For this hip and happening couple, marriage means that “you always have someone that accepts you for who you are-even if something embarrassing happens, like walking into a window!” And after eight years together, the bride confirms, “we bring out the best in each other, which is what we believe a marriage should be about.” We’re with you Sarah! Adding to the day was some seriously cool Nigerian customs- including the bride having to find her groom among the guests (requiring “stern directions from my sisters”)- and a quick outfit change into traditional Nigerian attire for an entrance into the reception like no other. There to get it all on camera was Folk + Follow so you can see it too.
THE PROPOSAL It was one of the most magical days of our lives. Rhema had told me we were having a belated birthday lunch, that it involved heights, and to wear shoes appropriate to walk on grass. We went to Rose Bay Wharf and jumped onto a seaplane which flew over the harbour and landed at Whale Beach for lunch at Jonah’s Restaurant. We walked down to the garden to admire the view, before he said ‘just wait here – theres one more thing’. When I turned around he was on one knee!
THE VENUE We have always loved water and the sense, tranquility and beauty it pronounces. Sergeants Mess was the last venue we looked at and it was love at first sight! We fell in love with spectacular views of Sydney harbour and the venue’s decor.
THE VIBE We aimed to create an atmosphere on the day that was light hearted and vibrant. We wanted the vibe at our wedding to be like our relationship, full of love and laughter. One of the ways we expressed our relationship on the day was through our outfits. At no point did we think we’d end up selecting such a vibrant-coloured suit for the day, and when we did, it really guided the rest of our decision making when it came to our theme.
THE DRESS Finding my perfect dress was no easy feat! I visited numerous stores and tried on countless dresses. I found my dress at Savvy Brides Double Bay designed by Made With Love Bridal. I fell in love with the lace and beautiful train on the dress. Originally, the dress had a plunging v-neck front which I had altered by Sarah Tai Bridal Alterations. My dress was more than I ever hoped, or dreamed of.
FAVOURITE DETAIL Adding a traditional Nigerian element to our wedding. Amongst the excitement at the reception, we arranged for the bridal party to slip away and change into Nigerian attire. We then had everyone’s attention and made our grand entrance. This moment was significant to us as it highlighted the importance of both of our cultures, which, although different, have bought us and our families closer together. We had two ceremonies on our day to incorporate both of our cultures.
STANDOUT VENDORS All of our vendors were fantastic – we couldn’t fault anyone. We were so thankful to have Leisa from Windwood Events on board to help organise the finer details of our wedding. She was nothing short of exceptional and made sure every detail was attended to in the lead up and on our wedding day.
CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Folk + Follow Cinematographer The Story of Us Event Planner Windwood Events Ceremony Venue Lion Gate Lodge, Royal Botanic Garden Reception Venue Sergeants Mess Florist Floreat Floral Invitations Deciduous Press Menus & Place Cards Minted Ceremony Catering Shared Affair Cake Sweet Connoisseur Letter Lights L Michelle Letter Light Hire Entertainment The White Tree Band Transport Silver Cloud Cars Flower Girl & Page Boy Outfits Lucy Clothing THE BRIDE Bridal Gown & Veil Made With Love Bridal Bridal Boutique Savvy Brides Robes Homebodii Rings Waldemar Jewellers Shoes Boohoo Hair Adilla Colab Makeup Helen Samaryan Bridesmaid Dresses Show Me Your Mumu THE GROOM Suit InStitchu Cufflinks Jason Ree Design Shoes Aquila Watch Tissot Wedding Band Jason Ree Design Grooming Fadez Hair Studio Groomsmen Suits Peter Jackson