We couldn't leave you for the day without sharing this breathtaking film from The White Tree. Enjoy!
From the Bride... After getting in engaged in Thailand on January 18 2010, just days before my 21st birthday, we started to plan our dream wedding, taking our time and not rushing anything. It is all of the small details which matter to me, so I wanted to make sure that things were perfect.
Our 3 bridesmaids were my 3 sisters, with 1 flying from Ireland for the wedding. Our 4 groomsmen were Steve's best friends and our flower girls and page boys are all nephews and nieces.
Our wedding was a traditional Serbian Orthodox ceremony (I converted to Orthodox for Steven 1 month before the wedding) with the reception having both the cultures (Australian and Serbian-Australian) involved. There was a traditional pre-ceremony party where the bride and groom saw all of the guests (but not each other) and celebrated by drinking, eating and dancing. The pre-ceremony party also includes the bartering of the bride, where the groom's side has to "buy" the bride from her brothers before she can leave for the ceremony. Only once an appropriate amount has been reached, can they bride make her way to the church ceremony.
I changed my wedding dress look 3 times, but it was all one base dress with other elements added, much to my dress makers chagrin.
Our ceremony was predominately in Serbian and was very traditional. Our church does not have pews, so it included all of our 190 guests standing for the 45 – 60 minutes. We had our hands tied together with a silk sash, and wore crowns which were blessed by the church. As most things in the orthodox church are done 3 times (father, son, holy ghost) we had our rings placed on our fingers 3 times, walked around the altar 3 times and even did 3 impromptu kisses at the end!
Although our reception was a formal event, we wanted it to be relaxed and fun so we had things like a photobooth and lolly bar to make things more chilled for our guests. The main thing was that we wanted people to have fun.
Wedding Photography: Adrian Tuazon / Wedding Videography: The White Tree / Wedding Dress: Annette of Melbourne / Groom's Tuxedo: Calvin Klein / Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy, iModa + ABS Schwartz / Groomsmen Suits: Spurling / Ceremony Location: St. Save Serbian Orthodox Church / Reception Location: The Hotel Windsor / Bridesmaid Earrings: Swarovski / Pageboy Tuxedos: Litily Maha / Flower Girl Dresses: Jesse / Flower Girl Capes: Light in The Box / Wedding Gown Pink Sash: Alannah Hill / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Reception Necklace: Suzanne Somers / Hair, Make-up + Nails: Miss Fox Melbourne / Floral Design: Floral Event Bacchus Marsh / Lighting: Feel Good Events / Wedding Cake: La Cioccolata Bella / Band: Full Circle Band / Bouquet Tiles: Paloma's Nest / Paper Cake Topper: Concarta / Look Alike Cake Topper: Wow Mini Me / Photobooth: Australian Photobooth Company / Paper Suite: e.m. papers