Georgie + James by Luminous Moments

We met through a mutual friend at the Woollahra Hotel in Sydney’s east 5 years ago. It certainly wasn’t love at first sight. In fact, neither of us was very impressed with the other at all. Thankfully, we ran into each other again a few weeks later and unexpectedly hit it off (perhaps because it couldn’t have gotten much worse!). We agreed to go on a date a few weeks later and have been by each other’s side since.

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

Georgie – I work in management consulting and James is in real estate. Outside of work, we spend a lot of time out with friends and family but love nothing more than our downtime together and playing tennis.

We were both born and raised in Sydney and love where we live together in the Eastern Suburbs. We spent time looking for wedding venues in the country but ultimately nothing came close to the feeling we had visiting locations close to home.

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

James – Probably when we first moved in with each other. It all felt really easy, we did everything together and never got sick of it. We click very well together and I think she’s the best person on the planet. It’s hard to get sick of someone you love so much.

Georgie – He sent me a large delivery of Mcdonald’s during my uni exams, and I instantly knew he was the one.

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

Georgie – James proposed while we were skiing in Whistler. He ‘fell’ at the most beautiful spot of the mountain and proceeded to get on one knee. It was unexpected and totally surreal.  

James – I had the ring on me for the entire week, looking for the perfect spot. It came down to our final day’s skiing, I spotted one particular run from the gondola and knew the next day I would do it there.

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

Georgie – We’ve been to many weddings over the years, mostly outside of Sydney, so having ours by the harbour felt special and we wanted to make the most of it. Our vision was for the day to look and feel elegant and romantic but be a tonne of fun. We had a traditional ceremony in the chapel of my old school, Loreto Kirribilli, followed by an old ferry that transported guests to Rose Bay with champagne and jazz, to create that element of fun. And finally, we ended the day with cocktails and dinner at Catalina where we enjoyed the most beautiful sunset.

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

Georgie – I wore my mother’s wedding dress! I had been searching for a dress for a while when she asked if I’d be interested in trying hers on. Not only was it in perfect condition and fit like a glove, but it was the exact style I had been looking for. We then worked with Helen Constance to update the elements of the dress and give it a second life, which she did perfectly.

CEREMONY: Loreto Kirribilli, @loretokirribilli / RECEPTION, CATERING & BEVERAGES: Catalina Rose Bay, @catalinarosebay / PHOTOGRAPHER: Luminous Moments, @luminousmoments_ / VIDEOGRAPHER: Moon and Back, @moonandbackco / STRINGS: Sydney Ensemble, @sydney_ensemble / SAX: Junio Karo Karo, @juniokarokaro / GUITAR DUO: Red Light Ruby, @redlightrubymusic / FLORA, STYLING & PLANNER: Willow Sage Events, @willowsageevents / WEDDING DRESS: Georgie’s mother’s dress, altered / RECEPTION DRESS: Reiss, @reiss / TUXEDO: Joe Black, @joeblackofficial / BRIDE’S SHOES: Rupert Sanderson, @rupertsanderson / GROOM’S SHOES: Florsheim, @florsheimaus / HAIR: Lux Hair and Nail Bar, @hairbymanak / MAKEUP: Stacey McPherson, @staceymcpherson07 / BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE: Paris Georgia, @paris__georgia; Anna Quan, @annaquanlabel