Lauren and Chris

How did you and your partner meet? I met Chris because we happened to be living in the same townhouse complex at the same time in Terrigal..It was fate!

How did you know that they were your love?We instantly had a strong connection, but also a great friendship. We clicked so well. I honestly couldn’t imagine my life without him. He is my best friend and he always has my back. 

What do you hope for your marriage in the next year? To remain healthy and happy and watch our gorgeous daughter Sophia grow up.

What is your proposal story? We were having dinner at our favourite Mexican, Cachos in Padang Padang, Bali. We had such a beautiful night there, it’s super casual and has a great vibe. We crossed the road to get to our bike to head back to our villa. I was putting my helmet back on when I realised I couldn’t see him. I looked around, then I felt him grab my hand and as I looked down he was on one knee. He asked me to marry him and we celebrated by running back into Cachos and drinking way too many margaritas!  

How did you know your dress was “the one”? My Mum started crying. The dress was a completely different style to what I had in mind, but when I tried it on I immediately fell in love with it and felt so comfortable. 

What did you love about your experience with Lily Grace Bridal? Sally was so lovely, helpful, calm and approachable. She was genuinely so excited about our Suprise wedding (that we were organising 9 weeks out from the date) and was incredible at organising everything from ordering the dress, recommending accessories to put with it and ensuring the alterations were completed on time. It was the best experience and Sally has such a personal approach to it all, she goes above and beyond.

What is your favourite memory from your wedding day? As it was a suprise wedding, my favourite memory was my Dad walking me down the isle at Gracelands and seeing all of our beautiful family and friends cheering, clapping & crying. I remember looking up at Chris as I walked down the stairs, we were both so excited and happy. It was a special moment.

Do you have any advice for future brides on deciding on a dress and also the wedding day
Have an open mind when trying on dresses. Make sure you try on a range of different styles. Sometimes you think you are so sure of a style in your mind but fall in love with something completely different on!Your wedding day goes by so quickly. Don’t stress the small stuff and enjoy every single moment. 


Ceremony / Reception – Gracelands Forrester’s Beach
Make up: Daniella Galla (instagram: makeupartist_daniella) 
Hair: Nichollete Wise (instagram: nicholette_boutiquehair)
Flowers: Stem & Twine (instagram: stemandtwine_au)
Music: Adam Masters
Bridesmaids: Shona Joy 
Suits: Sargeant Peppers Menswear (instagram: sargeantpeppersmenswear) 
Rings: GS DiamondsPhotographer:
Kerry Langdon Down Photography (instagram: kldcollective)