From the bride’s favourite detail (her flower crown, of course!) to the macrame centrepiece that now hangs in the couple’s living room, this self-assessed “boho chic” wedding is one of our favourites. That could be because the fun-loving couple were so laid-back about it all – even stopping at Macca’s drive-through to “quickly grab some fries”, before “Snapchatting it to our bridal party, who all promptly rocked up.” Or, maybe it was the proposal prompt by the bride to get engaged? Either way, check out the epic pics by Hm directory vendor (and all round talented human being) Zoe Morley Photography and you decide.
THE PROPOSAL Our relationship spanned about four-and-a-half years before we got married. No formal proposal was needed; everything was just a natural progression. However, I may have prompted things by saying to him one night over Skype, ‘Hey, do you want to get married’. He was like ‘Yep’ and that kick-started the wedding planning process. We then got engaged over dinner at the Grounds of Alexandria, with our family present to enjoy it with us.
THE DRESS The drive to work took me past Sant Elia one day and the traffic thankfully gave me ample time to take a look at the dresses on display in the window. Sant Elia’s designs were already a big tick in my book, so I went in and chatted to the owner, Stephanie. She was incredible and helped me understand the different aspects of the dress I wanted made, how it was being done, and when I could expect whatever phase it was at to be complete and ready for me to see.
THE VENUE It was love at first sight. Everything was exactly what we wanted. It had the hills bordered by trees towards the back of the property, a gorgeous homestead we could stay in, and the marquee area had the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor that meant we would be covered in the event of rain. Also, it so happens that Camden is the city in which I was born, which gave the venue a lovely sentimental touch.
THE THEME I knew that I wanted a flower crown, and that I needed to have flowers as a core feature of the wedding. I didn’t have a name for that kind of decor style, but had a visual on what I knew would work and how I wanted things to be arranged. I wanted gold cutlery, wooden trestle tables- lined with runners made of eucalyptus leaves- and hanging leaves from the ceiling. That vision developed after coming across the macrame on Etsy, which was the centrepiece behind our bridal table, and now hangs in our living room. It’s what made me realise that I’d been planning a boho chic wedding the whole time.
COOL CUSTOM You’ll notice that I haven’t mentioned a ceremony anywhere. This is because as Muslims, our ceremony can sometimes sit on a seperate day to the reception and we elected to have two seperate events. The morning of the reception incorporated some Lebanese tradition. Ridwan and his groomsmen walked to ‘get me’ from my house with a procession of Lebanese drummers dressed in traditional garb.
STANDOUT VENDORS Being photographed by Zoe was amazing. I’m not normally good at being affectionate with Ridwan around new people, but she made everything so easy and comfortable. I can’t not mention Sarah from Sarah Jay and Co. who at the last minute, brought my vision to life. And Steph, and her team from from Sant Elia – the long hours, dedication, and sheer amount of love they put into their craft is awe-inspiring.
This wedding was originally published in Issue 19. If you’d like to check out more from this issue, limited copies are available via our online store and postage is on us.
CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Zoe Morley Photography Reception Venue Burnham Grove Estate Catering Dan the Man Cake The Baker’s Bench Macrame Bohodreamer By Larissa Guest book Paper Bound Love Custom Wedding Stamp Cre8tiveRubberStamp THE BRIDE Bridal Gown Sant Elia Rings MoiMoi Hair Blondes and Brunettes THE GROOM Suit InStitchu Cufflinks rubyspiritdesigns Watch Daniel Wellington Ring Michael Hill Grooming Moe and Co. Groomsmen Suits Ron Bennett