photos: David Guenther. venue: Villa Cambaras. my dress: vintage from Bungalow. shoes: Anthropologie. headpiece: Twigs & Honey. James outfit: Massimo Dutti and Danyberd. flowers & coordination: Alison Leontaridies and Alex Neary. food: Jérôme Ravel. hair & makeup: Emily Novitzki and Manon Sassi. music:Brightlights. invitations: Smitten on Paper. wedding favour print: SS Print Shop. Our rings: Cynthia Findlay Antiques. Furniture: Dierickx Events. Tent: Organic Concept.
August 19, 2014
I have been putting off doing my wedding posts for the past two weeks because I just didn't know what to write. I am finding it so hard to put into words the emotions I felt and how utterly perfect our day was. So today I decided to go for it. I will never be able to fully express how incredible that day was to me, but I might as well try.
James and I waited what felt like the quickest two years to finally get married in the stunning and serene village of Fayence. We rented a rustic villa just outside the village for the week leading up to the wedding and held both the wedding ceremony and reception there.
After waiting more than two years for our wedding it felt so odd to wake up the morning of June 21 and realize, today is the day! I felt so happy, excited, overwhelmed and nervous. The day before was completely exhausting as we prepared and designed everything ourselves. James spent the day driving around in the rental truck picking up everything from flowers to furniture and dropping them off at the villa, where I was standing by ready to set it all up. My brilliant older sister Alex and incredible cousin Alison spent seven hours doing all of the flowers (thank you so much again). They were magical! Some other close friends and family were at the house as well helping with anything I needed them to do. We really couldn't have done it without them. We pulled everything together just before 9pm and were so exhausted, but terribly happy with how gorgeous it all turned out. It felt so special that putting our wedding together was a true labour of love.
We woke up very early the day of our wedding, eager to start getting ready. I felt very relaxed as I sipped champagne while getting my hair and makeup done, and loved talking away with my sisters and Mum. James and I made a promise to each other early on, that we can be as stressed as we want on the days leading up to the wedding, but on the big day we just had to enjoy every moment. That really helped my mind relax and stay focused. It also helped me not freak out when the power kept going out before the guests arrived and when the ceremony was an hour late (oops!). People are very right when they say that your wedding day flies by, but I think James and I stayed really present which helped us take it all in.
It was important for us to have a beautiful, fun, intimate wedding full of love and to celebrate with our nearest and dearest. I think this was captured so well in our photographs by the very talented David Guenther. He did an amazing job of making us feel so comfortable in front of his camera, and we are so happy with our photos. See our wedding post here.
To marry the man I love dearly was the most incredible thing and looking back on the best day of my life brings me so much joy. We waited a long time for our wedding, and planned every detail and moment over and over again. But now it is all said and done I don't really focus on those small details and little things I may have stressed so much over before. All I remember is how much love everyone felt that day and what a kick ass party we had till 4am. It was epic.
We do have a ton of photos, so to break them up a bit I wanted to share them with you in five parts (portraits, getting ready, ceremony/reception, details/design and our favourite moments). So without further ado, here are our wedding portraits.
Big thank you again to all my friends and family for traveling so far to be present on our special. For those of you who helped us pull it all together we are so grateful, thank you so much. Most of all thank you so much James for marrying me and being the most amazing new husband. I love you.
photos: David Guenther. venue: Villa Cambaras. my dress: vintage from Bungalow. shoes: Anthropologie. headpiece: Twigs & Honey. James outfit: Massimo Dutti and Danyberd. flowers & coordination: Alison Leontaridies and Alex Neary. food: Jérôme Ravel. hair & makeup: Emily Novitzki and Manon Sassi. music: Brightlights. invitations: Smitten on Paper. wedding favour print: SS Print Shop. Our rings: Cynthia Findlay Antiques. Furniture: Dierickx Events. Tent: Organic Concept.