The historic scenic views of the Blue Mountains inspired this couple’s 1950s vintage wedding
Couple: Emily & Carl
Location: The Carrington Hotel, Blue Mountains
Emily and Carl met at a mutual friend’s birthday drinks. “Carl was so tall, we had to sit down to actually talk in the noisy bar,” recalls Emily. “I told him he reminded me of Napoleon Dynamite (with his glasses and curly hair). It was a bit of a joke!”
The couple courted in Australia and spent a year living in Paris together for Emily’s work, before making their way back home. Carl proposed a few months after they got home, on Christmas Day. “He had organised a treasure hunt around the house for me on Christmas morning, and he hid a beautiful French antique sapphire and diamond engagement ring inside a Christmas cracker!” says Emily
The couple wanted their wedding to reflect a celebration of love with a coming together of the people they love and the things they love. They wed at the unique Leuralla Amphitheatre at the Toy & Railway Museum in Leura, with the bride wearing a sweet 1956 vintage New York gown sourced by Forever Vintage at Five Dock.
Guests rode in a big red double-decker bus to the location, which remained secret until the ceremony. “There would normally have been a spectacular view but it was masked by the smoke from the local bushfires,” says Emily.
Guests enjoyed macarons and piccolos of sparkling wine following the ceremony, before returning to The Carrington for a high tea reception. After it ended at 5pm, the couple and their guests ventured to Scenic World Blue Mountains, owned by Emily’s family, where they enjoyed fish and chips, an amazing ride down into the valley on the Scenic Railway, a walk along the beautiful boardwalk and a ride back via the Scenic Cableway.
“Carl and I left via the Scenic Skyway, bidding our guests farewell,” says Emily. “It was the best day ever and all of our guests also said it was the best wedding they’d ever been to!”
“Enjoy the day – it’s the best you’ll have, surrounded by so many people you love to share such a special occasion with.”