It’s hard to imagine that more than half of the world’s population live without the world wide web. Especially for Mitch, one of our handsome grooms from issue six, who may never have gotten hitched otherwise. After much searching, he finally found the perfect ring online. “The only problem was that it was in New York, it was Monday and I wanted to propose on the Friday as we had planned a small holiday”, tells Mitch.
A barrage of emails, express couriers and flights across two continents ensued and, thanks to Mitch’s soon to-be mother in law who was in America at the time, the ring arrived in Sydney safe and sound. The proposal took place that very afternoon on a deserted beach at Bingie on the South Coast of NSW and, as Mitch tells it “she said yes and I went from from placing the order, to having a fiancé in five days.Thank you internet”.
In keeping with their online affair, Jemima found her gown via Net-A-Porter. “The wedding gown for me was always just an excuse to wear a fabulous dress rather than anything traditional. I do most of my shopping online so from the moment we were engaged I was keeping my eye open”. Soon enough she’d spotted her dream dress – a beautifully embroidered gown by Erdem. “I contacted Erdem and they gave me a rough time in which it was to be released. I then held a vigil three days a week for about two months checking Net-A-Porter waiting for it to become available. It paid off as when it finally did come online I got the one and only small they had.”
But not everything was left up to the internet gods, as Jemima tells us “as designers we both like to have a hand in the way everything looks. The weeks (and months) before the wedding we sourced all of the crockery, cutlery and glassware from various hospitality stores. We spent a few weekends dipping all the cutlery in enamel paint and another cutting the place tags from strips of brass and hand painting all our guests’ names.”
Of their day, captured by photographer Lara Hotz and held at The Palm House in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens Jemima says, “we wanted the wedding to be a memorable dinner party with friends with great food and drink. We always envisaged one long table in a garden by the harbour.”
Their ceremony was a particularly sentimental moment with Jemima walking down the aisle to the same song that was played at Mitch’s parents’ wedding. “We managed to keep it a surprise for them”, says Jemima who also surprised their guests with bottles of bubbles. “We thought this might be a slightly naff thing to do but in the end it turned out to be a great idea. Everyone’s inhibitions go out the door when handed a bottle of bubbles to blow.”
From then it wasn’t long before everyone found the dance floor. “At one point in the night one of our friends grabbed someone and yelled ‘conga line’. When I looked around and the whole wedding party were up on their feet snaking around the Palm House it was hilarious – everyone was having a ball.”
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CREDITS Photos Lara Hotz Photography // Bridal gown Erdem via Net-A-Porter // Shoes Alexander Wang // Rings Nora Kogan // Grooms suit Kenzo via Ssense // Grooms shirt Lanvin via Matches Fashion // Grooms shoes Henderson Shoes // Ceremony and reception Royal Botanic Gardens, NSW // Catering Miss Chu, Kitchen by Mike and Blackwattle Deli // Cake Flour and Stone // Furniture Vintage Patina // Stationery The Distillery // Celebrant Weddings I Do.