Chanelle and James wedding by Inlighten Photography


The Details

How did you and your partner meet? We first met when we were in primary school- we used to sit next to each other because the teacher made us sit boy-girl-boy-girl. James was the boy that sat between me and my best friend! We met again at schoolies on the Gold Coast. James thought my name sounded familiar and introduced himself.

How did he propose? James proposed to me in Playa Del Carmen in Mexico. The proposal had taken months of planning! After we had booked in our stay at the Excellence Playa Mujures, James secretly called the hotel to arrange an upgrade. He requested that they pretend that the upgrade and a private yacht trip were complementary as it was our anniversary when we were staying there. This was all to make sure that I didn’t suspect why James was spoiling me so much!

When the Captain stopped the yacht near a private beach, James went down on one knee on the bow of the boat and asked me to marry him with a stunning, personally designed diamond ring from Fairfax & Roberts. Of course, I said yes.

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship? Spend as much quality time with each other as you can. It’s so easy to be caught up in the day to day, but spending one on one time together is so important.

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it: A stunning ivory couture gown of intricate French Lace, with a four-meter lace veil, made by the team at Personalised Weddings in Earlwood. My mum also had a couture dress made in French Blue and with French lace by Personalised Couture.

What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day? Romance, love, & family. The reception was designed with the theme of roses, silver & crystal in mind. I was lucky enough to have my dream come true with an abundance of draping roses around the room in the softest pinks and whites. The reception venue was perfect because it has the most amazing tea light chandelier hanging from the ceiling, which gives the venue a magical and starry atmosphere.

What was your favorite moment from the day? Our first dance to Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Spending time with our families, who were so happy for us! We tried to include as many people in our wedding as possible, e.g. the bridal party included 8 cousins aged between 2 and 7 years – 6 flower girls in couture tulle gowns by Olivia Kate Couture and 2 page boys in mini dinner suits from Ferrari Formal!

Any DIY décor elements? Framed family wedding photographs at the entry to the reception

If you could do it all over again, what would you change? Nothing!

Any tips that you can give to future brides? Spend as much time with each other as possible on this special day- the day goes so fast, and it’s a celebration of your new lives together, so savor every moment together.

The Team

Wedding Invitations: Adorn Invitations
Dress: Personalised Weddings Couture
Hair: Michelle Kroon
Shoes: Badgley Mishka
Accessories: Tiffany & Co (earrings), Glammadonna (hair piece & bridesmaid earrings), Fairfax & Roberts (engagement & wedding rings)
Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale
Grooms Suit: Black Label Tailoring
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Photographer: Inlighten Photography
Cake: Brides in Bloom
Food: View By Sydney, Pier 2 Walsh Bay
Flowers: Brides in Bloom
Ceremony Venue: St Mark’s Darling Point
Reception Venue: View By Sydney, Pier 2 Walsh Bay
Flower girl Dresses Designer: Olivia Kate Couture
Groomsmen & Pageboy suits: Ferrari Formal
Cinematographer: Untitled Film Works
Entertainment: Baker Boys Band