In today’s feature, we are excited to share Annabel and Rowan’s intimate wedding. From the heartfelt moments to the exquisite catering, this close-knit event was held in their recently redesigned home. With the help of their Photographer, Sarah Godenzi, they captured each heartfelt moment.

After being together for 15 years, Rowan and Annabel woke up on New Year’s Eve and decided it was time to officially tie the knot!

They decided to host their intimate wedding in their home, holding it in the late morning. “Our home had recently been renovated by our interior designer, Lucy Marczyk, who is just wonderful.”

Annabel’s sister Nicola arranged and designed these beautiful flowers – which were dahlias supported by contrasting native foliage.

Rowan had arranged catering with Tommy Collins, who did an incredible job providing the canapés, drinks, and a beautiful sit-down lunch. “The service was excellent,” said Rowan.

Annabel wore this stunning sparkly dress that hit just below her knee. “She wanted something that really reflected her personal style – she has a strong interest in fashion and wanted something that brought her joy,” shared Rowan.

For himself, Rowan wanted a relaxed suit – something unstructured and elegant but still had a hint of fun to it. “It was the most comfortable suit I have ever owned!”

To begin the ceremony, Nicola escorted Annabel down the stairs. “Seeing Annabel come down the stairs brought a tear to my eye,” he recalled.

They had initially wanted to plan a registry wedding, but it became much more difficult than they had wished. “We found our celebrant online, and our first meeting with Charis was such a joy. We knew straight away we were in good hands, and everything followed from there. We were not going to have a photographer, but Charis changed our minds and introduced us to Sarah.”

Their celebrant, Charis White, was the expert they needed to gently lead them through the whole ceremony process. “We wanted something simple and personal. We also had one reading of a Buddhist prayer by my son Samuel.”

Keeping their wedding small and intimate allowed the two families to meet and mingle. “Having a small occasion really enabled everyone to meet and mix in a way that would not have happened in a larger setting.”

While they did not have a first dance, they still chose Nancy Wilson’s “You Don’t Know How Glad I Am” to mark the beginning of their next chapter together.

Photographer Sarah Godenzi was the perfect mixture of relaxed and poised, expertly guiding the couple through their shoot. “Every photo we selected for our album was special to us. It was a great combination of thoughtful and funny moments.”

After coming highly recommended by their celebrant, Rowan and Annabel were hesitant to hire a photographer, but she surpassed their expectations! “Sarah came to our house prior to the big day and scouted locations nearby. She was relaxed, fun and very skilful. She managed the post-event stuff really well, providing an ‘early release’ for us to share, as well as the full set of photos. She helped us though obtaining prints and producing a beautiful book.”

Just like their wedding, Annabel and Rowan kept their vendor list intimate, only bringing the bare necessities. “We have mentioned all our suppliers above, and they were all great. The flowers were supplied by our local florist, Bridge Road Florist, in Richmond, and Dan Murphy in Richmond helped with a champagne tasting, which allowed us to choose a beautiful champagne.”

The final piece of advice Annabel and Rowan want to leave for future married couples is this: “Do it just the way you want! It is your day.”

Congratulations, Rowan and Annabel, on creating this beautiful, intimate wedding in your incredible home! And thanks to Sarah Godenzi for capturing and sharing these photos with us.