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➳ CARA AND RICKY | RUSTIC SOL GARDENS WEDDING FEATURE {GOLD COAST}

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"I was in that much shock someone from the crowd actually yelled ‘are you going to say yes?’ I didn’t even realise I hadn’t responded, I think I just thought it was a given, of course I said yes!" Cara 

Cara and Ricky met when they were both 14 years of age at their local basketball club. Cara took one look at Ricky and developed a crush quite instantly! "I didn’t even know his name, just his jersey number and team name. I told a friend in my own basketball team and little did I know, she was Ricky’s cousin… news travelled very quickly and within a week he asked me out!" Cara tells.

➳ How long were you together before your engagement? We were together for 9 years (since the age of 14) and he proposed to me when I was 23. We have just celebrated 11 years together!
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➳ Tell us about the proposal: We were in Hawaii watching live music and sipping on cocktails. We had this awesome guy as our waiter, and Ricky was off talking to him. I thought he was just ordering more drinks… Minutes later Ricky is up on stage with the live band. My initial thought was ‘oh my god is he doing karaoke?’ The chances were very slim because Ricky is usually shy in front of big crowds. The band members called me up on stage and I had no clue what was going on! Ricky turned away from me and put his hand down his pants… I was so confused as to what he was doing. He then turned back around, got down on one knee and proposed! I was in shock and lost for words. I started crying with happiness and just hugged and kissed him. I was in that much shock someone from the crowd actually yelled ‘are you going to say yes?’ I didn’t even realise I hadn’t responded, I think I just thought it was a given, of course I said yes!

➳ What led you to decide on your Wedding venue? We both wanted a rainforest/ outdoor garden wedding so started looking online for a venue. We came across Sol Gardens in Currumbin Valley and loved what we saw on their website. Fortunately for us, they were having an Open Day the following weekend. Without hesitation we went to check out the venue. It was absolutely stunning! The day after we viewed the venue we had paid our deposit. It was a very easy choice.

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➳ What was the inspiration behind your Wedding theme? I love the minimal rustic/ vintage look. The colour palette was the dusty pink/cream/ deep navy tones which I think look amazing together. My dad was a sign writer once upon a time, so he was able to create all our amazing signage to fit the rustic/vintage theme.

➳ Your most favourite moment/s of the day: Having all our family in one room was amazing. Both our families are originally from New Zealand, so some travelled from overseas to celebrate with us. Seeing Ricky standing at the end of the aisle was another amazing feeling. I always knew it would be, but nothing can prepare you for the emotions that come over you when you see your soon to be husband waiting for you. Many tears of happiness were shed, even from the groom which made it extra special! (He never ever sheds a tear).
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➳ What was your favourite detail/s about the day? When I saw my bouquets for the first time, goosebumps came over me! Sarah from Gloriosa Florals created my vision and absolutely nailed it! The bouquets were huge, looked amazing and smelt incredible. The colour palette was matched perfectly to the colour of the bridesmaid dresses as I had requested. I could not fault a single thing about the bouquets, they were perfect!

➳ How long did it take for you to find and how was your dress/suit shopping experience overall? I went to a few dress shops but I had a vision in my mind of what I was looking for (a fitted dress, beading, lace, open back and a train). I went into Ferrari Formal Wear and I was drawn to one dress in particular. My mum and the store manager assisting us also picked a few to try on. The moment I put on the dress I selected I knew it was the one! Both my mum and the manager also agreed and it was also another stress free occasion, I said yes to the dress!

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➳ What does marriage mean to you? Marriage to me means locking your best friend down by your side for the rest of your lives! A promise and commitment to continue having fun with each other, continuing to see the best in each other and encouraging each other to be the best version of ourselves. I may be slightly obsessed with Darryl Braithwaite’s song ‘Horses’, so Ricky just committed himself to a life of Darryl’s Horses on repeat too!

➳ Any classic stories you want to share from the day? We had these 3 butterflies randomly fly through the reception together. The videographers actually asked if we released them, but we didn’t! I’ve been told there’s an omen surrounding butterflies- some say they are the spirits of those who have passed. Both Ricky and I have grandparents who have passed, so it’s a nice touch.
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➳ What advice would you offer to other couples planning a Wedding? Plan the Wedding for what you and your partner want! The day is about the love you share for each other and no one else. It’s not a competition! 


➳ Any stand out vendors for the day? Someone that went above and beyond? All the vendors were pretty awesome. However a special mention goes to Katina and Laura from Blush and Bangs Beauty. They were so relaxed and kept me relaxed throughout the whole morning whilst getting ready. They are both lovely ladies, very down to earth and awesome at what they do! Katina helped me make sure everything was running to schedule and would call upon people the morning of the Wedding if I needed help.

And of course, Sarah from Gloriosa Florals went above and beyond to create my vision for the bridal bouquets! I really wasn’t expecting the bouquets to be so perfect.

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Aisle song: Perfect- Ed Sheeran 
Marriage Cert Signing: Got you- Jack Johnson & Better Together- Jack Johnson
Leaving the Aisle: Happy- Pharrel Williams 
Entry into reception: Can’t stop the Feeling- Justin Timberlake 
First Dance: You are the Reason – Calum Scott 
Father/ daughter dance: I loved her First- Heartland 

Wedding Team: 
Venue: Sol Gardens // Photo booth: Instakombi // Hair & MUA: Blush & Bangs Beauty // Gown: Ferrari Formalwear Designer: Madison James // Groom & Groomsmen Suits: RogerDavid // Bridesmaid dresses: Xenia Boutique // Flower Girl dresses: AppleberryLane // Photography: Robinson Creative // Catering: VGC Catering // Stylist: Arctic Fox Styling // Bridal bouquets: Gloriosa Florals // Celebrant: Toni Paget // Limo hire: Limoso // Videographer: Adam Anoneuvo and Leroy Button // Wedding Bands: Bayside Jewellery Services