On This Day We Two Shall Wed…
On October 16th, 2014 we celebrated the marriage of Audrey and Matt
With Aubrey Hord Photography behind the lens and Yvette Crosby of Sugar Beach Events overseeing the wedding planning, Audrey and Matt had a destination Maui wedding at Sugar Beach Events that was whimsical, romantic, and vintage inspired, with elements of old and new. Held on the very same day of an expected hurricane that never arrived, it was fun, adventurous, and full of laughter- just the way Audrey and Matt’s voyage through life will be. Audrey talks about the day of her dreams below…
“My dress was a simple, sweetheart-neckline, strapless tulle dress with Swiss dot overlay, a crossover bodice, and medium train. It fit like a glove, but I could still easily eat and dance in it, which was crucial to me. I loved how soft and light it felt- perfect for a breezy beach wedding. I also wore a birdcage veil, large dangling blue crystal vintage style earrings, and sandals.
Matt wore grey suit trousers & vest, white button down, and leather flip-flops. It actually looked great and was exactly his style! No closed toes shoes at the beach! And just under the surface, the groom’s party had personalized undergarments (groom, best man, and more!).”
“Held outside on a grassy lawn adjacent to a long, white, sandy beach, attendees looked out over the water and islands off Maui. The ceremony was a very intimate, special, family affair, with every family member involved.
Our flower girl was Matt’s Japanese step-grandmother, Yoshie, who designed and made her own hot pink dress. Yoshie, the 3 groomsmen, 3 bridesmaids, Matt and his parents all walked out to Vitamin String Quartet’s version of ‘God Only Knows.’ I walked out with both of my parents to Vitamin String Quartet’s version of ‘Hallelujah,’ the first song Matt ever heard me sing.
My grandfather performed my parents’ wedding, and my father wanted to follow by creating a new family tradition. He got certified online and served as our officiant, which was a real treat. My younger brother Vince wrote and sang an original song for us, while Matt’s brother James accompanied him on the keyboard. His sister read the Hands Ceremony, and we gave each other our own, personalized vows.”
“We went with a vintage travel theme, with the main colors of mint and peach which gently reflected the colors of the tropics. Family and tradition are very important for Matt and I, and we had antique picture frames with old pictures (one on each dinner table) of the weddings of our family members. The large crystal chandelier hanging over our dinner table just glowed as the sun set over the Pacific.
Vintage suitcases decorated the space, and our ‘guest book’ was an antique globe. Everyone wrote messages to us over their home country and state- something we will keep forever!”
“After the ceremony, we had cocktail hour on the lawn, and everyone kicked off their shoes (literally) and enjoyed signature cocktails and delicious passed appetizers. The wrapped scallops were magnificent, and my signature grapefruit cocktail with basil sugar was one of the best drinks I have ever tasted!
We had a dinner buffet-style, all seated on the lawn overlooking the beach. A gorgeous orange sunset was complemented with leaping dolphins. The food was amazing and the ambience was perfect: beachy music and lighting from cafe lights strung between the palm trees.”
The wedding cake was custom made by Sugar Beach Events Pastry Chef Natalie using truffles from the couple’s favorite chocolate store in London.
“Matt had three groomsmen- one from Zimbabwe and one with Austrian heritage. They collaborated on their speeches, and ended their toasts by singing toasting/ drinking songs to Matt in both German and Ndebele (a clicking language). It was hilarious and VERY unusual! Even the servers were stopped dead in their tracks- no one had ever heard anything like it.
Another funny thing was the groomsmen dropped their trousers just enough to show their printed ‘groomsmen’ boxers, linking arms and backing it up across the dance floor!”
“We went in for the first dances and Matt and I danced to Meiko’s ‘Stuck on You,’ while my dad and I danced to ‘Free Fallin,’ our favorite song when I was little. We heard some hilarious speeches from our very international bridal party and everyone hit the dance floor. There were ‘shout out’ songs from the DJ for lots of our guests- music we picked specifically for them.”
