When these two Australians first met, Lucy was only 16 years old. "James had just come back from Canada, and his sister was having a party at their house," Lucy remembers. "The first time I saw him, he was furious because she'd swapped bedrooms with him while he was gone!" But a sibling spat wasn't enough to stop Lucy from falling head over heels in love with James.
In December of 2013, James told Lucy that they were going to a pop-up restaurant for lunch and that she should get dressed up. Little did she know she'd be traipsing around through the forest in heels as James tried to find the restaurant! "Just as I got really frustrated, he had me sit down and he turned to call the restaurant. The next thing I knew, he was on one knee proposing!" Thankfully, he didn't leave his bride-to-be hungry — James had prepared a secret picnic that morning, and it was hidden in the bushes nearby.
Just over a year later, the couple headed to Tasmania for a wedding that brought their woodland proposal back to life, with a 1920s twist. "We both grew up in rural areas and have lived in big cities all over the world, so we wanted to bring that contrast in to our theme," says the bride. Along with family and friends, the took on the massive undertaking themselves, transforming the isolated venue into their dream wedding. See how it all came together, photographed by Nicholas Purcell Studio.
While on a work trip to New York, Lucy made time for an appointment at Kleinfeld — during one of Pnina Tornai's trunk shows, no less! "I ended up being fitted for my gown by Pnina herself, and she loved my story of coming from Australia to get her dress so much that she gifted me with a veil," says the bride. Lucy chose a silk and tulle gown with a fitted bodice, plunging neckline, and full skirt.
Lucy carried a bouquet of white and lilac David Austin roses, studded with blackberries as nod to her childhood.
The bride found lilac lace dresses for her bridesmaids, then sourced matching fabric so each woman could customize the overskirt of their dress to fit their style.
Blooms from Lucy's aunt, grandma, and cousins' gardens decorated the ends of the pews.
The bridesmaids floating skirts caught the breeze while groomsmen wore black tuxedos to match James, who had his custom-made in Vietnam.
Lucy's godmother surprised the bride and groom after the ceremony with a helicopter waiting to take the two of them to the reception. Jazz musicians played as guests gathered on the lawn.
Instead of a signature cocktail, James and Lucy served French champagne and even had the bride's father use a saber to open a bottle!
The reception took place in a large hall at The Lodge at Tarraleah. Rather than placing centerpieces on the tables, the couple hung greenery, ivy, ferns, and vines from the ceiling to transform the room into a forest.
Low cut-crystal vases were filled with white and lilac roses that were surrounded by votive candles.
"James and I are huge foodies, so we visited the venue several times to select the menu," says Lucy. They settled on a fusion of local flavors, including Tasmanian lamb, salmon, and oysters. Dessert included a spread of cheeses and fresh berries, alongside the hexagonal wedding cake.
The three-tiered cake featured a white-on-white Art Deco design and was filled with layers of dense chocolate mud cake and fresh raspberries.
Surprise! The tulle skirt of Lucy's gown detached to reveal a mini with floral fringe along the hem. Toward the end of the night, James got up on stage to sing an Irish love song called "Sweet 16," a nod to how old Lucy was when they met.
"The best thing we did was write down the mood, feeling, and theme we wanted as soon as we started planning, and stick with that throughout the process," says Lucy. "It's easy to get lost in the information overload!"
Ceremony Venue: St. Matthew's Anglican Church || Reception Venue: The Lodge || Day-of Coordinator: Style My Day || Bride's Wedding Dress & Veil: Pnina Tornai || Shoes: Yves Saint Laurent || Hair: Tease Hair || Makeup: Kim Tavares || Florist: Gay Flowers || Music: No Soda for Yoda || Catering: Tarraleah || Cake: Cakes of Heavenly Indulgence || Videography: The Love Lab || Photography: Nicholas Purcell Studio
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