Michelle + Jackson's Sydney Wedding
Photographer: Matt Johnson aka The Loved Ones
Wedding Date: 24th November 2018
What was your wedding venue (ceremony & reception) and why did you choose there?
For the ceremony we chose The Garrison Church in Millers Point, Sydney. Before we got engaged, my now husband and I had a few conversations about weddings/marriage. One of the first things he said was that he loved city weddings, more specifically, weddings in big ol’ churches like the Garrison. It was a pretty easy decision after that.
The reception was at Beta Bar. I must admit, the reception decision was quite stressful. It took 8+ weeks to lock one in. Not for lack of trying, either. My Husband even stepped in at many times to call on our behalf to get some answers from busy venues. And then we met Alice at Beta and everything just fell into place. She was so lovely and much kinder and more attentive than anyone we had been in contact with prior.
Before planning started one of my sisters-in-law gave me advice in regard to the wedding. She said, choose 3 things that you want your wedding to be, or have – stick to those and be willing to sacrifice other things. One of those things we wanted was good food. Beta’s traditional/modern take on Greek cuisine was perfect. I have Greek background for starters and my Husband loves Greek food and if it weren’t perfect enough, we then had the tasting. Seriously, so good! And a fun fact, the building Beta is in used to be the Hellenic Club which means when my grandparents first came to Australia, they would’ve hung out there quite a bit!
Did you have a wedding theme/style?
I wouldn’t go so far as to say we had a theme, but as for the style; we wanted something classic and modern. A contradiction in terms; I know, but that’s really what we wanted. One main thing was that we didn’t want any family or friends to have to set up or pack down anything, so they could enjoy the day and not have to worry about those things. We wanted the day to be more about the people than the ‘things’ and the venues themselves are so beautiful, they didn’t really need any adorning.
How did you and your now Husband meet?
We met at a mutual friend’s birthday party. I was sitting amongst a group of people, all of whom Jackson knew, except me. Him being the kind of person that he is, felt the need to sit down and introduce himself to me. He didn’t leave that seat for the rest of the night.
What is your proposal story?
Jackson had organised us to have a date night at the MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) which is one of my favourite places. We had a casual dinner up at the café and walked around the open level. He waited until we were in a room by ourselves and got down on one knee. AS he says I was a “stunned mullet” and didn’t really say much for a while – so much so, he started to think I didn’t like the ring! I loved the ring I was just in shock and needed to process!
How did you hear about Prea James Bridal?
From the Bridal Atelier Instagram I think. I am a wedding photographer myself; so, I follow a lot of wedding related accounts on my business Instagram.
From where did you purchase your gown?
The Bridal Atelier
What do you love most about the gown?
The fusion of the classic and the modern... AND how amazing it felt to wear with the silk lining.
Are there any special details about your wedding that you would like to share?
Jackson and I are Christians so for the most part, we wanted a day that glorified God. Our ceremony had 2 songs and a sermon about building your life on solid rock (in reference to Matthew 7:24-27) because we wanted to build our marriage on the same thing. We know that for us, putting God first is the best way for our marriage to work.
Were there any details that you (and friends and family) made yourselves?
My mum made my veil from her own, which was very special. She hand-cut hundreds of silk circles and sewed each on with a little pearl bead.
Finally, Do you have any words of wisdom for couples planning their big day?
I think it’s really important to remember your wedding isn’t “everything”. It’s one day of your life (one of the best, yes, but one day regardless) What is important is your marriage. Just take it one day at a time and enjoy the ride.
Jackson and I did a marriage prep course with a close slightly older married couple we know. We have recommended this to everyone since doing it; the one we did was called Prepare-Enrich. It really does prepare you for marriage, whether you are Christians or not, live together or not – it’s a really great way to prepare!
Matt Johnson aka The Loved Ones
Hair & Makeup: Brides by Missy (Missy Veyret) @bridesbymissy on insta Georgia B Makeup @georgiabmaekup on Instagram
Florist: Foxglove Flora
Stationery: Design was by my brother
Cake: Didn’t have one! The dessert was Chocolate Galaktoboureko... so you know.
Caterer: Beta Bar (Alpha Restaurant)
Accessories: Amelie George Earrings
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bec + Bridge, Black Halo, & By Johnny
Groom & Groomsmen’s Suits: Peter Jackson