Emily + Ben

How did you meet?

Ben and I met in 2014 at a mutual friend’s wedding. She had been in my year at school, and his neighbour growing up. At the wedding we discovered we went to the same school (just a few years apart), and had spent our whole lives crossing paths without even realising it. He asked me out to dinner that night, took my phone number, managed to not save it and I woke up to a sheepish Facebook message the following morning asking for my phone number again! We went on our first date the next weekend, and have been inseparable ever since.

When did you know they were the one? 

On our first date. I knew he was special the night I met him. At our first date, there was a moment where he smiled down at his dinner and said to himself (but out loud) “this is all falling into place”. He also wanted to know that night if I wanted to get married one day and have children, and was so frank about his hopes and dreams. I wondered where he had been hiding all my life 🙂 We really built a foundation as best friends and it grew from there.

What are your three favourite attributes of your partner?

He is so warm, so loving and affectionate and truly the funniest person I’ve ever met. My face hurts from laughing every day.

Who proposed and how?

Ben proposed on my birthday in 2020. It had been a tough year at that point, Covid lockdowns, he needed serious knee surgery and couldn’t work for months, amongst other things. On my birthday morning we woke up, I opened some presents, then he handed me a card and asked me to read it out loud. As I got to the last sentence, he slipped onto one knee (no simple feat after knee surgery) and asked me to marry him. It was so private and intimate and special, absolutely perfect. We celebrated with our families that night.

Where did you fall in love with your dress and why?

Like many other MWL brides, I knew I wanted to wear a MWL dress before getting engaged. However, my road wasn’t smooth. My first love was the Stevie, which I had found on Pinterest. However by the time it was my turn, Stevie had been discontinued. I tried on a number of other MWL designs and honestly loved them all, nearly buying Harlow and Louie. However, I never forgot Stevie. I went to so many bridal stores, tried on about 40 dresses, and ended up buying a dress elsewhere which I knew in my heart wasn’t for me! After about 6 months I cancelled that dress, feeling no dress was better than the wrong one, and resolved in my head to get either Harlow or Louie. Literally the next day, the Elsie flowie was released, using the Stevie lace. I couldn’t believe it, it truly felt meant to be. I booked an appointment at Brides by Design in Perth, who carry MWL the next weekend, and Elsie was mine!

What was the best moment for you at your wedding? 

It’s hard to pick. I was nervous I’d struggle to be “in the moment” on the day and that nerves would take over, but I was so calm. Everything was a highlight, but walking towards Ben down the aisle, saying our vows and first kiss, the photo session and the speeches were highlights. I’m not a big speech person but the speeches were so special and blew me away! Oh and our dance floor was out of this world, which was my dream come true and a huge highlight for us.

What were your favourite details?

Everything! Our venue, Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club in Peppermint Grove, Perth, Western Australia, was so beautiful with views over the glittering Swan River. It set the tone for a classy but fun wedding day and night. Our flowers were white and blush roses and orchids with blush candles which created the most beautiful vibe, especially after the sun set. The DJ was incredible, everyone was commenting on him and he had the dance floor going off all night long. We also served Aperol Spritz and Gin cocktails between the ceremony and reception which people loved and started the night off with a bang. Oh and our reception entrance to Operation Blade by Public Domain, which was Ben’s idea and not a romantic song at all, but was so much fun and started the reception off the right way, was a great moment!

What advice would you tell other brides?

The same advice I read a million times on your blog. Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t get too caught up in the little problems that arise (because they will). Remember the whole point of the day: you’re marrying the love of your life and that is a privilege. I kept that front of mind during the planning process, and it centered me throughout my initial dress dramas, our videographer pulling out, Covid restrictions, lockdowns, masks and vaccination requirements changing at the last minute, wedding signage not turning up and losing my limo to transport 12 people 2 nights before the wedding etc. Don’t overthink every decision because there are so many to make, pick your vibe, stick with it, and then unfollow accounts that might lead you to doubt yourself once you’re locked in with vendors! Oh and let your partner have a say, some things were really important to Ben which maybe weren’t my first choice but we made all important decisions together which meant we were both happy and excited about the big day and it was our joint vision.

MWL DESIGN:

Elsie Flowy

PHOTOGRAPHER:

Mad Love Nation

RETAILER:

Brides by Design