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Great Gatsby Garden Party

— Emily & Ed


1 September 2012


72 people

Real Wedding: Emily & Ed
Real Wedding: Emily & Ed

PERSONAL ACCOUNT OF THE DAY: Ed and my wedding day was full to the brim with love and happiness. At the risk of sounding cheesy it actually was. I remember seeing smiles that went from ear to ear, every guest was dressed up in their most dapper suit and finest frock ready for a garden party like no other.

I was shaking like a leaf as I walked down the isle to Angles by The XX. The whole way through the ceremony I found smiling and holding Ed’s hand the only thing I could manage. I was glad the ceremony was short and sweet. Ed and I wrote our own vows, hearing them for the first time on the day. There were tears, but before long we were married and glasses of champagne were thrust into our hands. Calming the nerves and preparing us for banquet lunch by Piquant.

The guests mulled around the garden and soaked up the sun, giggling with one another and making new friends. They raved about lunch being delicious and how they were full to the brim. I could see eyes regularly darting upward mid conversation, steeling glances at the hanging floral arrangements only to pull their cameras out and take photos. I styled the event, and when I saw the venue for the first time it delighted me to see my vision come to life in more beauty than I had hoped. The boys at Sticks and Wicks Floral design realised that vision for me. Oh how beautiful the venue looked!

We kept our wedding simple but glamorous. Our guests have sent us endless text messages and cards saying it was a wedding they will never forget. But, to tell you the truth, they were the reason it will be unforgettable. Ed and I always wanted to have a wedding just like Christmas day lunch. Great food, delicious wine and above all wonderful company, it was a bonus that we all got to dress up!!

(Interview continued under gallery...)

VENUE: Lion Gate Lodge, Botanic Gardens.

THEME/STYLE: The most dapper garden party you’ll ever attend. Glamorous, classic and somewhat similar to a Great Gatsby party.

PHOTOGRAPHY: I am blown away with how amazing the photos are. We choose Lara Hotz as out wedding photographer because her photos capture the feel of the day. I looked through the images of the other weddings Lara has done and I feel like I was there. I could see the joy on the faces of the bridal party and their friends. I like that the majority of Lara’s shots are candid. Lara and her team are professionals and when you hire them for your wedding or event you can rest assured you will get the photos you desire and much more.

BRIDE’S DRESS: My dress was influenced by dress from the late 1960’s. The design of the dress is all my own. I wanted to be completely covered in lace from my neck, to my wrists to the ground so I constructed the dress to show off my figure, giving the dress a sexy hint.

BRIDE’S SHOES: Yellow silk sling backs with a bow on the front – BHLDN

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: I wanted the girls to look as glamorous as me on the day, so their dresses had to be long. I’ve never understood dressing three girls in the same dress, so each girl was not to match. My bridesmaids are such beautiful girls and so individual, I wanted that to shine out on the day. We choose Rachel Gilbert dresses from Dressed Up. The girls choose the ones that suited them the most.

BRIDESMAID’S SHOES: Ha ha ha – They had to be high and comfortable so… Dotti!!

FLOWERGIRLS/PAGEBOYS: Ed’s sister Charlie was the flowergirl, she has a 50’s rock & roll style and there was no need to change that for the day so she wore a gorgeous pale blue lace frock from Wheels and Dollbaby, flowers in her hair and bright red lips!

JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: Jewellery was minimal, just hair accessories were worn. It was a mixture of vintage and ASOS accessories.

WEDDING RING STYLES: Antique, classic. Mine is a very thin gold band to match my engagement ring. And Ed’s ring is classic signet ring.

GROOMSMEN: Ed was in charge of styling the boys. Ed’s a stylish man so I had no doubt the boys would look exceptional on the day. Just like the bridesmaids the groomsmen were not to match. Ed’s brothers bought suits that looked good on them. A slim classic three piece suit was the style so all the boys had to get their suits altered to fit perfectly. Ed’s waistcoat did not have to match the suit, this look is very cool and when done well looks fantastic. Ed brought the bowties from Etsy.

