It’s no secret that Australian weddings are special. And the couples at the helm of those parties deserve all the credit. They seem to know how to create an event that looks effortlessly chic without even batting an eye. This wedding from Merge Photography is the perfect example. It’s elegant, yet wonderfully comfortable – making it a party I am sure everyone remembers. See it all here.

From the Bride… The wedding consumed me pretty much from the moment I agreed to spend the rest of my life with Hilan. We always knew we wanted a beautiful outdoor ceremony and the Sunken Gardens at the University of Western Australia was the perfect place for us to exchange our wedding vows. The elegance and beauty of the university was also the inspiration for the look and feel of our wedding. Hilan and I had family and friends coming from overseas and interstate and we wanted to show off the best of Perth. What better way than overlooking the sparkling city skyline and the Swan River from Fraser’s restaurant in Kings Park?

It didn’t take long for me to find the perfect dress. I was instantly drawn to the beauty of the vintage lace and pearls, which also became a feature throughout the wedding. The girls at Lines and Squares created the most amazing custom wedding invitations featuring a delicate lace and I used lace and pearls on the reception tables as well. I didn’t really have a colour in mind for my 4 bridesmaids but when I saw the silk I fell in love with it. The colour depending on who you spoke to ranged from peach to blush to nude. I was never sure what colour to call it I just loved the feel of it and could picture my bridesmaids in it.

I was so excited about all the things I could do to make the perfect day and although I’m not so good at craft I did persuade my bridesmaids, Mum ( and sometimes Dad) to help out with some of my DIY projects. These included making our own photo booth and assembling the bombonieri.

At the ceremony, my entrance song was ‘Today’ by Joshua Radin and as soon as I heard Helen’s rendition of it the butterflies started fluttering. She has an incredible voice and did an amazing job. I asked both Mum and Dad to walk me down the aisle because they are both so important to me. For the ceremony, Hilan and I wrote our own vows because we wanted to promise things that were true. Wendy our celebrant made it such a personal ceremony that truly reflected us as a couple.

Hilan and I love travelling and wanted to incorporate our adventures into the day somehow. I asked my florist to create a tree (using hydrangeas and twigs) where I could hang the seating plan from. Each table at the reception was named after a place we have travelled to together. Our table was most fittingly called Mount Lawley, the place where we met. Our ‘cake’ was AMAZING. We are not keen on traditional cake and seeing that Hilan is English and it is tradition to have cheese after a meal, we decided to have a cheese wheel cake instead. Vincenzo, who catered our engagement party, kindly offered to assemble the cake for us on the day. Another tradition we upheld was one from my Italian heritage. Mum baked an assortment of the most delicious Italian biscotti you’ve ever tasted and we served them with Italian liqueur and coffee/tea towards the end of the night.

If I was asked to give a bride-to-be some advice I would say pick the best photographer for your day because when it’s over all you are left with is a lifetime of memories and the photographs. When we met Jodie and Karolina we instantly fell in love with their quirkiness and their passion for what they do. They captured all the emotions of the day in a such an incredible way and when we saw the proofs, that old school glamour that we love just oozed out. They worked tirelessly all day but still made time to make the day fun especially at our last shoot in King’s Park. We cannot thank them enough.

It was a magical day from start to end and it really does go by as fast as they say. Don’t forget to take a deep breath and let it all soak in. I took mine just as my entrance song started and never looked back.

Photography: Merge Photography | Flowers: Magic by Design | Wedding Dress: Pallas Couture | Cake: Vincenzo, Il Paiolo | Stationery: Lines & Squares | Ceremony Venue: Sunken Gardens, University of Western Australia | Reception Venue: Fraser's Kings Park | Shoes: Georgie's Bridal Shoes | Bridesmaids dresses: Hide N Seek | Make Up: Kate Farmer | Hair: Hair Avenue | Grooms Suit: Tony Barlow | Celebrant: Wendy Allen | Music: Helen Shanehan | Reception Stylist: Magic By Design