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We had a multicultural wedding! We had Chinese Door games (where the aim is to make the groom and his men do challenges in order to prove himself worthy of the bride) and a Tea Ceremony. We got married in an art deco movie theatre that has a Wurlitzer organ. I had a bridesman. The bride and bridesmaids had henna.
We wrote, directed, acted and filmed a black and white silent movie about how we met, to be played at the art deco movie theatre before the ceremony – we had an organist play along. We had a DIY 1930's theme. We made our own invites in the form of a movie poster, RSVP's were movie tickets. Centrepieces were combo of vintage champagne glasses found at thrift stores, ikea vases and candle holders on sale. We painted sticks black and added yarn pompoms to them. I handmade all the bridesmaids' fascinators and groomsmen boutinerres. We had a cake buffet instead of one wedding cake, which my cousin handmade bird cake toppers for. Most cake platters were DIY, vintage plates and upside down vases – all from thrift shops. We didn't have a first dance. We had an open mic and it went off!
Table names were twenties and thirties famous movie posters. We had home made caramel popcorn as favours and a vintage typewriter where people wrote what they thought about love. Also black and white movies played throughout the night. A jazz band played that we found busking on the street.
The tea ceremony with the family was very intimate. We had special moments with every family member that was there. Also, we were upstairs while the theatre was watching the movie we made. We were hidden away from our guests and I was really nervous, but the support of my bridal party was incredible.
Most Touching Moment
owards the end of the night, the photographer took Phil and I out to see the light installations projected on to the city's historic architectural iconic building. Walking out in all our wedding gear with people congratulating us and being super nice was an amazing experience. It made me want to wear a wedding dress everyday! We sat on the grass and took some final pictures and finally we lied down on the grass and looked up at the stars… all the hard work was over and we had a fabulous time.
Definitely the Door Games. We played some nasty challenges on the boys! It was hilarious to watch them sing, dirty dance, do push ups on top of each other, eat disgusting foods, etc! Also we didn't really expect many people to talk when we opened the mic up, but after the usual speeches, one by one people just wanted to say something. It was amazing and funny to hear what these people had to say. Normally they would never have gotten the chance at a traditional wedding. Luckily, all kept it really short and sweet. It still went on for an extra thirty minutes I think!
What People Ate
antipasto platter to share for entree, beef or salmon for main, and a cake buffet for dessert
Most Romantic Moment
Rising up with the organ and facing everyone with my soon to be hubby by my side was an amazing feeling. We are actually both slightly shy so it was really grounding to have him by my side, enjoying the moment. The handfasting was also very special as we made our own chords with charms weaved on to it.