Cara and Andy

Describe the proposal? 

Andy proposed on a Sunday evening (‘pie night’ – where I make a different pie every Sunday) while we were cleaning up the kitchen. He said ‘would you make a pie for me every Sunday for the rest of our lives’, I said ‘ha, yes, ok, I will take that as a proposal’. – I was joking and started walking off, but he pulled out ring from the pocket of his dressing gown and said ‘well, actually…’ Read more below…

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How did you meet?

We met in Tanzania 10 years ago where I (Cara) was working as a research assistant. Andy was on his way to his field site for his PhD, stayed at the research station and took me and one of my bridesmaids (Katie) out to dinner. The tropical love story began then, although there were a few years gap in between our time in Tanzania and reuniting again in the UK.

Describe the proposal?

Andy proposed on a Sunday evening (‘pie night’ – where I make a different pie every Sunday) while we were cleaning up the kitchen. He said ‘would you make a pie for me every Sunday for the rest of our lives’, I said ‘ha, yes, ok, I will take that as a proposal’. – I was joking and started walking off, but he pulled out ring from the pocket of his dressing gown and said ‘well, actually…’

How did you decide on a place to celebrate your wedding day?

We wanted a wedding in Australia, but because Andy’s family and friends had to travel from the UK with August being the best time for them and Andy’s work, but Melbourne/country Vic (where I’m from) being too cold (for the Aussies!), it seemed to make sense to get married somewhere tropical. Plus, because Andy has spent 15 years working in the rainforests of Tanzania (where we met), we thought a ‘destination’ wedding in a rainforest, while also being in Australia, would be perfect. The Daintree Eco Lodge combined rainforest and luxury perfectly and catered to our every need!

Tell us about finding your wedding dress:

After seeing all the ‘standard’ dresses and not liking any of them, I found my dress in a small boutique store in Leeds, near where we live in the UK. It’s an Eliza Jane Howell – a designer who makes vintage-style wedding dresses. I loved quite a few vintage style dresses at this boutique, but the one I chose also had a bit of a hippy style that suited the rainforest setting.

Describe your wedding flowers:

We got our flowers from the Fat Flower Man at Rusty’s market in Cairns. He delivered to us the most beautiful flower crowns and bouquets and buckets of flowers that could be arranged into jars throughout the venue. We wanted a mix of British and Australia native flowers, in bright colours, to represent our mixing of ‘cultures’. My mother was crucial in the choice and arranging of flowers – I left it all to her (a little last minute) and she did an amazing job! My mother also sewed metres and metres of bunting, made from recycled fabrics, to decorate the venue – what a beautiful sight it was to see the Eco Lodge covered in British-style bunting and colourful flowers!

Describe your wedding cake:

Our cake came from the Hungry Hummingbird in Port Douglas and was a carrot cake with cream-cheese icing. It was an enormous stacked tower of messy ‘naked’ cakes in beautiful vintage style – the Fat Flower Man also provided us with a cascade of flowers for the top of the cake and my mother made a mini string of bunting for the top as well.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your big day?

Doing all the planning remotely from the UK (although with much help from family in Australia) at times was a bit difficult as well as the worry over making sure our overseas guests enjoyed their visit to the Daintree after long flights (they did!). It was also a bit tough not seeing enough of people before and after (or even during) the wedding. Plus, the distances alone made it difficult for some of our loved ones to make the wedding at all.

What was the most memorable moment about your wedding day?

Being surrounded by our friends and family, who’d come such a long way, who were going out of their way to help-out and make our day special. Plus, sharing such a special time with a new husband/wife in a relaxed setting seeing the other look so happy.

Did you write your own vows? 

We did. We wanted to personalise our ceremony and avoid some of the typical cliche phrases. Some of our vows were serious and some reflected the day-to-day issues we deal with (and the funny moments) which are particular to us.

Where did you go for your honey moon?

We had a 4 day honeymoon in Bali on our way home to the UK. We stayed in a small boutique eco-retreat in Ubud where morning yoga and organic eating was encouraged – it was bliss! Our second mini honeymoon will be over Christmas where we plan to leave from a wedding party we’re having in York on Eurostar to Paris where we’ll stay in a forest outside Paris in a large chateau for a few nights.

What’s next for you guys? 

We’re looking to have a family and enjoy more travel whenever possible.

Who were your suppliers on the day?

They were all amazing, I could have not asked for better people to help us make our day special!

Venue (ceremony & reception) – Daintree Eco Lodge

Celebrant – Rosina Santarossa

Dress – Eliza Jane Howell

Flowers – Fat Flower Man, Rusty’s Market

Photographer – Sass Studios

Videographer – Lone Wolf Films

Cake – The Hungry Hummingbird

Makeup – Rebecca-Jane Smith, Studio Eclipse

Hair –  Bobby Pinz