Brace yourselves. You're about to get lost in the magical beauty of this wedding in New South Wales, Australia. Laura and Dylan's big day was perfectly captured by Hilary Cam, described by the bride as "A Midsummer Night's Dream set within The Secret Garden." She tells us, "I wanted to create an intimate, romantic, magical feeling for us and for our guests. And it was EXACTLY as I had imagined it to be." It helped that Laura works as a freelance stylist and designer for The Styling Branch and was able to use her creative talents in designing her wedding. Photographer Hilary shares his experience on the big day:
"Laura and Dylan's wedding saw their guests transported between exquisite venues into a magical secret garden. The wedding ceremony was held in the grandest of Sydney's churches — St Mary's Cathedral. Drawing inspiration from A Midsummer Night's Dream, their reception was dreamy and romantic with some modern and bold twists reflecting their creativity and individuality. Dylan and Laura's intimate reception was in absolute seclusion out on Scotland Island. Guests arrived by boat and climbed the sandstone stairs to a magical garden full of fairy lights. Their reception was ethereal; woodland tablescapes with moss, scattered tea lights, mason jars and flowers, with a canopy of Edison lights overhead. Their wedding was intimate, romantic, and magical for all who were there."
Here more about the gorgeous wedding from the bride below then click through the photos!
"A moment I will never forget was arriving to Bangalla by boat, climbing the 50 sandstone steps to enter the incredible garden where I saw that my whole vision had come to life! After months of planning and facing all the logistical challenges; such as bringing everything across to the island on a barge just the day prior — it was such a rewarding feeling to walk in and see all our guests (especially our international guests) mingling, drinking Champagne, enjoying the music, and absorbing the energy of the surroundings. To add to this euphoric feeling, it was my wedding day! — so this was truly a very memorable moment."
"With the help of my amazing father and husband I handmade all the little details! From our wedding invitations to the poles that held up the festoon lights that hung above the tables. My favorite DIY project was my personalized sign for Dylan that hung in the tree in front of us. ('Every love story is beautiful but ours is my favorite.')"
Instead of a guestbook, there were mini easels for guests to draw or leave messages on, which were then put into a vintage suitcase. There were succulent plants with "grow the love tags" for guests to take home. International guests had cards with seeds embedded to take home to grow. The bridal headpiece was handmade, there were personalized water bottles, and the cake toppers were made by the bride.
The groomsmen wore gray tailored suits and began the morning with a shave in a vintage barber shop. The bridesmaids wore coral-toned, delicate, floor-length dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias and peach roses. Laura was embellished from head to toe in an ivory silk and french corded gown with a lace bodice and layers of beading. She wore a crystal and pearl headpiece complete with cathedral-length veil.
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"All the 'stress' in the lead-up pays off in the end. I don't want to say 'don't stress,' because sometimes you just can't help it!"