Amanda & Nick held a romantic wedding at Sydney Harbour with their friends and family. Amanda was after a soft, romantic garden themed wedding, with soft pinks, whites and peach tones set against dark greens in her blooms. For these art lovers, there was no other place they wanted to get married in but in the Habourside Room at the Museum of Contemporary Art. They were blessed with a gorgeous, warm summers day with the backdrop of the harbour. A true contrast to the moment Nick proposed to her - in front of an igloo in icy Finland. Amanda wore the Saskia/Selena combination with the Selena trains from the BESPOKE collection.
How did you meet your partner? We met through our two mutual friends Jimmy and Ali. Nick knew Jimmy through school and I knew Jimmy through Ali who I went to university with.
How long have you been together? 6 years
Do you have a proposal story? We were in Finland over Christmas 2015, we'd just arrived at our Hotel in Luosto and Nick suggested we go for a walk up the mountain. It was getting dark (there's only 5hrs of daylight during winter) so we were about to head back, but we both spotted an enormous ice igloo amongst some trees. Intrigued, we stumbled over shrubs and snow to check it out. Nick was determined to take some photos of me in front of the entrance, then he raced down and stood in front of me for a kiss before dropping down on one knee and asking me to marry him.
What was your wedding date? 18.11.16
Ceremony Location? McKell Park, Darling Point Sydney
What made you choose there? Our reception venue was on the harbour, so we thought it would be great to transport our guests via ferry, we looked at a few different harbour locations. But one Sunday afternoon we drove to McKell Park and fell in love with how quiet, lush and intimate it was. Not to mention the fact that it had its own jetty for the ferry. It was perfect!
How did you find it? Our lovely Wedding Coordinator, Lauren, suggested it.
Reception Location? Harbourside Room, Museum of Contemporary Art
What made you choose there? That view! I also have a strong affinity with art and design and we loved the idea of being on a rooftop on a summer evening.
How did you find it? We were looking at venues around the harbour and the MCA just popped up and felt right.
How was the weather on the day? It was a hot, sunny 33 degree day, but it meant at night the balcony of the MCA was warm and balmy.
The Wedding Details
Theme? Flowers - Softs pinks, whites and peach tones set against dark greens. I wanted to go for a soft, romantic garden theme. Flowers were complimented by long oak tables, and eclectic white, clear and brass gold vases of various shapes/sizes. Place cards were an ocean blue watercolour to mimic the harbour colours.
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Gardens and magazines.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I designed our wedding invitations and hand painted all our place cards with watercolour. A special shout out to my dad, Mark, who made our wedding arch, it is something I will treasure forever. He also made our menu holders.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My Maid of Honour was my sister Nicole and my bridesmaids were Ali, Jess and Katie who were all university friends.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? Our Best Man was Nick’s brother Andrew and our groomsman were; James and Scott who were Andrew's school friends and Jon, Nick’s cousin.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
Amanda looked stunning in the 'Saskia' Bodice and 'Selena' skirt from the BESPOKE collection.
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I followed Karen Willis Holmes on Instagram and then went to the website. I loved what I saw and booked my first dress appointment at Karen Willis Holmes Paddington Boutique in Sydney. The 'Selena' was the very first dress I tried one, and all the subsequent dresses I tried on could never beat the feeling I had when wearing the 'Selena'.
How many gowns did you try? I probably tried on maybe 15 or 16 from 5 different stores.
What did you especially like about your gown? The way it made me feel, the organza of the skirt fell so beautifully and it was just the right amount of drama (I called it my drama dress). It just felt incredible and I felt like a bride.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Rodeo Show. I searched high and low for bridesmaid dresses and found Rodeo Show’s bridesmaid edit had a great range of styles and the navy was such a beautiful shade that went well with everything.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? My necklace and earrings were from ByCharlotte. The girls wore their own necklaces and I gave them simple Swarovski stud earrings. The robes we wore were from Le Rose and their gifts were pink Mon Purse cosmetic bags with their nicknames embossed on them.
