There is so much luxe and lovely in this wedding I don’t quite know where to start, but I guess I should begin with the dress because it’s a gown of dreams. A vision of sophisticated yet delicate Vera Wang frou frou with a generous dose of modern princess. AMAZE.
And what shoes might one choose to compliment such splendour? Why a gold strappy Jimmy Choo of course. I haven’t even mentioned the abundance of hydrangea yet, and I might be biased because they are my favourite bloom but seriously, they are so perfectly round and white, just breathtaking.
Sal and Mark make a very stylish couple indeed and I just know you lovely folk are going to be pinning this beauty just as much as we are..enjoy!
Sal The Bride: I had no idea what I was looking for but every girl dreams of Vera Wang and while my Mum was visiting from Australia over Christmas I booked an appointment at Browns. I fell in love with all their dresses and after a couple of appointments with one of my bridesmaids, Bek, decided on the Leah gown.
As my Nan and Great Aunt couldn’t make the trip from Australia it was really important to me to involve them in the day. My Nan made my gorgeous garter using pieces of my Mum’s garter from her wedding day so I had something borrowed, blue and new. And I wore my Great Aunt Norma’s vintage eternity rings on the day.
Syon Park ticked all the boxes for us and it was the first and only venue that we viewed. Being from Australia I had always wanted an outdoor wedding and I feel in love with the gorgeous French styled courtyard and conservatory which meant we had somewhere to head indoors should it rain.
It was really important to us to take time out during the day together and we had a few minutes together after the ceremony to celebrate with a glass of champagne and watch our guests in the court yard. The venue was just magical, from the ceremony in the Great Hall to canapés in the court yard and our reception in the Conservatory.
Lighting and flowers were a key part of the day for me and something I didn’t want to compromise on. A friend recommended The Country Flower Company and they were fantastic. Gemma somehow managed to decipher my ideas and come up with the most beautiful, classic and romantic white floral arrangements and recommendations for lighting.
All our stationery (invites, table plan, table names, menus) were from Emily & Jo and we loved their elegant and classic designs.
We found the bridesmaid dresses before I even found my dress! I adore Bianca Spender and have a number of her dresses and so one of my bridesmaids, Amelia, popped into her store in Sydney and picked out the design.
Mark knew in the very beginning that he wanted his suit to be from Reiss and we also found the ties and shirts there.
With so many people traveling from Australia to be here for our big day we wanted to involve as many people as possible. Two of my best friends, Rosalyn and Laura, gave beautiful readings alongside Mark’s sister Lisa.
For favours we decided to give guests a ‘roadie’ of my favourite Australian beer, sweets and treats. Everyone absolutely loved it for the trip home!
We had a harpist playing before the ceremony and whilst the guests were enjoying their canapés and a DJ in the evening. Our first dance was to Ray LaMontagne, You Are The Best Thing.
Tapenade were fabulous and Amy ended up being more like a wedding planner, giving us fantastic hints, tips and ideas along the way. The food was delicious and everyone loved our starter of Scallops, pancetta and pea puree which is Mark’s favourite.
Ellie Gillard was the photographer at a friend’s wedding and we loved their pictures and contacted her straight away. From the moment she arrived in the morning to photograph us getting ready it was like having an old friend on hand and I barely noticed her movements.