Words by Angela
Tori and I met almost four years ago and from the moment that we met, I knew that my life was going to change forever. I didn’t know how, or where it would go, but I knew. We quickly bonded over our love for the ocean, cups of tea and all things sunshine.
In December 2016 both Tori and I took turns proposing to one another. They were unique, special and we both wanted the other person to be able to experience the immense love and sentimentality that goes into a proposal. I surprised Tori whisked her away for a weekend in the Hunter Valley, which holds a big place in both our hearts as we’ve made so many happy memories there. We had a day full of pampering and fun and eventually came back to our accommodation. The cottage was filled with all things magic – fairy lights, candles and flowers everywhere and a huge sign reading ‘will you marry me?’
Tori proposed to me, not long after, at the very beach her and I shared our first kiss. A teepee, a book about our love story and a romantic picnic all led to a resounding yes to the proposal.
Our wedding took place just over a year later at a property in Wollombi, called Redleaf. We wanted our wedding to be an intimate affair, a guest list of only 30 people, kind of like a fancy but relaxed dinner party, with good food, good entertainment and good company.
We didn’t want to follow the norms and traditions of a wedding day – I mean it is a woman marrying another woman so it’s not all that traditional to start off with. So we decided not to sleep separately and even spent the whole morning of our big day together.
We planned every single detail of our day, from the pens we used to sign our marriage certificate, the chairs we sat on and even the glasses we used. Being able to bring our vision to life with the styling of our day, was spectacular and wouldn’t have been possible without the lovely Emily from Your Wedding Ceremony.
We are both strong feminist women, we didn’t want to be given away at our wedding as we are not a possession of any kind but we also wanted to include our family in our day so we decided to walk ourselves half way down our garden aisle and have each of our parents walk us the other half.
Throughout the ceremony and reception, the sun was shining, although it had been forecasted to rain. We had the heavenly sounds of the amazing singer – Kim Sheehy – to have her sing our song as we walked down the aisle, it was one of the best decisions we made for our special day.
Being able to go on this adventure called life together has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Being able to marry the woman of my dreams, legally, in Australia, in our home country; I feel so lucky and so fortunate to have been able to do so.
Our advice would be to focus on you, and your partner, only. No day is ever going to be perfect or run exactly as planned, but if you just celebrate the love that you have for one another, nothing else really matters.
Photographer Photographer on Hermitage | Videographer Hunter Valley Video | Celebrant All You Need is Love Celebrant | Venue Redleaf in Wollombi | Florist Botanica Bird | Wedding Stylist Your Wedding Ceremony | Hair Dresser Catch Hair Design | Makeup Artist Kiss n Makeup | Tori’s Dress Riki Dalal, Love Marie Bridal | Ange’s Dress by Dress Maker, Suelin | Ange’s Crown Custom by Viktoria Novak | Singer Kim Sheehy | Cake Hello Naomi Cakes | Neon Sign Sammy And Lola | Rings House of Kdor | Catering Mojo Picnics | Ange’s Shoes Jimmy Choo | Tori’s Shoes Wanted Shoes | Bridesmaid Dresses Sheike | Bridal Leather Jackets Portmans and Painted by Carmen Hui | Welcome Sign and Place Cards Willow and Ink | Custom Wedding Stationary Giant Invitations | Wedding Signing Pens EnglishRose Co| Tori’s Earrings BHLDN | Ange’s Earrings Saint Laurent purchased from Cult Status Boutique | Rose Confetti Everland Favours | Cake Cutter CharmWoodShop | Smoke Bombs Coloured Smoke | Ange’s Robe Ivy and Matilda | Tori’s Robe Boohoo