Today I am thrilled to share an Elegant and Timeless Sydney Wedding with elements of white, gold and marble.
Images were captured by Image Haus.
Image Haus are Sydney based but shoot Australia-wide and destination weddings too.
They strive to bring a creative, fresh and ‘real’ approach to wedding photography, capturing that spirit of fun, love and happiness in such a real, natural and beautiful way in amazing emotive images.
They also specialise in fashion photography, so they know how to bring a beautiful, modern essence into their work & your wedding day.
So the imagery they capture has a certain aesthetic that is more polished fashion/editorial feel than a typical ‘bridal’ feel ensuring sure you both feel like stars.
The couple say of their day…
How did you and your partner meet?
We met at the end of 2012. Jordan saw a picture of me on Instagram and had it as his phone wallpaper for a month before he found my profile.
He then started following me and I was like wow, he is so handsome and I sent a pic to my friend Nicole saying how gorgeous he was and I wondered where he lived and what nationality he was etc and I left it at that.
He used to leave comments and like my photos and then he added me on Facebook.
I am quite private and I only have people I know on Facebook so I didn’t accept his friend request for nearly 2 weeks.
When I did he inboxed me and we chatted for about a month on private messages till I finally gave him my number after he literally begged for it every day.
He never gave up because he said I was his dream girl, and a month after we met he told me he was going to marry me.
3 months later I had a job offer and we moved to Melbourne together. From then on, we became inseparable and the best of friends.
Tell us about the Proposal…
We were living in Annandale at the time and Bicentennial park was only a short walk away so it was our special spot.
We always went for walks there and it was where we talked about our future plans and had a chance to spend time together after a long day at work.
Our Meetaversary was the 16th November but my sister in law’s birthday is the previous day so we didn’t get a chance to do anything and I cancelled a restaurant booking we had.
A few weeks later on the 29th November he kept asking me where I wanted to go for dinner because he felt bad he hadn’t given me my present or taken me out yet.
I didn’t really feel like going out so I didn’t book anything and I didn’t mind I hadn’t received my gift yet.
I finally agreed we would go out for dinner so he then booked the restaurant we were supposed to go too for our anniversary.
Our table was still occupied when we got there so by the time we finished dinner it was about 11:30pm.
It was a really gorgeous, perfect, balmy night so Jordan said he wanted to go for a walk after dinner so we went to Bicentennial Park and strolled around chatting about the future.
The whole time he was hugging me and kissing me and telling me how much he loves me and how he can’t wait for us to start our family.
That wasn’t an unusual topic for us to discuss but it was literally the only thing we spoke about during our walk.
It was about 12:30 pm and I suggested we walk home because it was getting late.
Our last conversation was then about how he was going to propose and I had been telling him my perfect proposal would be something intimate, just us together doing something we love and I wanted a surprise.
He then stopped walking, dropped on one knee, pulled out the ring box and opened it and said ” is this enough of a surprise for you… Gabriella I love you, will you please be my wife”.
This was the most AMAZING feeling!! Of course, I said ‘yes’ in between crying and smiling.
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it…
I loved my dress, i wanted something modern and a bit sexy.
I wanted a designer from inter-state who was upcoming and not as well-known as the typical Sydney boutiques.
My dress was made from very soft tulle and hand beaded with over 3,000 pearls. It was floor length, long sleeve and sheer. My train and veil were 5 metres and I wish I could wear my dress again
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Our wedding was intimate and timeless. We really wanted our wedding to represent our style as a couple and for our guests to be taken on a journey with our theme of predominantly white with a hint of gold and marble.
This began with our invitations. We sent out a single marble invite out and which led the guests to our wedding website
This made RSVPing SO much easier for the guests as well as me. And no one could lose their invite because the one with all the information was online.
Everyone was obsessed with this idea and even the more traditional guests loved it.
Our beautiful church had a marble altar and our invites were a marble design.
The church pews were decorated with soft white tulle and white flowers hanging from them.
I wanted to use a wide range of flowers with big white petals or petals that were an unusual shape. Orchids, Hydragenas, Sweet Williams, stock, White Carnations & sweet pea just to name a few.
I was very particular on the types of flowers used and literally picked every one of them with the assistance and guidance of Jane the florist.
During canape hour we had a pianist entertaining the guests with slow RnB songs, he then moved into the reception venue and continued playing the piano whilst the guests were being seated.
Inside the reception room we chose white large, tulip vases filled with only white flowers and white candelabras with the long dinner candles lit.
The stunning gold chandeliers and the marble and the gold trimmings in the hotel tied in perfectly with it all.
I wanted the lighting to be dim to set the mood so we decided on having only the chandeliers on and the candles alight.
The food was absolutely amazing and we played Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin whilst everyone was eating. This set the mood perfectly.
Just before the main course we had Bollywood dancers perform 3 routines in gorgeous, bright, traditional outfits.
Our photo booth with the flower wall backdrop was a massive hit and everyone loved it especially our nieces and nephews!
Our first dance song was The Weekend and directly after we surprised my parents with their first dance song as we got married on my parents wedding anniversary which is also my great grandmothers wedding anniversary.
My husband then gave my parents 33 long stem red roses to represent the years they had been together
It was something very special and my parents were so honoured and grateful for their surprise. We decided on getting all the formalities done earlier so there was plenty of dancing and partying time!
Our playlist had something for everyone with traditional Italian songs played, Bollywood hits, RnB, Hip Hop etc!
All our guests loved our Bollywood dancers. I loved being able to incorporate some of my culture into the night and it was even more special as the dancers have known me since I was 5.
I think the fact we decided to keep the tradition of getting married on the 31st of October was also really special.
There’s no pressure on our children to do that (once we have them)- we hope it just comes from them they want to do that.
Being half Italian- Half Indian and my husband is Half Maltese-Half English, we wanted to embrace all cultures during our day and we did so through food, entertainment, styling and our theme.
To me our wedding was magical. It was more amazing then we had envisioned it. There are no words to describe seeing something you have worked on for a year become a perfect reality.
On the day nothing mattered except us and our love for each other. We truly believe we are soulmates.
In every life time, we will always find each other and be together.
What was your favourite moment from the day?
The moment we became husband and wife was without a doubt the best moment of our lives, and the most magical part of the day.
In particular the speeches were incredible too.
I had my sister as my maid of honour and she was SO emotional during the lead up and on the day. She could barely say her speech but the words she did get out in between sobs meant so much to me.
My husband’s speech was perfect. It was funny and sweet and full of so much love and passion.
The whole room was just radiating with love too and this positive energy it was amazing!!
Any special decorative elements?
I was very particular about what flowers i wanted so i went to the markets with the florist and individually chose every flower.
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I LOVED our wedding so much but if i had the chance to renew our vows I would go overseas and have a destination wedding.
What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Trust each other, be each other’s best friends. always be honest and treat your partner with as much attention as when you first met.
Any tips that you can give to future couples?
Start the day early so you can make the most of it- it goes way too fast.
Really savour every second of the best day of your life. Also pack a sewing kit and cleansing wipes just in case.
Ceremony Venue: St Francis of Assisi Paddington
Reception Venue & Catering: Intercontinental Sydney Double Bay
Photographer: Image Haus
Wedding Dress: Custom Elly Sofcoli
Bridesmaids Dresses: Custom White Butterfly Bridal Couture
Grooms Suit: Custom Institchu
Makeup: Amelia Axton
Hair: Stylish Knots and A salon Shoes: Prada
Accessories: Grandmothers earrings
Invitation Design: Bwedding Invitations
Printing: Inktank Printing
Stationery: Mazii Collection
Flowers: Jane’s Florist
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