You’ll see why Audrey and Matt decided on a travel-themed wedding in Maui when you read more about their adorable love story.
Who says you are not going to meet the man you will marry in a bar? When Audrey Schueren looked across the room in a crowded bar in Soho (London) and randomly selected a tall, attractive man to refer to as her “boyfriend” she never thought she had just hand selected her husband. Attempting to thwart some unwarranted advances from another man, she waved at Matt from across the bar and approached him… and the rest is history. The pair hit it off immediately, and she loved his Australian accent, beautiful blue eyes, and laid back sense of humor. They talked far into the night, with Audrey laughing the whole time…and she hasn’t stopped since! When the bartender kindly put their bar stools up and Matt asked for her phone number, Audrey remembers how twitter pattered she was, and could not wait to see him again. Three nights later they went on their first date, a snowy night in England. Their third date, a long weekend in Rome, sealed the deal and Audrey knew she had met the man with whom she was going to voyage through life.
The two had moved to London within a day of each other a few months before meeting in August of 2010, each in post-College career explorations and enjoying the possibility of expansion into more global opportunities. These opportunities came in the form of love- one of the most unexpected ways! The Florida and Australian natives soon moved in together in June of 2011, and traveled every chance they could get, finding deeper love with each and every adventure. Some stand-out adventures during their courtship included two weeks sailing around Croatian islands, winter weekends in Paris, Christmas markets in Prague, road and train trips through the Swiss Alps & Julian Alps in Slovenia, paddle boating on Lake Como, exploring the ‘ruin bars’ in Budapest, as well as fun in Berlin, Amsterdam, Capri, Tuscany, and some mountain villages in Austria. Matt met Audrey’s family for the first time in Barcelona, Spain, and he asked her father’s permission to propose during a family trip in a small village in France.
In March of 2013 on a trip to Australia, after a luxurious afternoon driving through wine country, rock climbing and having a beach picnic on the Victorian Peninsula, Matt got down on one knee and said, “Audrey Paige, marry me.” Matt had found the beautiful vintage 1920s ring in a little village in England, and Audrey was speechless. She said yes, they ate some take-out Thai food in the car, and soon after took out a globe to start planning the wedding (and international party) of their dreams.
Bride Audrey says, “We selected Maui because the Hawaiian Islands are almost exactly halfway between our two hometowns in Florida and Australia. We only wanted to have one wedding- so we needed to make it as fair as possible for friends and family on both sides! We wanted our wedding to be fun, non-stuffy, and reflect our unique styles and personalities. We envisioned everyone laughing, drinking, and dancing- on holiday in one the most beautiful locations in the world. Since travel has been a huge part of our lives and relationship, and always will be, it made sense to do a travel themed wedding, which inspired our guests and the décor.
The day itself was absolutely perfect- clear, blue and sunny- a huge relief since a hurricane had been forecast for that day! I just remember being so completely happy and excited, I couldn’t stop laughing or smiling long enough for the makeup artist to do my lipstick. Everything ended up being exactly as we had hoped, and it felt so amazing to be marrying Matt and to know that we have so many wonderful friends and family who would travel around the world to be there for us!”
Safe passage, Matt and Audrey, may all your dreams come true!
Special thanks to all the vendors involved:
Coordinator: Yvette Crosby, Sugar Beach Events
Catering: Sugar Beach Events
Photographer: Aubrey Hord Photography
Videographer: IMF Visions
Florist: Maui Floral
Hair: Amanda Nigbur of Maui Modern Hair
Makeup: Dacia Waller of Spa Lotus
Officiant: Bride’s father, Larry Schueren
Ceremony Musician: Brother of the Bride, Vince Schueren and Brother of the Groom, James Edwards
Rentals: Hawaiian Style Event Rentals, Rio Event Design, Signature Event Rentals
DJ: Liam Grist