Over a game of pool, some wine and pizza at their favourite local haunt, Neighbourhood in Western Australia’s Mount Hawthorn, Kasia and Reece accidentally got engaged. Kasia tells us, £we always felt incredibly happy there. One night we were talking about how much we loved the venue and we both collectively (and spookily) said let’s get married here’. I became hysterical and cried, which is very common for me, and we went over and asked Steph the owner if it was possible. She said of course’ and the rest is history.
The couple knew it was the perfect location for a celebration that would reflect them. £Reece and I always knew we would have a surprise wedding. There is something so special about planning it together before you tell anyone. We love how people are generally more relaxed at engagement parties, ready to celebrate and no pressure is put on the bride and groom. Reece and I are very laid back and have always walked to the beat of our own drum, and felt our wedding needed to reflect that.
Lots of pizza (of course!), homemade salads, cakes and sweets made for a casual meal, but the DIY didn’t stop there. This bride and groom did all the styling themselves, taking the time to spray paint bottles, vases, cake toppers and favours gold. £Our hands have been gold tinted for a while now, Kasia said. Along with this, the happy duo used postcards collected by Kasia over the years as their guestbook, while Kasia’s sister created a CD of their favourite tunes to give to their guests.
When asked how they kept their secret quiet, Kasia said, £we kept the secret for quite a while as we planned it, and when we were ready we told some important people so they could be involved in the traditional’ wedding things. We told our parents, siblings, bridal party and grandparents (so about 10 out of the 90 in attendance). I also had an elaborate fake future wedding’ that I would use for those people, especially at work, who would ask about what my plans were. It was like I was actually planning two weddings this fake wedding got so real.
Of course the couple’s favourite moment of the day was letting the guests in on the secret, with Reece saying he enjoyed watching everyone £freak out. Meanwhile Kasia most enjoyed, £getting ready in the back with my mum and two bridesmaids. Listening to everyone screaming in excitement when they found out and jumping on to a rollercoaster of emotion leading up to the walk down the aisle.
By far one of the coolest surprise party’s we’ve ever seen thanks to Nectarine Photography, we’re chuffed to be sharing it again with you here after first featuring it in Issue three of Hello May. If you’re keen to read more about their gorgeous day, it’s not too late to grab yourself a copy here.
CREDITS Photos Nectarine Photography // Bridal gown and hair piece Anastasia Bridal // Shoes Zomp // Flowers The Flower Hound // Rings Michael Hill // Bridesmaids dresses Thurley // Grooms suit Ben Sherman // Grooms shirt and shoes Myer // Ceremony and reception Neighbourhood Pizzabar, Western Australia // Cake Sherbet Bakeshop // Stationery Studio Bomba // Hair and makeup Creations by Kassy // Celebrant Ann Lord // Cake stands and glassware Hire Society