Speeches are without a doubt one of my favourite parts of a wedding. Sometimes couples opt out, because speakers can go on and on and on and on and… you get the point. But if you’re lucky – and it seems I am at most of the weddings I go to – you get to feel and be part of the celebration. Stories are told and memories shared, that would rarely get a glimpse elsewhere. You get to know the bride and groom better through the caring eyes of friends and family. And most importantly, you genuinely witness the love between them, the very thing that has brought everyone in the room together to celebrate.
So when Andrew, a true classic gentleman like in the old movies, ended his speech with “And now I am the luckiest man, because I can call my best friend also my wife”, I cried a little. Because that’s what it’s all about. Marrying the one person you’re the closest to in this whole wide world – your best friend. He brought his new wife to tears as well. And it wasn’t the first time that day, as he had thoughtfully arranged little notes and gifts for her while she was getting ready (told you he was a gentleman). But they were tears of true happiness – and in between Anica wore the biggest beaming smile you’ve ever seen on a bride. Now there’s a wedding detail that should be on every girl’s Pinterest board!!!
P.S. Talking about details, do check out the lavender, which Anica and Andrew brought from a farm near Andrew’s parents’ place – and dried and tied ALL themselves. That and the sandstone backdrop of Vaucluse House reminded me so much of the Provence, one of my favourite spots in the world to unwind! What’s yours?
The following vendors were part of Anica & Andrew’s perfect day:
- Invitations by DreamDay
- Hair & make-up by The Front Room in Coogee
- Betty, the retro Volkswagen van from KombiStyle, German like the bride 😉
- Dance lessons at Logan Dance. Anica recommends them highly, saying they had heaps of fun.
- Nannies from Starsitters to entertain and mind the kids. Mind you, the little ones had fun, but so did their parents!
- Celebrant Tara Rennie
- Cupcakes from Vanilla
- Cheese tower from Ocello
- Ceremony music by Sydney Ensemble
- Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero
- Ceremony and reception at Vaucluse House Tearooms