Angela and Thibaud
I am always smitten with a love story that is simple, a wedding where the focus is not on endless details (as much as I love them), but instead on honest moments. For Angela and Thibaud, their day was filled with romance, it was filled with stories, champagne toasts, puppy dogs and gorgeous gowns. The beautiful Hunter Valley and a stunner of a Spring day meeting their match in a wedding filled with old world charm.
It was simple, it was beautiful and it was all elegantly captured by Cavanagh Photography. Settle in for this one, because it’s the loveliest tale of two.
The newlyweds, first laid eyes on one another at work. Angela shares their tale “We were part of the opening team of Mr Wongs’ a Chinese restaurant in Sydney’s CBD. We were working together at the time and our relationship grew from there.”
The bride worked with Angela Osagie Bridal to make her tea-length gown, the designer completing the look with a birdcage veil. “My dress was hand made, I found an amazing dressmaker who moulded my ideas. I always had certain ideas of how I wanted my dress for the day, for example, I didn’t want floor length and wanted ¾ length sleeves as it was still a little chilly this time of year which I found was quite difficult to find when I was searching for a dress in the bridal shops. We spent a day sketching and I sent through ideas from photo’s of what I liked and from there we created the dress.”
Jade McIntosh Flowers styled the romantic floral details for the day, Angela explaining “I gave the florist a brief of rustic and a good mix of natives. The team also did the styling of the venue and tables for us.”
Roberts Circa 1876 played host to the beautiful Spring day, hosting Angela and Thibaud’s ceremony and reception. Angela shares “We used Circa 1876 when we first walked in we loved the old original building. It added such character and an atmosphere we were looking for. We also liked all the little rooms we could be in at different times. We also had our ceremony here as they had a gorgeous area out the back of the venue which is framed by the tree’s and has a great area for a ceremony/drinks and canapes after. We liked how the venue has the old and new combined, it is done really well!”
For her walk down the aisle, Angela chose a song that she and Thibaud would hear endlessly at Mr Wong’s – where they met – “At Last” by Etta James.
The couple chose Lillian Lyon to make it official, Angela tells “Lillian created the atmosphere for our ceremony. We spent several days with her talking about how we wanted the ceremony. We had a few readings our mothers both read that they sourced for us. We also shared some memories and ambitions we have together. Our ceremony was based on love and love we have for one another.”
Angela and Thibaud had one very special friend at their wedding – their dog! Angela explains “We were lucky enough to find a venue that allowed dogs, this was special as we could have our dog there with us at the ceremony and share a special event with him!”
The newlyweds toasted their status with glasses of champagne as they walked back down the aisle. “Champagne was a must!” notes Angela.
Of their photographers, Angela remarks “They did an amazing job and left no details spared. I could not recommend them more! All the vendors of the day did a great job! It wouldn’t have been the day it was without them all!”
The restaurant, where guests gathered for dinner, was decorated with sweet handmade details by the couple – including table numbers, and a station for guests to capture their own memories with a Polaroid camera.
Plan early advises Angela to other brides to be. “The way we had planned everything was to be organised at least a couple of days before. This way any last questions aren’t so stressful. The vendors did a great job with that and helped us all the way. It just made the day feel that much more effortless.”
The first dance was to Bob Marley’s “Is This Love”.