Mim and Ryan

Classically elegant is all I think of when I see Mim and Ryan’s wedding. It’s beautifully traditional and I love a traditional celebration – especially infused with fun stories and details of what Mim and Ryan love.

Mim tells their story. “We worked our first jobs together, pricing books and packing boxes, in a warehouse in 2001. We didn’t have much to do with each other for the next decade besides a few mutual friends’ parties. Then an out of the blue catch up led to much more!”

Matthew Mead Photography captured today’s beautiful images, which was only fitting when as a friend of the groom he captured the proposal!

“The day started well with a bright pink concrete mixer outside the front door to the church! And then the bride’s car was blocked in the street due to a huge crane in the middle of the road, replacing the church sign. We waited a while then found an alternate entrance!”

Rachel Goodman Designs  created the stationery for the day.

Mim and Ryan were married at St Anne’s Anglican Church, Ryde. Mim explaining, “St Anne’s Anglican Church, Ryde, is an old sandstone building built in 1826, seating approximately 180. It added a touch of character to our day.”

Mim walked down the aisle to “At Last” by Etta James.

“During the ceremony our minister, a mate of ours, dropped the rings. Typical wedding mishap.”

“It was on our second anniversary, on a Tuesday, exactly one year after Ryan proposed, which was one year since we started dating. One date to remember!”


Of their photographer, Mim says, “Matthew Mead has been a friend of Ryan’s for years. He played an integral part in the proposal a year earlier, capturing it all, moment by moment, as Ryan went down on one knee. His photography matched the style of the wedding perfectly and he is a refreshingly easy person to work with.”

Mim and Ryan chose Pymble Golf Club for their reception. Mim noting, “Pymble Golf Club is a modern, sophisticated venue. The function room has large glass windows opening onto the terrace, with views down over the concourse. The service was genuine and attentive and the food was delicious.”

“Our cake was made as a gift by our sister-in-law, Liz Harwood, and I’m not sure which part I loved more – the ruffles or the adorable silhouette!”

“The table centrepieces I made from old preserving jars my mum had in the garage and from other jars we collected. I then wrapped them in hessian and lace, with some twine to finish. The bombonierres were handmade jams and relishes. From apple and passionfruit jam to caramelised onion and beetroot relish, there were ten different selections made by my mum and sister-in-law (who also did the cake!). They were then covered with material circles and tied with twine. The hessian pennants on the bridal table were also done by my three gorgeous sisters-in-law, two nights before!”

For their first dance, Mim says, “We danced to the band playing Raphael Saadiq’s ‘Love That Girl’. Neither of us are ballerinas so we learned a waltz off YouTube a few days before! Our ‘dip’ was the cue for the rest of the bridal party to take the limelight.”

Congratulations on your marriage Mim and Ryan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Matthew Mead Photography for sharing today’s images with us!