I’m a property stylist by profession, so I love anything to do with styling and interiors. Mason (wearing the black trousers) owns and runs his own electrical business. We’ve known each for a long time as Mason and my younger brother James attended prep school together.
Mason (who’s ten years younger than me) says he always had a huge crush on me. We’d see each other occasionally throughout the years but it wasn’t until my brother’s 21st that Mason would finally ask me on a date. We’d been dating for about nine months when we took a ski trip to New Zealand. That’s when I first realised that I couldn’t live without Mason and that he was the one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
Last year we’d planned a week in Bali to celebrate my 40th birthday with 50 family members and friends. Mason had intended to propose at the rooftop bar of our hotel at sunset. He’d even asked my parents for their blessings. But due to Covid, the whole trip didn’t take place. The proposal then came in April, with a picnic overlooking the water at Salmon Haul near where we live in South Cronulla. I was surprised that Mason brought along vodka sodas to a Sunday picnic and then drank two in quick succession. Although his nervousness eventually made sense.
We wanted a huge celebration for our wedding, and one that was sophisticated and stylish. We chose our venue for their amazing food and stunning view. We also wanted an easy flow from our ceremony to the reception with guests not having to wait or go elsewhere in between. We had photos done prior to our ceremony for the same reason.
ZEST is on the water’s edge with an amazing backdrop of sailing boats and homes that light up in the evening. The interior is sophisticated and masculine with beautiful timber and sandstone walls. I believe that floral arrangements can take a venue to the next level and we had our amazing florist use crisp white orchids with blush and autumn tones accompanied by gold and dried elements in the arrangements, with the overall theme being very classic and timeless.
The bridesmaids wore beautiful rose gold full-length sequinned dresses, so their bouquets were again white orchids with beautiful soft pink and blush open roses. One funny thing (in hindsight) is that when the pinholes for Mason, myself and our dads, along with our mums’ corsages arrived, they were far from what we’d envisioned. The large white orchids we wanted to tie in with our classic suits and the overall theme were small and pink and seemed better suited to a beach-themed wedding. This was resolved quickly with a call to our florist.
The next minor issue was later in the evening when two floral arrangements caught alight due to the dried/sprayed gold elements. This could have been disastrous if the water sprinklers had been activated, but luckily they were put out by some quick-thinking guests and the beautiful celebration continued.
Car Hire: Astra Chauffeur Drive | Flora: Lavande Designs | Entertainment: Top Shelf Live & DJ Darcy | Cake: Cake Salon | Shoes: Aquila | Celebrant: Zoe Sabados | Rings: Midas Jewellery, Miranda | Mason’s watch: Breitling | Kenneth’s watch: Tag Heuer | Fragrance: Y by YSL & Bleu de Chanel | Bridesmaids’ makeup: Tiánne Conti | Venue + Catering: Zest Waterfront Venues, The Boathouse | Photographer: Jason Corroto | Videographer: Soda Films | Suits: P. Johnson | Bridesmaids’ dresses: Elle Zeitoune Designs