Four years into their relationship, on a road trip through New Zealand’s north island, Sinan (without any prior planning) decided to propose to Margot.
In Whangerei, where Margot was born, he ducked into a souvenir shop and bought a $5 dollar paua shell ring and proposed to her informally a day later in a little cottage overlooking Opua. Through tears, Margot said yes (although she also demanded that he ask again, on one knee this time, “just to see if it made a difference”. Apparently it did. Cut to a year later and Margot and Sinan were taking a walk through the backstreets of Richmond, Melbourne and wandered into a beautiful little plant nursery. Margot loves everything green. “Wouldn’t it be awesome to get married in a place like this?” Margot said. Sinan agreed. Luckily the little plant nursery, the Glasshaus Inside, had the ability to transform into one of the most beautiful wedding venues in Melbourne and just a few years later Sinan, Margot and their closest friends and family gathered together to celebrate.
The wedding was on Easter Saturday, so we thought it would be fun to include some Easter elements. The venue is so lush and green that we didn’t feel we needed many flowers, but Glasshaus organised a flat lay of ‘Easter’ daisies on the table and on our cake. To add to the Easter fun, we bought a whole lot of chocolate eggs, and the venue and caterers hid them all around (I’m sure it took a long time to fish them all out of the pot plants afterwards).
Margot’s dress was from Hannii and Sinan wore a Paul Smith suit. The bride did not enjoy the wedding dress shopping experience as much as she had expected – a lot of the wedding shops around had a very formal feel for her, and it felt out of keeping with the venue and the small size of the wedding to wear anything ‘princessy’. She also didn’t want to spend thousands and thousands of dollars on a wear once dress. After several unsuccessful weekends she was on the verge of giving up, when she walked into a dress shop on Bridge road (on the way to the supermarket) – Hannii – which does a mix of wedding and evening wear. She found a sample dress she loved in a dark maroon colour, and Hannii worked with her to make some small amendments to the original design and had the dress made up in Ivory. The dress was tailor made but was very reasonably priced. The groom finally found a suit he liked in Paul Smith around a month before the wedding… it causes great hilarity that the suit cost more than the dress!
Just having everyone we love gathered together. We wrote our own vows and Sinan wrote one of the readings. Neither Margot and Sinan like being the centre of attention but grew strangely accustomed to it throughout the day!
Every relationship is different. Never take advice from anyone else.
Photographer: Tahnee Jade | Ceremony & Reception Location: Glasshaus Inside, Cremorne VIC | Celebrant: Debra Holder | Catering: Blakes Feast | Cake: Fig + Salt | Bride’s Dress: Hannii | Groom’s suit: Paul Smith | Rings: Suzi Zutic & Natalia Milosz-Piekarska @ Pieces of Eight | Hair: Room 53