The love story began when Sophia (from Melbourne) met Kyle (from the Gold Coast), in Sydney! It must have been fate. From that moment onwards, their life would never be the same. The couple had planned their wedding for two years, with many COVID challenges in the way, but it was all worth it in the end!
On their special day, Sophia wore a gorgeous bridal ball gown with a classing V-neckline, and layered tulle, designed by Christina Rossi. The gown was matched with a sheer full-length veil and her mother’s Dior earrings (something borrowed). Whilst Kyle wore a custom black tux with silk lapel. The wedding had a classic and elegant theme, with a timeless colour palette of white, black, blush and a touch of rose gold.
The groomsmen wore a black suit and all black attire. The bridesmaids wore off-shoulder black gowns designed by Oleg Cassini. The couple arrived in style, matching their elegant theme, in a black 1955 classic Jaguar MKVII sedan.
They had stunning roses throughout the heritage Quat Quatta venue, from the ceremony arch to large bouquets throughout the reception. Each rose petal was hand-peeled, to create a stunning finish.
They also included rose gold mirror signage on the day, and matching rose gold place cards with guest names laser cut out. Every guest also had handmade ruby and white chocolate raspberry Belgium chocolate truffles.
What are your favourite memories from the day? Sophia: I think it was walking down the aisle and seeing Kyle looking at me tenderly. I also enjoyed looking down the long reception table and seeing all our loved ones enjoying themselves.
Kyle: It was the ceremony. My favourite memory was seeing Sophia walk down the aisle and hearing her vows.
The ceremony was held in the courtyard of the heritage-listed Quat Quatta venue, where they were all surrounded by lush greenery, and a breathtaking rose-filled arch. The ceremony started as Sophia’s dad played ‘Amazing Grace’ on the bagpipes. Then the acoustic duo Andrew & Elise started to sing ‘Can’t help falling in love with you’. Sophia walked down the aisle with her father wearing their family’s Scottish traditional Russell clan’s kilt.
The Reception table included one long dining table, with different levels of pillar glass candles and stunning rose centrepieces. The couple also provided rose gold foiled ‘Cakeaway’ bags, so guests could take extra wedding cake home.
The wedding cake was a three-tier masterpiece with blush buttercream and adorned with a stem of orchids.
It was certainly a day to be remembered, with many tears of joy!
How did you choose your wedding stationery?
“As I used to work in this department, I had a clear idea of what I really wanted. We agreed to go with stunning frosted acrylic invitations with gold foiling and a matching translucent card with gold foiling for the details.”
Do you have any advice for those getting married? It took us two years to finally have our wedding ceremony. Trying to plan a wedding amongst a pandemic is indubitably hard. There were times we were tempted to give up, but it is definitely worth having the ceremony and celebration with your loved ones. We have no regrets! It was sad not having Queenslanders come, as we both had many loved ones there. We found a way to have them there by playing their pre-recorded videos on the day. My advice would be to try and not overthink things, it’s not worth the stress. Enjoy the moments leading up to it… it will all work out. I promise!
Photographer & Videographer: Kairos Works ~Hairstylist: Shannon Sophia Hair ~MUA: Shiree Collier ~Cake: Cake Creations By Kate ~Dress: Christina Rossi ~Bridesmaid dresses: Oleg Cassini ~Jewellery: Christian Dior ~Florist: Flower Head Events ~Candle styling: Southern Lights Candle Co. ~Suit: Menswear Warehouse ~Stationery: Giant Invitations ~Entertainment: Andrew Rozen ~Bonbonnieres: @swe.ee.te ~Transport: Celebrity Cars (1955 Jaguar MKVII sedan) ~Venue: Quat Quatta