Michaela The Bride:
My dress was by Australian designer Johanna Johnson
, I fell in love with her gorgeous embellished silk gowns, and felt like an Old-Hollywood Movie Star! I wasn't keen at wearing a veil at first, but as you only get one chance to wear one I thought what the heck, and went for the longest & simplest silk tulle veil. I also wore a beautiful Johanna Johnson
hand chain, and sparkly Jimmy Choos
Luke looked extremely dapper in a fitted midnight tux by Australian designer Calibre
, with Hugo Boss
accessories. We looked fit for the red carpet if I do say so myself!!
Although we adore our life in Australia, it was no question that we would return to our hometown of London & marry in front of our friends & family. We knew we didn't want a traditional wedding, and the very British countryside manor houses & barns just didn't appeal to us. We love the city & are very proud of our London roots, so when we discovered the fabulous Trinity Buoy Wharf
, situated right on the Thames, we knew we could create something special there.
It's a complete blank canvas, so we were able to let our creative juices flow & make our day unique. There was lots of DIY-ing, which I adored, but wasn't always easy when you're living on the other side of the world! A very special family friend created our heart of lights that we used as our altar & behind our table at dinner. It was an absolute show-stopper & everyone couldn't stop talking about it. It worked perfectly in our venue, a mix of industrial glamour, made of tin cans & festoon lights.
Our florist, Jam Jar flowers
, created the most magical blooms, full of beautiful whites & leafy greens. They even managed to source my absolute favourite flowers, white peonies, despite them not being in season. They made the most stunning garland to hang on our vintage door seating plan, and an awesome antique bath filled with flowers. Melissa at Jam Jar is a family friend, and I can't thank her enough for making our day so beautiful.
Walking down the aisle was the most petrifying & wonderful moment of my life - all those camera phones clicking away - I really felt like a movie star! I walked down the aisle to "The XX- Angels" sung acoustically by The Live Lounge Band
, which was just amazing. Our celebrant Gwen created the most beautiful ceremony, which we were able to customise & make really personal. We surprised our mums by inviting them to light unity candles, to unite our families, which was really special & they loved it. My brother Adam did a reading of Love by Roy Croft, and Luke's Mum Lorraine did a reading of A Parents Prayer.
We had two amazing bands, The Live Lounge Band
, an acoustic duet who performed during our ceremony & drinks reception. And in the evening we danced the night away to The In-Laws
band. They were both superb!
As soon as we came across Laura's work
, we knew she was the photographer for us!
We love her natural style. But it was her stunning couples portraits that we fell in love with. The British weather let us down, and it was a rainy grey July day, which turned out to be a blessing in disguise as Laura created the most beautiful moody & dramatic portraits.
Final Thoughts & Advice
The last few months before the wedding I was really freaking out that we had taken too much on with a complete blank canvas venue, that needed setting up from head to toe. It doesn't even have a kitchen, so we literally had to bring everything in the morning of the wedding, and clear out the same night - not an easy task! Planning everything from the other side of the world was definitely challenging!
But the day was so perfect, I would not have changed a thing, and I would do it all again, exactly the same, in a heartbeat. Stick to your guns & create a day that is magical & personal to you as a couple, that really reflects your personalities. And finally, the day passes by in a flash, hold on to each other & enjoy every second!