Sally and Dan
When a wedding comes along where the bride and groom have been so true to themselves, so in the moment, with photos of laughter, moments of clarity and balloon animal artists, well I know it’s going to be one you will love. Sally and Dan married in an intimate ceremony in Fremantle. Sally wore a dress printed with brightly coloured flowers and the most spectacular hairpiece and the couple decided to celebrate their wedding day their way.
Sally recalls how she met her beloved. “Dan and I met through mutual friends at a bar just over three years ago and it certainly wasn’t love at first sight. I seem to remember thinking to myself “Who’s the old, bald guy standing next to Joel?” The timing wasn’t ideal and everything started off (and remained) very relaxed. Both of us are incredibly laid back and unromantic. I don’t think we went on an official date until about a month into our relationship. But who says everything has to be poetry and candlelit dinners? Why can’t it be NBA and Indian takeout on the couch?”
The couple chose Snappatronik Photography to capture their wedding day and specifically asked for more photos of their guests and moments, than of details. I love how in tune this is with what Sally and Dan wanted for their day.
The groom wore a suit from Matinique and shoes from Ted Baker. The couple chose not to have a bridal party. Sally explains, “Although we didn’t have an official bridal party, we asked close friends to be with us on the day to help calm the nerves when we were getting ready. Dan spent the morning at the beach with his family and later shared a few drinks with his mates at the pub before suiting up for some photos.”
Sally wore a gorgeous multi coloured floor length gown from Bernice Sara , shoes from Vivianne Westwood for Melissa and jewels from Etsy seller OOAKjewelz . She recalls “My headpiece was made by an amazing local milliner, Kate Bell of Blake And Bell I wanted a statement piece that was going to compliment my dress without making it look like a costume. I also didn’t want to be too “bridal”. I think Kate nailed it!”
Sally got ready with her best girlfriends. She explains, “I spent the day with two girlfriends in an apartment near our venue. We wandered the streets of Fremantle running last minute errands, gave ourselves manicures and had our hair and makeup done. Once we were ready we walked with my parents and the photographer to the venue, stopping for photos on the way and dodging guests who were also making their way to the gallery.”
Sally and Dan were married at Moore & Moore Cafe in Fremantle. Sally explains “We wanted to have our ceremony and reception all in one venue to keep things easy and relaxed. Our ceremony was in the courtyard at Moore & Moore followed by canapés and (many) drinks in the main gallery. Moore & Moore was perfect for us. It’s an amazing space and their staff went above and beyond to make our day perfect.”
Music was chosen carefully. Sally says “I walked down the aisle to ‘Light and Day’ by The Polyphonic Spree. ‘Beginner’s Luck’ by The Eels was played when we signed the registry and we exited to ‘You’re My Best Friend’ by Queen.”
Sally recalls “Our ceremony was fun and relaxed. Dan’s quick wit ensured there were a few laughs and the courtyard setting was beautiful AND comfortable.” The couple were married by Kathryn Sturrock.
Sally describes her favourite part of the day as “Having our families and closest friends all in the one place helping us celebrate.”
The couple chose the 20th of November as their wedding day for a very special reason. Sally explains ” The date was significant to us as not only did Dan’s parents marry on the same date some years earlier, but his grandparents (Oma & Opa) also married on that same date (even earlier!). Three generations now share the same name and wedding anniversary. “
Sally remarks “We had the wedding we wanted. We didn’t bother with the traditions that weren’t important to us.”
Of their photographer, Sally remarks “My close friend Seshanka (Shanks) moved to Melbourne from Perth about four years ago. He suggested (or insisted) he shoot our wedding. I was a little apprehensive as I wanted him to enjoy our wedding and not have to work all night. We came to a compromise – he would shoot until he got sick of it. We were all happy! We specified early on that we didn’t want photos of people missing their heads or inanimate objects. We were more interested in capturing candid photos throughout the day and have minimal “posed” shots. We broke away from the venue for about 15 minutes between the ceremony and reception for a location shoot”
The reception was decorated simply and beautifully with Sally’s handmade touches, She recalls “I collected antique bottles and vases which were used by our florist along with old cider and beer bottles. I collected some antique cake stands for our dessert buffet. I made some first aid kits (bandaids, Panadol, Quick Eze, mints, hand cream) and had them in the bathrooms. I also invested in about 40 pairs of thongs for the ladies (and some gents) who were struggling with sore feet. This was much appreciated by many and I would strongly recommend it for anyone having a cocktail reception!”
The reception had one final extra special touch, a balloon animal artist! Sally says “After seeing Aaron Smyth creating the most incredible balloon animals at Little Creatures one Sunday morning we agreed that we wanted to have him at our wedding. He was fantastic keeping our guests intrigued and entertained with his creations.”
Finally Sally says “We didn’t have a first dance. But that’s not to say there was no dancing!”
Congratulations Sally and Dan! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Snappatronik Photography allowing us to share today’s photographs!
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