Will I ever tire of pretty pink hues? Not a chance. Call me a girly girl, but the lovely way pink graces a bouquet, bow tie or plate of macarons is utterly romantic at the very least. Just take a peek at this lovely gallery from Nattnee Photography of my latest pink obsession. Oh, and I dare you not to fall in love with the sweet film from Onsight Films.
From the beautiful Bride… Sacha and I met 10 years ago through mutual friends on a night out when we were both on university break. We stayed close friends for a long time (almost four years) before we decided we couldn’t be without each other! We had a fairly long engagement of two years because I am an absolute details person and knew I wanted to allow myself enough time to plan all the special details of our wedding. I also had a lot of help from my four lovely bridesmaids and the many members of my enormous extended family, including cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.
The inspiration for our wedding was ‘modern cultural elegance meets DIY’. We wanted to incorporate elements of our Sri Lankan heritage whilst also embracing our creative DIY side. I also adore the colours pink and peach so wanted to incorporate these into the theme. My dress was a custom designed raw dupion silk and tulle ball gown with an intricate hand beaded sweetheart bodice created by Elena Kozlova Designs in Leichardt, Sydney. Elena was an absolute joy to work with and made me feel like a princess every step of the way. Elena also hand crafted my veil and a matching crystal and silk head piece to match my dress. My earrings were given to me by my grandmother in Sri Lanka who wanted me to have a part of her with me on my special day since she could not attend our wedding. I also wore a stunning diamond bracelet given to me by the groom’s mother on the day. My blooms were provided by Petal & Pod who created a full bouquet of pink and peach roses, soft anemones, fluffy carnations and hydrangea that both looked and smelled glorious!
My bridesmaids wore dusty pink one-shouldered silk dresses from Seduce and kitten heels from RMK. I presented them with delicate crystal earrings I purchased on Etsy to thank them for their tireless efforts and dedication to all the little details leading up to the big day. Sacha, the groomsmen and our little page boy wore grey suits from David Jones and pink bow ties that were handmade by a friend.
Sacha and I exchanged little gifts before our ceremony. His gift was delivered to me by a member of his family, keeping with Sri Lankan tradition. Sacha gave me a beautiful ceramic teapot and teacup because of my love for tea. In fact I start every day with a cup of freshly brewed tea. I gifted him with cufflinks, a pair of socks embroided with a personal message and a book about love which I thought reflected our relationship.
Our ceremony took place at The Refectory at The University of Sydney, where I studied for almost 6 years while Sacha and I were dating. I walked down the aisle to music played by our string quartet, Sydney Ensemble. Our page boy carried a sign with “All you need is love” handwritten by a family member. The little flower girls wore ivory tutu dresses and carried small bouquets of hydrangea. We were married by a pastor who attended high school with Sacha in front of 160 of our closest family and friends. My great uncle also performed a special Buddhist blessing before we lit an ornate gold lamp as husband and wife, an ancient Sri Lankan wedding tradition.
Our stationary was custom designed by Carla from Peppermint Press, who went above and beyond to finish my stationary in between having her first baby! Our invitations featured 4 cards in a pocket-fold with an intricate design all neatly packaged in a metallic finish hard cover box with a ‘Mish & Sacha’ tag fastened with pink twine. Our ceremony programs were heart-shaped fans custom made to fit our theme. We also had a family member hand write a message on a chalk board that we lent against a tree outside our ceremony venue.
Our reception was held at Doltone House in sunny Sydney Harbour. Our guests enjoyed amazing views of the famous Sydney Harbour Bride while they dined on canapés and drank champagne. We had two wedding favours for our guests to take home. The first was a traditional Sri Lankan ‘Love Cake’ made by the groom’s mother and aunts who worked tirelessly to bake and package 160 mini Love Cakes for each guest. The Love Cake boxes also doubled as place cards so guests could find their seat. We also had small glass jars filled with pink jelly beans tied with peach twine and ‘Mish & Sacha’ tags which I individually constructed myself. The reception centrepieces echoed my bouquet, comprising tall glass vases filled with pink and peach roses, white carnations and plenty of thick green foliage.
Our cake was created by Sweetbloom Cakes and was a fluffy sponge with tangy lemon curd because we both love lemon flavour in anything! The tulle of my dress was carried through to the tulle on top of our wedding cake. Our first dance was to an old Elvis Presley song by Ingrid Michaelson. Our parents and bridal party joined us on the dance floor for the end of our first dance before the dancing really kicked off well into the night!
Photography: Nattnee Photography | Videographer: Onsight Films | Cake: Sweetbloom Cakes | Stationery: Peppermint Press | Ceremony Venue: The Refectory, The University of Sydney | Reception Venue: Doltone House, Pyrmont, NSW | Shoes: RMK | Bridesmaid dresses: Seduce | Hair: Miss Moss Makeup | String Quartet: Sydney Ensemble | Cars: Lowrider Hire | Dress and head piece: Elena Kozlova | Florist and Styling: Petal and Pod | Flowergirl Dresses: Miss Lacey | Makeup: Mary Nehme