This happy couple — one from Sydney, one from Melbourne — wed with Balmoral’s beautiful beach as their backdrop.
Couple: Senem & Craig
Location: Oliverto Ristorante & Bar, Sydney
Craig and Senem met in Koh Samui, Thailand, on the 26th of December, 2011. On their last day together in Thailand they made arrangements to see each other back home in Australia. Three weeks later, Craig made the first trip to see Senem in Melbourne. After that, there were many trips back and forth, and after a year of long-distance love, Craig proposed. “It was the most beautiful proposal a girl could ever ask for,” explains Senem. “He had candles all around the house with gorgeous roses and champagne on the table. I had no idea he was about to propose. Craig led me to the balcony and there, spelt out with candles were the words ‘Marry Me’. He went down on his knees and I accepted immediately!”
After 12 months of planning, Senem and Craig wed at the Balmoral Beach rotunda looking out over picturesque Balmoral Beach. The couple opted for a rustic theme and Senem wore an elegant dress from Ronald Joyce in Melbourne. Her groom wore a Steel Blue Hugo Boss suit as Senem was adamant black would be too harsh for a beach wedding.
The reception was held at Oliveto Ristorante & Bar where the happy couple’s 96 guests joined the newlyweds. “It went by so quickly! I had the best time of my life and wish I could re-live the whole day again. I was super nervous before the ceremony but after that was over we both had the time of our lives. I think it was the best wedding I’ve ever been to."
“Get ready as early as possible as every bride ends up running behind schedule. My hair and makeup artist was about 45-minutes late! That put me way behind schedule and added to the nerves. So ensure you account for any mishaps. When you’re ready earlier, you have more time for photos too.”