Alysia + Gerald by Casey Morton

Alysia and I are kindred souls and spirits. We immediately clicked after meeting and our relationship felt so easy right away. It helps that we’re always laughing together.

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…

We tend to find the funny in places and random things, that so many others would just scratch their heads and wonder why. We love being with each other all the time, whether it’s cooking together, shopping, dining out, kicking back on the couch for endless Netflix marathons, cleaning and just talking about life, our hopes, dreams and desires, etc. We also love great food, delicious desserts, homemade fresh bread and a tasty beer, notably a Little Creatures pale ale.

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?

G: We met over 8 years ago on 10 January 2014. I left the Argyle walking down the Rocks and noticed Alysia, she had a great energy about her. Alysia remembered me and my warm, friendly smile.

I had all the right moves, I approached Alysia and her friends, outside The Orient (classiest establishment of all). I was the playful smart-ass, I introduced myself, shook Alysia’s hand and didn’t let go as I chatted to her and her friends. We exchanged numbers, went on our first date the following week and have been together ever since.

The theme of funny occurrences throughout our relationship would start when I accidentally got chewing gum in Alysia’s hair on our first date. Long story, but I got it out in the end and thankfully wasn’t upset in the slightest.

When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?

G:  For me, I’d say the first time Alysia and I went travelling overseas in July 2015 I knew she was the person I was going to marry. Whilst we travelled locally 6 months into our relationship, I felt some trepidation around our first international trip being together the whole time for 5 weeks.

Whilst we enjoyed the excitement of travelling and sharing some amazing new experiences together, as a couple we were properly outside of our usual comfort zones being away from home, family and friends. That worrying was for nothing, as we had an absolute blast being together the whole time.

Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…

G: Initially I had 2 dates in mind when I was going to propose to Alysia, the first time was when we moved out of the first home (locally) we had shared in January 2020. Though the move was quite busy and stressful so I decided the mood wasn’t quite right then, so nothing happened.

I then thought it could wait until our mid-year overseas trip in June 2020 when I would propose when we went back to the very first home we shared in London together. That didn’t happen either, as nobody went anywhere in 2020.

I then waited until the evening before Alysia’s birthday in November 2020, just before dinner outside the toilet near the Centrepoint Tower (very fitting for us, as we’d often have a knack for having some odd and funny occurrences in our relationship). I already knew what the answer would be, but it didn’t stop me from being nervous!

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…

We wanted something that was elegant, simple, timeless and classic. Despite the restrictions, we were able to have the wedding we always wanted since we kept our guest list quite tight to family and close friends.

What was one element you were happy to splurge on?

G: Our beautiful wedding bands as we’ll be wearing them every day for the rest of our lives.

Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?

G: As our menu included dessert for all our guests, we had a ceremonial cake on the day primarily for the cake cutting photo. This was an important shot for us, however when we went to cut it, the plastic outer around the cake was still intact which affected our reaction whilst taking the photos.

With so much happening in the lead up to our wedding, we had such a wonderful time that day we just took it in our stride. You can see in our cake cutting photos that we didn’t let it phase us and just laughed it off.

Tell us about your main outfits, what was unique, is there a story?

G: I wore a suit by M.J Bale. I always loved the look of their suits and admired their branding and marketing. When trying their suits on, I was able to see that the quality, the touch, the cut and fit of their clothing is absolutely top notch.

I was very fortunate that the size and cut of the suit fit me well off the rack without the need to have it tailored.

Alysia had a bit more of a challenge finding her dress, though in the end found a stunning dress by Solace London. The flower on my jacket lapel and her bouquet was the icing on the cake to our wedding outfits which were very photogenic as captured by our amazing photographer on the day, Casey Morton.

Ceremony and Reception Olio Kensington Street / Photographer Casey Morton / Videographer Love Drunk Films / Celebrant Robyn Pattinson / Flora Mary K Floral Design / Catering + Beverages Olio Kensington Street / Cake Christophers Cake Shop / Bride’s Dress Solace London / Bride’s Shoes Tony Bianco / Earrings My Jewellery Story / Gold bracelet (something borrowed) given to my mother from my grandmother / Groom’s Attire MJ Bale, The Iconic / Groom’s Shoes Julius Marlow / Rings Parade Jewellers / Makeup Zoe Dellis / Hair Bride / Fragrance Issey Miyake