The story of Rebecca and Andrew starts on the other side of the world across five different countries. Rebecca was living in New York and Andrew in Norway, when they were introduced to each other through a mutual friend while on holiday in Mexico. Within 9-months of meeting each other and falling in love, they moved to Singapore together to see if what they had was the real deal – and it was. Recalling the proposal, Rebecca said, “It was very simple. We were in Paris; in the park ‘Place Des Vosges’ eating gelato and he put a ring box in front of me. No one knee, no spectacle. It was perfectly us.”
After the engagement, Rebecca flew to Sydney with her mum and sister-in-law to plan the wedding. She had four days, and in that time managed to lock in the venue, date, dress and church. She said, “We had a few ‘non-negotiables’ for the wedding. Andrew, having grown up on the water, wanted to be by the water, and wanted to arrive by boat. I wanted a space that felt elegant and we could do up as we liked – with a lot of the venues the décor felt too ‘done’ and not like a blank canvas that we could play with. Mum and I also loved the fact that it was all-inclusive and came with a coordinator and House of Doltone styling.“
For the theme, Rebecca and Andrew went for a classic palette of black, white and gold. Since she was organising everything from Singapore, Rebecca wanted someone who could interpret exactly what she wanted and run with it – which proved to be exactly what happened. House of Doltone styled a modern and classic reception inside Jones Bay Wharf on Sydney Harbour. They used black table linen as the base and brought it to life with gold details and white flowers. There were black and white striped table runners, gold cutlery, gold plates, gold candles and gold chairs. The end result was just spectacular.
When reflecting on their big day, Rebecca says the one moment she will remember forever was “standing up to do my speech and thinking ‘how lucky and I to have everyone I love in one place, at one time, for Andrew and I?’” Her advice for future brides is not to stress! “It’s supposed to be a joyous, happy moment and shouldn’t be the cause of concerns. Set your budget, know what you want and be decisive.” She adds, “don’t let the idea of the wedding overshadow the true meaning of what you’re doing. It’s so easy to get carried away with the wedding planning and idea of your wedding day that you can forget what it’s all about. It’s for you and your future husband to celebrate the joining of families and what will be a long, happy life together. The day is just the beginning.”
We couldn’t say it any better if we tried!
Photography: Snippets Photography | Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Cathedral | Reception Venue: Doltone House Jones Bay Wharf | Planner/Stylist: House of Doltone | Florist: House of Doltone | Prop Hire: House of Doltone & Pretty Pedestals | Bridal Gown: Berta Bridal | Bridesmaid dresses: Carla Zampatti | Hair: Jayde Turner-Ledwidge | Makeup: Chloe Langford | Grooms Suit: Custom | Groomsmen Suits: Benjamin Barker | Cake designer: She Ate The Cake