Peter Trends: How did you meet your husband?
Sarah: Tom and I met at a bar in Newtown. I was on a girls night and he was out with a friend. I had recognised him from seeing him play basketball earlier in the evening (we both played for the same club) so I struck up a conversation with him.
Peter Trends: How did your husband propose to you?
Sarah: Tom took me on a romantic getaway to Orange, to visit some of my favourite wineries. He alleges that he ‘tried to propose’ all weekend but I kept ‘spoiling’ the moment each time he was about to do it. I think I got attacked by a bee in one of those moments, another was I sat on an ants nest and another moment I was complaining that I was freezing cold.
Peter Trends: What was your favourite part of your wedding day?
Sarah: That moment when I saw Tom’s big smile on my face when I was walking down the aisle, and when we both took off our shoes and trampled through the mud to get photos in a sunflower field in the pouring rain. Oh, and the dancing in the rain photos we got at the reception. It’s really hard to pick one moment – the day was everything I dreamed for. But those would have to be my top three.
Peter Trends: How did you find the experience of shopping for a wedding gown?
Sarah: Challenging and exhausting. Not long after I got engaged I ruptured my achilles playing basketball and had to have surgery. I LOVED Julie Vino’s designs and knew of the trunk show at Peter Trends. I went to try on the gowns in a moon boot and on crutches – which was exhausting. I had to take the boot off to get in to a dress, then put it back on to stand up. The staff were so patient and helpful! And I fell in love with my dress the moment I put it on. I went on to try on about another 30 dresses across Sydney but came back and bought ‘Octavia’ (she was the second dress I tried on).
Peter Trends: What did you love about your wedding gown?
Sarah: Everything! The detail of the back is probably my favourite. I hear of a lot of brides who buy their dress then have second thoughts when they take them home and put them on again. I had the opposite experience and fell more in love with my dress every time I saw it and tried it on.
Peter Trends: Any words of wisdom for future brides?
Sarah: Try not to stress yourself out over things that no one else will notice and make sure you enjoy your day – it really does pass by in a flash! AND, if it’s raining like it was on my wedding day – go with it! I was soaked and my feet were covered in mud by the time I arrived at the reception (I did wash my feet before I went in) because we were out getting photos – those photos are incredible and you have them forever.
Peter Trends: Is there anything special you would like to share with us about your wedding day?
Sarah: We decided to have a candle lighting in our ceremony to honour our family members who have passed away. We put their pictures in a frame and placed some candles on the table. It was really beautiful and I encourage anyone else who has lost loved ones to do the same – so they can still be part of the day. I also had a locket attached to my bouquet with pictures of my mum and I in them (she passed away when I was 18). It was really special.
We wish Sarah and Tom a life time of happiness! xx
Photographer: Matt Streatfield