How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at university - our two closest friends were dating at the time (they became our best man and maid of honour at the wedding)
How long have you been together? 10 years
What was your wedding date? Tuesday, 29 December 2015
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? The Ceremony was at Bennett’s family home, and reception at Zest, Point Piper.
What made you choose there? I had always thought I’d have a small, informal backyard wedding, and Bennett had always imagined a larger, more formal affair, so we compromised - our wedding ceremony was held at Bennett’s family home, and afterwards we had the reception at Zest, Point Piper.
We wanted our reception venue to be light, airy and near the water (as we were being married in the middle of summer). My dad suggested we look at Zest, and it fit the brief perfectly.
How was the weather on the day? After a string of typical Sydney thunderstorms in the lead-up to the wedding, the weather on the wedding day was absolutely perfect (which was lucky because we hadn’t put much thought into a wet weather plan!)
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Two of our close friends were flying home from Canada to be married in December. It was really important to us that they were able to be at our wedding, and we knew that they wouldn’t be able to make it back to Sydney for a while, so we chose a wedding date between Christmas and New Years to make sure that they would still be here!
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Four of my closest friends from school. They are such a gorgeous group of inspiring women. We had the most wonderful day together.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? All of the groomsmen were Bennett’s school friends, as was our MC - they are a very tightknit group of friends and it was very special to have them all involved in the day.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I tried on a Karen Willis Holmes dress in another boutique, and loved the make and the style so decided I should see what the rest of the boutique had in store. I’d also seen a couple of Karen Willis Holmes dresses in magazines in the leadup so I was excited to finally get into the boutique and try them on.
How many gowns did you try? Zillions. I tried on every type of gown in every style.
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? the Paddington (Sydney) Karen Willis Holmes store
What did you especially like about your gown? I loved that my dress was one of a kind - I ended up combining aspects of a number of different dresses to create what I was looking for. The dress was a dream to wear; I absolutely loved how the skirt flowed, the back of the dress and the exaggerated bow at the back.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? My bridesmaids chose their own dresses
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? On the wedding day I wore the same jewellery that I always wear - a necklace given to me by my grandmother, a ring from my nan, earrings given to me by Bennett and some other jewellery that I borrowed from my mum.
Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were Valentino, and so much fun to wear.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My veil was made for me by Girl with a Serious Dream. I had seen images of brides wearing gorgeous Belgian lace veils, full of detail and embroidery, and wanted to try to capture that as much as possible. Anita worked with me to create an absolutely beautiful veil made of french lace.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? The planning process is as complicated (or as simple) as you want to make it.
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? There is a lot of pressure to feel like you are having a moment when you decide on your dress, and that you will know when you have found the dress. In fact, there are so many beautiful gowns out there, and so many options, that you could make a million choices. It’s almost impossible to make the wrong choice - so just choose something that you love, and that makes you feel gorgeous. If you have ticked those two boxes I don’t think you can go wrong.
Florist - Sean Cook, Mr Cook.
Photographer - Paul McMillan, Illustro Photography. Paul’s photos really captured our day in a lovely, organic way.
Music - Nathan Zammit, DJ. Nathan was fantastic - so professional to deal with and he played a perfect mix to get the party dancing.
We also had Taylor and Ben from Event Entertainers perform acoustic music at the ceremony, and the start of the reception, and they were really great.
First Dance - In My Life - the Beatles
MC - A close friend of ours, Kip, was our MC
Celebrant - Victoria Eustace, All We Need is Love - Victoria was a dream, and it was a real pleasure planning our ceremony with her. She completely connected with us as a couple and understood the tone of the ceremony that we wanted. On the day she added such a calming and wam presence!
Stationery - Deciduous Press - Andrea made such beautiful invitations and thank you cards for us. We could not have been happier with how they turned out.
Menu -Zest’s catering was magnificent.
Cake - Carol Medcalf, The Polished Spoon
Hair and Make up - Liv Lundelius did hair and makeup for me and my bridesmaids. She did a brilliant job and we all felt really comfortable and natural with the makeup (and everyone looked lovely!)
Wedding Bands - Percy Marks