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For their five year anniversary, Francesca and Angus planned to get some portraits taken at The Boathouse in Palm Beach to remember the day by (first featured in issue 13). “There on the jetty, taking both myself and our photographer by surprise, Angus got down on one knee and asked if I would marry him! It was so perfect to have had every moment captured beautifully.”

Just minutes after becoming engaged, the couple decided it was only natural that they tie the knot at The Boathouse as well. With a year and two months to plan their perfect day, Francesca and Angus didn’t opt for a theme as such, but rather a day that simply reflected ‘them’. 

“If anything, it was just ‘everything we love’, which we achieved with what we wore, the food and our music choices,” explains Francesca, who looked lovely in her Katie May veil and Stone Cold Fox gown. “My dress was a lot like our day; simple, but with beautiful detail,” she tells us, admitting that the she found many of her key vendors in our ‘Come in Colours’ editorial shoot from Issue 3. 

“It was well before I was engaged, and I just remember thinking, ‘this is the photographer and videographer I’m going to use when I get married’. And I was just so glad that I found such amazing talent
right in our backyard. Both are definitely my best decision ever,” says the bride, who couldn’t stop praising cinematographers Light Noise Films and photographer Lara Hotz, both faves on the Sydney scene.

“Lara’s skill is incredible. I love the way she captures emotion. We love unforced photography which is very much Lara’s style. She was an amazing person to have with us on our day: professional, creative, a great sense of humour and crazy improvisation skills. We felt so at ease, it was really like having a super organised friend on the day,” the newlyweds tell us, adding that, despite some unexpected rain during their reception, they made the best of what they had.

“I was happy that there was shelter for our guests, but Angus and I headed for the dance floor. Dancing in the rain was the sweetest moment ever,” Francesca says, though it was her impromptu ‘Carlton’ dance that really stole the show. 

“During his speech, Angus mentioned my ‘epic’ (inverted commas intentional) Carlton impersonation from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Next thing I know, Tom Jones is blaring over the speakers and our guests are being called to the dance floor for a ‘special performance’.” Totally epic, indeed. 

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CREDITS Photos Lara Hotz Photography //Cinematographer Light Noise Films // Florist and Cake Topper My Violet // Stationery and Signage The Little Press // Reception and catering venue The Boathouse at Palm Beach // Cake Flour and Stone // Wedding favours Apropros Roasters via Etsy //Prop and furniture hire Elements for hire // Entertainment at Ceremony Diamond Strings and Reception We Play Records // Celebrant Jessie Cachillo //Rings Cerrone //Transport Kombi Style and Palm Beach Water Taxi // Post ceremony pop up bar Trolley’d //Bridal gown Stone Cold Fox and Lover // Veil The Bridal Atelier // Robes and Bridesmaids Dresses Stone Cold Fox // Lingerie Lonely Lingerie // Shoes Bionda Castana // Earrings One Day Bridal // Necklace Natalie Marie // Hair and Makeup Kay Soliveres // Bridesmaid gifts Mecca Cosmetica // Suit and Groomsmen suits Brent Wilson // Shirt Rembrandt // Tie Ben Sherman // Shoes Aquila // Watch Daniel Wellington // Barber Zada // Groomsmen gifts Budgy Smuggler // Flower girls Nellystella.