One thing that really stood out about Chloe and Simon’s wedding was their attitude. While they both enjoyed the entire planning process (choosing a venue, photographer, food, flowers – you get the gist) caring for each other was always their main priority. £I’m quite sick and he takes unbelievable care of me, Chloe says of Simon who is studying to become a doctor. £I think every choice I made about the day tells a story about him (and by extension me).
An environmental scientist, it came as no surprise when Chloe picked Breenhold Gardens, a privately owned 45 hectare property in the Blue Mountains as the location for their wedding. £Simon loves moss and I love trees and forests so we knew the venue would have to be very green. We wanted something enchanting; to take our loved ones with us to a place where they all felt loved, says Chloe who will never forget the moment she saw Simon.
£Seeing Simon’s beaming (teary) smile waiting at the end of the aisle as I walked into my blessed future was a moment of pure happiness. It felt like walking into a dream? I hate being the centre of attention and was silently dreading that moment but it ended up being the most magical.
That same smile stayed with Simon for the entire evening, most likely because of how lovely Chloe looked in her Elizabeth Filmore gown and Bride La Boheme hair piece. £The dress was the easiest shopping adventure of my life. I hate shopping (unless we are talking farmers markets) and mostly everything I own is second hand. Huge stores with lots of tulle creep me out but my mum said she had found a store with just a few select dresses so I went along. My dress was the second one I tried on. Dad cried, Mum cried and then I cried. It just felt right.
For Chloe however, being the belle of the ball was just a bonus. Overwhelmed by everyone’s willingness to help she tells us, £I wont bore you with the details of being a chronic pain patient but there were some hilarious adjustments that had to be made in advance for me. I got a special comfy chair for dinner, one of my best friends and bridesmaids carried painkillers in her bouquet and during some of the photos Simon literally carried me from tree to tree, yet he had the biggest smile on his face. He’s going to make such a caring doctor.
Chloe’s dad was a huge help too buying (and arranging!) all of the flowers, as were their photographers, Taire and Bronte of Nail & Twine Photography who not only captured some beautiful moments, but created their invitations and menus. £Not to mention gave us a lot of general advice on just about everything, adds Chloe, pleased that their day was all about eating cake, playing lawn games and hanging with those they love the most.
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CREDITS Photos and stationery Nail & Twine Photography // Bridal gown Elizabeth Filmore via Anna DaFonte // Hair piece Bride La Boheme // Bridesmaids ASOS // Hair and makeup Sarah Oswald // Grooms suit Jack London // Rings Minimal VS and Praxis Jewellery both via Etsy // Ceremony and reception Breenhold Gardens, NSW // Catering Red Pepper Catering // Styling The Style Salon // Celebrant Dr Reverend Glassocks.