“A Sweet Modern Romance” was a fitting theme for lovebirds Joel Czislowski and Cherise De Vere who tied the knot inside Brisbane’s stunning St John’s Cathedral. Adore the beautifully styled picnic in the park which was organised by Cherise’s maid of honour to reference Joel’s charming proposal and love the soft and pretty bridesmaid ensembles.
Cherises Proposal Story:
The story of Joel's proposal goes back months before the actual moment he popped the question!
Cherise: We were out shopping and I had dragged Joel into a homewares store to show him a kitchenwear set that my expensive taste had been admiring for some time ... being new home owners, needless to say we left the store in a huff and puff with the famous last words 'One Hundred bucks for some material to wipe dishes with? They can just drip dry!' Spoken just like a man.
Months later, it was a Saturday morning two weeks out from our two year anniversary and Joel had told me he was helping a friend move some furniture that day and would not be home until noon. I had planned to spend the day rugged up on the couch watching movies and had just made myself comfortable when I heard the front door open. I turned around to say, 'That was quick!' and saw Joel carrying a big basket of long stem red roses and the complete kitchenwear set I had been refused months before.
Insisting that I try on the apron, I then felt the box inside the pocket and my Prince Charming was down on one knee and the rest is history!
As a nod to Joel’s Polish heritage, the couple took part in a ‘Zrekowiny’ ceremony where the couple’s hands are bound with embroidered cloth over a loaf of bread while a blessing is read, to symbolise their togetherness. “It was a little quirky but a surprising and special memory that will remain with us for a long time” says Joel.
“His absence was truly felt by both of us on the day” says Joel. “However, Luke scored his first goal of the season that game … the best wedding present he could have given us! He also flew back in time to join us on the dance floor and it seemed as though nothing would ever top the best day of our lives!”
Macaroon bonbonniere! YUM!
Special Thanks from Cherise:
A bride could not possibly seek a more thoughtful or dedicated Maid of Honour than my friend Sarah. Sarah was the mastermind behind my incredibly well planned and executed suprise Hen's Party, spent countless hours designing our reception stationary and voluntarily prepared a gorgeous and scrumptious picnic for the Bridal Party to enjoy during our Photo Session at New Farm Park.
Cherise’s Dad surprised the couple with a release of two white doves outside the cathedral.
“Relax and enjoy” says Cherise. “This really is going to be an incredible day filled with love and joy and all of the people who matter most to you. Don’t rush anything, take the time to laugh during preparations and delegate any last minute organising to someone you trust. I was far more relaxed than I thought I would be on the day and it really showed in all of our photographs."
ceremony: St John’s Cathedral
bridal party accommodation: Stamford Plaza
gown: Darb Bridal Couture
groom’s suit: Hugo Boss/Myer
rings: Stones Diamonds/Brisbane Arcade
cake: Buttercake Pantry
photography: Bushturkey Studio
honeymoon: European Winter
Cherise and Joel's wedding is featured in the NEXT Queensland Brides issue! Grab the current issue or the next issue here!
Thankyou to Cherise and Joel for sharing their beautiful day! Submit YOUR real wedding online here!
Happy Friday! QB x