From the Bride... If I had to describe our wedding in three words, it would be romantic, handmade and chic. Jonathan & I spent a lot of time pouring our hearts into our wedding. Many hours were spent designing our invitations, making the flower garden escort display, making the paper wheel program fans and coordinating other elements of our wedding.
The first event of the day was the “gatecrash” which is a fun tradition and a great way to start to the morning. The groom gathers his close friends, known as his “brothers” and prepare themselves for the challenges which the bride’s close friends, known as the “sisters” have prepared for them. They must pass all the challenges before the groom can see his bride. As you can see, lots of toilet paper, feather boas and grass skirts were worn during the “gatecrash” but despite the silly costumes, Jonathan and his “brothers” passed all the challenges with flying colors Following the “gatecrash," Jonathan and I had our tea ceremony, a Chinese tradition where you pay respects to your elders. The tea ceremony involves serving tea to our grandma, parents, aunts, uncles and older siblings/cousins. This was a particularly emotional time for all of us.
Our ceremony took place at the Royal Botanic Gardens and what a wonderful afternoon it was! The weather forecast for our wedding day was overcast and rainy but an hour before our ceremony was due to start, the clouds disappeared and out came the glorious sun. The timing was perfect! It was a truly beautiful ceremony on a beautiful autumn day. After the ceremony, our guests were treated to homemade cookies baked by my sister, Caroline.
Our reception was held in The Treasury Room at Intercontinental Sydney, just a short walk from the Royal Botanic Gardens. When the guests arrived, they had to pick their “flower” from the flower garden escort display. This “flower” was actually a pencil which they would bring to their table, to fill out their guest cards. Instead of having a tradition guestbook, we opted to have a card on each place setting so guests could write to us personally, about how they met us, what names they would suggest for our future children and any advice for our marriage.
There were many memorable elements to the evening, including a surprise violin performance by my niece, hilarious speeches from our bridal party, a Lego cake given to Jonathan (put together by my niece & nephews) and to end the night, a flash mob dance to “Moves Like Jagger” featuring myself, Jonathan & some of our close friends and family!
Wedding Photography: Jenny Sun Photography | Wedding Cinematography: Paper Cranes Productions | Tea Ceremony Venue: Harbour Room, Intercontinental Sydney in Sydney, Australia | Ceremony Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, Australia | Reception Location: The Treasury Room, Intercontinental Sydney in Sydney, Australia | Officiant: Aaron Chieng, friend | Floral Design: Butterfly Philosophy Flowers & Styling | Event Planning: The Bride | Wedding Cake + Cookies: Bride's sister, Caroline Alim | Ceremony Drinks: Beloka Sparkling Water + Emma & Tom's Juices | Jazz Band + DJ: Jazz Fever | Outdoor Furniture: Outdoor Wedding Design | Vintage Rentals: The Vintage Kitchen | Cake Topper: Lollipop Workshop | Wedding Invitations + Stationery: the Bride | Brooch Bouquet: Bride's sister, Caroline Alim | Wedding Dress: Rosa Clara | Rings: Larsen Jewellery | Bride's Hairpiece + Veil: Percy Handmade | Bride's Shoes: Benson Chen | Bridesmaids' Attire: Alfred Sung via Weddington Way | Bridesmaids' Necklaces: All Things Tinsel | Groom's Attire: Perry Ellis | Groom's Belt + Cufflinks: Burberry | Groom's + Groomsmen Socks: Happy Socks | Groom's Shoes: Aquila | Hair + Makeup: Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry