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Renata & Nick
WEDDING story A haven of their own

GETTING READY Waking up on your wedding day is such a surreal feeling – the day is finally here!  Spending the morning being pampered with hair and makeup before the rush of the day begins is a good opportunity to take in what’s about to unfold… a sip of champagne may help too!  It’s important to make sure that everything is prepared in advance and laid out for the morning so that getting ready is as stress free as possible.  Remember to think ahead for your partner as well as you don’t want to receive a call about socks on the morning of your wedding!

THE REVEAL One of our main considerations on the day was the timing between the ceremony and the reception.  Given that we held both at the same venue, we needed to ensure that photos weren’t jeopardised in any way.  We decided that a grand reveal was in order! The anticipation built as we counted down the moments.  Hearts racing, emotions flowing, hands shaking… it was, by far, one of my favourite moments of the day.  Holding back the tears as we looked at each other for the first time on our wedding day proved difficult but I was determined not to cry – no panda eyes for me!  I highly recommend considering a reveal if your timeline doesn’t allow for much photo time –  you won’t regret it!

TRANSPORT AND ARRIVING AT THE VENUE If you require transport to your wedding venue, consider investing in a chauffeur driven vehicle.  Whether you opt for a classic car, a stretch limo or limo, having a reliable company meeting you at your location of choice, transporting you to your venue and to your photography locations, is a wise investment.  We chose Always Classic Cars to transport us in two beautiful classic Rolls Royce vehicles.  Cruising around in classic luxury made us feel even more special, and the photo opportunities are endless!  Arriving at the venue and taking a look inside was a very special moment.  A year of planning, hours of consultations, late nights and early mornings, pages of design plans and finally, our vision was a reality.  When you arrive at your venue, don’t forget to take a moment to soak it all in – the rest of your day will fly!

CEREMONYWhen planning our wedding, we envisaged a formal and traditional ceremony, incorporating light humour, theatrics and elements of both of our cultures (Russian, Jewish and Greek).  With Nick walking down the aisle to an instrumental version of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”, it set the scene for a personal and deep insight into who we are.  Our Chuppah, which some called “a mechanical Chuppah”, slowly descended from the ceiling as I entered the room and made my way to stand next to my hubby-to-be.  The traditional elements of both of our backgrounds allowed us to incorporate the Stefana, the blessing and drinking of the wine, and the breaking of the glass.  This paid homage to both of our cultures and brought our families together as one.  Just remember, there are no rules – you can keep with traditional and still make your ceremony a personalised one!

RECEPTION When the wedding planning began, I had a vision.  As most couples planning a wedding would understand, my original vision was nothing like the end result…my taste changed and so did my budget!  The end result was better than I could have ever imagined – a bright, vibrant and elegant Winter wedding!  The underlying theme was gold…gold errythang!  With decor provided by Weddings of Distinction, stunning ombre florals by Lulu bird; incredible chandeliers, dancefloor with custom floor decal and bridal table by Pro Light and Sound; clear Tiffany chairs from Complete Function Hire; and the extravagant throne chair by Place settings, it set the scene for something spectacular.  As described by our wonderful celebrant, Sally hughes, “When the doors opened, allowing family and friends to be seated at their tables, I lost count of the number of “oohs and aahs” I heard”.   This made it all worth the year of preparation!  Don’t be afraid to go bold with your decor – make your space a reflection of your personalities and do what you love!

LOUNGE AREA We wanted to offer our guests something less traditional than bonbonniere to take home at the end of the wedding so, with the help of Pro Light and Sound, we created a surprise lounge reveal for later in the evening.  The lounge consisted of marble and gold bar and side tables by Dann Event Hire; gold stools and gold ottomans by Harry the Hirer; and gold tables from Pro Light and Sound which displayed two stations – a cigar & cognac bar, and a champagne, chocolate strawberry tower (by Cocobon) & macaron tower (by Nougatine).  At 10:00pm, guests were invited to enter the lounge and indulge in the treats on offer.  A perfect way to thank your guests for joining you on your most special day!

Photography: John Warren Photography
Videography: C2 Films
Flowers: Lulu Bird
Catering: The Big Group
Music: Rumors Band
Celebrant:Sally Hughes
Seating: Complete Function Hire
Chandeliers, white gloss dance floor with gold monogram, bridal table and cake table: Pro Light and Sound
Lounge furniture: Dann Event Hire and Harry the Hirer
Bridal “throne”: Place Settings
Dress: Leah de Gloria
Make-up: Beauty by Julie
Hair: Mr Dunn Salon
Transport: Always Classic Cars
Hashtag printer: Giant Letter King

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