Real Wedding: Cindy & Andrew Conn

Couple: Cindy & Andrew Conn

Location: Sydney

Date: 12 January 2012

Stunning bride and dashing groom, Cindy and Andrew wed in a romantic sandstone church and dined with their guests in a chic waterfront reception. Held at a beautiful Sydney golf course next to the Pacific Ocean, this couple had planned everything down to a 'tee'! 

Andrew proposed on bended knee in the most stunning location, overlooking the beautiful Wine Glass Bay in Tasmania during a romantic holiday. Once they happy couple had shared their news with family and friends, it was full steam planning from there.

Andrew and Cindy are a cool, calm and collected couple. These are extremely important traits you need when planning such a big event. Andrew, a financial planner for Parkworth Financial Solutions, was right on the money. He created a wedding spreadsheet which kept a track of everything in the budget, guest lists and RSVP's. Cindy, a Primary School teacher told K&C, "Trying to create everything you had envisaged on a budget can be challenging at times and sometimes you have to tweak the budget around. We did have to compromise on certain aspects so that we could spend more money on others." The couple also created run sheets which helped make things run smoothly on the day. 

Their guest list was influenced by their budget and the number of tables we could fit in the reception venue. Once the list was created, the couple had invites distributed, "we had a few invitations go missing in the post and therefore these had to be reprinted." This is a really great tip for brides - have some blank invites spare so that you can send them out last minute if necessary.  

The ceremony was held in a beautiful old stone church in Randwick, called St Judes. The couple had to go through a process of several interviews at the church before they could be married there.

"Andrews cousin did a reading and a friend of mine read a poem. We had a string quartet playing classical music as well as the lovely church organ. One of my best friends also sung ‘Ave Maria’. The church was beautiful in itself and therefore we just had the florist decorate with white flowers," said Cindy. 

Cindy wore a dress by Pronovias bought at Bridal Glamour and stunning accessories (found with the help of her Maid Of Honour) from Deseo Bridal in Paddington Sydney. The bridesmaids wore a long aubergine dress from George in Chatswood Chase. "It was challenging trying to find dresses for the bridesmaids and cater for their different likes and sizes. I had a specific colour and length in mind so I found it easier to search for the dress myself and had them choose from a few different dress styles." 

The groom and his groomsmen looked dapper in suits from Dom Bagnato and aubergine ties to match the bridesmaids.

The reception was held at St Michaels Golf Club in Little Bay. The couple chose this venue as it was close to the church, had lovely views of the ocean, could accommodate the number of guests we were having and it was in their price range. The venue supplied a Wedding Planner & Master of Ceremonies. The room colour and theme was aubergene as it was the couples favourite colour. The handmade place cards, cake, table decorations and flowers were all inspired by this colour. It looked stunning and really suited the venue which was a blank canvas with an amazing view. 

Luckily nothing went wrong on the day. However, on this particular occasion Cindy and Andy were not overly happy with their photographer, "we wished we had done more research and perhaps had a pre-photo shoot to see their work prior" Cindy told us. The photographer had an amazing portfolio but on the day he unfortunately did not capture the couple as they would have liked. That said, the couple had a blast riding around in golf buggies to take their photos. This is was a unique experience they will never forget. 

All in all the day was exceptional. The couple partied into the night and then jetted of to the exclusive 6 star Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island. This was a dream honeymoon destination. The perfect end to a magical beginning.

Andrew and Cindy are a cool, calm and collected couple. These are extremely important traits you need when planning such a big event. Andrew, a financial planner for Parkworth Financial Solutions, was right on the money. He created a wedding spreadsheet which kept a track of everything in the budget, guest lists and RSVP's. Cindy, a Primary School teacher told K&C, "Trying to create everything you had envisaged on a budget can be challenging at times and sometimes you have to tweak the budget around. We did have to compromise on certain aspects so that we could spend more money on others." The couple also created run sheets which helped make things run smoothly on the day. 

Their guest list was influenced by their budget and the number of tables we could fit in the reception venue. Once the list was created, the couple had invites distributed, "we had a few invitations go missing in the post and therefore these had to be reprinted." This is a really great tip for brides - have some blank invites spare so that you can send them out last minute if necessary.  

The ceremony was held in a beautiful old stone church in Randwick, called St Judes. The couple had to go through a process of several interviews at the church before they could be married there.

"Andrews cousin did a reading and a friend of mine read a poem. We had a string quartet playing classical music as well as the lovely church organ. One of my best friends also sung ‘Ave Maria’. The church was beautiful in itself and therefore we just had the florist decorate with white flowers," said Cindy. 

Cindy wore a dress by Pronovias bought at Bridal Glamour and stunning accessories (found with the help of her Maid Of Honour) from Deseo Bridal in Paddington Sydney. The bridesmaids wore a long aubergine dress from George in Chatswood Chase. "It was challenging trying to find dresses for the bridesmaids and cater for their different likes and sizes. I had a specific colour and length in mind so I found it easier to search for the dress myself and had them choose from a few different dress styles." 

The groom and his groomsmen looked dapper in suits from Dom Bagnato and aubergine ties to match the bridesmaids.

The reception was held at St Michaels Golf Club in Little Bay. The couple chose this venue as it was close to the church, had lovely views of the ocean, could accommodate the number of guests we were having and it was in their price range. The venue supplied a Wedding Planner & Master of Ceremonies. The room colour and theme was aubergene as it was the couples favourite colour. The handmade place cards, cake, table decorations and flowers were all inspired by this colour. It looked stunning and really suited the venue which was a blank canvas with an amazing view. 

Luckily nothing went wrong on the day. However, on this particular occasion Cindy and Andy were not overly happy with their photographer, "we wished we had done more research and perhaps had a pre-photo shoot to see their work prior" Cindy told us. The photographer had an amazing portfolio but on the day he unfortunately did not capture the couple as they would have liked. That said, the couple had a blast riding around in golf buggies to take their photos. This is was a unique experience they will never forget. 

All in all the day was exceptional. The couple partied into the night and then jetted of to the exclusive 6 star Qualia Resort on Hamilton Island. This was a dream honeymoon destination. The perfect end to a magical beginning.


Cindy's Thoughts On Her Suppliers

Hair: Lush Hair and Body Northbridge - "Very happy with service, made it a lovely morning with my bridesmaids."

Make up: Sue Carroll Hair and Makeup - "Highly recommend, very professional."

Cars: HF Wedding and Hire Cars Haberfield - "Reliable service, friendly."

Flowers: Janina’s Florist - "Great arrangements, reasonably priced, flowers were very fresh."

Entertainment: Press Club Band - "Awesome musicians."  Sydney Strings - "Lovely music."

Photographer: Dreamlife Photography - "lacked some direction and creativity so I wouldn’t recommend"


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