We can’t help but love a high school sweetheart story. And although we already brought you this pair in issue four, we just couldn’t bear the thought of anyone missing out. After all, it was a pretty rad wedding.
Electra and James began their relationship when they were both just 15, and 12 years later tied the knot in this beautiful wedding held at Sun Studios – a creative studio space in Sydney. £I proposed in 2011 on a small island in Indonesia, and did the whole down on one knee thing, said James. £Electra laughed thinking I was kidding. Once she realised I wasn’t and my leg started to cramp she then gave me the following three conditions for acceptance. One, no shared bank accounts until I finished medical school. Two, we still had to keep our roommate. And three, nothing changes. Since then, apart from losing our roommate, nothing has changed.
The couple organised most of the wedding themselves but say they didn’t find it a stressful experience, and were constantly surrounded and supported by friends and family. They set about creating an honest and enjoyable experience, James says; £We wanted it to feel like our guests were over at our place having a BBQ in the backyard, like a mid-summers night feast! And with help from catering company The Cook and Baker and music from Glitch Jukebox, that’s exactly what they did.
The fun times were photographed by Lara Hotz who, the couple said, understood their casual aesthetic. £She was also able to handle our very large and loud extended family for family photographs”, says James who looked rather handsome in a who looked rather handsome in a suite by P. Johnson.
Electra and James took on DIY projects including their pom pom decorations, blackboard table numbers, stationery and Electra’s grandmother’s tomato chutney and raspberry jam as favours. It also came in handy having a talented mother who put her sewing skills to good use, whipping up Electra’s amazing polka dot dress, her own mother-of-the-bride dress and the chuppah the Jewish wedding canopy under which the couple were married.
The Jewish traditions continued with a rendition of the hora, where guests danced around as the couple were lifted above on chairs. £It really set the tone of the night and people of all cultures and religions got involved, said James of one of their favourite moments of the day.
CREDITS Photos Lara Hotz // Bridal shoes Pelle and Funkis // Flowers Sydney Flower Markets // Jewellery Tiffany & Co // Bridesmaids dresses Zimmerman and Joanie Loves ChaChi // Grooms suit P. Johnson // Groomsmen suits Dolce & Gabbana // Groomsmen shirts Christian Dior // Ceremony and reception Sun Studios, NSW // Catering The Cook and Baker // Lighting Bespoke Audio // Hair Melissa Cauchi Hair // Music Glitch Jukebox // Celebrant Nicky Solomon.