Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship… My name is Angela Mckay and I’m an Australian/Thai textile designer and illustrator and I am the creator of ohkii studio. I also work as a textile designer for Anthropologie Home. Jonathan is a Kiwi/Samoan graphic designer who works at a branding agency in New York as a design director. We met about seven years ago while we were both living in Sydney. We moved over to the states a couple of years ago after Jono won a green card in the lottery (he tends to be lucky like that!) and we call Brooklyn home.
We’re simultaneously really similar and also complete opposites.
I’m from the country and love the beach, while he’s from the suburbs and loves big cities. I’m always cold, he’s always too hot. He loves watching sports, and I still don’t know the difference between rugby, league, and NFL. Having said that, we’re both really similar, equally indecisive, and make a good team for the most part.
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details… We had talked about getting married for a while, but were finding it impossible to find a location that would suit all of our family and friends. We decided on a very last minute, low-key elopement/holiday in Capri with a few friends and family along for the party!
We found a tiny winery offering accommodation on Airbnb and asked the owner if we could throw together a little function in their courtyard. To our surprise they said yes, and they ended up being amazing, helping us organize most of the day (a local chef, cocktails and wine, and even some local musicians for entertainment!). We found our celebrant Francesco online, and flew our friend Yann in to be the photographer. Everything else we just organized at the last minute when we got there.
We had no idea where the ceremony was going to take place, and we only had the Airbnb images to go by but the location ended up being perfect. Villa Rosella is a small house on the winery, so it’s surrounded by olive groves, lemon trees gardens, complete with resident dogs and chickens! We had the ceremony up in the olive grove tiers and the reception in the courtyard of the house (after some last minute bush-wacking and landscaping only hours before the ceremony).
For the reception the chef cooked in a wood-fired oven in the courtyard, while guests poured their own Aperol Spritz’s. The food was incredible. It was so easy going and chill but also such a fun party! Scala Fenicia Winery provided us with some great wine and couldn’t have made the day run any more smoothly.
Tell us about your main outfits… I found my dress for $200 from a secondhand wedding dress website and Jono bought a new shirt from J.Crew and some new Chucks.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?There were so many hilarious moments from the day, it’s hard to pick. My dad thought his father of the bride speech would be a perfect time to bring up his feelings about when he was the coach of the under 12’s football team (about 20 years ago) and how they lost the grand final and how he still can’t believe the other team won.
Our housemate from NY surprised us by putting on Scribes “Not Many” in homage to Jono being from NZ, which is a surefire floor filler if I’ve ever heard one. There was a fireworks display happening coincidentally just in front of us for a local festival which went off at the perfect time, that we also had the perfect view for!
And then to top it all off, a bunch of us went down to the beach for a kick on afterwards and went skinny dipping.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together? Try to be kind to each other and if you can, make each other laugh every day. It’s the small things that matter the most.
Photographer: Yann Audic | Ceremony and Reception Venue: Villa Rosella | Celebrant: Francesco Carpegna | Main outfit/s: J.Crew (Bride); Uniqlo and J.Crew (Groom) | Ring: Catbird | Shoes: ASOS (Bride); Converse (Groom)