How did you meet your (now) husband? It was a hot Aussie Christmas Day, back in 2004. We both attended a Christmas lunch organized by my Girlfriend’s Touk and Shazeen,
How long have you been together? 11 Years
Do you have a proposal story? There were candles, Rose Petals and a very Nervous Groom with sweaty palms waiting for me at home, it was beautiful.
What was your wedding date? February 7th 2015
Location (Ceremony and Reception) Sydney Polo Club
Where? 100 Ridges Lane Richmond NSW
What made you choose there? We fell in love with the beautiful, yet Rustic Charm of the Polo Club, we just couldn’t picture us getting married anywhere else.
How did you find it? Through Pinterest
How was the weather on the day? Glorious, sunny Day.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? It worked well with the availability of the Polo Club and availability of those traveling from overseas. We also preferred the warmer weather.
The Wedding Details
Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?
I wanted a Vintage look with a modern twist. Miles from Flower Duet Designs helped me achieve this.
For the reception centrepieces it was a mixture of different sized mason jars with a variety of Australian Natives in bunches. Each table also featured a small birdcage with real miniature apples, paradise pears, small apricots and small grapes hanging over the edge. It was a beautiful surprise when I walked in!
Another stand out for me was my bouquet. Using soft colours that complimented my dress and consisted of Eucalyptus, King protea in a beautiful velvety light pink, flannel flower, sholtzia and riceflower.
The bridesmaid bouquets were bunches of sholtzia dyed a few shades darker than their dresses which were in a Vintage rose colour. The tone on tone effect enhanced the textures of the flowers and dresses. The buttonholes had the same flowers incorporated, which completed the whole theme.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?
We drew Inspiration mainly from the natural beauty of the Sydney Polo Club, the beautiful lush green fields with the contrast of the Rustic Barn yards. I met with Miles from Flower Duet Designs and she created a mood board for me to relate to. Her approach was very modern and visually high impact.
Flower Duet Designs used a variety of Australian Natives, fruits and orchids which popped against the landscape of the Sydney Polo Club. Instead of using your common daisy’s or roses for that shabby look, Flower Duet used earthy waxy flowers and heavily textured shrubs and bushes.
Pinterest was also a great source for Ideas, especially for Rustic DIY’s.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?
Yes, although I’d love to take the credit for everything, I had help from our close friends and family, which made it all the more fun! We made our own Ceremony paddles, confetti cones, chalk boards, bunting, reception menus, pocket squares and tea light candles in spice jars. The Candy bar treats were all home baked.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
Touk Vongpraseuth – Friend that Introduced us
Shazeen Reddy – Friend that hooked us up
Joanna Le Boyd – Groom’s sister
Groomsmen – who/relationship?
Newton Le – Groom’s brother
Peter Truong – Friend
Malcolm Tu - Friend
Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?
Chloe Woo - Niece
Mason Le-Boyd - Nephew
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? My work mate Mylene whom also was married in a KAREN WILLIS HOLES gown recommended KWH to me after I described to her the style of gown I was looking for.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? A wedding photo of Mylene wearing her Greta KAREN WILLIS HOLMES gown and she looked stunning.
How many gowns did you try? I tried around 12 gowns and narrowed it down to 5 , then 2 and ultimately chose the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Anya gown with Genevieve overlay.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Paddington. All the ladies at the Paddington store, including the seamstress at Newtown were all so amazing. The service I was provided was fantastic and all the ladies (special mention to Hannah-Kate) were so helpful and came on the journey with me to find the perfect dress. I highly recommend KAREN WILLIS HOLMES if you are looking for a bridal gown and if you want to be made to feel like a special bride.
What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the simplicity and elegance that the sequins gave to the gown. It was stunning to look at and was everything that I wanted, it was the only dress that gave me butterflies every time I put it on.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? White Runway
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Myers - Blaq
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I chose the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Genevieve overlay, the softness of the silk tulle really complimented the sequins on my Anya gown and gave it an added wow factor. To finish off I had a KAREN WILLIS HOLMES Head piece, belt and veil. One can not have enough KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.
