Kandace and Dallas Walker
Time and time again, we have heard of wedding plans having to change over the last year and a half, and Kandace and Dallas’ plans were no different. After some compromises, they exchanged vows during a small wedding of 12 guests (including the bride and groom!). Here, Kandace tells us how it all came together.
Tell us a bit about your love story:
Dallas and I met in 2016 while working as municipal employees. We travelled internationally the first couple years of dating. Dallas proposed on the first day we moved into our first home we bought together with a custom made ring. I was completely oblivious to what was happening, a wonderful surprise! He had filled our new empty dining room with white snapdragons (my favourite flower) and candles, all set up by his family minutes before we arrived.
What were your original plans for your wedding day?
Originally, we wanted a fall wedding, but started planning too late. We decided on the end of February and booked with our venue – hoping to involve at least 50 people (hopeful we would not be under any restrictions). Unfortunately, we needed to reschedule twice and settled on June 12, 2021 as it was the soonest possible date. Though it would have been nice to include more friends and family, it was wonderful to have our closest friend and immediate families with us. We both agreed that the most important thing was that we were together and would get married under whatever circumstances were against us – as we are eager to keep building a life together despite the pandemic.
How did you feel about changing your plans?
We were disappointed to not be able to use our original date as it was a significant date in our relationship. It was also stressful to be under constant uncertainty regarding our guest list, dress alterations, suit making and investing money into an event that we envisioned going differently. At the very last minute, we found out that we could get married with 10 people present (total of 12 people), but that we now needed to host everything outdoors. We were lucky and had perfect weather. After all was said and done, I was pleased with the outcome and happy to be able to marry the love of my life.
What was your favourite part of the day?
The introvert in me would like to respond that going home was the best part, but my favourite would be finally walking down the aisle and seeing everything we stressed about come to life right in front of my eyes.
Favourite wedding detail?
The florals and my dress. They were the perfect mix, in my opinion – simplistic with some glam.
What advice can you give to couples planning a wedding?
Having to scale back and plan a more intimate event may still cause some stress, but it’s a great opportunity to make sure the memories remain with the most important people in your lives. No matter the size, as long as you ensure you have a good time, is all that matters. On the day of and the days following, you completely forget about all the stress you had while planning.
Ceremony/reception venue: The Hartman Venue, Mount Albert
Photographer: You by Mia
Dress designer: Essence of Australia, altered by Tanis Emmett Wedding Styling
Suit designer: Arthur at Wingmen Suits
Décor: The Hartman Venue
Flowers: Secrets Floral Collection
Cake: provided by a vendor selected by The Hartman Venue
Planner: The Hartman Venue
Hair/makeup: Christina Miele (makeup), Ariana Domy (Hair)
Jewellery: UniqueAAA on Etsy (pearl necklace), HeartHouseStudio on Etsy (pearl earrings), Pearlfectly on Etsy (bracelet)
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