Nasty accident just hours before wedding
A nasty accident the night before this wedding made for a dramatic start to proceedings. Instead of travelling to Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with the bridal party in preparation for their big day, Katherine Ash and Justin Nickerson found themselves making an emergency dash to the vet when their border collie Bailey was hit by a car.
The couple lives at East Brisbane and drove up to the Sunshine Coast on the morning of the wedding after making sure Bailey was going to make it.
Their other dog, cavoodle Oscar, was pleased to get a last-minute wedding invite because they couldn't leave him on his own. Staff at the reception venue, Maleny's Spicers Tamarind Retreat, were very accommodating.
THE BRIDE: Katherine Ash, 28
PROFESSION Fundraising manager at Royal Flying Doctor Service
PARENTS Jacqueline and Mark Ash
BRIDESMAIDS Bonnie Mohan, Genevieve Ash, Lauren Ash
DRESS George Wu
HAIR Evalyn Parsons, Moffat Beach
MAKEUP Tasleema Nigh, Nambour
FLOWERS Willow Bud and Tesselaars Flowers
ENGAGEMENT RING By New York designer Caitlin Mociun. Justin did the custom design with her and had the finished ring shipped over
THE GROOM Justin Nickerson, 34
PROFESSION Real estate auctioneer
PARENTS Greg and Trish Nickerson
GROOMSMEN Matt Nickerson, Sam Poulsen, Angela Nickerson (groomslady)
SUIT MJ Bale
TRANSPORT None required
ENTERTAINMENT Dan McGahan (solo musician)
CAKE A malt chocolate brownie cake (by Bakeistry), served with Ben & Jerry's ice cream that we picked up from an IGA on the way up to Maleny
PHOTOGRAPHY Yan Chen Photography
How did you meet?
At a charity auction at the Full Moon Hotel at Sandgate, in Brisbane's north. I was the charity representative and Justin was the auctioneer. He found me on Facebook a few months later.
How did Justin propose?
We had our closest family and friends over for a housewarming party and Justin proposed on the back deck.
Relaxed hinterland (including a fire pit with marshmallows and comfy couches).
Say You Won't Let Go - James Arthur.
We had two - in Tasmania and Bali.
What made this uniquely your wedding?
We wrote a card to all our guests with a thank-you message and our favourite memories of them, and why they were important to us. We pinned a photograph of them to the front of the card (mostly an embarrassing one we'd dug up from Facebook) and used these as table seating cards for guests to find their places.
Everything. It really is the best day of your lives.
Matt, the best man, checking his jacket pocket 879 times (or thereabouts) during the ceremony to make sure the rings were still there.
Best advice for other couples planning a wedding?
It's only as stressful as you make it. It's easier if it feels like "you" and it's authentic.