Geelong Cats golden boy Corey Enright married long-term sweetheart Renee Costa at Rex Smeal Park in Port Douglas. The heavens opened up with buckets full of luck for the newly weds, who were unfazed by the drizzle.
Renee recalls all the yummy details about her wedding day in the Sass blog chat below – Enjoy!
How did you meet?
Corey & I first met at a popular Geelong nightspot 10 years ago
Describe the proposal?
It was very romantic, Corey had put so much thought into it, he had left a trail of notes with cryptic clues around Torquay, I was riding my bike in the rain from place to place, it led me to the sandunes where he was waiting with a bottle of champagne, he got down on one knee, it was beautiful.
How did you decide on a place to celebrate your wedding day?
We had holidayed together in Port Douglas a couple of times and both fell in love with the town, it was a special place to us and we knew it would be a perfect destination for our wedding.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:
I actually didn’t step one foot into a bridal store, I knew I didn’t want a traditional wedding dress and had a picture of a certain style I loved, I went to my dressmaker in Geelong & she made my vision come to life.
I couldn’t have been happier with the end result, it was perfect.
Describe your wedding flowers:
I wanted that relaxed “just picked out of grandams’s garden look” My beautiful friend Megan is a florist in Melbourne and she did such a wonderful job with all of the flower arrangements & bouquets.
I had collected vintage jars & vases for 12 months leading up to the wedding, & they were the finished off with a gorgeous colorful wide variety of flowers for the table centerpieces.
I knew from day one I wanted simple daisies wrapped in twine for my bouquets, I wanted everything to look quite natural & simple.
Describe your wedding cake:
We decided against a wedding cake, and created a DIY lolly buffet instead, it was a huge hit with the guests
What was the biggest challenge you faced while planning your big day?
I guess the biggest challenge we faced was that we were planning everything from Geelong, and had to rely heavily on Port Douglas Catering, they were absolutely fantastic and made the planning process so stress free for us.
Sending up all of the items we wanted for the day was the biggest hassle, creating the lolly buffet meant sending up all the product & sourcing the equipment to present it in. Overall though we really had no huge challenges to overcome, apart from the weather! It did rain!
What was the most memorable moment about your wedding day?
The most memorable moment for ourselves and all of our guests was the persistent rain!It definitely made for a memorable occasion, eating dinner under the fig tree with water trickling down was actually quite magical, and then the lightning show started over the ocean. It was really special, wet… but special!
Did you write your own vows?
Yes, we did write our own vows, it just gave a nice personal touch to the ceremony.
Where did you go for your honeymoon?
We stayed in Port Douglas for a few days after the wedding, then headed to beautiful Palm Cove.
What’s next for you guys? Well, 6 months on from our special day we are actually expecting our first baby! We are both super excited for this next chapter in our lives together, and due in October, an extra special month for us now!
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