Where did you get your shoes from? My heels were from Sophia Webster, she has an absolutely gorgeous range of bridal‘ wing’heels. I bought them from Quincy in Woollahra. Halfway through the night, I changed into pink Reebok sneakers for dancing!
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a veil from Karen Willis Holmes.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Limit how much Pinteresting you do. Once you start locking in your venue, ceremony location, dress etc you begin to narrow down the style of wedding you’re creating, there is such a thing as inspiration overload. Stand by your choices and have fun planning the best party with your husband to be.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Don’t rule out any styles before trying them on. I went in thinking I’d buy a fitted lace number and I was so against strapless, but that’s exactly what I bought and felt amazing.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? We are so happy to have spent the day with our loved ones.
Something Old? A wedding poem from my Aunt given to my mum on my first birthday, mum gave it to me a few days before our wedding.
Something New? Shoes
Something Borrowed? Missed one
Something Blue? A little blue bow was sewn into the KWH dress which I thought was such a beautiful touch.
Photographer – Justin Aaron Photography, so wonderfully talented. We had a great Engagement shoot with him which made us feel relaxed and at ease for the big day.
Florist – Coralie from Wild Blossom, she was awesome and did an absolutely gorgeous job on our wedding arch, our bouquets and the reception tables.
Videographer – Tom, from The Story of Us. He was great, didn’t even know he was there half the time. That’s a sign of a great videographer.
Styling – Decorative Events they were so wonderful, patient and accommodating.
Wedding Coordinator – Lauren from Audrey and Angus our day could not have gone as smoothly and we can not thank Lauren enough for all her hard work on the day.
First Dance – Hey Ho, The Lumineers. It didn’t exactly go to plan, but we just rolled with it.
MC – Tom, one of Nick’s good mates.
Celebrant – Jessie Cacchillo, she was so lovely. After meeting with her we knew our ceremony would be in good hands.
Stationery – I designed our invites and had them printed by D&D Letterpress. Leah from My Creative Space designed all the hand lettering for the invites and hand wrote all our guest’s names on our place cards.
Menu – Fresh Catering
Spiced veal tagliata on BBQ pumpkin, toasted organic granola & vadouvan dressing. Seared diver scallops, porcini butter, goat’s cheese rotolino & crispy kale.
Grilled beef fillet, gratin potatoes, daube jus and roast organic chicken, parmesan polenta, walnut pesto & confit shallot.
Dessert/Cake -We had two glorious Andy Bowdy Cakes; they were amazing and delicious. The first was a chocolate fudge, salted caramel, roasted peanuts, chocolate mousse, snickers, chocolate cookie crumb and chocolate fudge drizzle. The second, a malted milk crumb, strawberry cheesecake mousse, vanilla butter cake, salted caramel, wild strawberry gel, baked cheesecake chunks, pistachio crunch & fresh berries.We had one for our engagement party and everyone raved about it, so we thought why not have two for the wedding. Cake toppers were from Grain & Co.
Bombonieres – Delicious Jams and Relish by Drunken Sailor Jams (our friend Justin makes them). Flavours were Forest Fruits Jam, Pear Vanilla and Whiskey Jam, and Smokey Tomato Relish.
Hair and Make-Up – Liv Lundelius, gorgeous make-up that wasn’t too heavy, really natural and it lasted the whole day!
Wedding Bands – Protea Diamonds
Extra features – Bride and Bridesmaids got ready at The Langham Hotel on Kent St, one of the most beautiful hotels in Sydney, the staff were lovely and accommodating.
Photo booth – Photo Corner – they were great, we had an attendant there the whole time.
Hire – Sammy and Lola, we hired marquee lights, neon sign and vertical festoon lights. The festoons made for a gorgeous vertical backdrop along the wall of the MCA.