July 2015 — Sydney Weddings

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Destination Wedding at Raffertys Resort Lake Macquarie


S A R A H  &  M I T C H E L L

{Raffertys Resort}

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F R O M  T H E  B R I D E …

The Meeting…

We met at a high school party and became close friends. Everyone else could see what we had, but we were in denial. It took a drunken kiss and I guess you could say the rest is history…

The Proposal…

It was our 4 year anniversary and Mitchell planned a surprise dinner cruise on Nelson Bay. Afterwards we got ice cream and went for a walk along the wharf where he got down on one knee and proposed – I still to this day haven’t given him an answer as I was too overwhelmed!

Wedding Style…

Our day was about bringing all our family and friends together in one huge celebration of LOVE with lots of dancing and laughter.

From the outset, we wanted the day to have a rustic/vintage theme. We hired Paramount Event Hire who shared our vision and styled and set everything up exactly like we envisioned.

Wedding Ceremony + Reception Venue…

The ceremony and reception were held at Raffertys Resort. The lakeside provided the perfect backdrop for exchanging our vows. The bridesmaids and I arrived to the ceremony by yacht much to the surprise and delight of Mitchell and the guests.

We both wanted the venue to overlook the water and loved the idea of the ceremony and reception being at the same location with the option for guest accommodation. After visiting Raffertys Resort, we instantly knew it was ‘the’ venue even though it was the first place we looked at!

The ceremony was followed by outdoor games, a cheese table and canapés while the bridal party had photographs on the yacht and around the resort. The reception was then held in The Jetty Restaurant overlooking the water.

We couldn’t recommend Alex and the event team at Raffertys highly enough, they went above and beyond and nothing was too much.

The Dress…

The wedding gown was a sweetheart strapless fitted gown with french chantilly lace covered with beaded lace and swarovski beads. The dress was made by Melanie Ford and was inspired by the J’aton dress Jodi Gordon wore. The dress was seriously incredible, Melanie is extremely talented and brought my dream dress vision to life.


The bridesmaids wore watermelon coloured dresses from White Runway with nude heels, pearl braclets and drop earrings.

The Flowers…

Peter Herd and his team did the flowers, I had my heart set on peonies, but they aren’t in season in February. I showed Peter some photos I found on Pinterest and he saw my vision and created everything better than I imagined – he is amazing!

Wedding Cake…

The cake was three tiered and made by a friend. We had a white chocolate and raspberry mud cake layer, a caramel mud cake and marbled chocolate and caramel mud cake layer.

Special Memories…

The entire day was so memorable and so much fun, the highlight for Mitch was when I arrived by yacht to the ceremony.

We had surprise fireworks for the guests which were mesmerising and we both have two left feet so took dancing lessons and did a choreographed fun first dance!

Wedding Songs…

We had the incredibly talented Jerome O’Connor sing ‘A Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri as I walked down the aisle which brought many tears. Jerome is also the lead singer in the band Master Blaster that played at the reception. A good band can bring so much atmosphere to a wedding reception and Master Blaster definitely did that, I don’t think there was one of our 150 guests that didn’t get up and dance!


We spent 10 nights in the Maldives in an overwater bungalow which was simply breathtaking. We went diving, snorkelled with whale sharks and mantra rays, ate really good food and just relaxed!

Wedding Photography…

We chose Something Blue Photography as we loved their candid style, and fell in love with their natural ‘unposed’ work and our images truly capture the moments of our day as they happen. We are so in love with our photos.

We approached Morelife Media after being referred by a close friend. Having a videographer capture our day was one of the best decisions we made. It truly brings the day’s memories back.

We also had a photobooth by Mat Glover Photography which was so much fun!

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Tuxedo vs Wedding Suit With Montagio Custom Tailoring


When it comes to choosing formal wear for the groom, you may wonder if there is any difference between a tuxedo or a suit. After all, isn’t a tuxedo just a jazzed up suit for special occasions? Jatin – Creative Director of Montagio Custom Tailoring – explains why it is not, and goes through the many reasons why a groom might to choose one over the other.


Why wear a tuxedo…

Grooms may choose to wear a tuxedo instead of a wedding suit because they want to make a statement. A tuxedo stands out with finishing details and options such as a waistcoat or cummerbund. A satin stripe on the trousers, satin facings on the lapels, and satin pocket trims are some of the physical differences between a tux and a suit. Often, the buttons are satin covered on a tuxedo jacket as well.

Fabric options are another tangible difference. A tuxedo is typically made in a black, navy, or midnight navy fabric in a solid weave without any pattern. This gives the tux a classic look. Another difference of note is that while bow ties and waistcoats can be worn with either tuxedos and wedding suits, a cummerbund is worn exclusively with a tuxedo.

If the garment is unique, then re-use is limited, but the upside of a custom tuxedo is that it makes a statement on your wedding day. Though the options are a few, there are some situations aside from your wedding where the reuse of your wedding tuxedo would work:

  • Black tie events
  • Charity galas
  • Weddings
  • Proms
  • Awards ceremonies
  • Theatre
  • Opera


Why wear a Wedding Suit…

Grooms that opt for a wedding suit may do so in order to maximise the use of the suit. After all, if you are going to spend over $1000 on a wedding suit, then you probably want to use it again.

Suits are acceptable wear to wear in a wider variety of dress codes like business dress, black tie, the races or as a guest of a wedding and can be worn to more events than tuxedos can.While the accessories you choose to wear with your wedding suit may be different from those you would wear for work-wear, you may still be able to reuse them for special occasions and celebrations (think anniversaries or fancy parties). Thus, a wedding suit is a better investment over time because the cost of wearing goes down faster than a tuxedo’s will.


It’s Your Party

Your celebration, your rules, right? Well… for the best part! For instance, one rule is to avoid wearing wedding suits with pinstripes to your wedding. It’s just too business-like. You would find it difficult to use a pinstripe business suit for wedding wear, but you could use a solid colour suit as both a wedding suit and work wear.

The fun thing about fashion and style is there are always exceptions to every rule. Elvis Presley was married in his midnight blue tux; Aaron Paul tied the knot in a navy tuxedo; Tom Cruise celebrated his nuptials dressed in a designer wedding suit… and they all looked dapper!

So, who is the winner in the tuxedo versus wedding suit debate? You are!

By weighing-up the benefits of both and making the best decision for your ceremony, you can be assured you look and feel like a million bucks – regardless of whether you are dressed in a designer tuxedo like Justin Timberlake or rocking a traditional wedding suit like Tom Cruise.

Thanks to Jatin V for sharing his expert advice for this article! Montagio is Sydney’s leading wedding suit specialists. Visit their website for great ideas and advice www.montagio.com.au.

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