barrels
Dress: Goddess By Nature Melanie Gown
Hair: Hair by Tori Caitlin (instagram only, she doesn;t have a website)
Makeup Artist: Connor Adams
Bridesmaids Outfits: Shona Joy, Forever New and Eliza J
Ring / Jewellery: The Diamond Club (in Joondalup, Perth)
Suit Groom: MJ Bale
Groomsmen: Van Huesen
Photographer: Bronnie Joel Photography
Videography: Infinity Films by Brady (Adelaide)
Grooms shoes: RM Williams
Brides Shoes: Harlo AU
Brides Earrings: Paspaley
Brides Hair Clips: Ayla and Oak
Entertainment: Ezereve (live singer) and DJ Brandon from Off The Wall Promotions
Alcohol Service: Devine Hearts Baravan
Catering: Stewarts Restaurant, Brookleigh
Cake: Cakes by Dark Cherry
Invitations: Leaves drawn by my mum, invited designed by me and printed by Peter Kin Paper


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