Classic. Timeless. Elegant. Today’s Real Wedding is what wedding dreams are made of! A traditional black tie affair with a slight rustic twist packed full of exquisite greenery & textures. Laura looks absolutely breath-taking in her bespoke Suzanne Harwood couture gown, like something straight out of a magazine. Get ready for lots of pinning…
Girish and I got engaged on 12 October 2015 in Penang, Malaysia. We had been dating for 4.5 years after being friends for about four years beforehand. Girish proposed over a degustation dinner which he had planned months earlier. For a very cool guy he was extremely nervous and barely managed to get the words out before hurling the ring box at me very ungracefully. Because we had two weddings to plan (one in India, one in Australia) we had a reasonably long engagement of 15 months (India) and 18 months (Australia).
We wanted it to be a fun day for our guests with great food and wine and an epic dance floor. Style-wise I wanted it to be elegant and timeless but original and not too boring. To execute this we opted for a marquee garden wedding and a black tie dress code.
VENUE & CEREMONY
We wanted to get married out of the city so we could have a bit of a sea and vines vibe. Our ceremony was in a little country church about 5 minutes from the reception venue where we have an old family connection. We transported our guests by bus so everybody could have a great night.
I had my dress custom made by Melbourne designer, Suzanne Harward. The style was based on a few different dresses in their collection and the girls there were amazing at making some last minute changes I requested! It was a difficult decision because obviously every bride wants to look as beautiful as possible on the day – but I was also trying to strike a balance between a fashion-forward dress and something classic that wouldn’t age with time. I was so happy with it.
I always dreamt of walking down the aisle in Jimmy Choos or Louboutins but just couldn’t find any I liked! I ended up with Navy velvet Tony Bianco heels. As the dress was quite simple and clean I went for a couple of extravagant headpieces – one classic piece for the ceremony (Stephanie Browne) and a slightly jazzier headband for the reception (from an Etsy designer called Emerald Handmade).
Hair & Makeup
Hair and Makeup is always a little scary for me as I don’t often do too much with it. The wind and rain didn’t really help on the day either! But I went for a very simple soft curl half-up and natural makeup. I definitely wouldn’t trust myself so relied on professionals!
Groom & His Men
Other than dictating that tuxedos had to be worn for the black tie theme, I left it to Girish to select the particular style he wanted the boys to wear. He wanted them to be traditional and classic. I also gifted Girish a white tuxedo jacket for the reception so he could channel James Bond.
I went with a classic navy and was lucky enough to have my bridesmaid’s mother make them. Having been a bridesmaid a couple of times I know how important it is to feel comfortable, so I had the girls each select the style of dress they liked and they were made in matching fabric.
I wanted the flowers to be lush and unstructured but in clean, simple colours. I went with green and white with lots of foliage and different textures.
As staunch savoury lovers we opted for a cheese wheel cake which we decorated ourselves. There was a bit of wastage at the end of the night but I think uneaten desserts are usually a sign of a great dance floor!
Food is really important to Girish and we always planned on share platters so the food could be a bit more interesting and conducive to conversation. We also had roaming canapes with an Indian touch to reflect Girish’s heritage and remind our guests of the fun they’d had in India a few months prior.
We selected Tomek Photography because we love the dramatic, story-telling vibe of his photos. We weren’t so keen on posed photos so went for an all-day package which ensured lots of candid moments were captured.
Because we focused on our guests having a good time rather than the little details – we haven’t stopped hearing about what a great time everybody had. Hard to forget a night like that!
Bride To Bride
Don’t over plan and don’t over think – if possible, hire somebody to do that for you and just enjoy yourself!
Ceremony: St Joseph’s ♥ Reception: Clean Slate Farm
Dress Designer: Suzanne Harward
Accessories: Tony Bianco, Stephanie Browne & Emerald Hand Made
Hair: Nicole from Rogue and Regal ♥ Makeup: Megan Thackeray
Grooms attire: Peter Shearer & MJ Bale ♥ Flowers: Poppies Flowers
Stylist: Elly & Elm Events ♥ Catering: Andres Cucina
Decor: A1 Hire & Lily and Bramwell ♥ Stationery: Minted & The Paper Empire
Entertainment: Alex Rajkowski
Photography: Tomek Photography