Where did you get your shoes from? Panache Bridal. Great selection of shoes and the ladies there are all really lovely and sweet.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes, both veil and headpiece was from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.
Other: Jewellery gifted from family.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Find vendors that share in your vision. Go over finer details before the big day with someone experienced in planning a wedding, you may have easily missed something during the stresses of organizing such a big event.
This is also the same advice I got, try to soak it all up on the day and don’t stress about things that may go wrong
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try different styles and bring your girlfriends to help you in the decision process.
Florist – Flower Duet Designs
Flower Duet Designs was recommended to us by a friend. Can’t say enough positive things about Miles from Flower Duet Designs, she had a clear vision regarding all aspects of wedding floristry and styling, was enthusiastic and very professional. From just one exchange over email, I knew Miles was everything I was looking for in a stylist, she listened to my ideas and could bring to the table her own, which were unique and reflected our personalities.
Photographer – Chalk and Cheese Photography
Found Chalk and Cheese through service seeking.com. Chalk and Cheese Photography were a joy to work with. Very professional in their approach from our initial consultation, through to the lead up to our wedding and post wedding services. We chose Cedric to be our photographer as he was highly experienced, displayed a genuine interest in being apart of our wedding day and we were really impressed after seeing some of his past work. Chalk and Cheese worked tirelessly to capture all our special moments and also facilitated the day’s events to get the most of our shooting time. Cedric is an astounding and witty photographer who we had a lot of fun with. We loved how our photos turned as all emotions were captured in beautiful pictures.
Videographer – Andy Yang Films
Andy Yang Films was recommended to us by our photographer. Andy Yang Films produced an Amazing same day Highlight which we played for our guests at our wedding reception. We decided to go with Andy Yang Films after seeing his past work and was impressed with how he was able to capture so much emotion in a short Film. Our Guests also commented on a very well documented Same Day Highlight.
Music – Wedding Singer : Tash Eloise
I chose Tash as we had seen her preform at a local café one day. He voice was angelic and beautiful and we could really picture her create a good atmosphere at our outdoor wedding. Tash played a series of songs that we chose and also learnt ones that wasn’t in her repertoire to be able to perform it at our wedding, she did brilliantly!
First Dance – Soul Empire , see details on wedding band below
MC – My good friend Wendy. We chose to not have too many formalities on the day and Wendy helped us with the order of the day along with my good friend Janina.
Celebrant – Paul Grech
We chose Paul because he had a great personality and we warmed to him instantly. We were looking for a modern Celebrant to give our ceremony a fun and relaxed feel. Paul is friendly and we connected like Paul was an old friend who was sharing in your wedding.
Stationery – Etsy. Easy and quick and cost effective.
Cake – Cake Hut
Amazing , amazing wedding cake! Cake Hut was recommended by my Bridesmaid Shazeen, Our cake was actually a wedding gift from Shazeen and we were over the moon with how our cake looked and blown away by how it tasted. I have never tasted such an amazing wedding cake.
Treats to Tempt –
We have had Treats to Temp cakes at previous Family Celebrations. Treats to Tempt made delectable pink velvet miniature cupcakes. Each miniature cupcake was decorated with pretty white and pick fondant and handcrafted with roses out of icing, they were so pretty and delicious!
Bombonieres – Ordered from overseas supplier.
Hair and Make Up – Sophie Lau Make Up and Hair
Sophie Lau was recommended by a friend who also had Sophie as her Makeup artist for her wedding day. Sophie specializes in Asian Makeup and Hair and is a leading Asian makeup artist. I chose Sophie because I was confident in her work and she is very adaptable depending on the makeup style that you chose. Sophie puts her best foot forward in helping you achieve the look that you desire. Sophie is sweet and is well versed with makeup artistry.
Wedding Bands – Midas Jewellery Bondi Junction
Styles to suit everyone, no real reason why we chose Midas, just happened to have the style of rings we wanted at an affordable price and the service was good.
Band : Soul Empire
We discovered Soul Empire when dealing with the Manager for the group. We wanted a band which played old school hits that we grew up listening to and a talented group of RnB performers with soulful voices. Soul Empire preformed a list of hits that we chose and a special request song for our First Dance, they really delivered with their voices.