Modern Simplistic Wedding Ceremony and Reception
Divine Events proudly styled the wedding of Sophie Brunninghausen & James Burroughs.
The Ceremony was held at Royal Sydney Golf Club- Sunken Garden, Rose Bay
The Reception was celebrated at The Homestead, Centennial Parklands, Sydney
Sophie and James were to tie the knot at Centennial Park in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.
The venue was sentimental to the couple as they lived in the area and spent days at the park with each other and their family and friends, so where better than The Homestead to begin their forever with the people they cherished the most!
They were referred to us by the very talented Nichola Byrne, who was to be their Wedding Planner and a valued client to Divine Events.
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The brief was simplistic, fresh, classic elegance. The couple were not afraid to use bold colours to offset the clean white and ivory colour palette.
Gold tones and Clear Glass were definitely accents that needed to be included. With the Reception taking place under a Hamptons Style Marquee from Kata Lane, we had to ensure the colours, tones and textures met the aesthetic of the structure but also The Homestead and the landscape of flora and fauna that surrounded the venue.
While the bump in of a music festival taking place at the venue on the day was a last minute realisation, the couple were quick to change the Ceremony venue to the Sunken Garden at the Royal Sydney Golf Club to avoid the noise of sound checks at the time of their big moment. Attention to detail was key to the couple and they wanted to ensure that personal touches were added across the venue to ensure that guests felt well looked after and welcome.
Across both venues it was important to take into account venue inclusions and work with their teams (Leena Chugani from The Homestead & Hannah Bettie from the RSGC) to ensure that all the suppliers worked in tandem to create a beautiful day for Sophie & James in keeping with their vision.
Suggested Style Board & Florals
Divine Events created a scenic Styling Board for the couple finished with elements set against the backdrop of the venue to help them better envision their big day!
The Ceremony would simply have Ivory Sandstone Plinths and Florals to flank the couple and to enhance the ‘secret garden’ charm of the space.
With sprinkles from the fountain adding to the outdoor ambience, the couple would say their vows just beneath the steps while being watched on by their family and friends seated on garden benches. These would all have white pew ends complete with foliage accents. The bride would make her way down the aisle walking towards the guests on a rose petal scattered pathway, quite unconventional!
The Reception would have an unstructured central floral and foliage ceiling feature with hanging glass tea lights above the Bridal Table.
To maximise seating the tables would be sets of king’s tables with guests on either side. Mahogany Bentwood Chairs would add to the Hamptons aesthetic paired with clean White Linen, Black Charger Plates and Crystal Glassware. In order to accommodate the Banquet Style Food, the tables would have fresh floral and foliage posies and votives with cylindrical candlelight to add a touch of romance!
After the Ceremony guests would arrive at The Homestead and enjoy Cocktails and Canapes in the Wisteria Room. This would feature our Art Deco Cocktail Tables and Black Bentwood Stools. The Lounge Area would feature our linen White Jefferson Set and Prism Glass Coffee Tables. All with decorative fresh accents.
The couple also wanted us to ensure that attention to detail was paid whether it be the Wishing Well table or the Seating Chart. It was important to them that these be feature elements in themselves.
Another key feature would also be the Perspex Lectern and Stage for the Speeches. Adding trailing florals and foliage atop a Gold Frame Plinth to this was truly going to ensure the beauty of the overall frame.
Creating their Vision
It was imperative that on the day, we all worked off the Run-sheet to ensure the timeline was stuck to so all suppliers could execute their part in the event with precision.
It was an early start for David and his team from Kata Lane with erecting the marquee while the team from Divine used their time to set up other areas of the venues that were available including a separate team that would set up and pack down the Ceremony.
It is always a key focus for us to best utilise onsite time/waiting periods.
Once the marquee was in place, the floor could be laid and fairy lights to the ceiling added. The structure for the ceiling installation had to be installed by our Production Team so the team from POHO flowers could construct it. The hanging tea lights had to be added once the feature had found its perfect height tested by the photographer and videographer to ensure it was in the frame while shooting and not obstructing any views from the back of the room. The glass bubbles had to be placed strategically so any wind would not cause them to shatter against each other.
It was then all up to the venue and Divine Events to lay the tables, linen, centrepieces and chairs.
Finishing touches like table numbers/names, place cards, menus, bonbonniere and florals were then added.
The chef then tested the layout to ensure there was enough room for the food platters without any of his wait staff having to move styling elements around while service. Nichola then noticed that as we were unable to peg into the ground with the marquee, the large concrete weights were quite jarring to the eye. Ed and his team from POHO added trailing foliage to each weight adding a softness to them that masked the visible bare blocks of concrete.
The Cake and Croquembouche arrived on time and were set up on our White Wire Panton Table along with sentimental photos from the couple of lost loved ones.
The florals added a beautiful touch to the emotion overflowing from that table! Next to arrive was the DJ and us re-setting the venue furniture to create more lounge and cocktail seating around the dance floor. Final touches of florals and care baskets were added to the restrooms and a last clean and walk through for finishing touches was complete!
The Finished Look
The result was a sophisticated, clean, contemporary palette of colour, texture and style that best represented the couple’s journey to their BIG Day! Simple touches with bold colours and romantic candlelight were set for a dreamy evening under the stars- just as Sophie & James had always wanted.
We set the tone for an evening filled with love, laughs and a lifetime of memories to cherish.
Congratulations Sophie & James.
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Some kind words from Sophie and James about their special day:
“We can’t thank enough, Nicole and the Divine Events team for everything they did for our wedding.From the décor to the flowers, everything looked incredible.”
More feedback from the Happy Couple is here.
Huge thank you to the other suppliers involved in pulling this wedding together:
Celebrant | Emma Riley + Luke Redmond
Florist | Poho
DJ | The Groove Academy
Cake | Croquembouche Pâtisserie
Photographer & Video | Good Thanks Media
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