We love weddings that tell a story, where every element speaks to the couple’s journey together, a styled montage of their lives and their loves. Nik and Janice’s wedding was one such affair, a celebration of family, friends, and kindred spirits…
An engagement prolonged by the blissful arrival of the couple's two children, Nik and Janice were finally wed after four years of planning. Finding sentimental detail in every element, the couple exchanged vows beneath the domed ceilings of the St Francis of Assisi Church in Paddington, Janice walked down the aisle by her father who had flown in from Singapore the night before.
With a gown inspired by Grace Kelly and hair reminiscent of the Marchesa runways, Nik and Janice’s wedding was driven by style. Set between superyachts and harbour views, their Walsh Bay reception hall was moodily lit in subdued hues. Candlelight danced off exposed brick walls and gilded mirrors, foliage fell from oak tables and vintage records were played on classic turntables.
Photographed by Jason Corrotto
NAMES: Janice and Nik
WEDDING DATE: October 23, 2016
GUEST NUMBERS: 80
HOW WE MET: We met six years ago at a mutual friend’s birthday party – everything after that has been a blissful blur!
OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: I was pregnant with our first son, River when Nik asked me to marry him. We weren’t ready to wed, it was more of a commitment to one another as we entered into the first milestone of our relationship. Four years later, I was pregnant with our second, Haydn and we agreed to finally have the wedding we always wanted, so baby bump and I began the planning - it was important for us to have our boys be a part of our wedding.
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: Unity, kinship, family, forever, fate, fearlessness, loyalty, love, kindred, commitment, choice.
WEDDING LOCATION: We love, love, love architecture and design, Nik is a carpenter and I am an interior designer, so location was a big deal for us. We are inspired by warehouses and the raw honesty that heritage buildings encapsulate – we knew right away that location was of the upmost importance. We were also both brought up in the Catholic faith so getting married in a church was a definitive and paramount part our of step to committing to one another eternally. We were wed at St Francis of Assisi in Paddington which is embellished with ornamented beauty in all its grandeur. St Francis has been a constant guide in both of our and our families lives so it was fate and a delight to have been married at this Church on a Sunday too.
Our reception was at The Roslyn Packer Theatre in the Richard Wherrett Studio at Walsh Bay. Upon walking into this room and learning its main function was for dance practice I knew it was ‘the one’. Ballet holds an incredibly meaningful place in my heart so to celebrate our marriage within the unveiled brick surrounds, amongst the exposed cathedral ceiling and mirrored wall of a ballet studio was truly enchanting.
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THEME/STYLE: My inspiration for the style of the ceremony and reception was simplicity, timelessness, grace and purity. I predominantly used small, Australian-owned businesses and found inspiration through social media and Pinterest. I concentrated on tones from the earth and developed texture, balance and composition, which patterned itself seamlessly into the finished setting.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jason Corrotto was our photographer – we chose him to be a part of our day because of his style and honest eye for capturing humble and authentic moments. Every image is true to the exact moment of thought and sensation from the perspective of the lens. We will always look back and resonate with every sentiment reflective in the stills of a photograph.
BRIDE’S DRESS: The inspiration for my dress was Grace Kelly – and on began the hunt to find the perfect replication. To my delight this happened a lot quicker than expected. I found my dress at Luv Bridal by American designer Mia Solano. The dress was completely sheathed in lace, featuring long sleeves and a high neckline with a semi-sheer low back traced with tulle buttons. The movement through the fuller skirt extending into a mermaid form gave the dress its ethereal silhouette. My second ‘going away dress’ was the Lover Harmony Pleat Midi Dress in white which I changed into for my flower-toss and for the remainder of the night.
BRIDE’S SHOES: Tony Bianco – Astrid in Blush Kid Suede. Open-toe stiletto heel featuring an elegant three-weaved strap design with center-back zip.
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Zimmerman – We went through multiple options from the Zimmerman Fall 2016 collection and finally after hours of trying on dresses at the Zimmerman flagship store in Paddington, we came to the final selection! It was really important to me to have different styles for each of my bridesmaids; this was reflective in the individual choices they made, we really wanted to break the rules for ‘traditional bridesmaid dresses’. Our collection included the Lavish Braid Dress in Indienne Floral, Karmic Slouch Dress in Indienne Floral, Karmic Strapless Flounce Dress in Indienne Floral and the Silk Strapless Flounce Dress in Fennel Silk.
BRIDESMAIDS’ SHOES: Tony Bianco – Lovinia in Black Berlin. Black leather, strappy open heel with a circular buckle for entry.
