Kirsty & Rodney’s Red Wedding in Sydney — Sydney Weddings

Kirsty & Rodney’s Red Wedding in Sydney

11Sep

K I R S T Y  &  R O D N E Y

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The Meeting…

We first met briefly through a friend we both used to know. Kirsty and the old friend decided to have a night out and both brought along a friend each for extra company… Rod was the friend that came along. After meeting each other that first time, we chatted a couple of times before deciding to hang out one Friday night when we were both home and bored.

Love…

Rodney knew almost right away. For Rod, who was never a ‘relationship guy’, it was pretty amazing to be caught up on a girl at all! The only problem was, we met just a few months before I moved overseas to Paris to live for 6 months. That was when we really realised it was love. We decided that despite the time and distance, what we had was far too special to give up. After just a month or two of dating we decided to commit to our relationship despite the impending distance. There was a distinct moment at The Gap in Watsons Bay when we were both speaking about our future life plans, when we realised our plans were the same. It was then that we knew that this wasn’t just something ordinary, it could really be the rest of our lives.

The Proposal…

After spending five months apart while I was living in Paris, Rod flew over to Paris and met me. We went on an amazing two month adventure travelling around Europe and the UK together. When we were in London, we were on our way to dinner when Rod took me on a secret detour to the beautiful gardens of Regents Park. We sat on a secluded park bench overlooking the swans on the lake when he started recapping all of our beautiful memories together and all the plans we had spoken about wanting for the rest of our lives. We had always planned to eventually move to London and he said that since that’s where we wanted to be in our future, here was the perfect place to start our future. At this point Rod made me close my eyes so he could get down on one knee and get the ring out and propose!

Wedding planning…

We both always wanted a very intimate wedding with just our closest friends and family. We didn’t want a ‘cookie cutter’ wedding that could be anybody’s day. We are both food lovers, so we always dreamed of booking out a small restaurant rather than a big generic room that is used for hundreds of weddings. We wanted the food to be one of the stars of the day- for people to feel like our venue was a restaurant helping us celebrate our wedding, rather than just a wedding venue that was also serving us food. We are both quite young, so it was also important to us that our wedding be fun for our guests, not a typical wedding bogged down in tradition, so we kept the traditions that were important to us, but took out what we saw as ‘tradition for traditions sake’. We wanted our reception to really feel like a party, celebrating the start of our marriage. We wanted the wedding to be classic and elegant with a timelessness that would never go out of style. Originally, we were stuck on a colour theme. We knew we wanted to stick with mostly black and white but also knew we wanted a splash of colour for contrast. One of our original front runners for a venue was a beautiful old vintage house with a stunning red rose garden. We fell in love with the look and feel of it, that seemed to suit our desire for classic, timeless elegance. We changed our mind on the venue, but the colour stuck. It doesn’t get much more classic than deep, rose red.

Ceremony Venue…

The Rose Garden, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney.

Reception Venue…

Bel Mondo, The Rocks.

The Dress…

My gown was from Abbey Bridal in the Dymocks Building in Sydney. It was a Maggie Sottero creation. It was a strapless princess gown, with Swarovski detailing in the bodice, a brooch and sash detail around the waist, corset back and soft tulle skirt. This was actually the exact opposite of the dress I wanted! Before trying on any gown, I had always wanted a slim fitting, elegant vintage style lace dress and had always least liked princess gowns! After trying on five or six vintage lace dresses with none suiting me at all, my bridal consultant asked me to trust her and close my eyes while she put me into a dress she thought would suit me. I opened my eyes and knew it was the one right away. Despite it being the exact type of dress I thought I didn’t want!

Bridesmaid Dresses…

Full length, ruby coloured silk gowns by Tarvydas. The dress had a plunging V neckline with an open back. We fell in love immediately.

Groom & Groomsmen…

Charcoal suits and matching vests from Roger David, with a crisp white shirt and simple black tie with a splash of deep red. Classic.

The Flowers…

All our bouquets were natural stemmed bouquets. Bridesmaids bouquets were white Calla lilies with white roses. My bouquet was white calla lilies, white roses and white orchids. There was one particular detail on our bouquets that was extra special. Two months before our wedding, Rod’s mum passed away suddenly. Attached to my bouquet and Rod’s sisters bridesmaid bouquet were two small lockets with photo’s of their mum so she was always close by through the day.

