Our Wedding, Matt & Lucy Mansell

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Lucy Williams met her dream man whilst living and working overseas; he was from Milford Haven in Wales and she was from Coffs Harbour, Australia. 

They didn’t let distance get in their way though, navigating stints of living in different countries and ultimately coming together here in Coffs to tie the knot surrounded by their loved ones. We got Lucy to tell us all about their love story and their beautiful beachfront wedding.  

Hi Lucy. You got married recently; congratulations! Can you tell us about how you and your hubby met?

Thank you so much! Answering these questions has brought back so many amazing memories. Matty and I actually met at work. I had transferred to Malaysia in January 2015. A few weeks after my arrival, Matty and I were first introduced at an Australia Day BBQ. Matty was the token Welsh guy invited to the BBQ! It wasn’t until later that year, a group of us from work met in Singapore for the F1, and that’s where it all began. 

Was there a moment in your relationship that you realised he was “the one”?

We went on our first holiday to Bali in December of 2015. Not only was our relationship new, and long-distance, I was working in Western Australia and Matty was still working in Malaysia. We were meeting at Bali airport,and the nerves and excitement to see him after seven weeks was out of this world. We had the most incredible eight nights in Seminyak! That’s when I thought, life doesn’t get better than this – I had met the absolute man of my dreams! While our families were from opposite sides of the world, mine from Coffs Harbour and Matty’s from Milford Haven in Wales and we were working in different countries, we just knew that no matter the distance, we could make it work! 

What was the proposal like?

By this time, Matty and I were living together in Western Australia, living in a construction camp in a small town named Onslow. It was our April 2017 R&R, and we had just spent five days in Coffs with the family and we were heading to the Gold Coast for our friend’s wedding. We decided to have two nights in Byron Bay. On the last morning we went to the Byron Bay lighthouse and through a game of truth or dare, Matt asked me to spend the rest of my life with him and pulled the most beautiful ring out of his pocket – it was so surreal. 

How did you find the process of planning the wedding? Was there anything/anyone in particular that you couldn’t have done it without?

Our wedding stylist, Kelly Brady from “The Prop List” was amazing! Kelly was there every step of the way and made our styling dreams a reality! Living in Western Australia, we were very apprehensive about how we were going to style our wedding from the other side of the country, but it all came together perfectly! 

How would you describe your wedding style?

The style for our wedding was “Hampton Chic”. The inspiration for this was a combination of a Dîner en Blanc white party and a Hamptons Beach party. 

Could you tell us about your dress? 

Well, that’s a story! I had ordered a dress in Brisbane in November 2017 and tried it on for the first time mid-February 2018 (seven weeks before the wedding). I put it on and said to my sister, Al and Mum, “Oh my gosh – I can’t wear this!” Panic set in! I called my mother and sister in law in Wales and asked them to head to “White Brides”, the most beautiful wedding dress boutique in a village called Narbeth – 40 minutes from where Matty’s family live. I had seen a Charlie Brear dress on their website that I had fallen in love with! We did the measurements over the phone and put in an urgent order. The dress arrived four days before Matty’s family were due to get on the plane to come to Australia for the wedding – talk about last minute stress! I tried the dress on the week before the wedding, and it was perfect! I was, and still am, absolutely in love with my dress!

Where did you get married? And why did you choose that location?

We knew that we wanted something different, and it was important for me to get married in Coffs Harbour. We spent weeks researching wedding venues, but we just couldn’t find what we were looking for! Then we came across a private beach house at Sapphire Beach for rent, and we just knew it was meant to be! We had the ceremony on the lawn and the reception was inside the clear marquee overlooking the ocean! It was perfect!

Can you tell us about some of the local vendors you used?

I love that we were able to mostly use local vendors for our wedding. Coffs Harbour is such a special place and to have all these vendors at our door step is phenomenal. Kelly Brady from The Prop List was our stylist, we used Fiasco for our catering, Rosie Pose for our furniture, Special Occasions for our lighting, Bower Bird and Brown for our flowers, C2C for our Marquee and flooring, Sugar Plum Cakes and Desserts for our wedding cake, David from The Moores Photography, Lauren from Hair by Lauren Moran, Tamika Munro for the girls’ makeup, Benny Black for music, and the amazing Sam Dawson was our celebrant. 

Was there a particular moment from the wedding that really stands out to you?

Gosh, there were so many moments that stand out. I think for me it was seeing our family and friends just having such a great time! Special mention also to our Best Man Harry, Matt’s son; he absolutely rocked as being Best Man and made the most incredible speech! I can remember Matt and I snuck out for 5 minutes during the night to have a drink before our first dance, and we both said to each other, “This is incredible; it’s everything we imagined!”

Did you have a honeymoon? If so, where did you choose to go?

We had one week in Coffs with our families, before Matty’s family flew back to Wales. We then had a week in Bali. We stayed in Uluwatu, which was so beautiful!

Thanks Lucy.

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