FLOWERGIRLS/PAGEBOY OUTFITS: Flower Girls – Tutu De Monde Painted Poppies Dress in Milk. This was a delicate babydoll with tulle overlay, featuring a row of softly gathered flowers with fabric petals and silver-beaded centers with Tutu De Monde leather Mary Jane shoes in Tan. Pageboy – Industrie for Kids two-piece suit in Sandhurst with white collared shirt and matching black tie, Clarks Originals leather shoes.
WEDDING RINGS: Babyanything – It’s an absolute dream to have collaborated with Lucie and to wear her rings for life. Her Ceremonial Collection is centered and inspired by Romeo and Juliet which holds a place within the deepest room of my heart. I chose the Lady Capulet in 14-carat white gold, paired with the Stardust Diamond Eternity Band. Nik’s ring was customized as per his idea and preference for platinum.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: As per tradition, my ‘something borrowed’ was from my mother; antique freshwater pearl earrings and my grandmother’s pearl bracelet that my mother wore at her wedding. ‘Something blue’ was a bracelet given to me from Nik from By Charlotte – a gold “Be My Love” blue-thread bracelet. I gave each of my bridesmaids a bangle when I first asked them to by my bridesmaids, made by a local artisan in Manly – Elvis Et Moi. Each bracelet was made in rose gold with a customized black bead and an initial embossed on a small coin on the bracelet. The bridesmaids also wore Elvis Et Moi earrings which reflected a different celestial style - Muna, Sun, Follow your Heart and Solstice. Nik was accessorized in Hugo Boss, complementing his German background. As a gift, I bought him the Hugo Boss Aeroliner watch in black with a love letter ending in “see you at two!”.
GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: The groom wore a complete Hugo Boss suit set in Pasolini Super 100 Virgin Wool with a white cotton dress shirt in Ilias and a white silk pocket square, topped off with round black Hugo Boss cufflinks. The groomsmen wore matching black suits with a silk patterned pocket square in navy blue.
HAIR: I took inspiration from the Marchesa bridal runway show with a loosely half-pulled-back style adorned with white orchids, complementing my Oriental background.
MAKEUP: My makeup was natural and classic with a hint of moodiness through the lip. I wore my signature cat eye, kept my brows bold and the rest light and neutral.
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: I used Moo Designs to customize our wedding invitations which featured a watercolour aubergine background with gold text. The remainder of our stationary was from The Little Press in Driftwood. This included our ceremony booklets, menus, place cards, seating chart and table numbers. All were letterpressed on 100 per cent recycled, handmade, delicate paper.
FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: Black Pantry was our thank you favor of choice - another local Australian business located on the Northern Beaches where we live. They customized our swing tags and we were able to select unique and decadent flavors from their bespoke marshmallow range for our guests to enjoy at the end of the night.
FLOWERS & BOUQUETS: The inspiration for the florals was purity, decadence and form. The bouquet was purely white with green foliage and maintained a loose, lush, deconstructed shape. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were slightly smaller with the same deconstructed shape, with hues of dark purple to tie in with the hints of color in their dresses.
PREPARATION: We stayed the night at The Shangri-La Hotel in the Harbour Bridge View Master Suite. We had the pleasure of getting ready with The Future Mrs makeup artist Molly Warkentin and hair stylist Katie Angus. We each wore a Maurie and EveSunrise Dress; the bridesmaids in black and the bride in white. This was paired with strong coffee, a breakfast buffet and decadent breakfast cake.
CEREMONY DÉCOR/ RECEPTION DÉCOR: The inspiration for the night was Romeo and Juliet. To complement the interior fittings of the theatre, we created a classic yet moody environment with celestial finishes. The florals selected for the ceremony were foliage garlands, draped from the pews to the floor. We used two-tone foliage that had a dark green face and earth brown back. This was achieved with magnolia and copper beech. We also used two altar stands featuring two large floral installations of lush white florals with green foliage. We used the same draping foliage over all the reception tables. This was complemented with hand-blown glass candle holders and tall candlesticks with black organic charger plates that sat atop neutral linen draping from Silk and Willow. We also adorned the foyer with anenome in different shaped vases and did a trail of ranunculus flower heads with cathedral candles on the box office desk. Lastly, we created a crescent-shaped garland of flowers on the guest book table, centered with antique brass bud vases with a black leather Papier De Amour guest book.
WEDDING PLANNER/ WEDDING STYLIST: I was the wedding planner and stylist for the months leading up to the wedding. I took immediate control over the style that I wanted to achieve for the night. My florist Fiona from Japonica, Collaroy helped me achieve the theme for the flowers which perfectly complemented the setting.
