It was a beautiful January summer’s day when Nigel and Aeri tied the knot. With Jonathan Ong behind the camera, the pair married in a beautiful Melbourne garden. Their guests dressed in floral printed attire, settling in for a long lunch in the sunshine. Which if you ask us, after a year of lockdown, is utter perfection. They added their favourite treats (doughnuts and plenty of them!) Zoom calls to far away and even a costume change to traditional Korean dress.
Settle in with a glass of prosecco and all the flowers you can find for this one friends!
After meeting via mutual friends “We were both invited over to our mutual friend’s house for dinner” reminisces Aeri. “I liked Nigel so I asked him to go out together to get a vanilla coke from the 7/11 then after that we started dating.” Nigel popping the question at home. “In our apartment balcony, on his knees, Nigel asked me to be his wife and I said yes!”
Nigel’s outfit was found quickly! “We found Nigel’s suit from the first shop we visited and we picked a pink bowtie to give a little bit of twist”
With such a tight timeline, Aeri found her wedding gown at Raffaele Ciuca. She tells “I had only a short timeframe to prepare the wedding – impossible to order a dress so I had to go around all the shops to find a sample that fit me and luckily one beautiful strapless dress fitting like a glove was available from Raffaele Ciuca! So yes that became my wedding dress.”
Aeri and Nigel chose the beautiful grounds of Gardens House for their wedding sharing “Gardens House is a hidden gem in the botanical garden. Loved the classical feeling of the building at the same time it was a convenient location for everyone!”
Of her walk down the aisle, Aeri remembers “As my family was in Korea and could not come to the wedding, I walked by myself. The band played “Moon River”.”
Aeri and Nigel hired Confetti Stories By Leisha to officiate their ceremony “We wanted it to be short and yes it was one of the shortest ceremonies!” laughs the bride.
The newlyweds spent their first moments as married chatting with their international families.
The couple credit much of the success of their day to wedding planner Events By Emma Currie. “Our on the day coordinator Emma was absolutely amazing and went above and beyond for every little detail for our wedding.”
The floral details for the day were styled by Rosie Haus in soft romantic tones. “I came across a picture of a bouquet by Kate (Rosie Haus) it was a beautiful mocha beige-pink so I asked Kate to use the same colour for my wedding.”
“Jonathan is really a top-notch photographer” remarks Aeri. “He made us feel comfortable and relaxed the whole time while making amazing photos! Everyone who sees the photos loves them!”
“All little things that I was worried about didn’t really matter too much” remembers Aeri. “So just enjoy and have a good time with your loved ones!! But choose a good photographer like I did!! You’ve got to see the photos forever.”
The newlyweds wanted to honour their culture, switching into pieces from Limhanbok. Says Aeri “For the reception, we wore ‘hanbok’, which is Korean traditional costume as I wanted to bring some part of my culture into this wedding.”
The couple hired Peter Mitchell Jazz Trio to entertain their guests. Aeri noting “I loooove jazz and I dreamed about the wedding with jazz band so that was the first thing that I made sure to include for our wedding.”
In keeping with the garden party vibe, Aeri and Nigel asked all of their guests to wear “something floral”.
The biggest of congratulations to you both Aeri and Nigel. What a joy to be able to share your beautiful day. Thank you both and thank you to Jonathan Ong for sharing the story with us.