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leilarhysweddingLeila & Rhys' Cheeky Monkey Brewery Wedding

Date: 24 January 2015
Wedding Photographer: Henderson Photography
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery

Interview with the Bride

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As our date was a long weekend, I started planning the larger items (photographer, venue, videographer) around 18-20 months in advance. I had a list of things I needed to do and found that helped me get everything done. We gave ourselves a budget of $35,000. I think we might have gone slightly over, but we definitely kept it under $40,000.

I made gifts for each of of our attendantsd - Bridesmaids & Groomsmen. My bridesmaids - received a 'Shitty Day Survival Kit' which had random items in a box with a list of why they were important to me. I made the boys a 'Bro-quet' with a fishing lure, beard oil, wallet ninja and a bottle of alcohol.

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We had a very non-traditional wedding day . . . we stayed together the night before the wedding. We had two apartments at the Regency, so the morning of, the boys left for the other apartment while the girls and MOB got ready in our apartment. We started hair at 7am, makeup at 8am and were dressed about 1.00pm. The videographer arrived about 11.30am and photographer at 12.30pm. We did a 'first look' in our wedding clothes around 1.15pm before departing for our photos. We arrived at Cheeky Monkey for the ceremony just before 5pm, and the ceremony started around 5.30pm. The reception started at 6pm and finished at midnight.
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I have always wanted to make my own dress - I tried a few on but couldn't find anything I loved in my price range. I made my dress about 4 times over, including the trials. I finalised my dress the week of the wedding, much to the horror of the bridesmaids! I was confident I would have it done though.

My bouquet consisted of silk flowers - peonies and roses. I love peonies and real ones were not in season when our wedding was on. They looked SO realistic, that most people thought they were real. I still have my bouquet, and all my bridesmaids have theirs as well. It makes a nice souvenir from the day.

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Both my parents walked me down the aisle as I'm not really one for tradition!
We had our 4 grandparents act as our flower girls and ring bearer which I loved - we are both very close to our grandparents and because we had no children at our wedding it made it a very special memory for everyone there and us.

We asked Rhys's sister Justine and her fiance (now married) Brendan to do some readings for us at our ceremony. They also acted as our witnesses for our marriage certificate. My sister was my maid of honour, Rhys's brother was his best man, and we also had my cousin Ruby help with co-ordinating the day and other things.

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Our photos were done before the ceremony, but we did a few more after the ceremony around the grounds. The guests walked around the lake and straight into the reception! I would DEFINITELY recommend this as there is nothing worse than having to kill 3 hours while the bridal party goes and does photos - especially if you have travelled for the wedding!

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We had a cocktail/wandering feast style wedding, with indoor, outdoor, quiet and party areas. The main restaurant area at Cheeky Monkey is very large and we were able to use the entire venue. We styled the event so we had a sit down area for our grandparents to eat (they were served a seated meal), an outdoor lounge under cover, and an indoor/outdoor main area with high tables and wine barrels with high bar stools for seating.

Rhys organised the playlists for the day - this was done over a few weeks as I made a huge list of songs I liked. Rhys then went through and picked the ones he liked and categorised them into three lists - ceremony, reception 1 and reception 2. He then picked the order of the songs and made sure they faded into each other well and timed the playlists to ensure we had enough music. He did a few other little bits and pieces, but was happy to let me run loose and choose things as I liked!

No children were at our wedding - we also only had guests over the age of 18. This meant some of our younger cousins weren't invited to attend, however as our wedding was at a licences venue, we felt this was more responsible, and it gave the parents a night off! The only exception was my 2 month old niece who came to our wedding - she was such a good girl and didn't cry during the important bits!

We had quite a few speeches which were all really good. The groomsmen surprised us by signing us a song "Afternoon Delight". It was hilarious! My sister and Rhys's Dad also wrote us poems which were really funny and lovely.
Once the speeches were over, we turned our reception 2 (dancing) playlist on. Most people hit the dance floor straight away and stayed there most of the night!

Advice for other brides planning their wedding?
Do what YOU want to do, not what is traditionally expected of you. Also some of your 'crazier' ideas, you may want to keep these to yourself - I found that people tend to voice their opinions about weddings without thinking if you may hurt your feelings. People tend to have definite views about weddings - eg, you have to have a sit down 3 course dinner, you have to do a first dance etc. You need to remember that you DON'T need to do these things - it's the biggest and most expensive party you'll ever plan and pay for, so make sure you plan the wedding that YOU really want!

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Ceremony & Reception Location: Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery
Photographer: Sarah Henderson from Henderson Photographics
Photobooth: Self made using a roller blind from Kmart, craft letters from spotlight and jute love heart bunting one of my bridesmaids made
Accommodation: Bridal party and family at Regency Beach Resort
Brides dress & accessories: Custom made by myself, using fabric purchased from, pearls from eBay and some jewellery in belt from Lovisa Headpiece - custom made at Eshe Bracelet – custom made from TomDesign on Earrings – Lovisa Shoes – Windsor Smith, customized by myself using a range of jewellery I bought from Lovisa, Kmart and a few other places
Bridesmaid's dresses & accessories: Custom made from lightinthebox Jewellery – from Lovisa, Kmart and spray painted rose gold by me Shoes – all different
Groom & groomsman attire: Suits –
Florist: By Leila, I bought all the flowers and made the bouquets myself
Celebrant: Anita Revel from Yes I Do
Transport: Bridal party – The Chauffeur Bus, Guests – Gannaways Charters & Tours
Favours: Custom plantable paper love hearts from recycledideas on

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