With a touch of champagne (Champagne issue worthy of this one) Bec and Nathan wanted to escape to the country for their wedding. Choosing a very significant spot (read on to find out why) the pair wed in a sparkling Mudgee wedding that reflected not only who they are now – but where they come from. Details like a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, and Nathan’s sister making the wedding cake, beautifully blend old and new traditions, for a day truly reflective of their very own story.
Bec and Nathan’s story begins while they were both working as junior doctors at the same hospital. “We were both junior doctors working at the same hospital, but we never really crossed paths, we met at a work party. Bec was on the social committee and checking tickets at the door, it was the first time we had met but Nath chivalrously offered to help instead of joining the party!
Orchestrated by Nathan, the proposal was utterly romantic, Nathan reminiscing, “Bec was working night shifts, and whilst she was sleeping I prepared a 7-course meal that I had been planning for months. I made different dishes representing the different countries we had travelled to together with a custom cocktail menu. I also dressed up our dog in a bowtie! I proposed at the end of the dinner and she said yes!”
Let’s kick off the story with Bec & Nathan’s wedding film, a beauty captured by Dillon Price. “Our photographer Kate Freestone and our videographer Dillon Price were amazing to work with” they tell. “They made the day a breeze, both super easy to get along with, and we had a lot of fun with the photos even if it meant Nathan had to carry me through the muddy field to get a photo with the sunset!”
The day was black tie glam, so Nathan donned a classic tuxedo from The Bespoke Corner Tailors. He tells “I wore a classic black tux (because Bec told me to!) from The Bespoke Corner Tailors in Paddington. The Bespoke Corner Tailors were recommended to me by a friend. My shoes, brushed black leather oxfords from Velasca Milano.”
The beautiful sparkling gown that Bec wore, was a design by Marquise Bridal. She tells “I wore my dream dress – the Harvey gown from Marquise Bridal. It was always the dress I wanted, I only tried on two dresses. I loved everything about it, the sparkles and the off-shoulder cut were all very me! It was perfect.”
The couple chose the country Mudgee venue of Blue Wren Farm not just for its beauty, but also because it holds very special memories for the pair. “The beautiful Blue Wren Farm in Mudgee is a special place for us. We stayed there a few years ago on a long weekend holiday when we had first started dating – it was where Nathan first told me he loved me!”
“I walked down the aisle to the acoustic cover that Boyce Avenue did of “My Girl” The Temptations, which our vendor Kylie Jane Music did an amazing job of singing” remembers Bec. “I surprised Nathan with this! He didn’t know what I was going to walk down the aisle to, and he played this song when he proposed to me and I loved this acoustic version of it. Both mum and dad walked me down the aisle.”
Bec and Nathan were legally married months before, allowing a dear friend to perform their ceremony on their wedding day. “Our ceremony was nontraditional, we wanted to make it more intimate for our guests. We decided to get married at the Chippendale Birth Deaths and Marriages a few months prior, hence we didn’t need a wedding celebrant. Yineng, who is one of Bec’s best friends and bridesmaid, then ‘married us’ at the ceremony. She did an amazing job, her speech was so special, it was such an amazing memory and it was actually the only point in the whole day that I teared up!”
“Don’t worry too much about the weather, clouds make for better photos!”
“The girls at the Ivory Room Bridal gave us a little tip to make sure we took a moment out of the day to spend together. So Nath and I stepped out for 10 mins with a glass of champagne just to be with each other during the reception.”
Dress #2 of the night was a red beauty. Bec changing into a long red gown by Fame and Partners paired with gold earrings in the shape of a Chinese knot for the Chinese tea ceremony. “We were on the fence about whether or not to have a tea ceremony, but in the end, we are really glad we did – it was a special moment with our parents!”
We think you will agree that the flowers at Bec and Nathan’s wedding were out of this world. They’re all the work of The Lillipillian, tells Bec “Our florist Tegan from the Lillipillian truly went above and beyond! She patiently dealt with my 100 emails leading up to the day. I was pretty specific with what I had in mind, and Tegan somehow created something even better than what I had envisioned!
Our flowers were bright and bold, in shades of pink and red. We wanted the red to represent Bec’s Chinese heritage, as red symbolises good luck and happiness. And Bec always wanted a flower cloud – The Lillipillian did an amazing job bringing the vision to life, it was breathtaking!”
All of the signage was designed and made by Bec herself. The couple’s other DIY details? “The last-minute run to three Dan Murphy’s to buy all of their Archie Rose espresso martinis!”
The wedding cake was a handmade beauty made by Nathan’s sister! “Nathan’s sister Sarah made a double-tiered chocolate mud cake and decorated it with. She also made Nathan’s brother’s wedding cake – so it’s becoming a new Mortimer family tradition!”
This was not a first dance of spontaneity, it was a first dance of months of preparation with thanks to Dream Day Dance Studio! “We danced to “I like me better” by Lauv” tell Bec and Nathan. “We both have always loved this song, and it describes how we feel about each other. We did MANY dance lessons leading up to the wedding. The first few lessons were hilariously bad, we are both not naturally born dancers. But by the end, we really enjoyed learning the dance, and dance teacher Carlo (from Dream Day Dance Studio) was fantastic. My mum says our dance was her favourite part of the night!”
Congratulations to you both Bec and Nathan. What a magic first day of your marriage! Thank you for sharing your stories and to Kate Freestone for sharing today’s imagery with us.