After a three-year engagement (travelling around Southeast Asia and moving to Australia from London delayed our plans quite a lot!) we got married in West Sussex in the UK on 9 August 2013. Planning everything from the other side of the world was tricky (to say the least) but it all came together with a few trips back home.
We found a venue we loved – an old barn in the middle of nowhere with a stunning walled garden – and I spent a frantic day in London looking for a dress. It wasn’t a hard decision in the end, as local designer Johanna Hehir just blew me away with her creations.
Our photographer was Neale James – we saw his website and knew we wanted him to capture the day. The end result still amazes us – the last thing we wanted was hundreds of photos of us looking posed and unnatural, and instead what we got was hundreds of photos of our friends and family (and of course us) looking like they were having lots of fun. It sounds cheesy, but the pictures tell a story of that day and of the people we love and the things that make us happy.
We stumbled upon V&J purely by chance – just walking around the city one weekend – and ended up chatting with Rick for ages. In fact, we loved the suit Nic picked out so much we bought it then and there (we didn’t even have a firm date at that point) – and as soon as we saw the brightly coloured tie and purple pocket square we knew this was the look we wanted. We didn’t want to appear stuffy, but we did want to look smart – and with Rick’s help Nic and his best man Michael (who flew in from Singapore for his fitting) achieved that.
The invitations went out and we were so lucky to have a very talented graphic designer and illustrator as a friend, who made every piece of printed material attached to our wedding so special and personalised. My husband and I met on the tube – yes the London Underground, the District line to be precise – so we incorporated the logo on our place cards which also featured little descriptions of all our guests. We figured that not everyone would know each other, and we didn’t want any awkward silences when people came to sit down to eat together. So we spent hours (maybe days) writing funny facts about the people we love. It was so rewarding to look at the photos of the day and see everyone laughing at what we had written – I recommend doing it, definitely worth the effort!
We love travel, so instead of table numbers we had cities – Phnom Penh, Palermo, Wellington, New York and of course Melbourne and London – again all beautifully illustrated to look like vintage postcards by our friend. And then we displayed the seating plan in an amazing suitcase that my parents found in an antique shop. It still had original destination stickers on it! My cousin – with her lovely handwriting – wrote the names of our guests on brown luggage tags and we pegged them to a piece of string – all very rustic, like our centrepieces – lilac and cream flowers in jam jars.
In fact, we ended up feeling so relaxed on the day the boys even found time for an impromptu game of cricket – watching Nic go into bat is just one of the hundreds of memories that make me feel so proud that we did our wedding our way!