Styling…

Bel Mondo itself is an absolutely stunning restaurant, with deep wooden detail, hanging sheer curtains and a view of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. There was very little we had to do to make it beautiful! We kept it simple and played off the dark intimacy of the restaurant. We kept to our colour theme of black and white with deep red splashes. Our long rectangle guest tables were decorated with crisp white table cloths and black table runners. In the middle of each table was a mirror plate with large pillar candles sitting amongst scattered red rose petals. At each end of the table was a small square vase filled with red roses, accented with diamantes in each. Our bridal table was filled with the candles, red rose vases as well as tall vases filled with long stemmed white calla lilies.

We also added in some personal touches to our decorating. Our wishing well table had photos of past generation weddings from both our families, as well as photo’s of Rod’s mum and a beautiful poem dedicated to her. We also had separate stands that were dedicated to lists of things that Rod and I both loved about the other person. We also personalised our table numbers. Each table number was a number that signified a special date or event in our relationship. On each table was a photo from our relationship and an explanation of why that table’s number was significant.

On the Menu…

Saute prawns with spiced carrot puree, asparagus and sauce vierge and Pumpkin risotto with shredded confit pork belly and crispy pangratata for entrée

Roast beef tenderloin with braised fondant potato, saute mushrooms and red wine jus and Fillet of snapper with savoy cabbage, dry aged chorizo and bay leaf milk foam for main

Warm chocolate fondant with lemon curd puree, vanilla bean ice cream and Passionfruit crème brulee with passionfruit sorbet and white chocolate sorbet for dessert.

Plus the worlds most amazing potato puree with truffle oil as a side!

The Cake…

For our cake, we had three tiers of three different flavours: Cherry ripe mudcake, white chocolate and pistachio and red velvet (in keeping with our theme of black, white and red)

Wedding Favour…

Instead of a wedding favour that we knew the majority of our guests wouldn’t want nor keep, we had a photobooth for the evening! It was a massive hit and our guests were able to take these home as mementos. I know many of our friends still have and love these!

Photography…

We chose our photographer, Natalie Howe because she captures the emotion of the day. It was clear to see from the photos we viewed before our wedding that she was a step above all others and her style was exactly what we wanted: natural, romantic and fun. But what really sealed the deal was when we met Natalie in person. Natalie is a beautiful soul with a heart of gold and a great sense of humour. As soon as we met her we felt like old friends and knew we would feel comfortable sharing our day with her. And we were right, on the day she felt like one of our guests!

Natalie captures everything you could want. She captures all the little details in things like the dress, hair and make up as well as the little details at the reception that have often take weeks of planning but are usually forgotten after the day. Our location shots were amazing and timeless. We are still in awe of how magnificent they are. We love that they are not ‘typical’ wedding shots. But most of all, we love that Natalie captured every emotion from the day. Every time we look at the photos we can feel the love and happiness coming through and that is all because of Natalie’s amazing talent as a photographer

Memories…

One for me was seeing my dad so speechless when he saw me as a bride for the first time. The speeches were fantastic – honest, funny and so full of love. To be honest, the most memorable moment was during the reception when we both took a moment to stop and take it all in and realise that everyone was having one of the most amazing nights of their lives, we were having THE best night of our lives and we were surrounded by people so happy about our love. Another, was after our reception ended, we decided that we would walk ourselves to our hotel (The Shangri-La) which was just a five minute walk away. On a Friday night, we walked by the pubs and through the Rocks (one of our favourite places in the world) in our bride and groom attire and got to share our happiness with complete strangers who were overjoyed for us on the street! But there was also something so peaceful about walking through the streets together and realising that the day was ending, and we had ended the day married to our soulmate.

Honeymoon…

We spent 5 weeks travelling Africa! Going on Safari’s in South Africa, walking with lions and riding elephants in Zimbabwe, floating through the waters of Botswana, seeing the Masai Mara and Amboseli in Kenya, tracking lemurs in Madagascar and relaxing in paradise in Mauritius.

The Future…

To be adventurers and continue to travel the world together!

The suppliers who made this wedding beautiful…

Photography Natalie Howe Photography Ceremony Venue The Royal Botanic Gardens Reception Venue Bel Mondo Bride’s Dress Abbey Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses Tarvydas Hair VHhair Makeup Tobi Henney Makeup and Hair Groomsmen Suits Roger David Flowers Hayfever Flowers Wedding Cake Linny Mac’s Cake Design

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