The Man and I fell in love with the Mortlock Chamber of the State Library of South Australia as soon as we saw photos of it. We kept researching venues because we felt we should be looking at all our options, but nothing ever lived up to the Library.
Instead of the traditional long bridal table, we opted for a table in the centre of the room with not only the bridal party but their partners as well. It was wonderful to be surrounded by our loved ones instead of feeling like we were ‘on show’.
I hate chair covers with a passsion (why reception venues can’t just buy some decent-looking chairs in the first place is beyond me). I had my heart set on some beautiful chairs but alas, I couldn’t find what I was looking for locally… which is probably just as well because it would have blown the budget. I did, however, manage to convince the venue to let me borrow some lovely antique timber chairs from another room. There weren’t enough for all 110 guests, but they were great to add a bit of interest nad differentiate the bridal table.
I had so much fun incorporating subtle literary references to suit our library theme. We also reused as many as possible of the ceremony decorations, plus as my bouquet, into the reception decor to get the most for our money.
I was so lucky to have my friends from Mary & Gabrielle Events pull everything together on the day. After planning every last detail and picturing it all in my head for months, I was completely floored when I saw it all come to life.
Instead of numbering the tables, we used scrabble tiles to name them after values that we value in our marriage. Since it’s not evident what they mean in isolation, it meant that guests were curious to walk around the room to find them all.
It was so special to have our Maid of Honour, Best Man, Ryan’s mum and my dad do some very memorable speeches. I’m not a huge fan of public speaking, but I knew that I wanted to express my own sentiments and thanks. We were also lucky to have a brilliant MC in our friend Jess, whose bubbliness and organisation made everything flow smoothly.
I forgot to include in my recount of the disaster-prone leadup to the wedding that I had managed to seriously sprain a muscle around my ribs, leaving me unable even sleep without pain let alone do some of the more involved dance moves in our first dance routine. It was touch-and-go whether we’d be able to do the fancy lift, but happily it healed up just in time.
Next week I’ll show some of the hilarious shots we captured in our photo booth.
Photography by Luke Simon Photography