Petersham Nurseries was already a place Chrisel and David visited annually for their anniversary, so it made sense to have their wedding their too. Having been together since they were 13, and only having a relatively small guest list (54 people) they didn't feel the need to impress, and just wanted to enjoy the natural botanical beauty the venue already offered. Their smiles and joy say it all. Just wait until you see the emotional vows too!

What Made Our Day Unique

It was the hottest day of the year- 36 degrees! It was a small and intimate wedding- a maximum of 54 people including us. The main venue, Petersham Nurseries, we have been going to every year to celebrate our anniversary so it made it extra special celebrating our wedding there. We had fans that were brought by Chrisel’s grandmother all the way from the Philippines that was well used for the duration of the day due to the weather which added to the magic touch. Lastly, but probably most importantly, we have known each other since we were 13 and have been together since. This is what made us unique.

Chrisel & David

Petersham Nurseries

Chrisel and David took to the dance floor twice. Once at their Petersham Nurseries wedding breakfast reception and again at their Petersham Hotel evening reception. They had been practising daily to perfect it so it felt natural on the day, and although they made mistakes, it made the moment all the more memorable, especially when David swept Chrisel off her feet. Pure couple goals.

Inspiration & Styling

We wanted to go for a rustic and relaxed vibe. We were amongst our nearest and dearest and did not feel the need to impress. We wanted to be ourselves, who loves summer and loved quality intsead of quantity. Walking down the aisle where I saw the groom weep extensively knowing he was at his happiest.

Chrisel & David


Start early. You do not need to know what you want straight away. You will find a lot of ideas but do not feel overwhelmed, when you know, you know. We used Instagram, Pinterest and Rock My Wedding for inspiration.

Chrisel & David

If you like Chrisel and David's botanical wedding at Petersham Nurseries then you'll love Leigh and Luca's big day too; also captured by Irene Yap, full of emotion, plants and merriment.

Lorna Shaw

Written by Lorna Shaw

Church: St Peter's Church | Wedding Reception: Petersham Nurseries | Evening Reception: Petersham Hotel | Wedding Dress: Grace Loves Lace | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Grooms Shirt: Massimo Dutti | Pearl earrings: Lily and Roo | Bridal Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Grooms Shoes: Tommy Hilfiger | Cake: Love Rosie | Florist: Petersham Nurseries | Hair Stylist: Kasia | Makeup: Ausra Ruksene | Wedding Invitation & Seating Plan: Lonetree | Wedding Guest Book : Papier | Entertainment: Richmond Jazz Trio

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