Penny and Paul
This is such a classic summer wedding to me – the beach, the beautiful tones of yellow. I’ve got a bit of a love affair with yellow at the moment- it’s sunny, bright and so carefree.
Penny describes how she and Paul met. “We met in May, 2006 at a birthday party in Manly. We met through a mutual friend and hit it off straight away I was living in Manly at the time and Paul was about to move to Cremorne. We found out we had a lot in common in terms of our backgrounds, love of the ocean and music. Early on, we did a trip to the snow together which is probably when we first realised that we had a strong connection.”
Today’s photographer is Casandra of Caspix (who happens to be the sister of the groom!). I love how Cas manages to capture the vibrancy and the atmosphere of the event with an added dose of complete fun.
Penny and the bridesmaids held gorgeous bouquets of yellow and white blooms created by Beach Tropic by Di Nash.
The bridesmaids walked to “Kissing You” by Desiree and Penny walked to “All I want is You” by U2. The flowers at the church were arranged by Penny’s mum.
After the ceremony, the rainy day continued and the bridal party headed to Palm Beach for their photographs. Penny says “I loved our photography shoot on the Pittwater side of ‘Palmy’, a great chance to enjoy our closest ones and for Paul and me to have a moment to ourselves before all the festivities began.”
Penny wore a gown from Two by Rosa Clara. She says “The dress was a drop waisted silk chiffon gown with beaded halter detailing and a cascading ruffled skirt. The groom and groomsmen wore suits by F2 by Flair Industries from The Gentleman’s Club in Chatswood.
Penny’s bridesmaids wore yellow gowns from Saba and purple shoes from Zu.
Penny and Paul held their reception at Dunes Restaurant, Palm Beach. “Dunes was an easy pick for us as we are such beach goers, and the day we visited it was a glorious spring evening and we were stunned by the outlook, the food and the ambiance. On the big day however it was wet and rainy, but the venue was magnificent and all our guests felt like they were completely out of Sydney which was awesome. Being up on the northern beaches was really important to me for some reason! Pretty much everything at the venue was done by us, the place cards, menus, vases and seating charts.
The most memorable menu item would be the fig and goats cheese salad – incredible and surprisingly all the boys loved it.”
Penny’s step mother made the yellow and white hued cake. Penny says “We tried to centre our day around the things that we love; music and the outdoors. All our tables were named after our favourite bands such as The Kooks, Led Zeppelin, Phoenix etc…table numbers were old CD cases which we personalised. The one theme I followed was the yellow and white ribbon, which I bought from Tres Divin“.
Penny and Paul lived out Penny’s childhood fantasy with their first dance, “It was to Time of my life, Dirty Dancing! I never dreamt of getting married or of my wedding, but performing this dance was high on my childhood dreams, and we had so much fun choreographing it ourselves with a wine in hand throughout the winter months. Mr Wilson, a three piece band we had heard together at Piano Room a year before entertained us – they were amazing as they played all our favourite songs and steered clear of the typical wedding classics.”
One of Penny’s favourite memories was the traveling guests “We had 115 guests, with several guests traveling from the UK, USA, Chile and South Africa.”
Another memory was a special surprise from Paul. “One of the highlights was a video that Paul put together in the months leading up to the day, which he had written and recorded meaningful lyrics to over one of our favourite bands’ songs. It was hilarious and touching, and all our friends contributed to it.”
Congratulations Penny & Paul! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Cas of Caspix for today’s photographs!
Photos by Caspix