Shannon and David travelled high and low, north and south, and a little bit west and east, searching for the perfect wedding location before they ended up selecting a venue basically in their own backyard in the heart of Sydney.

“Koskela Kitchen ticked many of the necessary boxes and were very accommodating to our needs. We fell in love from the moment we saw it.”

Going for a “refined rustic” aesthetic, the pair channelled an enchanted fairy forest with deep tones of greenery and luscious leafy volume, offset by distressed white washed brick walls.

“The vibe we were trying to create for our guests was as the invitation and dress code stated comfortable chic’. The menu was very relaxed with pizza slices and watermelon lettuce cups as entree and pull- apart garlic bread with an assortment of pastas as main course,” says the bride, who scouted L’amour Catering to provide all those yummy eats.

Being an interior designer, Shannon didn’t shy away from DIY to ensure what they’d been envisioning came to life (i.e. concept boards, stationery, menu cards, etc.), while entrusting some awesome vendors like She Designs Events, The White Tree and Lara Hotz Photography to take care of the rest.

“Our photographer, Lara, was a non-negotiable of mine even before the name David Shlom gave me butterflies in my tummy. We are so grateful to have had such an amazing, creative person document our day it meant I didn’t have to worry about anything and that all our efforts for the day were captured for life.”

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CREDITS Photos Lara Hotz Photography // Bridal gown Marry Me Bridal // Alterations Corston Couture // Robes / getting read tees Asos // Lingerie Victoria’s Secret // Shoes The Iconic // Accessories ShopBop // Hair Bryoni’s Hair // Makeup Nicky Lurie Makeup // Rings Temptation Jewellery // Bridesmaid dresses Aje // Grooms jacket and groom and groomsmen shirts MJ Bales // Groom and groomsmen pants General Pants // Shoes Mere // Barber / grooming Barber at the Bay // Groomsmen gifts Urban Outfitters // Event planner The Yaya Collective // Reception Stylist She Designs Events // Florist Neat Floral // Printer KwikKopy // Ceremony Centennial Parklands, NSW // Reception Koskela Kitchen, NSW // Catering L’amour Catering // Cake Royal Icing Cake Decorating // Decorative elements Poppies for Grace, Flowergirl Mila via Etsy and Love Carli via Etsy // Prop and furniture hire Vintage Patina and A Little Character // Lighting / sound hire and entertainment The Shiznizzle // Cinematographer The White Tree.