Kate & Nathan
I love the gorgeous, modern feel to Kate and Nathan’s Canberra garden wedding. There is not much fuss, but boy, is there a lot of beauty. The couple chose James of All Grown Up Weddings to capture their day.
Of how they met, Kate and Nathan tell. “We met through our younger brothers and bonded over a game of darts. The proposal was low key. We had planned to see midnight fireworks in Canberra but due to hours of board games at a friend’s place, we went home to watch the Sydney fireworks on TV. Just after the display kicked off Nathan suggested we start the year with a trip to a jeweler.
As read in their vows, Kate tells what she loves about Nathan. “There is so much I love about Nathan, his gentle nature, and endless patience, his devotion to his family, infectious giggle and deep brown eyes. Everything is so easy with him.”
Nathan remarks, “I love Kate’s compassion and generosity, and how supportive she is of everything I do. She makes me laugh and I admire her passion and strong will.”
Kate chose the Gwendolynne Burkin, ‘Ophelia’ gown, Nathan telling, “Kate’s Mum discovered Gwendolynne Burkin’s studio during a visit to Melbourne. After I proposed, she and her mum booked an appointment straight away. The dress, ‘Ophelia’, was the first dress Kate tried on. I remember her telling me she never felt more beautiful and the dress captured what she wanted for the day – romantic and whimsical. Gwendolynne and all her team took great care of Kate in all her appointments. I also thought Kate looked amazing in the dress.”
Moxom + Whitney created the floral arrangements for the day. Kate added special charms to the bouquet as a nod to loved ones who had passed.
For the processional, Nathan remembers, “Charles, our musician (Chicago Charles), played an acoustic version of Sigur Rós’ Hoppípola.”
Kate and Nathan chose House of Representatives’ Rose Gardens Old Parliament House for their ceremony, the couple noting, “The rose gardens at Old Parliament House were our first choice for the ceremony. In March the roses are out and provide a beautiful backdrop.”
The ceremony, which was officiated by Judy Aulich included a ring warming ceremony, Kate and Nathan telling, “For our ring warming ceremony a friend made a beautiful little ring bag using material from her wedding dress.”
Of their photographer, Kate remarks, “We loved having James share the day with us. He was patient, calm and a lot of fun. He went out of his way to make everyone feel comfortable, especially Nathan & I who were quite anxious about having our photos taken. James helped us relax and enjoy the experience and really captured the emotion of our day.”
Kate and Nathan chose Sage Restaurant for their reception, telling, “We have always enjoyed the food at Sage and really wanted an intimate setting for the reception. Dennis and his staff were exceptional and took great care of all our guests.”
Guests signed a blank jigsaw puzzle as the guestbook, which the couple plans to frame.
Kate and Nathan remember, “We put together the reception ourselves – little boxes of Haighs Chocolates with hand written notes tied off with string and wooden love hearts. Some of our friends made little decorations for the reception including miniature bunting for the card box. Another talented friend created our wedding cake.”
“Everything about the day was special but that we could share it with so many of our friends and family meant the most to us.”
Of the first dance, Nathan remembers, “We hadn’t planned on having a first dance but our musician and guests insisted! We can’t remember the song; having not practiced we were concentrating on not stepping on each others toes.”
Congratulations Kate and Nathan! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to James of All Grown Up Weddings for sharing today’s wedding with us!