‘Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails’ Corinthians 13:7
Love Birds is one of our very favourite sections and nothing makes us happier than sharing the details of a beautiful day with you. What makes this just a little bit more special is the fact that this also happens to include a few of my very favourite people. Congratulations to local couple Michelle and Shawn on their wonderful wedding day and thank you for sharing the details of your special day with us.
Michelle, Shawn and their children Kaelie & Noah
The Love Birds: Michelle Eviston and Shawn Ryan
Ceremony: At the Assumption Church, West Bathurst. We chose this church because it has such sentimental value to us, as both of our parents were also married there.
Reception: In the Panorama Room at Panthers Bathurst.
Theme: Black, pink and silver colours and cocktail attire for the guests.
The Dress: An ivory strapless dress, with a princess neckline and corseted bodice (Unsure of the designer, but it fitted perfectly like a glove).
Groom & wedding party attire: The groom, groomsmen and page boy wore black suits with black shirts. The groom wore an ivory vest and tie. The groomsmen and page boy wore silver vests and ties.
The bridesmaids had fuchsia pink floor length strapless gowns with silver shoes and a bouquet of blue Singapore orchids and pink oriental lilies.
The flower girl had a baby pink, shoestring strap dress with silver shoes and carried a basket of oriental lilies and blue orchid buds.
Decorations: The church had tall vases in the aisle with clear gel balls and blue LED lights with a lily floating on top. We also had silver ribbons on the pews.
The reception continued our colour theme. We chose black tablecloths and chair covers with pink table runners and chair sashes supplied by Posh designs. The bridal table was covered with a white tablecloth and each chair had a pink sash. We also displayed the bridesmaids bouquets in vases at the front of the table.Michelle made the table centrepieces herself. They were a beautiful float bowl containing gel balls and LED lights on the bottom with an oriental lily and blue Singapore orchids floating above.
As a personal touch, we created the table numbers from photos of ourselves at that particular age. For example table six had a photo of the two of us aged six and a copy of the menu on the back.
Food: We chose a delicious three course menu
- For entrée we had alternate drop of Tomato and Leek Tart or Baked Mushrooms
- Our mains consisted of Pork loin cutlet served with an apple glaze on a bed of sweet potato or Lamb loin with herb crust finished with a mint jus
- The dessert was our wedding cake served with cream and strawberries
Cake: We had a beautiful chocolate and white chocolate three tier mud cake. The cake was created by Jaime’s Cakes and was white with pink ribbons and a diamanté heart. We also had a personalised bobble-head cake topper.
Drinks: We had an open bar for our guests and offered beer, wine, champagne and soft drink.
Photographer: Candid Photos of a Lifetime captured our day perfectly, we can look through our album and relive the whole day and feel every emotion. Great price, great photographer
Cars: We used three white Toyota Aurions for the bridesmaids and a black H3 hummer for Michelle (her favourite car).
Rings: Shawn’s wedding ring is white and yellow gold with one diamond and was purchased from Angus and Coote. Michelle’s ring was purchased from a jewellery store in Bondi Junction Westfield and is a yellow gold band with diamonds.
Stationary: Luckily enough one of the bridesmaids (the bride’s sister) happens to be a graphic designer and created the invitations. Michelle made the church booklets herself using supplies purchased from Fantasia Bathurst.
Special moments: The whole day was wonderful but the part that we will remember forever is the moment when we were announced as husband and wife. Michelle says ‘It made my heart flutter in such a good way”.
The love birds with their bridal party
Guests: We had about 90 people celebrate our day with us.
Cost: Approximately $10,000
Jaime’s Cakes – Can be found on Facebook at Jaime’s Cakes
Utter Entertainment – You can find their website at Utter Entertainment or speak with Gavin Pears on 0419 431 774
Posh Designs – Lisa Smith is available at 0407 226 321
Candid Photos of a Lifetime can be found on Facebook at Candid Photos of a Lifetime
Panthers Bathurst – 132 Piper Street Bathurst (02) 6330 0600
Fantasia 2/91 Rankin Street Bathurst (02) 6331 8688