A Chanel proposal leads to a Christian Dior Inspired Wedding Dress

A Chanel proposal leads to a Christian Dior Inspired Wedding Dress


L U K E  &  L E I G H


Before they were husband and wife, Luke and Leigh were best friends. ‘After five years of being best friends I guess something changed,’ says Leigh. Luke proposed in May 2011 at the Chanel store in the city. ‘It was such a surprise,’ recalls Leigh, ‘I was looking at this bag that I really liked and inside was the ring.’ They celebrated their engagement on a boat on Sydney Harbour.

They were married in early December at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, followed by a reception at Miramare Gardens. Leigh wore a dupion silk and tulle wedding gown with lots of layers by Melanie Ford. ‘My inspiration was a Christian Dior dress I had seen in a magazine,’ says Leigh. The bridesmaids were dressed in pink one shoulder gowns, while the groom and groomsmen wore classic black suits, white shirts and black ties. With a pink and white colour theme they brought their style to life  using gold tiffany chairs, white table cloths and bullet vase centrepieces with pink and white flowers.

A sit-down affair, guests were treated to individual antipasto plates of rockmelon and prosciutto, 1/2 artichoke, sopressa, caprese salad, eggplant parmigiana and olives. Platters of salt and pepper calamari, king prawns and freshly shucked oysters were also served. The main course included alternate plates of veal rib eye served with roast pumpkin and garlic mash, seasonal greens and mushroom argue topped with red wine jus or crispy skinned barramundi fillet with creamy potato mash, steamed broccolini and a cherry tomato and olive salsa. Dessert included chocolate and vanilla pannacotta, platters of wedding cake and bambini gelato cones.

‘Meeting at the alter, saying our vows, speeches and dancing with all of our family and friends at the reception,’ are among the memories they hold tightly. David of PHAO Photography captured all the special moments. ‘We chose PHAO Photography because we felt really comfortable with David and really liked the look of his previous work,’ says Luke and Leigh. The couple honeymooned at Cape Sienna in Phuket Thailand.


Photography PHAO Photography Ceremony Venue St. Mary’s Cathedral Reception Venue Miramare Gardens Bride’s Dress Melanie Ford Flowers Drosia Molinaro Wedding Cake Homemade by groom’s aunty Chairs Event Marquees Bomboniere Fardoulis Chocolates

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