Laura & Dylan ♥ Sydney, Australia
Photographer: Hilary Cam Photography
Sometimes a wedding stops you in your tracks, and this stylish Sydney soiree happens to be one of those darling days!
Being an interior designer and freelance stylist by day, Laura sprinkled her and Dylan’s wedding with ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ magic, creating a beyond beautiful vision that is brimming with vintage pretty.
From the breathtaking Cathedral ceremony to Laura’s fabulous fishtail gown, from the unique island reception venue (only accessible by boat) to the twinkling fairy light lit garden theme, the details and thought that went into their day truly shines through.
“Laura and Dylan’s wedding saw their guests transported between exquisite venues into a magical secret garden. The wedding ceremony was held in the grandest of Sydney’s churches – St Mary’s Cathedral.”
“Drawing inspiration from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, their reception was dreamy and romantic with some modern and bold twists reflecting their creativity and individuality.”
“The groomsmen wore grey tailored suits and began the morning with a shave in a vintage barbershop. The bridesmaids wore coral-toned, delicate floor-length dresses and bouquets of dahlias and peach roses.”
“Laura was embellished from head-to-toe in an ivory silk and French corded gown, with lace bodice and layers of beading. She wore a crystal and pearl headpiece complete with cathedral-length veil.”
“Laura works as a freelance stylist and designer for The Styling Branch so we knew she had something fabulous planned for her own day. Dylan and Laura’s intimate reception was in absolute seclusion out on Scotland Island. Guests arrived by boat and climbed the sandstone stairs to a magical garden full of fairy lights.”
“Their reception was ethereal; woodland tablescapes with moss, scattered tea lights, mason jars and flowers, with a canopy of Edison lights overhead. Their wedding was intimate, romantic and magical for all who were there.”
“I have always dreamt of having ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ garden wedding. I wanted to create an intimate, romantic, magical feeling for us and for our guests. And it was EXACTLY as I had imagined it to be.”
“With the help of my amazing father and husband, I hand made all the little details! From our wedding invitations to the poles that held up the festoon lights that hung above the tables. My favorite DIY project was my personalized sign for Dylan that hung in the tree in front of us: Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favourite.”
“The guestbook was mini easels for guests to draw or leave a message and then they all put them in a vintage suitcase. There were succulent plants for guests to take home they had ‘grow the love tags’ international guests had cards with seeds embedded to take home to grow.”
What were your highlights and your favourite memories from the day?
- “A moment I will never forget was arriving to Bangalla by boat, climbing the 50 sandstone steps to enter the incredible garden where I saw that my whole vision had come to life! After months of planning and facing all the logistical challenges – such as bringing everything across to the island on a barge just the day prior – it was such a rewarding feeling to walk in and see all our guests (especially our international guests) mingling, drinking champagne, enjoying the music and absorbing the energy of the surroundings. To add to this euphoric feeling, it was my wedding day! So this was truly a very memorable moment.”
Do you have any advice for couples who are looking to get married in Sydney?
- “All the ‘stress’ in the lead up, pays off in the end. I don’t want to say ‘don’t stress’, because sometimes you just can’t help it!”
Venue and suppliers:
Photographer – Hilary Cam Photography / Preparation venue – QT Hotel, Sydney / Ceremony venue – St Mary’s Church / Reception venue – Bangalla, Sydney / Catering – The Hospitality Establishment / Bride’s dress – Personalised Weddings / Bride’s hair piece, Flowers, Cake toppers, Invitations and Stationery – The Styling Branch / Bride’s jewellery – Cerrone / Make up – Hilary Ho / Bridesmaid dresses – Melissa Kritsotakis / Groom’s suit – Roger David