At the beautiful Brookleigh Estate in the Swan Valley, Kylie and Rhys exchanged the vows and started their exciting journey in an intimate ceremony with friends and family.
Watch their wedding film below.
Love is what we all share, it’s the great unifier, our one universal truth, that no matter who we are, where we come from, or what we believe, we know this one thing… Love, is what we’re doing right Dilhari, Celebrant
Lets hear from the couple themselves:
Rhys was managing an IGA nearby and caught his eye when I walked in. He thought it might be inappropriate to approach me (being the manager of the store), but vowed he would find me and marry me and as fate would have it he did find out who i was and after adding me on FB and exchanging jokes etc for 2 days he said i suppose we should go out for dinner. He professed his love for me after 2 weeks later, we bought a house a few months after that, and 1 house, two dogs, 6.5 years and a covid delay later he finally proposed!
Yes it was during a hike through Karijini National Park, we were on a holiday to Coral Bay and the weather was not overly kind during our stay but we made do and tried to enjoy it as best we could. We got into an argument about site seeing (I am not a huge sight seeing person in general but i am been to that area since I was a child so preferred to do activities as opposed to sight seeing). But didn’t realise that area was all new to him so I felt really bad and on our way back I planned every attraction I could find and that included Karijini also. I kind of knew it was coming and was just really scared he would propose around other people at one of these attractions, so was trying to enjoy it but also super nervous.
So we decided to do a 3hr hike at Karijini and when we got to the bottom of the gorge at the river we stopped for a break and he pulled the ring out of his backpack and got down on one knee and gave a very gorgeous speech and asked me to marry him. I was overwhelmed by the ring and his speech and just wanted to hug and kiss him, he had to ask if I was saying yes lol I said of course!
We sight seen for the rest of the day and announced our engagement the following weekend during our family post-holiday, catch-up dinner.
Rhys actually suggested the Brookleigh estate prior but the pictures I saw on google didn’t look like what i was hoping for (may have been old pictures). So when a few venues didn’t work out, Rhys’ mother suggested Brookleigh and I thought ”I’ll look into it again” and saw it was actually gorgeous! Rhys was not impressed as he had suggested it quite a while earlier haha. Oops.
I would love our guests to enter the estate and think how stunning the venue is and that the reception is beautifully set-up. I am hoping our guests walk into our reception and get excited by fairy lights, the cute bar cart, fairy floss cart, food vans, the smell of woodfire pizza, beautiful furniture and energizing music from the DJ. We only have 10:30pm for our reception so I feel a bit pressured by the time crunch to get the party started and a bit saddened that will be finishing a bit early.
What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?
We had envisioned a love filled, interactive celebration of our love story and commitment to each other.
Pastel pink, lilac, ivory and neutrals
What unique elements or DIY details did you include?
We wanted to include elements that would make our guests smile. Such as the Cookies & Cream and Prosecco flavoured fairy floss, provided by Sweet Cart. Topped with edible glitter and butterflies. The Clydesdale drawn carriage rides from the beautiful girls of Charming Carriages and even Dolce Ensembles string quartet playing Rednex – Cotton eye joe for our prosession!
We are a very compassionate and ethical couple and have evolved within our relationship to be plant based and vegan where we can. I (Kylie) work for MSWA and have raised $167,000 so far within my role, a small chunk to support Western Australians living with neurological conditions. When Rhys isn’t working, he is an avid investor and is always looking for up and coming ethical companies to invest in, we believe that ethical practices are the future. We also support animal and environmental welfare charities such as Sea Shepherd, Dogs Refuge Home and Humane Society, among other children’s & neurological disability charities.
We feel very strongly about ethical practices and sustainability. As such our menu was quite unique. We worked with Sultan Pepper – a Turkish inspired cuisine food truck , to design a plant based menu including roasted pumpkin and smoked beetroot borek cigars, imperial wedges, lentil kofta balls and an incredible tofu slider (of which I ate quite a few!). We felt very proud to incorporate sustainable elements on our wedding day, just as we would in our daily life.
Groom: My favourite monomer was when my beautiful wife-to-be, stepped out of the carriage and started to walk down the aisle to me. It was then I knew I was the luckiest man in the world.
Bride: My favourite moment had to be the reading of our vows. It is not often you get to speak so profoundly about your love for each other and to declare it to all of your dearest family and friends.
Tell us about your flowers, your dress, your flavours, your cake, etc.
Perfection is in the eye of the beholder and as such, we wanted our long awaited wedding day to be perfect for us. We searched high and low for the perfect ceremony design but ultimately sought to have a 12ft branch arbor custom made by honey bunch botanicals, who excitedly jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with us. We are a sucker for cottage spring gardens and florals, so it was a no-brainer that we had to have them on our wedding day, complete with candles and scattered rose petals.
Our wedding cake was beautifully made by the gorgeous Amy De La Rosa of De La Rosa Cakes. She is a master of her craft and a lovely person to boot. We went for a rose mold decorated, 3 tiered cake with glitter and diamond details in two incredible flavours. Rosewater, raspberry and blueberries – Signature white chocolate sponge cake filled with white rosewater and delicate blueberries & raspberries ganache and the white chocolate passion – Delicate white chocolate cake filled with a fluffy passionfruit ganache.
My dress was actually picked by my soon to be mother in law during our first bridal appointment. I had gone to Lutka Boutique determined to buy the ever popular Jess gown from Eva Lendel’s 2021 Less is more collection, however my mother in law picked up the Lindsay gown from the same collection and it was just so perfect! The sparkles of the bodice and beautifully long a-line train just made me truly feel like a princess. But it was the chiffon bow straps that made me realize I just had to have this dress!
I couldn’t be more grateful to our family and friends for truly making our wedding day feel so special. It really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to celebrate your commitment to share your future together, in all of life’s challenges and triumphs.
What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?
Advise I wish I had received before our wedding day was to get ready earlier and allow extra time to check over the venue details before your ceremony. Also to hire an external day of coordinator. I had plenty or fail safes in our timelines to allow us to get back on schedule in the event of any hiccups. We had quite a few however, from our chauffeur getting us lost for 30minutes while driving to our photography location (9 minutes away) and our dj announcing us with the wrong surname during our grand entrance among quite a few others . But as they say, whatever happens, at the end of the day you are just as married as everyone else!