HAIR: All hairstyles were different, designed to flattered the individual. My hair is very, very curly!! I didn’t want to wear it out as its hard to control. The only other option was all my curls bundled on top of my head. So I asked my florist to create a giant floral headpiece for me to wear. It was over the top and perfect!

MAKEUP: Flawless skin and glowing cheeks. Smoky eyes and red lips.

STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Simple, cream card. Art deco style.

WEDDING FAVORS: Jams made by our mate Cam. He has a jam business called Cam’s Jam

BOUQUETS: Colouful and all different. Mine was simple so as not to clash with my headpiece

CEREMONY DÉCOR: Garden benches with 12 assorted brocade and velvet cushions made by me.

RECEPTION DÉCOR: I styled the event. We kept it simple and very glamorous. I was careful not to make it to “girly” or “kitsch” so I ran all my ideas by Ed and only went ahead with them when I got his tick of approval. The vintage crockery was mismatched and the guests ate with shiny silver cutlery. Lace vintage napkins accompanied the crockery and cutlery. White table clothes and regular glass wear kept the whole look of the table not too ‘kitch’. The table was full of food, platters of food and piles of root vegetables for table props. The flower arrangements were hang from the roof. I like that rustic feel, like i'd just run into a field of flowers and picked bunches to hang… that was the brief I gave the boys at Sticks and Wicks Floral Design, so there was lots of twine and hessian, daisies and ferns


CAKE TYPE: Chocolate with white chocolate ganache draped with fruit and jasmine – made by mum!

Processional: Angles, The XX
Signing the register: Desire, Ryan Adams
Recessional: Home, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

FOOD & BEVERAGES: Ed and I always wanted our wedding to be like Christmas day lunch but on a larger scale. Great food, delicious wine and above all wonderful company. I loved the idea of long tables where the guest can talk ato one another and share food and wine. To realise this idea we decided to go with a banquet style lunch so everyone’s tummies were full. The booze was bought from our mates that own a bar in Sydney. All the wine and beer was delicious!! Having yummy food and good wine was VERY important to us. There’s nothing worst than walking away from an event with a rumbling tummy!!



CELEBRANT: Emma Tomkinson – she was wonderful.

READINGS USED: My sisters Katie and Eloise said an amazing reading on the day about love and life and always striving to be the best person for ourselves and for each other. Ed and I wrote our own vows. We heard them for the first time on the day. It was a really great thing to do!

A MEMORABLE MOMENT: The guests looked sensational. Dressed in their finest frocks and most dapper suits, I got the feeling our guests dressed up for us!!

ONE THING I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY WEDDING PLANS: Nothing. Everything went to plan and looked just as I had imagined including the guests.

BEST ADVICE FOR PLANNING A WEDDING/TO BRIDES: Make sure you come home to a clean house!! Because we weren't going on a honeymoon straight away we hired a cleaner while we were at the wedding and came home to a clean house. It was perfect.

OTHER: We couldn’t invite EVERYONE to the wedding so we had a wedding party at The Passage Bar, later that evening. I sent out separate invitations so that we got to celebrate with ALL our friends as well as our family.

Congratulations to Emily & Ed from The LANE! And a huge thankyou to Lara Hotz for these beautiful images! You can view more of Lara's amazing work on her website & blog.



BRIDE'S DRESS: I designed and made it myself




FLOWERGIRL: Wheels & Dollbaby

GROOMS FORMAL WEAR: Bespoke suit from Steel & May Tailoring

WEDDING RINGS: Lachlan Walsh


HAIR/ MAKE-UP: Annette Twemlow

STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Designed and printed by Emily Sarks

FLORIST: Sticks and Wicks Floral Design

CAKE: My mum - Jenny Sarks

CATERING: Piquant Catering



WEDDING VENUE: Lion Gate Lodge, Botanic Gardens, Sydney



CUTLERY & CROCKERY: The Vintage Kitchen

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