Leisa and Heath Johnston's wedding. Photo Contributed
Leisa and Heath Johnston's wedding. Photo Contributed Contributed

Keep calm and get married

KEEP calm and your wedding will come off just fine, says Leisa Lamond.

The happy newlywed said she married the "man of her dreams" on September 5, 2015 following a cleverly planned proposal.

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"Heath planned with my boss to roster me on to work all day, which worked out to be 13 hours, but after my lunch break, instead of taking me back to work, he took me to a lovely motel and said I was never working the afternoon," Mrs Lamond said.

"He had some drinks for us, a spa bath running and just as I was about to sit down and relax - he pulled the ring out and dropped to one knee."

The couple had a second reason to celebrate before their wedding after finding out they would have one more special guest attending on the day.

"We were engaged two years and nine months which wasn't the original plan," she said.

"Wedding planning was out on pause when we found out we were expecting."

But once the couple arrived at their special day, it was all systems go.

"Surprisingly nothing big went wrong," she said.

"Just a couple of minor events that were resolved easily - like the chair sashes I bought online never arrived so we got a refund and purchased a different lot.

"Although, our 18 month old daughter lost the rings the night before the wedding.

"I had them in the car to give to my mother in law for safe keeping, but Kayleigh grabbed the bag they were in and the boxes fell out in the car which was packed full of bridesmaids' gear.

"We found them quickly though."

The night was filled with celebration and festivities.

"Other than the obvious marrying the man of my dreams with family to celebrate, the most memorable moment is a tie between the whole bridal party doing dances like the Nutbush, Macarena, The Ketchup song (and a dance my sister and I created) and also the groomsmen doing a PG-rated strip tease to the song Pony," Mrs Johnston said.

She said the funniest moment of the day was also fuelled by dance.

"(It was) possibly when the best man, who also happens to be one of Heath's brothers, decided to dance on the table, followed by myself and my maid of honour," she said.

"Another little funny thing that happened, possibly made me look like a very unladylike bride.

"I wore heeled shoes to make me taller seeing as my husband is 200cm and I am only 170cms.

"The only problem with this is I do not wear heels that often so as soon as the ceremony was over (which only lasted 20 minutes) the shoes came off.

"I was walking around on the grass, on the dirt and even at the whole reception with no shoes on. Good thing my feet were covered by my dress."

Mrs Lamond said staying organised could help anyone who was planning their own special day.

"Stay calm and write everything down," she said.

"Keep a wedding book with all your ideas, names/companies with their numbers and/or account details.

"It made life so much easier flicking through a book rather than searching everywhere.

"Oh and mostly - just enjoy it!"

The new bride said they stuck to a simple theme for the day.

"We tried to stick to a rustic fairy garden theme with hessian runners, handmade paper flowers etc," she said.

The loving duo enjoyed a honeymoon on the Gold Coast, capped off with a day at Australia Zoo.



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