When conceptualizing their romantic garden wedding, Victoria and John knew they wanted to create a magical atmosphere for their family + friends. They planned a wedding they felt comfortable with, only sticking to tradition if it felt right (love it!). For example, Victoria didn’t wear white…oh, no. Instead, she WOWed in a mesmerizing pink tulle dress!
Their wedding was originally planned at the Southern Highlands, but an out-of-control bushfire nearby gave cause for a big pivot. Fortunately their planning teams from She Designs Events and For Thy Sweet Love Wedding Planning worked tirelessly to relocate everything to St. Paul’s College in Sydney.
There’s just so much to love here – especially when a couple is faced with obstacles + comes out on top! Lara Hotz Photography wonderfully captures all that joyous energy, and then some:
Hello, Epic Pink Wedding Dress
That giddy smirk – this is how every bride should feel on her wedding day!
THAT PINK SORBET ITALIAN TULLE! It’s epic. We can’t wait any longer – here Victoria shares a bit about her dress journey: Nicky from Velani Couture made the dress of my dreams. I knew I wanted something with layers of pink tulle, an homage to my grandmother, who had pink tulle sewn into her veil on her wedding day. Nicky sewed fresh flowers onto the dress the morning of the wedding, along with an antique brooch from my mother-in-law.
Romantic Garden Wedding Ceremony
What’s more ‘garden wedding,’ honestly?! This romantic archway, and soft white + pink aisle flowers are so inviting. The ivy growing on the old windows, and everything about this ceremony set up lays an ideal foundation for this lovely celebration.
The magical talents from She Designs Events made this stunning archway. More perfectly *pink* floral arrangements to come at the reception, too!
Victoria walking down the aisle to 'Flower of Scotland,' played on the bagpipes.
Pop Champagne for the Bride + Groom!
These bridesmaids just glow in those gorgeous nude + champagne gowns from Philippa Galasso.
Nude Bridesmaids Dresses
Glowing Garden Bride
Layers + layers of pink sorbet Italian tulle on this exquisite gown! 1,476.38 feet, to be exact.
That Just Married Twirl
Processional: Flower of Scotland (Bagpipes)
Recessional: I’m On My Way by The Proclaimers
First Dance: Caribbean Blue by Enya
Sperry Tent Reception
What a gloriously elegant reception setup. With so many pops of pink, crystal and nods to sculpture gardens, it really stands out as a memorable + authentic celebration. With furniture and tabletop rentals from Your Event Solutions and NPM Events, we love the uniquely romantic story that this styling tells.
Pink Wedding Reception Flowers
All of the ornate, crystal against the greenery + garden blooms really make for a romantic setting. We’ve been big into hanging chandeliers and other rad installations, if you want to check out that current obsession here!
End of the Night Kisses
If you have the means to do so, hire a wedding planner. Amira from For Thy Sweet Love Wedding Planning was a lifesaver. Sometimes things don’t go to plan and you have to adapt. In the lead up, it was stressful changing venues so close to our wedding date but on the night, things couldn’t have been more perfect. Everything will come together!
A perfect end to a seemingly perfect day! Congratulations to our friends, Victoria + John 🍾
photography: Lara Hotz Photography // venue name: St Paul’s College Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia // event design: She Designs Events // planning: For Thy Sweet Love Wedding Planning // florals: She Designs Events // wedding dress: Velani Couture // hairpiece: Velani Couture // bride's shoes: Gucci // bridesmaid dresses: Philippa Galasso // hair stylist: The Future Mrs // makeup artist: The Future Mrs // groom attire: Institchu // videography: Lovereel Wedding Videography // paper goods: Terrace Press // catering: Art Kitchen // cake: Cake Salon // furniture rentals: YES | Your Event Solutions // specialty rentals: NPM Events // music: Sydney Bagpipers // officiant: Kathryn Breusch Marriage Celebrant // lighting: Luminous Entertainment // ceremony venue: Sancta Sophia College Sydney // sperry tent + dance floor : YES | Your Event Solutions // reception chairs: Simply Seated // bridal party nails : Purely Polished // bridal party transportation: HF Wedding & Hire Cars // guest transportation: Select Chauffeurs Sydney