This gorgeous National Gallery of Australia garden ceremony is a tough act to follow, but this couple’s intimate Sage Restaurant reception manages to provide a pretty part duex. The restaurant staff helped create a relaxed, romantic vibe with the bride’s own antique books, glassware, and scrabble tiles on the tables, and Design a Bunch provided the fresh garden florals. The outdoor downpour during the reception was unplanned, but a welcomed cozy touch. Thorson Photography shot the whole down-to-earth romantic day and we have it all here for you in the full gallery!

 

From the Bride… Simon and I always knew we would spend the rest of our lives together, but a marriage and wedding were not in the cards. So I was completely caught off guard when one afternoon, after a long and lazy lunch at the Hyatt, Simon presented me with a beautiful ring and the simple honest words, “Boronia, will you marry me?” That’s probably why it took me a whole half-minute before I could find the words to accept his proposal!

From the beginning, we both knew we wanted our wedding to be a personal and relaxed affair. We were married in the Sculpture Garden at the National Gallery of Australia – a favourite place of ours – surrounded by our closest family and friends. We had worked closely with our lovely celebrant, Danielle McPhail, to make the ceremony reflect us as a couple, writing our own vows to each other. After the ceremony, while our guests made the most of the warm sunshine and afternoon drinks, we had a ridiculously fun time with our photographer, Amanda Thorson, who managed to capture the most stunning images all the while we uncooperatively continued to play around. Our reception was at Sage Restaurant at Gorman House Arts Centre. The staff were absolute magicians. Not only did we have a wedding feast to delight the senses, but they had also somehow taken my ambitious collection of antique books, glassware, handmade place cards and scrabble tiles to create a world of vintage romance for our marriage celebrations. Our close friend and MC did a wonderful job of keeping the evening rolling along, and the speeches moved the whole party to both laughter and tears. Despite only one practice before the day, our first dance as a married couple was so relaxed and romantic. Halfway through Simon sheepishly whispered in my ear “Stage fright!” but a moment later, he recovered and debonairly dipped me backwards in an elegant curve to the hoots and whistles of our guests.

Simon and I enjoyed every moment of our wedding day. So many people had warned us that it would go in a flash, but we were determined this would not be the case for us. We savoured every moment, and for us, nothing was able to take away from the joy and excitement of the day, which we will remember forever.

Wedding Photography: Thorson Photography / Ceremony: National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, ACT / Reception: Sage Restaurant in Canberra, ACT / Floral Design: Design a Bunch / Reception Table Decorations: The Bride + Her Mother / Wedding Invitations: Everlasting Invites / Officiant: Danielle McPhail / Wedding Dress: Stellini / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: DIY by the Mother of the Bride, The Sister of the Groom + The Mother of a Bridesmaid / Men’s Suits: Black Tie by Xavier