Gold Coast Wedding: The resplendent white glass chapel, and opulent Palazzo Versace.
Ceremony Venue: Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove Chapel
Reception Venue: Palazzo Versace (Vanitas Room)
Photographer: Stories (Grace & Alex Lam)
Videographer: Net Productions (Lachlan Fletcher)
Florist: Always Fabulous Flowers (Sandee & Dave Newton)
Photographer for the Wedding Stationery (Studio Shots): Sundry Pictures (Carina Lau)
The hype for the wedding started the night before, when the girls and I stayed at the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove Manor Suite, where we got ready on the wedding day itself. It is a lavish 231-sq.metre suite, complete with three balconies overlooking gardens, fountain terraces and a marina, that completely took our breath away. The girls made full use of the skylit master bath with sauna and jetted spa tub, while I curled up on the couch next to the fireplace lounge and grand piano reciting my wedding vows over and over again! Admittedly, the suite was a tad extravagant for just us girls, but it turned out to be a great indoor photo studio for us on the wedding day, as it was raining cats and dogs outside!
The morning of the wedding saw a flurry of activity and excitement in the Manor Suite, with us girls scurrying around getting ready. The Royal Wedding Buggy arrived at noon to pick the girls up, and together with sixty three of our closest family, we exchanged our vows at the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove chapel. Making my way down the aisle, in the grandeur and resplendence of the white glass chapel, was literally my bride’s dream come true. The aisle was adorned with lush white floral arrangements with cream rose petals strewn across the white tiled aisle. At the ceremony, we gave out personalised hand fans, and monogrammed water bottles with custom design labels. I loved how the entire family was involved in the ceremony – We had Jamie’s cousin, our pastor, officiate the ceremony; whilst the usher team, setup and worship band compromised of other members of the family. The entire bridal party was made up of our cousins and siblings too.
After the ceremony, we moved on to Palazzo Versace, Vanitas, for our reception. Versace was our venue of choice, for it’s opulent decor and exquisite food (the renowned Versace seafood buffet!). In line with our choice of venues, the theme was luxurious, with a white, cream and gold colour palette. All the wedding stationery was handmade and custom designed by myself – I chose a cream Tiffany flocked paper theme for the invitations, order of service, guestbook and chocolate bombonieere/ placards ; while the table numbers and placecards/ thankyou cards, had a champagne / gold ribbon with cream card stock. The cake stand was made out of a custom cut made to measure styrofoam box, wrapped with the closest “gold and cream” wrapping paper I could find at Spotlight. The bridal bouquets and floristry at the reception, was the handywork of the most talented and delightful florist, Sandee Newton, from Always Fabulous Flowers.
All in all, the wedding was cosy perfect, and everything I wished for. The day was fun-filled, and it was lovely to celebrate the momentous occasion with family. The reception saw a series of moving and funny speeches and the Versace seafood buffet was absolutely divine. There was lots of laughter, and buckets of tears, as we danced the night away. Definitely a day to cherish and remember.