Today I have a very special wedding to share with you all – my Sydney wedding.
Andy and I knew from the onset that we wanted a fun and personalised affair for our big day. We both love the outdoors and being by the water so we felt the Royal Botanic Gardens and the Opera Point Marquee provided not only a beautiful setting but a romantic and memorable one.
Our wedding was a labour of love in that I really did love almost every little moment of planning, organising and hand crafting it together. We tried to include as many personalised details as possible and included various DIY elements to not only save money but to make our wedding unique to us. Our wedding was inspired by our favourite things as individuals and as a couple and was filled to the brim with everything that we love – fun vibrant colours, scrabble fun, magnetic collectibles, delicious foods and cakes, KFC and many more.
I hope the awe inspiring photography by Infinity Photography will make you fall in love over and over again as it made me when I first saw the photographs.
I absolutely adored our customised ring bearer bowl and my something new and blue ‘Always and Forever’ bouquet tile from Palomas Nest on Etsy, which also made fabulous keepsakes.
During our wedding planning year, we got obsessed with the iPhone game ‘Words with Friends’ so we got scrabble cufflinks from Cufflinks on Etsy as gifts for our groomsmen.
My favourite item from our wedding was most definitely my wedding gown from Mark Holt Bridal. There was just something so romantic about the layers of chantilly lace that I knew it was the one the moment I put it on. My mom even cried when I first tried it on! The swoon worthy peaches, corals and creamy bridesmaid bouquets were also a favourite of mine.
Shoe clips are great way to add some simple gorgeousness to your wedding shoes. Mine were from bpoetic on Etsy.
We love collecting magnets from our travels so we customised button magnets via Button Machine on Etsy with meaningful images as our boutonnieres. We filled DIY hand sewn gift bags with our magnets and tied cute little hand stamped thank you tags to each. Word of warning for brides – hand sewing 250 bags is never a good idea! However, using customised stamps for your thank yous is a simple yet cost saving way of beautifying gifts to your guests.
We mixed our magnets with some scrabble magnets to display our engagement photos by Tealily Photography and wedding invitation at the reception entrance.
I bought rolls of ribbons of varying peachy tones and used them in my various DIY projects as well as for decorating the reception venue. Ribbons are a gorgeous yet simple way of incorporating some colour and texture to your wedding without having to spend too much.
Another DIY element was our favourite things table numbers. We used the favourite things icons from our wedding invitations as table numbers and had guests sitting at the KFC (my husband’s second love) table!
We shared our first dance to “Can’t take my eyes off you” by Lauren Hill which was the song playing in the background when Andy proposed. Our choreographed dance began with Andy doing a solo hip hop routine and he was amazing!
Sparklers are a fun and dazzling thing to incorporate into your wedding. We were told that our super long sparklers from The Wedding Sparkler Company took quite some time to extinguish though!
My one piece of advice to brides is to relax and just enjoy the day. Don’t sweat the small stuff and let them put a downer on your special day because the day just goes by so fast that I wouldn’t want you to miss a thing!
Ceremony: Royal Botanic Gardens / Reception: Opera Point Marquee / Photography: Infinity Photography / Videography: Paper Cranes Production / Flowers: Maria Lush Florist / Wedding Coordinator: Anthony Del Col of Staging Connections / Celebrant: Robyn Pattison / Invitations & Program Fans: Seesawsed Personalised Luxury / Hair & Make Up: Ervan Woo / Wedding Dress: Mark Holt Bridal / Wedding Shoes: LII LII Shoes, Hong Kong / Bridal Fascinator: Woomi Pyo / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vera Wang / Wedding Cars: Australia in Style / Photobooth: Flashback Photobooths / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Lorinda / Rings: Ricco Ricco Jewellry / Ceremony Music: Sydney Ensemble / Reception Music: The Next Best Thing Band