Sydney bushland wedding

Naomi & Ben

Naomi and Ben chose a hot Summer’s day for their botanical inspired wedding. They wed at a lookout overlooking the ocean before celebrating with their favourite people at a restaurant in Akuna Bay. They wanted their wedding day to be inspired by nature and in places that they both loved together. Lucy Leonardi was there to capture the memories.

Naomi tells of their journey. “We had actually known each other since high school, but weren’t really friends. about 10 years after school, we re-met at the local pub through a mutual friend.”

Alexander McQueen WeddingGroom in leopard print shoes

Ben chose an Alexander McQueen suit with leopard print shoes by Burberry.

Lace Anaessia Dress

The bride wore a short dress by Anaessia. She remarks “Chosen for it’s uniqueness, it was a shorter style dress with a floral embroidered slip – perfect for hot summer wedding!”

Bow on Anaessia GownGreen wedding shoesBride in Anaessia DressBride in short Anaessia Dress

Chiho Kobayashi Flowers created the floral arrangements, or rather greenery arrangements! Naomi telling, “The bouquet and button holes were all different shades of green, and there was actually no flowers any where in the wedding dressings. She is super talented, all I told her is that I want a green bouquet with various foliage and she did her magic!”

Bridesmaids in magenta dresses

Ford XY Falcon GT Wedding Car

West Head LookoutBridesmaid in printed dress

Naomi and Ben chose West Head Lookout for their ceremony, a place where they were surrounded by the bush and where Ben had done a lot of rock climbing over the years.

Bride walking down aisle with parents

Naomi walked down the aisle with her parents to “Audrey” by Dave Brubeck.

West Head Lookout Marriage Ceremony

Nitza Lowenstein officiated the ceremony, the bride telling, “We had a Jewish ceremony, under a Chuppah made by my mother. It was a fairly casual and natural ceremony, that reflected the environment it was held in. There were lots of laughs.”

Bride with loose curly updoSydney lookout West Head Lookout Wedding

Nitza Lowenstein Sydney Celebrant

Nitza Lowenstein Celebrant

Sydney marriage ceremony

West Head Lookout Wedding Ceremony

Sydney wedding first kiss

Sydney Lookout Wedding

Wedding at West Head Lookout

Bride and bridesmaids at lookout

Newlyweds at Akuna BayNewlyweds at West Head Lookoit

Lucy Leonardi Photography

Sydney newlyweds

Sydney bushland wedding photos

Sydney bushland bride and groomLucy Leonardi

Of their photographer, Naomi remarks, “Lucy is not only a close friend but an outstanding photographer. She made sure everyone felt comfortable, relaxed and able to enjoy themselves. We love every shot she has captured for us and will treasure them forever.”

Sydney headland wedding photo

Sydney bride and groom

Foliage wedding bouquetBride with curly hairstyle

Bride and groom at West head Lookout

Akuna BayHerb wedding centrepieces

Naomi and Ben held their wedding at Cielo Akuna Bay, a place they had often been fishing together, and continued the botanical style to their decor, remembering, “The table dressings were edible plants – which doubled as favors. We also used Astro Turf as the aisle for the ceremony to stay inline with the botanical theme.”

Spring garden wedding centrepieceCheese wedding cake wih dried figs

Cheese board at weddingPotted plant wedding decor

Instead of a traditional sweet cake, Naomi and Ben chose a cheese wheel cake, which they cut with a Samurai sword.

CHampagne Sabre

Almond brittle wedding favorsPlacecards with green detail

As wedding favors, the groom’s mother made home made dark chocolate almond brittle.

Hora at Australian wedding

Hora at Cielo Wedding Venue

The wedding was a beautiful acknowledgement of the bride and groom’s cultures, Naomi noting, “Being a “half” Jewish wedding, we opened with a traditional Hora.”

Jewish Hora

Photo of hora

Cutting cake with champagne sabreWedding at Cielo

Dancing at Australian wedding

Of their first dance Naomi remembers, “We chose “You Never Can Tell” – Chuck Berry Inspired by John Travolta and Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction.”

First dance at Australian wedding

Newlyweds dancing

SYdney hora

Opening champagne with a sabre

One of the favourite memories of the night was the gift from the groom’s brother – a champagne sabre!

Sydney wedding band

Naomi remembers, “At the end of the night, the band invited the groom and some musical friends to come and play a song on stage – which ended up being “little wing” by Jimmi Hendrix.”

Congratulations Naomi and Ben! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Lucy Leonardi  for sharing today’s wedding!