CAKE: I chose a romantic two-tier ruffled cake in white buttercream with a dark chocolate ganache filling. The cake was adorned with a crescent-shaped array of dark purple flower heads.
WEDDING SONGS: Ceremony Music:
Entrance of guests: “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiting” - Johann Sebastian Bach
Entrance of bridal party: “Air” - Johann Sebastian Bach
Entrance of the bride: “Canon in D Major” - Johann Pachebel
Offertory procession: “Ave Maria” - Maria Callas
Signing of the register: “Suite for Cello No.1 in G Major” - Johann Sebastian Bach
Bride and groom recessional: “A Little Night Music” - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Our first dance was to a song from the 1950’s called “Since I Met You Baby” by Ivory Joe Hunter, played on an original record and choreographed by formal principal dancer Sheree De Costa.
ENTERTAINMENT: Our style of music intended for the night was always ‘old school’ and genres from another era which we both love. We had the absolute pleasure of meeting with Adam from the Vintage Stylus and taking a trip down to his hometown in Thirroul to have our briefing. His setup was incredible and we received a bounty of compliments on the music selection. Adam also displayed all his records for our guests to browse through during the night. He is highly recommended!
FOOD & BEVERAGES: The catering was handled by The Walsh Bay Kitchen, it was a three-course sit-down menu with pre-drinks and food in the foyer, canapé style before the doors opened into the reception. We had a meat and seafood alternate main with an open bar and all drinks and meals were served to guests by wait staff.
TRANSPORT: My father in law, who is a car and motorbike enthusiast, selected our cars for us from Royalty Wedding Cars. They were MK 5 Jaguar Sedans, completely refurbished and reworked, brought back to life by Danny the owner who we had the delight of meeting and who drove us for the day.
HONEYMOON: Our honeymoon is booked for March in Japan – cherry blossom season! We also want to bring the boys to Disneyland, so we are having an unorthodox honeymoon with the kids as we couldn’t bear to leave them behind.
GIFT REGISTRY: We didn’t ask our guests for gifts and didn’t set up a registry as we are established as a family. The wedding was more of a celebration for all of us and for our families and friends – their attendance to us was a gift in itself, so we left it at that.
CELEBRANT: Our celebrant was Father Lex Keys who married us and also christened our son Haydn. He is a family friend and an amazing man. We were honored to have been married by Father Lex.
READINGS: I selected all our readings for our ceremony and this was compiled into a booklet made by The Little Press with a celestial feel and a lovely quote on the back by Edgar Allan Poe - my favorite poet. We didn’t write our own vows, Father Lex guided us through our vows – but we did write love letters to one another which we read the morning of the wedding and exchanged gifts. I gave Nik a Huge Boss watch and Nik made me a jewelry box which was engraved with our wedding date and a quote by one of my favorite poets.
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION: I predominately used The LANE! I also used Instagram and Pinterest, and created my own concept visual board for each category of the wedding; florals, hair and makeup etc.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: Probably my dad’s speech. I was not prepared at all for the weeping that ensued! My parents live in Singapore so I only see them a handful of times a year. My dad flew in the night before to be there for the wedding, so it turned out to be an incredibly emotional day. His speech was beautiful, it was a combination of advice, jokes and deeply centered sentiments about me – I’ll never forget it.
ONE THING I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY WEDDING PLANS…
How difficult managing the budget would be. I created an Excel spreadsheet halfway through to help me manage and keep track of the budget and invoices owing and paid.
IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE…
Breathe and be present for every single moment. After months and months of preparation, your day goes by so quickly and before you know it, it’s over and all you’re left with are the memories.
NIK & JANICE’S CONTACTS:
PHOTOGRAPHY: Jason Corroto Photography
BRIDE'S DRESS: Luv Bridal
BRIDE’S SHOES: Tony Bianco
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Zimmerman
BRIDESMAIDS’ SHOES: Tony Bianco
FLOWERGIRLS: TUTU De Monde
PAGEBOYS: Industrie for Kids
GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR: Hugo Boss
WEDDING RINGS: Babyanything
HAIR AND MAKEUP: The Future Mrs
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: The Little Press
CATERING: The Walsh Bay Kitchen
CELEBRANT: Father Lex Keys
WEDDING VENUE: The Roslyn Packer Theatre
HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Japan
ENTERTAINMENT: The Social Playground
TRANSPORT: Royalty Wedding Cars