Lisa and James’s Family Filled Whale Beach Wedding

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Johanna Johnson ball skirt

Lisa & James

There is a lot to love about the feeling today’s family filled Whale Beach wedding evokes. This Tuesday celebration was all about family – most importantly the bride and groom’s two children. The newlyweds planned their day around their little ones – a short ceremony, followed by a lunch time celebration, dancing and plenty of champagne! The couple chose Infinity Photography to capture their day.

On how they met, Lisa tells, “We met through work – rather boring really, ha! James sits on the board of my (now ex) work.”

Tutu Du Mond
White dahlia and pink buds boueuet
Bride helping flowergirl

Lisa and James got ready together on the morning of their wedding, Lisa noting, “We hired a luxurious beach front home in Whale Beach for the week, so the morning of the wedding we had our family come have champagne and nibbles prior to the ceremony. My parents came and helped dress the children, it was so special.”

Flowergirl with roses in her hair
Flowergirl wearing Tutu Du Monde
Page boy
Siblings on wedding dy

Lisa and James’ daughter and niece wore fluffy dresses from Tutu De Monde, their baby boy was dressed in Burberry and Gucci. 

Buttoning up bridal gown

Lisa chose Johanna Johnson to make her gown, explaining, “Johanna Johnson made my outfit, I had a custom made bodice with a large silk skirt. The skirt was a champagne colour, and the bodice was ivory. Having something made by Johanna is the most heavenly experience – they offer impeccable service and deliver an outstanding product.  Having my daughter help me get dressed, and undressed at the end of the day is something I will never forget.”

Bride with wedding shoes
Groom with son
Groom in navy suit with pale blue tie
Groom with flowergirls

James wore a custom made suit from P.Johnson Tailors.

Tutu Du Monde flowergirl dresses
Wedding ifrst look in Sydney
Bride in ball skirt with pockets
Sydney newlyweds
Mel Hobbs Wedding Photography

From her favourite memories of the day, Lisa remembers, “Obviously the top of the list is marrying the love of my life. He makes me feel like a queen. Having my daughter and son with me on the day just made my heart burst with love and pride.”

Newlyweds in Sydney
Infinity Photography Wedding
Bride with daughter
Bride and her daughter
Bride and groom with children
Bride with ehr children

Of their photographer, Lisa tells, “I would say that Infinity did a magnificent job of capturing the true essence of our day! We adore our photos so much and will treasure them forever, having our children in our wedding photos is something that I hold so close to my heart. Infinity Photography took the most exquisite photos of the children – candid, natural and beautiful.”

Bride with son
Custom made Johanna Johnson gown
Moby Dicks Whale Beach

Lisa and James chose Moby Dicks Whale Beach  for their wedding, Lisa noting, “Moby Dicks is a stunning venue – a mix of laid back beach culture with chic interiors and lovely food. As the venue had recently been renovated we were pleased so have our guests here, as no one had been there before. As you walk into the room, it is simply breathtaking – the stunning simplicity of the room layout, abundant with flowers – and an uninterrupted view of Whale Beach.”

Moby Dicks Whale Beach Interiors
Moby Dicks wedding ceremony
Wedding ceremony at Moby Dicks
Flowergirls holding hands as they walk down the aisle
Ringbearer being carried down aisle

Of her walk down the aisle, Lisa remembers, “My daughter, niece, son and I walked into “La Vie en Rose” by Daniela Andrade. It was perfect!”

Bride walking down aisle with mum
Groom kissing bride on cheek at ceremony
Moby Dicks Whale Beach Wedding Ceremony

Libby Clouston  officiated the ceremony, Lisa remembering “Our ceremony was ultra short and punchy! We were mindful of our two children sitting through a long ceremony. We had a lovely celebrant who married us in about 10 minutes, this was followed by lots of champagne and delicious canapés.”

Wedding ceremony beachside Sydney
Son of couple laughs as wedding ceremony unfolds
Ring exchnage at Sydney wedding

“The theme of the wedding was family. We were lucky enough to have a room filled with our nearest and dearest – it was a very intimate mid-week lunchtime wedding. Our venue was filled to the brim with gorgeous flowers, which made it feel so romantic and sweet.”

First kiss with flowergirl
Family after wedding
Bride and groom with children after ceremony
Bride with duaghter and friends
Bride being congratulated
Beachside wedding at Moby Dicks
Moby Dicks Wedding
Whale Beach Wedding
Wedding at Whale Beach
Whale Beach Wedding Venue
Bride and shoes
Hand drawn portrait wedding welcome sign
Chalboard place cards
Window frame seating chart

Lisa tells, “I will never forget sharing our first meal as husband and wife, sitting opposite my 86 year old Grandma, the last of my living Grandparents. Having a mid-week lunchtime wedding felt so luxurious and quite cheeky, too!”

Buckets of flowers at wedding
Table of pink wedding flowers

Lisa notes, “The whole day was just blissful. When I look back and think of the day, I think it was just the most perfect day where we shared our first meal as husband and wife with the dearest people in our lives. We were back home by 6pm, children in bed at 7pm, and James and I sat up eating antipasto and ice-cream, talking about our day!”

Hydrangeas at wedding
Moby Dicks Whale Beach Wedding Reception

Of the dancing Lisa recalls, “Our day was the “anti-wedding” – we had no traditional first dance. Instead the four of us (James, Thomas, Soraya and myself) danced the first song together. We had a 1940’s style band ( Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters ) playing and to be honest I was so swept away in the moment I have no idea what they sung when we danced!”

Menu at Moby Dicks

Congratulations on your marriage Lisa and James! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Infinity Photography for sending this wedding our way!

Photographer: Infinity Photography / Bride's Dress: Johanna Johnson / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride's Jewellery: Vintage / Groom's Attire: P Johnson Tailors / Page Boy (Shirt & Shorts): Burberry / Page Boy (Shoes): Gucci / Flowergirls: Tutu Du Monde / Flowergirls (Shoes): Bloch / Hairstylist: Amy Sorotel / Makeup Artist: Amy Sorotel / Flowers & Decor: Wild Lotus Florist, Newport / Venue: Moby Dicks / Ceremony Officiant: Libby Clouston / Band: Greg Poppleton & The Bakelite Broadcasters / Wedding Rings: G.P Israel Diamonds, crafted by King Street Design
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