We hope you guys all had a fabulous weekend, and are easing yourself into Monday nicely.

But just in case, we’ve got the most gorgeous ocean view wedding this morning, to help you on your way…

Sarah and Daniel’s chic Sydney Harbour wedding was an elegant affair.

Fusing their appreciation for the finer things in life, their al fresco ceremony (with some beautiful inter-faith elements) and stylish reception were a celebration of great style and gorgeous features.

Think soft pink and grey hues, refined fleur-de-lis embellishments, and an abundance of spectacular blooms.

Captured perfectly, by the fabulous SugarLove Weddings, their beautiful wedding is laced with inspiration for couples looking for clean style and modern details, without loosing out on the personal touches.

This chic beachside wedding is classic refinement meets relaxed romance.

Our Theme

Our theme was Fleur-de-lis. We were got engaged in Florence, Italy  and the fleur-de-lis is the symbol of Florence, but also of French royalty which very much suits our personalities.

We love the finer things in life including good food and wine. We wanted to incorporate that motif into our invitations and subtly in our decor and favours.

The colour pallete was pale pink, white and oyster grey

The Flowers

The flowers were a natural, stemmed posy style bouquet, including white David Austin roses , white lisianthus and white freesia, with touches of snow berry and brunnii berry.

The men’s button holes were David Austin roses with grey brunii berry  and Dusty Miller foliage. Table flowers were similar to the bouquets, with dusty miller added.

The Chuppah poles were decorated with torched willow with white lisianthis flowers down each pole.

The Attire

I wore a beautiful Wendy Makin, A-line dress, with a lace sweetheart cut bodice and tulle skirt.

I originally tried this dress on in pale pink and it was absolutely gorgeous but I decided that there was only one day in my life I could wear a white dress so I went with that.  

My bridesmaids wore  very pale pink long tulle dresses  with a sweetheart cut beaded bodice. They looked almost grey under different light so they looked perfect with my colour scheme.

The groomsmen wore black suits with a grey and white striped tie. I originally wanted my husband to wear a striped ie too but when he tried on the bow tie and tux he was so handsome.

Although it was unconventional to mix ties with a bow tie I thought it really suited our theme of clean, stylish and modern.

The Music

We had a string trio playing Pachelbel’s Canon for the processional, and Paradise and Viva La Vida Coldplay.

Our entrance song for the bridal party was Bruno Mars.

For the first dance, we had dance lessons from a family friend, who helped us choreograph a routine to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”. 

The Ceremony

Since I am from a Catholic family and Daniel is Jewish, we had a lovely celebrant who specialised in interfaith marriages. included readings and elements from both our traditions

From the Catholic tradition, we used the Corinthians 13:4 reading and I decided I wanted to walk down the aisle with my Dad and not see Daniel before the ceremony.

From the Jewish tradition, I circled Daniel seven times when I first arrived down the aisle, as a symbol of protection. We also had our siblings read the seven Jewish wedding blessings.

We drank a glass of wine and shared it with our parents. We also said our vows under a beautiful Chuppah decorated with torched willow and lisianthis flowers.  And in addition to our wedding certificate we also signed the Ketubah a Jewish wedding contract.

We sourced a beautiful Peony design from Jennifer Raichman on Etsy which we now hang in our living room to remind us of our promise to each other.

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In Three Words

Sparkling, classic, and modern

The Photography

We loved our photographer’s candid, classic and relaxed style. We didn’t want staged photos so he was really perfect.

Favourite Moment

We loved everything about our day, but my favourite moment was seeing Daniel under the beautiful Chuppah and the sparkling Sydney Harbour in the background.

  It was just stunning, I’ll never forget it.

Refreshments

We served  our guests peach bellinis with the canapés overlooking Sydney Harbour, followed by a formal sit down meal.

Instead of two alternate meals for entree and main we had three. When we went for our tasting we couldn’t decide between three dishes so we chose them all!

The Decor

Our venue was on sparkling Sydney Harbour and the decor was modern and beautiful.

We didn’t need al lot of decoration in the room so we went with the simplicity of fishbowl vases with beautiful flowers and tealight  candles. We had an eclectic mix of small vases along the bridal table.

We set up a large marble table outside the reception with a wishing trees, a vintage grey bird cage for cards and a large oyster grey fleur de lis Florence flower vase and small vessel, which held our wishing tree cards. Our favours were fleur de lis photo coasters.

We also set up a grey basket with dress-ups for our own photo booth with a polaroid Instax camera. 

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The Cake

Our cake was a classic Faye Cahill design.  The chocolate hazelnut tiers and citrus and strawberry middle she created for us, were just perfect.

Faye kept the classic look of the oyster grey stripes and pale pink in the flowers. I remember just looking at the cake and thinking how beautiful it was.

It tasted amazing too, my friends ate several slices!

Advice for Other Couples

Etsy and Pinterest are amazing. Find small suppliers and don’t be afraid to order internationally.

I saved so much money buying from US and UK supplies rather than buying in Australia and the service and pride from the suppliers was fantastic. Everything came on time in perfect condition.

We also used a  free wedding app called Wedding Party which was fantastic and allowed all our friends to share pictures  and post comments from their smart phones of the ceremony, the food, the cake and dancing.

We had a good laugh the next day when we realised how much fun people had with it.

Oh-so-elegant, wouldn’t you agree?

Sarah is just stunning and Daniel is one dashing groom!

The blooms are spectacular too and the cake is so fabulous – though I think my favourite feature of the day, was how well Sarah and Daniel married their faiths during the ceremony, so thoughtful and respectful of eachother’s backgrounds. Gorgeous.

Thanks so much to Sarah and Daniel for sharing your glorious Sydney wedding with us.

For further elegant inspiration see more Chic Weddings + Modern Weddings from our archives. 

Photographer: SugarLove Weddings / Bride’s Dress: Wendy Makin 'Alyce' / Groom’s Attire: Peppers Formal Wear / Bridesmaid Dresses: George / Reception Venue: Sergents Mess, Chowder Bay / Flowers & Decor: Plumbago / Cake Baker: Faye Cahill / Invitations & Stationery: Kimberly Fitzsimons / -- Select Vendor Type --: Silver Cloud Wedding Cars / Ceremony Musicians: Opus 4 String Trio