We are bringing back an edit of our top-performing real weddings from the TJ archives. These are our very best weddings that our audience has loved the most, and the ones we think are still very relevant and aspirational.
Evan and I met in Europe, ended up staying in the same hostel in Berlin, and discovered we were both from Perth. Often when travelling, you chat and then never see them again, but some months later, we both happened to be at the Raffles Hotel in Applecross.
Our relationship was sparked with Evan’s words: ‘This might sound strange, but were you in Berlin in October?’ We dated for around seven years before getting engaged in Hawaii on a yoga retreat, which Evan planned as a surprise for my birthday. We were taken over volcanoes and the ocean by helicopter until we had to make an “unscheduled” stop at a point where two waterfalls met. Right at the top was a gazebo set up with flowers, champagne and chocolates, and once the helicopter had taken off, Evan got down on one knee. He had carried the ring around all week as he hadn’t had time to get it insured.
Our family and friends are so important to us, so a small wedding was never going to happen. To honour Evan’s Greek heritage, we chose to marry in a Greek Orthodox church, in an intimate ceremony with just close family and friends, two weeks before. We then had a celebration with 200 guests, conducted by one of our oldest friends.
We decided to work with a stylist and planner, Tiffany Keal. We wanted to enjoy the property’s surrounding bush while still feeling as if our reception was in its distinct space, so Tiffany designed a luxe boho ‘Desert Rose’ theme, merging the organic colours and textures of the desert with refined metallic and marble details and modern geometric elements.
Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers created the most stunning installations, with groups of dusty and vibrant pink, coral and raspberry blooms cascaded and entwined with grey-green foliage.
We wrote our vows, and it was hilarious and surprising how similar they were — Evan always grumbles that I make him share meals every time we go out, which got a mention from both of us. The plate smashing was a highlight! In hindsight, we bought way too many, and the floor was so covered in broken crockery that the groomsmen had to incorporate sweeping the floor into their dancing!
Photography, Loren Loppolo at Nectarine Location, Family estate, Yallingup Bride’s dress, Pallas Couture Groom’s tuxedo, Peter Jacksons Celebrant, Dana Maisey Rings, Michael Quy Jewellery Marquee, Reece’s Event Hire Styling Tiffany Keal Creative Studio Flora, Natural Art Flowers Lighting, Micktric Bridesmaids’ dresses, One Fell Swoop from Coco & Lola Bridesmaids, Catering, Supper Road Live music, Paige Valentine Invitations & stationery, The Little Press Hair & Makeup, Tamzin Mulder, Vivien’s Creative Bride’s earrings, Gift from a bridesmaid Bride’s shoes, Valentino Cake, The Cake & I DJ, Ash Keogh