Chloe and Nathan's wonderfully elegant, minted green and white day just takes our breath away. We asked the couple a few questions about their glorious wedding, held in Centennial Park and The Grounds of Alexandria.
On the proposal: "I (Chloe) went on the Bondi to Bronte walk with my two best friends, one being the one who set us up. We got to Bronte and she had a letter for me from Nate. After I had read it he was standing in front on me. Further up the beach he had set up candles, fairy lights, a picnic blanket, wine and chocolate and popped the question on one knee. We left for a months holiday the next day."
Chloe, a social worker, and Nate, a cabinet maker ( also studying to become a high school teacher), wanted to keep their wedding low key and simple. The most important thing was that their guests enjoy the day, and they clearly achieved this through every aspect.
On their inspiration: "There wasn’t really a colour theme, apart from white and green. The bridesmaids wore white and the grounds were so beautiful that it didn't need much to make it look amazing. I wanted the wedding to be elegant and timeless and fun. Fun was a big part of it - for the wedding to be relaxed and everyone to come away saying that was just so much fun."
On their favourite moment:
Chloe - "My favourite part of the wedding was the the dance floor. It went crazy. Everyone was booty shaking and enjoying the DJ we had hired. I had been waiting all night for the tunes to strat and my inner black woman came out. No one held back. I ended up ripping Nate's shirt off. Whoops..."
Nate: "Seeing Chloe walk down the aisle. Everyone was watching her and seeing her walk down looking so beautiful, I was excited that the day was finally here and had arrived."
Thanks to Nate's handyman skills, the couple were able to DIY many elements of the wedding. Nate made the pews for the ceremony, and the signing table (which is now their kitchen table). He also created the table decorations to hold the flowers at the reception, and the "C & N", filled with globe lights, for a statement piece.
On the meaning of marriage: "Marriage means we have become one and we get to start our family together. It means we get to build a life together and to be there for each other when the other needs us to be."
Terrace Press printed the couple's golden wedding invitations, complete with light gold glitter envelopes to fit with their elegant theme.
On the dress: "I had been looking for what felt like years and really didn't like anything I was finding. I saw Suzanne Harward at the One Fine Day wedding fair and gave them a call because I liked the long sleeve dress. The girls were lovely and it was the best and most comfortable I had felt at a wedding dress fitting. I tried on the long sleeve dress and really liked it. The girls encouraged me to try on the short sleeve one and I had finally found the dress I wanted - what I had been looking for. It was elegant and sexy but not too revealing, and also timeless."
Some advise from the couple looking back at the planning their wedding:
- Don't take on too much DIY - the stress to build everything can be huge.
- Go on your honeymoon straight away. We had the perfect time afterwards sitting on the beach, relaxing and having some time to ourselves - without wedding conversation.
Vendors: Photography - The Loved Ones // Bridal Gown - Suzanne Howard // Veil/Hairpiece - Colette // Shoes - Carvela Kurt Geiger // Flowers - Andy's Posies // Rings - Nauthe's Jewellers // Earrings - Mimco // Arm Cuff - Liberte // Bridesmaid Dresses - Cue, Zara, The Designer District, Zimmermann // Groom's Suit (+ Groomsmen's) and Tie - ASOS // Groom's Shirt - Calvin Klein (from David Jones) // Groom's Shoes - RM Williams // Ceremony - Centennial Park // Reception and Catering - The Grounds of Alexandria // Pinata - Lark Store // Stationery (Designer and Printer) - Terrace Press // Makeup - Create by Emma Kate // Hair - Armour Hair by Emelia Jade // Music - DJ Bantat // Celebrant - Harrison Little