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Alanna + Ben's pretty Centennial Park wedding

Posted on 30 Mar, 2018
Alanna + Ben's pretty Centennial Park wedding


How did you meet your partner? We both work at channel 7 and met there 5 years ago.

How long have you been together? 4 years

Do you have a proposal story? Ben proposed to me at home the day we were leaving for a trip to Europe. We celebrated with our family then left for the airport and celebrated for the next 6 weeks.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 21.10.17

Ceremony Location? She-Oak Grove, Centennial Park, Sydney

 What made you choose there? We loved the huge, gorgeous tree at this spot. It was also nice and close to the reception which meant guests could walk between the two locations.

How did you find it? We walked around the park looking for our favorite spots.

Reception Location? Centennial Homestead, Centennial Park

What made you choose there? We love Centennial Park so this was always at the top of our list, the venue is gorgeous and we especially loved the bi-fold doors that give the reception an indoor/outdoor feel

How was the weather on the day? Sunny and beautiful — it poured the week of our wedding but then cleared perfectly on our day. My grandma sadly passed away 2 days before our wedding, she must have brought the sun out for us.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We always wanted to get married in October with the hope it wouldn’t too hot, nor cold. We were then guided by the venue on which specific date in October it would be.

What were your favourite parts of the day?  As cliché as it sounds, we most enjoyed the fact that we were surrounded by the most important people in our lives, who were all there for us. It’s a pretty surreal feeling. We had a ball on the dancefloor once the formalities were done.

The Wedding Details

Theme? Pastels, modern/ luxe garden party.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I read a few wedding blogs and searched Instagram for ideas and inspiration. My style is quite defined and I know what I like so I found that part quite simple.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I didn’t hire a stylist, I really enjoyed sourcing things myself and bringing it all together. In terms of styling, I kept it quite simple with gold cutlery, pillar candles and of course, flowers.

Tell us about your wedding flowers. As long as they were pastel I was happy! Our florist used lots of flowers with different shapes and textures, which I loved. My favorite was the floral arrangement on my archway at the ceremony. It was so beautiful, I remember being blown away when I saw it.

Tell us about your wedding cake. This again very much reflected my style. It was modern and simplistic. Three tiers, all white with some fresh flowers. We went with a gold 3D love heart as a cake topper.

Did you include any family heirlooms or special traditions? As a way of incorporating my Greek background into the wedding, we included the Stefana (crowning of the bride and groom) in the ceremony which symbolies the coming together of the bride and groom. The crowns are interchanged 3 times to symbolise the couple’s past, present and future.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids — who/relationship? My Sister Jess, Cousin Olivia, friend Louisa.

Groomsmen — who/relationship? Bens friends Colin, Rob and Heath

Flower girls/Page boys — who/relationship? Twin nieces were our flower girls — Lily and Grace

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Alanna looked stunning in the Gerry/Merida gown from our D.Y.G. Collection. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had heard great things about Karen Willis Holmes and had seen a few gowns that caught my eye online.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Instagram, Facebook and other brides.

How many gowns did you try? I spent 2 hours in Karen Willis Holmes trying on gowns, all the stylists were so helpful. I would have tried on over 15 of them!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? The Alexandria store in Sydney.

What did you especially like about your gown? I usually either love or hate something, there’s no in-between. I loved everything about this gown, particularly the detail of the lace and its shape.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Shona Joy

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The boy's wore suits were from Ferrari and accessories were from Calibre. Ben also wore my late grandfather’s cufflinks which was really special. Ben had personalized cufflinks made for the groomsmen with their initials, as well as socks from Country Road.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I wore Swarovski earrings at the ceremony and for photos, I then wore Christie Nicolaides earrings to the reception which I love and will continue to wear regularly! I bought the bridesmaids Mimco earrings for the day as well as a clutch from the Daily Edited. They wore nude shoes from Nine West.

Where did you get your shoes from? Stuart Weitzman

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Yes, a veil from Karen Willis Holmes.


What advice would you give brides organising their wedding? Stay calm and don’t let the details get in the way of what the day is really about.

Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip? We weren’t too fussed about all the usual traditions, we went with whatever felt right. For example, I didn’t wear a garter and our first dance was very casual, we encouraged our guests to join in. We really wanted our guests to enjoy themselves as much as we did so we tried to make things as easy and convenient for them as possible. Good food and wine also helps!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? You’ll know when it feels right!

Something Old? My grandma’s brooch which I pinned to the ribbon on my bouquet along with a charm which had a photo of my grandfather and I in it.

Something New? Both sets of earrings I wore on the day were new and gifts from my mum and sister.

Something Blue? The little blue bow that Karen Willis Holmes stitches on the inside of each dress (I loved this)


Photographer —Scott Surplice PhotographyWe love the style of Scott’s work, he was recommended by a friend and is such a nice guy, which was a bonus!

Florist — Kindred FloralJess brought such a personal touch to her work, she came up with some great ideas and executed it all amazingly on the day. The arrangement on the archway at our ceremony was my favourite!

Videographer — The White Tree. We wanted the day captured on video but didn’t want the videographer getting in the way or asking us to repeat anything they may have missed. The White Tree did an amazing job of capturing moments as they happened.

Music — Lily Road band at the ceremony, cocktail hour and for an hour and a half at the reception. Then we had 'Absolute insane promotions and productions' DJ for the remainder of the night. The combination of the two worked well.

First Dance — Ink by Coldplay. We decided this would be our first dance song when we heard it at the Coldplay concert.

MC — Our friend, Nick Bower. It was great having someone who knows us both so well and he was able to share some funny stories as well as keep the night running smoothly.

Celebrant — Angela Miller. Angie was great, we got to know her quite well leading up to the wedding, she made us feel so comfortable both in the lead-up and on the day.

Stationery & Menu — I designed the save the dates, invites and menus with my brother and sister in law who own a printing company - Impressive Print Group.

Cake — Celebration Cakes

Bombonieres — Candles for the women and bottle openers for the men — Both bought from Etsy.

Gold Cutlery — Harbourside Decorators

Archway — Bentwood Events.

Wedding Cars — HF wedding and Hire cars — We went with a Maserati and an Audi Q7 for the bridal party.

Hair — Jessica Moore and Jaylee Parsons from Mark Gardiner Caringbah.

Make-Up — Craig Beaglehole

Wedding Bands — Diamond Galleria