We went to the same high school but didn’t realise we had crossed paths until we started sharing stories about school pranks and realised Aaron was responsible for covering me in honey! We bonded over a love of good food, good music and tattoos. After two years together, a house, and a pug named Dallas, we discovered we were expecting our first child, who passed away when I was 37 weeks pregnant. Losing Evelyn showed us a new level of love and we took some time to travel together and grieve the loss we had both endured before falling pregnant again three months later. Knowing we had a challenging experience ahead of us, Aaron surprised me with a trip to Melbourne to see one of our all-time favourite bands, City and Colour. As they were playing a much-loved song of mine, Aaron handed me a small, heart-sealed envelope containing a love letter and the question, “Will you marry me?” with three check boxes to choose from. I ticked the ‘Yes’ box, and Aaron presented me with a ring, to applause from the crowd. After our beautiful son Obie was born and the craziness of new parenthood settled down, we began planning the wedding. I felt like traditional weddings often showcased a lot of the bride but not enough of the groom and I wanted to incorporate things that represented Aaron. He designed all of the wedding collateral, and from the whiskey bar to the superheroes in our wedding cakes to the groomsmen’s lapels, there were touches of Aaron everywhere. One of the biggest challenges we faced during the wedding process was selecting our reception space. If you’re planning a wedding, try to think outside the box when it comes to catering. Our venue, The Fitters Workshop, had no running water, kitchen or bathroom facilities, but this led us to serve Mr Papas Peruvian street food, and the food stalls looked amazing. Our wedding favours were personalized temporary tattoos of Aaron and I which we had made by a company called Pepper Ink, and our guests loved them. I’m now living the dream as a stay-at-home mum. We loved the challenge of planning and styling a wedding that showcased the city we love and represented who we are as a family. I’m still getting used to life with a last name that is difficult to spell.
Photography—Anna Turner | Bride’s dress—Allure Couture | Groom’s and groomsmen’s pants—Zara | Groom’s vest—Joe Black | Shirts—David Jones | Groomsmen’s suspenders—ASOS | Groom’s shoes—Betts | Bride’s shoes—Nine West | Ceremony venue—Nishi Gallery | Reception venue—The Fitters Workshop, Kingston | Bridesmaids’ dresses—ASOS, Bettie Page Clothing, Modcloth, Shophearts | Flora—Laurel and Lace | Styling—Samantha Isfahani | Hair—Grace at Roji Salon | Makeup—Steph Church Makeup Artist |