We’re a big fan of wedding celebrations full of cultural tradition and heritage. And even bigger fans of couples willing to embrace elements from their family heritage and incorporate it with modern western elegance.
Pholly + Mike’s wedding was one such wedding. Being of Vietnamese descent, both Pholly + Mike chose to pay homage to their heritage by hosting a traditional tea ceremony with their respective families. Tea ceremonies appear to be very straight forward but there is deep cultural and family significance for the bridal couple to offer their respect to their parents and family elders by serving them tea and waiting on them to bestow on them words of advice, blessing and the odd joke here and there about future children. Tea ceremonies are guaranteed to full of emotion and Pholly + Mike’s wedding was no different.
After the conclusion of the tea ceremonies, Pholly + Mike got ready for the western civil ceremony. Mike chose to get ready at home, while Pholly and her girls headed to The Darling Hotel to get ready. We love it when brides choose to get ready in a hotel. It always add an added special touch of excitement and indulgence for the wedding day, and when you’re getting ready in a 5 star hotel like The Darling Hotel, you can definitely expect a bottle of bubbly on hand to start the celebrations early.
A special touch we’re seeing with quite a few of our couples recently is the bride and groom exchanging gifts with each other, usually accompanied with a personalised note. Giving the bride and groom some personal time to read and open their respective gifts is always beautiful to watch. It’s the last opportunity for them to tell each other how they feel and what they’re looking forward to most about the wedding day. And when the gift opening and card reading is shared with the respective bridesmaids and groomsmen smiles, laughs and tears are guaranteed. Most of all it really brings the focus of the day and the coming formalities back to the love and bond shared by the bride and groom. Any last minute nerves and jitters are suddenly gone and instead there’s a sense of resolve and anticipation for the wedding ceremony.
Pholly + Mike chose to have an outdoor garden ceremony in the Rose Lawn of the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, underneath the shade of a magnificent Morton Bay Fig. Robyn Pattison was their amazing civil celebrant. This was our first (and hopefully not last) time working with Robyn. Her reputation within the wedding industry precedes her and it is evident why! We have never witnessed a more caring, genuine, witty and funny celebrant who is able to encapsulate every little detail of the couple’s unique love story and retell it in such a romantic and heartwarming way.
We made the most of the beautiful settings within the Botanic Gardens with some location photos with the bridal party and also down at Jones Bay Wharf for a few more shots before heading to the Darling Island Doltone House reception venue.
Pholly + Mike, thanks so much for entrusting us with the responsibility of capturing and documenting your special day. Not once all day did it feel like we were working… instead we felt like we were part of your family, part of your circle of friends celebrating your special day with you. Thanks again for making our work such a joy and honour!
Ceremony: Royal Botanic Gardens
Celebrant: Robyn Pattison
Reception: Doltone House
Hair & Make up : Linda Tran
Cars: Luxury Wedding Cars
Video: Dustin Ling
Cake: The Cake Studio
Dress: Keziah Krikmann
Suits: Hugo Boss