JESSICA & BENJAMIN THE SEBEL HARBOURSIDE, KIAMA
TAKING THE STAGE
Ben and Jessica met as university students and moved in together after a few months. After more than five years together, Ben planned a very romantic proposal while they were visiting his parents. “His sister and I were shopping and she went to check when a show was on at the local theatre. When we arrived, the ‘owner’ came out the front in a fl uster and said he was doing a sound check alone and couldn’t figure out where a humming noise was coming from. He asked if we could come in and listen as he adjusted some levels. So we went in and sat down, the lights dimmed, the curtains opened and Ben was sitting on stage in a suit with his guitar and played a song he had written just for me. When he was finished, I was crying and ran up to meet him by the stage, he got down on his knee, told me would love me forever and proposed!” says Jessica.
The couple went with a country chic theme and a colour scheme of beige, burnt orange and deep red. They kept to a modest budget with the bride doing her own makeup, forgoing a cake and hiring cars for bridal party transport. Both the ceremony and reception were held at The Sebel Harbourside in Kiama.
They celebrated with 75 of their closest friends and family, who were greeted with a chalkboard that stated, “As two families become one, we ask you to choose a seat not a side.” “We really wanted everyone to come together in a celebration of our love,” says Jessica. Their gorgeous niece and nephew were the fi rst to walk down with a “here comes the bride” sign made from a recycled coffee bean bag. Jessica walked down the outdoor aisle to ‘Sea of Love’ by Cat Power, wearing an Eileen Kirby floral lace dress with a keyhole back and ruffl ed skirt from Frockaholics. She had bought the dress only 10 days before the wedding! Her hair and makeup were inspired by a 1950s pin-up rockabilly look with red lips and cateye-style eyeliner.
The bridesmaids wore personalised vibrant red full-length gowns. The groomsmen wore slim-fi t suits from yd., with white shirts, black bowties and boutonnières. Jessica found it an incredibly moving experience. “As soon as I saw Ben standing at the end of the aisle the tears started, it was really happening and I couldn’t have been happier. The ceremony was just what we had wanted. The set-up looked amazing and we were so lucky with the weather.
THE PERFECT DAY
After some photos with The Evoke Company in the green rolling hills of nearby Jamberoo, as well as a few glasses of champagne and some canapés, it was time to head to the reception where guests dined on chermoula rubbed chicken breast with chorizo and apricot filling and pearl couscous, and lamb rump with roast sweet potato, pea purée and a sweet port glaze as the mains in the three-course meal. “Walking into the reception was amazing. The room looked stunning and it was fi lled with all of our closest friends and family smiling and cheering — such a wonderful feeling. The night was perfect: speeches, dancing and great food. I know this is clichéd but it is all too true — my wedding day was the best day of my life and I am so glad I have such beautiful moments captured forever.”
BRIDE’S ADVICE “Relax, enjoy the day and don’t stress about things you cannot change!”
BRIDE’S GOWN Frockoholics
BRIDE’S SHOES The Iconic
GROOMSMEN’S SUITS yd.
PHOTOGRAPHY The Evoke Company
HAIR The Chelsea Artistic Hair and Beauty Group, Wollongong
JEWELLERY Earrings from Swarovski
FLOWERS Silk flowers from Morgann Hill Designs, Etsy
HONEYMOON Seminyak and Sanur, Bali
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