Jess and Sam didn’t care that they were disorganised – as long as everyone had a good time. “We hadn’t even chosen a song to walk down the aisle to”, says Jess. “The violinist suggested a song that neither of us had ever heard of, and we went with it.” Married on a beautiful private property with stunning views overlooking Sydney’s Northern Beaches Jess and Sam simply saw their wedding as an opportunity to celebrate Christmas with their friends and family (note the “Merry Wedmas” sign) and for Jess to buy a new dress.
“My dress was a 1950s ball gown from the United States. I have been shopping at Dolly Up Vintage Emporium for special frocks for a while now and as soon as we were engaged, I knew that Erin was the person to help me find my dress. It took two visits to her and was all so easy – I knew as soon as I tried it on that it was the one.”
Beautifully captured by One Day Somewhere, it’s clear that Jess and Sam were never the kind of couple to make a big fuss. “It was all about a fun party – we wanted good food, good wine (French champagne a must) and good music (dancing), and everything else was secondary to that”, says Jess. When a wedding band’s called Hot Potato Band you know you’re in for a good time regardless of what else goes on. “The best moment was when the Hot Potato Band came out of the bushes (literally – it was a bush path to get up to the house) and got everybody moving – there wasn’t a single person not up dancing on the grass, and at one point they even got a conga line going and limbo.”
CREDITS Photos One Day Somewhere // Bridal gown Dolly Up Vintage Emporium // Flowers Sweet Pea and Honey Bee // Rings Helen Badge Jewellery and Max Diamonds // Shoes Zomp // Grooms suit P. Johnson Tailors // Grooms shoes Aquila // Ceremony and reception private property, NSW // Catering and donut cake Orto Trading Co // Signage George & Smee // Hair and makeup Michele Aikin // Music The Squeezebox Trio and Hot Potato Band // Celebrant I Do Ceremonies.