| Real Wedding: Our Wedding - 19th March 2017 |

#jandngethitched

Most newlyweds will tell you that the process of planning their wedding is the MOST STRESSFUL thing they have ever done. I'm not going to lie it is stressful, but it doesn't need to be. The main goal of any wedding is to get married to the one you love regardless of the lead up to the day or the colour of the napkins. 

My now husband and I got engaged at the end of August 2016 and after a brief engagement were married on the 19th of March 2017, it was the best day of our lives to date!

 It also came with one teeny secret. 

The majority of our guests didn't know we were getting married.

YES, we did it!

We had a SURPRISE WEDDING

As soon as any mention of surprise wedding leaves my lips in conversation, a myriad of questions follow;

- Why did you want it to be a surprise?

- Who knew about it?

- Did it take long to plan?

- How did you plan it? 

- How did it work? 

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So lets start from the beginning. 

Nick proposed whilst we were away camping for his birthday, as we were surrounded by our closest friends. It was the Saturday night; sitting around the campfire in the evening, when he got down on one knee and asked if I would be his wife, I was caught completely off guard and it was the perfect moment.

 

 

Having a surprise wedding never really crossed our minds - AT ALL! 

It wasn't until late November rolled around and I was knee deep in wedding planning mode when that all important family meeting had to happen - you know the one, where everyone gets together to put their two cents in (literally in some cases). 

We were being asked: what we wanted, where we wanted our wedding to be and how long our engagement would be. With all these questions it dawned on me, I have seen a huge amount of weddings either as a guest, part of the bridal party or a vendor. Seeing a huge range of what was out there got me thinking, 

 I wanted it done my way.

  I didn't want to conform to having to pick from a certain number of centrepieces and coloured table cloths, I wanted to be able to style it myself and have everything that we both wanted - quirks included. Nick and I aren't super traditional and we both wanted a relaxed day that was us, inside and out, but most importantly we wanted a day that was FUN! 

My mum was actually the first to suggest a surprise wedding and I brushed her off saying that it wasn't for us. The more I thought about it the better the idea seemed as there were a lot of things that were just not feasible for us at the time. Having a long engagement was not going to suit us either, as there were plenty of factors that we just weren't certain about. 

So mid December it was decided - it was on - Three months to plan and execute - mid wedding season and Christmas shut downs. 

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Who knew?

We had a blanket rule that anyone travelling from interstate or overseas needed to know the reason that they were travelling BUT they had to keep it secret - lucky for us majority of our bridal party (4 out of 6) fitted this rule and only my parents knew otherwise. 

We invited 120 guests under the facade that they would attending our engagement party and to not be late as we had some awesome food to serve and if they were late, they would miss out.

 

How did the surprise work? 

This is probably the question we get asked the most - how did the surprise part work? 

Nick and I were extremely lucky that our venue had two sections to it, partitioned by doors. We decorated one side with an arbour and pew style seating and the other half was decorated with lounge room style set ups, so people could have that relaxed homely feel without the pressure of having assigned seating.  

We then closed the doors that seperated the two halves of the venue. 

 

Everyone started to arrive and Nick greeted them and got chatting, everyone kept asking - where is Jaime. Now luckily for me my job is fantastic - but also means I am nearly always late to social functions, this worked in our favour as most people assumed I was still getting ready. About 20 mins after we determined that most guests were there Nick made his excuses to go check that the food was on time. 

 

This is where our wonderful MC (and Nick's cousin) stepped in to announce that food would be a little bit late - but he had another piece of news that would keep everyone entertained in the mean time. He then announced that they were not there for our engagement party, but were actually at our wedding! As he said this the doors opened to reveal the arbour and pews. 

Everyone was so shocked and happy. They took their seats ready for us to begin our ceremony and as they say, the rest was history! We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening dancing, eating and enjoying the most wonderful day surrounded by the friends and family that we love the most.  

Jaime xx 

VENDORS: 

Styling : Fox and Hound Events

Photography: Samantha Heather Photography & August Rain Collective

Florals: Dural Flower Farm (Bouquets) & Send a Basket (Ceremony & Reception Space)

Celebrant: Martin Long 

Venue: Galston Community Centre

Make Up: Chelsea Povey Makeup 

Hair : Hair by Emma Younis

Dress: Forever Vintage 

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| How it started... |

Welcome to Fox and Hound Events first blog!!

Well, where do I start… 


My name is Jaime. Head Stylist, Director and lover of all things vintage.

Here are three random facts about me

1.     I have a twin! (we are mirror image identical)

2.     I own way too many tea cups

3.     I love vintage clothing, but don’t wear it a lot.

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I often get asked how I got into this line of work.

It almost always begins with... 'oh you’re an event stylist.. *insert confused face here* so, what exactly do you do?'

So, let me tell you!

It all started when I was about 14, I fell into a casual job selling bridal veils and jewellery at local wedding expos and markets. I was hooked, but what girl wouldn't be! Surrounded by a sea of beautiful gems and crystals, layers of tulle and all the wedding bits and pieces you could dream of. 

I thought all the planning, the crazy backstage antics for the runway shows and the inventory lists were all part of the gig, never in a hundred years did it actually occur to me that this could be a full time job…and for quite a long time it didn't.

Over the years I planned many events; school formals, 18th and 21st Birthdays, other milestone birthdays and weddings. I became quite well known for having killer themed Birthdays and Halloween parties that were, quite literally, to die for.

However, my dream to become a wedding photographer always overtook the need to plan. I completed my first degree- a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Media Arts (Photography and Digital Media). Throughout this degree I interned with some amazing photographers and saw a lot of different weddings and functions. My interest in events was stirring.

I still dabbled in planning events for friends and family. Every time there was a birthday, wedding or event I was asked my opinion or where to get this or that. That is when I realised that photography was never going to be a full time thing for me. I still love taking photos, but now it’s a hobby I get to enjoy in my spare time (whatever that is!)

I then enrolled in my second and third degrees; a Bachelor of Event Management and a Bachelor of Business Management. This is where I started planning events pretty much full time. I interned and worked throughout my degrees and learnt how to run and organise with the best in the business! I am fortunate that I am able to collaborate with many of the businesses that I interned and then worked for. 

My greatest (and most favourite) event which I have styled to date (even though I am a bit biased) was my wedding!! It was a surprise to the guests (under the façade of our engagement party), and was planned in less than 3 months - I promise to do a full blog post in the future – 

I look forward to sharing this crazy adventure with you all and can't wait for you to see the amazing events we work on!

Stay tuned for the next exciting adventure!

Jaime xx