These two have been together for two and a half years, both work in Surry Hills and knew the guys and space at Porteño, so what better venue to hold their nuptials? “It’s a beautiful space without really needing to be decorated. We could get married in there as well as have the reception and have a big party with the best food cooked over fire.” True that! Photographers, Willow & Co. were there to catch each and every moment on camera and boy are we glad they did. Scroll down for more…

THE THEME “To have a big party with the people we love most without the expectation of convention or tradition; something that represented us with no rules made by anyone but us.”

FAVOURITE DETAILS “Flowers were simple and great. Done by the gals The Ivy League, they just nailed it.”

THE DRESS “The process was trickier than I thought it would be, my aim was to wear a dress that felt like a more glamorous version of my normal style, I knew that I didn’t want to wear a traditional gown. I searched stores but couldn’t find anything that I loved, luckily I have some very talented, lovely friends who offered to make my dress, we talked through some ideas and were able to source some beautiful fabric from Paris. It was special to go through the process of making the dress with close friends and I was so appreciative of the final result – it felt like me!”

REFERENCES “The nice part was that it was pretty much put together by hookups in the hospitality industry and friends. Because we wanted something that represented us a lot of the people we used were friends or acquaintances by default. Looking for inspiration outside wasn’t really high on the list as it got overwhelming when we delved into that arena.”

FAVOURITE MEMORY “We met up alone together for the first time in Centennial Park close by the venue. Dan had organised a mate to pop out from the bushes to make us a few Negronis to have together and be still with one another before meeting everyone else at Porteño. We walked in to the venue together to meet all our guests cheering and loud music before saying the vows. We had no bridal party but Dan’s best mate is a minister, who also married us. And I had my grandma be my witness in the signing of the register which was special.”

A WORD OF ADVICE “Have a clear brief of what you want and find the things that fulfil the brief rather than have 10000 options and try to whittle it down one by one. If something doesn’t fit the brief, don’t do it. We are very happy we kept our wedding simple, It reduced a lot of stress and organisation and meant that we could have a lot of fun. Our wedding felt like us – beautiful food, friends and in the city!”

STANDOUT VENDORS “Our photographers, Willow & Co. were the best. The photos taken before we met everyone were obviously thought out in regards to light and shadow, let alone the specific alley ways and buildings they had scouted out beforehand. Then in the venue, they seemed to catch all the best and candid moments without us realising they were even in the room. On top of that they are just a great couple and we knew as soon as we met them they were the ones to shoot the event.”

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Willow & Co. Florist The Ivy League Invitations Mike Yee Printer Fast Printing Ceremony & Reception Porteño Cake Andy Bowdy Pastry Rings, Earrings & Bracelet Stephanie Said Transport Uber THE BRIDE Bridal Gown Custom Made Shoes Officine Creative THE GROOM Jacket Saint Laurent Shirt & Shoes Dior Pants Alexander McQueen Watch Omega Grooming Conner Keighran via T&N