This Adelaide couple had a big surprise for their guests – they were already married!
Photography by Mel Boulden Photography
The First Date
Tim and I first met at the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s Jolly Bar (the medical resident’s bar at the old RAH). Twice a year the physios and other allied health would be invited to drinks at the resident’s bar – Tim was a resident and I was a first-year graduate physio. We have now been together for six years!
The Secret Nuptials
At the end of 2016 we moved to the UK so that Tim could complete his fellowship training, but before we left we impulsively decided to secretly get married at the registry office! We kept our marriage a secret until our wedding celebration on the 9th December last year (on the one-ear anniversary of our registry wedding). It was a very special way to celebrate our first year of marriage!
I planned the wedding from overseas with the help of my mum and I had an ongoing ‘to do list’ that seemed to grow day by day! I loved the wedding planning process and it was something that mum and I really enjoyed sharing together. Yvette Lagozzino of Dapper Events helped with coordination on the day (she was worth her weight in gold!). Sophie, the owner of The White House in Hahndorf, where we had our ceremony and reception, was also amazing, providing suggestions for wedding styling and set-up.
I bought my dress in London; it’s by English designer Sassi Holford. It was a two-piece floral silk jacquard crop top and skirt with a train. My absolute favourite part of the outfit was the floral appliqué veil – it was a childhood dream come true! The dress wasn’t what I had always imagined but when I tried it on I fell in love with it.
The Sentimental Accessories
I wore a small silver antique purse that my mum carried down the aisle 34 years ago when she married my dad – this was my ‘something borrowed’. Getting married outdoors, I had to choose shoes that wouldn’t sink into the grass and I was fortunate to find a very unique pair of duck egg blue Miu Miu patent leather heels; I wore these shoes as my ‘something blue’. Later in the evening I changed into a pair of white leather ballet slippers with ribbons tied around the ankles (mum also wore ballet slippers when she married my dad so this was another sentimental touch).
I love blue and white, and when I saw [bespoke event hire and styling boutique] Old Refinery had a collection of blue and white china the theme was decided! The venue was decorated with blue and white vases filled with white and soft pink flowers by Austin Bloom. I love flowers so getting this right was very important to me. Austin Bloom created a spectacular ladder installation for the ceremony area with trailing natural linen, David Austin roses, delphiniums and dahlias.
We wanted an informal and social atmosphere so we went for a cocktail-style reception. We had a clear roof marquee (hired from Adelaide Hills Party Hire) with scattered tables and Bentwood chairs. Tim and I were seated at two peacock-style chairs decorated by Austin Bloom. There was a collection of white picnic rugs, blue and white cushions and low tables hired from Old Refinery so guests could sit on the ground. A Hamptons-style wicker lounge set was hired from Sash Events, and Adelaide Hills Party Hire decorated the space with a combination of festoon and fairy lights, which looked magical at night time.
The food was a very important element for us as we both love cooking and eating! Fortunately, Poh Ling Yeow of Jamface caters weddings at The White House; we chose a delicious serving of fusion Malaysian-style savoury finger food followed by Jamface’s delicious tarts. There was a cheese and ham grazing table, arranged by Jamface, with a selection of Muratti baguettes, a leg of ham, condiments, cheese, nuts and dried fruit.
English designer Sassi Holford
Tim wore a tuxedo and bow tie – the tux was custom-made in Hong Kong a few years ago
Ceremony and reception
The White House, Hahndorf
Belinda Mills from Pipsqueak in Saigon
Profiterol croquembouche from Muratti Cakes & Gateaux with a cake-topper from Etsy and peonies from Austin Bloom
Mel Boulden Photography
Solomon Scopazzi from Fragment Films
DJ Driller Jet Armstrong