I couldn’t think of a more romantic setting for a wedding ceremony than a library – imagine saying your vows surrounded by beautiful words – words of history, words of days gone by, words of love stories. Emma and Justin’s ceremony location couldn’t be more beautiful or more apt for their beautiful wedding day.
Emma tells their story. “We met at work in 2007. Justin would always offer to go across the road to get me coffee and I would always say no because I don’t drink it and I thought he was just being polite. Meanwhile I would follow him whenever he went to the kitchen so that I had an excuse to talk to him. Eventually we figured things out at the work Christmas party.”
The photographs today are by Daniel K Cheung who has captured such beautiful moments and imagery.
The floral arrangements were styled by Butterfly Philosophy Floral Design and featured the couple’s favourite – succulents. Emma explains “We both love succulents and wanted to incorporate them into the wedding in the bouquets and table settings. Elaine at Butterfly Philosophy did a fantastic job working them into the wedding and fitting our brief, which was ‘vintage but a little different’.”
Emma chose a tea length gown from Culture Bridal Couture (which was altered by Sherry Bridal Couture.) She added a flower in her hair made by Percy Handmade. Emma’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Fleur Wood.
Emma and Justin were married at theState Library of NSW Emma explains, “We wanted to choose venues that had a special significance to us. We picked the State Library of NSW because we would often walk past it together on our lunch breaks, and we wanted a venue with classic architecture without having a church wedding.”
Emma and Justin chose celebrant Robyn Pattison to marry them. Emma recalls, “Our celebrant Robyn delivered a warm, engaging and personal ceremony that shared many familiar and unfamiliar stories with our guests. I got so caught up in the ceremony I may have even done a little zombie impression when Robyn mentioned that we like to play zombie-shooting games on the Playstation. Not every bride can say they did a zombie impression before exchanging vows!”
Emma remembers “We didn’t have a first dance, but we did have a string quartet playing Cee-Lo Green’s “Bright Lights Bigger City” as we walked back up the aisle as husband and wife!”
Of their photographer, Emma says “Our photographer went to great lengths to find out who we are as individuals as well as a couple so that he could convey our love story through his work. His ability to relate to his subjects (us) really came through, and the photographs surpassed our expectations. ”
Emma and Justin celebrated with guests at The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay. Emma explains “We chose The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay as a reception venue because we love the food, service and décor, and we have enjoyed many meals there together.”
Emma says “To continue the literary theme in our reception, each guest had a wedding favour (which doubled as a place card) of a wooden scrabble tile holder featuring assorted vintage scrabble tiles spelling out their name.”