Mariah: Caleb and I are always on the go. We share a passion for travel and going to the beach — you’ll find us doing either one during our free time. We met at my local beach. Caleb was about to go surfing and I was there with a large group of friends who knew him and introduced us.

I am an interior designer with a studio in Sydney, and Caleb is a carpenter. Although we are extremely busy and have a lot of commitments running our businesses, we both believe in slow and conscious living. 

We are a creative, fun and energetic couple who have been madly in love for nine years. We were in Paris having a midnight picnic under the Eiffel Tower when Caleb proposed. Our wedding ceremony had a coastal, European chic feel, with the Parisian tiles, lemon tree, cane chairs and an abundance of plants. The ceremony venue, La Porte Space, was incredibly romantic and minimalist.

We are a creative, fun and energetic couple who have been madly in love for nine years. We were in Paris having a midnight picnic under the Eiffel Tower when Caleb proposed. Our wedding ceremony had a coastal, European chic feel, with the Parisian tiles, lemon tree, cane chairs and an abundance of plants. The ceremony venue, La Porte Space, was incredibly romantic and minimalist. No archway or any large styling props; we wanted the venue space to be the focal point. Our reception location, Mecca Coffee, had similar characteristics. We styled it with natural tones — terracotta and dusty pink with a hint of brass. We layered the tables with linen in earthy tones, and every table had a ‘make your own drink’ station, with rose gin, raspberry spritz, dried blood oranges and edible flowers. 

My ceremony wedding dress was secondhand. I was about to buy it from a bridal shop but went online to Still White and found the dress for half price, in my size and only about 10 minutes from my house. I had flown to Melbourne with friends to try on dresses from ‘ One Day Bridal’ and loved three of the dresses I tried. After a few days of looking at photos of them, I began to fall in love with the set more and more. I decided I wanted two dresses and would surprise everyone with the second dress. Caleb ended up loving the set even more than my ceremony dress. 

My father actually passed away a couple of months prior to our wedding. His passing was very sudden, and we questioned whether we would go ahead with the wedding. In the end, the wedding gave us something to look forward to: having everyone we loved in one room. With a lot of help, support and love from friends and family, we were able to continue the planning. My father was a huge part of the day and his presence was felt by everyone. 

 Photography: Courtney Illfield |  Bride’s ceremony dress: Made With Love |  Bride’s reception outfit: One Day Bridal |  Ceremony venue: La Porte Space |  Bride’s shoes: Sabo Skirt |  Planner: Emma Micallef |  Fragrance: Dior Hypnotic Poison | Clutch: Vintage Chanel Clam bag | Earrings: Dinosaur Designs | Veil: Custom-made from Etsy | Rings: Natalie Marie | Flora: Ebony Gallagher By This Girl | Groomsmen’s suits: hired from Mr Fierze | Bridesmaids’ outfits: Sir The Label | Celebrant: Ben Molyneux| Makeup: Makeup By Drew | Hair: Courtney Hurst | Reception venue: Mecca Coffee | Styling: The bride, Mariah | Catering: Abdul’s Restaurant, Surry Hills | Entertainment: DJ Anno Leon | Table linen: In Bed | Vegan gelato truck: ‘Over The Moo’ 

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