“We had a very clear idea in our heads that we wanted to have a party, not a traditional wedding.” When that’s the first line we read from the bride + groom, we know it’s gonna be one spectacular event! Eden + James are both very creative people — Eden with her design + James with his music, so they wanted their big day to be a reflection of that. Inspired by the energy + nostalgic vibes of ‘70s disco, the duo wanted something akin to ‘Saturday Night Fever,’ set outdoors in their home of Sydney, Australia. The bride, Eden Abagi, along with designer She Designs made that all come to fruition!
Eden shares We wanted disco balls and orange tinted glass with berry hues surrounded by timber and Sputnik chandeliers everywhere! We had a very large dance floor with a collection of our friends from different bands making up one big super group thrashing out tunes all night long.
Ready to get your disco on? Let’s check out all the groovy photos captured by Lara Hotz Photography!
Velvet paired with large bouquets by The Wilds Sydney and Sophia Kaplan + draping ribbon… We’re big fans of the ‘maids color combination here! Want to steal their style? Here are a few of our favorite picks:
Dark burgundy suits for the guys + the groom donned a white suit from Oscar & Hunt — HELLO STYLIN’ MEN!!
Processional: Starálfur by Sigur Rós
Recessional: You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall & Oates
First Dance: New Sensation by INXS
Our little sausage dog, Theo, was the our cheeky ring bearer and looked very dapper in his shirt and tie.
It would probably have to be walking down the aisle together... It was such a magical moment, both holding each other's hand so tight, all we saw was a wall of color being showered into us, and hear our families and loved ones cheering. It was truly special.
What a reception room at the Merribee House!! The whole place was decked out with Sputnik chandeliers, glam touches, and of course, lots of florals festooned from the ceiling.
We both love our rosé, and as it was set in the middle of summer, frosé was the obvious choice of course (click on over HERE for our recipe)! Throw in personally designed denim patches for guest to take home and a punk show with the groom’s band, Beerwolf — I think we achieved the most perfect balance of both wedding and party!
Eden shares a bit about the proposal: It was my 30th birthday, and I had planned a trip to Hunter Valley with about 15 of our friends. I was all stressed out, frantically trying to make everything go smoothly. The night before the wine tour, James said he wanted to take me somewhere before we go (I wrongly assumed it was breakfast), so we got up early and James drove me to this secluded patch of bushland complete with a sweet babbling brook! He pulled out a picnic basket with all my faves — and our dog!! Theo started rolling in something and then I starting yelling, trying to get up stop him… James was trying to get my attention the whole time, and it took me a second to realize that he was down on one knee in front of me! “I was just wondering if you would marry me?” I nearly died, *cue ugly crying* and of course I said YES! We soon went back to the house where the rest of our friends were cheering, and we all went on to have a huge party.
Plan well in advance, get all the little details out of the way so you have time to relax and actually enjoy the day though don’t get too bogged down with minor things, everything will work itself out. Also, try to have fun with it, and not lose sight of what it is you are actually heading towards — spending the rest of your lives together.
Eden + James, you two are giving us ALL THE FEELS. Congrats!!
photography: Lara Hotz Photography // venue name: Merribee House, Numbaa, NSW, Australia // event design: She Designs // planning: Eden Abagi // florals: The Wilds Sydney and Sophia Kaplan // wedding dress: Rue De Seine // wedding dress boutique: The Bridal Atelier // bride's shoes: Valentino // bride's ring: Broadley’s Fine Jewellery // bridesmaid dresses: Reformation // hair stylist: Anessa from The Bridal Hair Co. // makeup artist: Chloe Glover // groom attire: Oscar & Hunt // groom's shoes: Antoine and Stanley // groom's ring: Broadley’s Fine Jewellery // paper goods: Eden Abagi // catering: Garnish Catering // cake: Andy Bowdy // desserts: Berry Donut Van // tabletop rentals: She Designs // furniture rentals: She Desins // music: A collection of friends from: The Daphne Rawling Band, The Delta Riggs and afterward a special performance from Beerwolf // officiant: Tess Myers // favors : Denim Patches by the bride - Eden Abagi