PLANNING: From the time Devin proposed, we got married in just under a year. We wanted to move to London for a few years so the sooner we got married, the sooner we could go. So along with the stresses of wedding planning, we also had the chaos of packing up our lives and moving to London weeks after our wedding.
VENUE: Both events were held at Abbotsford Convent. I knew the type of venue I needed to achieve the overall vintage feel. I wanted something rustic, like a barn or an old building; something historical (and luckily Devin did too). We were restricted by size as our parents already had a huge guest list.
When we first visited the Abbotsford Convent, I loved it. I loved the gardens surrounding the venue, the exposed rafters in the Rosina room, the timber floors, the tiffany chairs and most of all, the courtyard where we had our ceremony. It was a space that could provide an outdoor ceremony while still feeling intimate being closed off from the rest of the gardens.
SHOPPING: We went to Sri Lanka o buy my saree, bridesmaids sarees, jewelry for myself and the girls, and suits for the boys. As I was only there for 2 weeks, I was worried that I wouldn’t find what I wanted in time or have enough time for tailoring of saree jackets. In the end, I bought my wedding saree, homecoming red saree and all the fabric for the bridesmaids on my first day in Sri Lanka. The tailor was local and she did a fabulous job making all the saree jackets and also putting together all the Kandyan sarees in time for me to take them home to Melbourne. I also bought all the jewelry from Kandy and Devin had suits tailored in Colombo.
INVITATIONS: The invitations were somewhat done by us. I designed them and we had them letterpressed in Sri Lanka. We kept them simple – the invitation, RSVP and direction cards tied up with a bit of twine.