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Emy & Sam’s Waterfront Wedding 

Emy & 


How did the two of you meet? 

Funnily enough, Sam and I crossed paths (without knowing it) in various locations, in various circles until we first “met”. We shared the same Uni for 4 years, the same surf club during the same period, through to being born seven days apart at the same place – Paddington Women’s Hospital. 

We finally met at a friends local gym (The Cube), where I was a trainer and Sam a member.

The proposal played out in a stunning setting which Sam orchestrated (without me knowing) overlooking beautiful Uluwatu, Bali. At the time he said “Let’s get dressed up tonight” for a dinner booking that he happened to “wing” that day (I found out later this was coordinated weeks ago). It ended up being our own private isolated table for two – uninterrupted, flowers, petals, candles and a view overlooking the Uluwatu coastline. Very Bachelorette, Very Bali but totally Incredible.


What was the most expensive thing other than the venue that you had to pay for? 

The Band. We’re big on Music and it was especially Sam’s big non-negotiable. Worth every cent.


How’d you go about sticking to a budget?

We didn’t do too badly, although in honesty, we did go over budget. I would definitely say spreadsheets are a must to help you track where its all going, and who you still need to pay.

You’re engaged! Now what? How did you go about planning the big day? Budget? First steps to take…

CELEBRATE. Initially the two of us soaking up this euphoric time, then sharing our excitement with our family and friends. In the blur of emotions, next came – when, where and how to celebrate our special day!?!

We’re both extremely close with our Grandparents too and they immediately came to mind. Given their varying health and our close relationships, we wanted to make our big day happen sooner rather than later. Sam’s Grandma gave Sam the rings during the ceremony and I was fortunate enough to have both my Pop and Nonno there too. Budgets quickly became an afterthought after we saw those faces in the crowd.

“We didn’t do too badly, although in honesty, we did go over budget. I would definitely say spreadsheets are a must to help you track where its all going, and who you still need to pay.” 

What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?
I personally look after my skin pretty well year round, however leading into the big day I used Drunk Elephant products and had facials by the beautiful Marisa at MK Skin & Beauty. Sam’s “beauty” regime consisted of sun and the ocean.

Exercise-wise for me it was Pilates and for Sam is was boxing and occasionally touch footy. Collectively we both drank plenty of water and snuck in the occasional couples infrared sauna, where we had no outside distractions and were able to reconnect.

First Dance Song? 

‘Someone Like You’ Van Morrison (covered by our friend and amazing musician – Duan & Only). This song was extra special and meaningful, as my Nonna (Grandma) passed away the day after we got engaged and this played at her funeral – it was our way of having her there. 



Ceremony: Little Manly Point


Reception: Manly Pavilion


Flowers:  We chose to use faux flowers both for sustainability and the option to keep the flowers forever. My mum and I built the bouquets up with some fresh orchids and greenery which we sourced from The Wild Forager.


Celebrant: The Love Diaries 


Cake: Cakes by Dais our close friend Lisa Peters created a salted caramel “cement look” cake with vanilla butter cream icing. It was that good!!


Caterer: Manly Pavilion events – specifically chosen canapes as well as a Paella station


Photographer / Videographer:  Our beautiful friend and extremely talented Lucy from Lucie Weddings captured the bridesmaids pre-wedding fun, along with the location shoot. Hunter Manuel accompanied her and captured the boys pre-wedding, the ceremony and party!


The music ensured the dance floor was scarce, all thanks to the amazing Mike Champion & The Cool (reception and party) and Duan & Only (ceremony and occasional collab with the band during reception) Claudia Neal-Shaw from The Love Diaries


Dress: Chosen by One Day from Love Marie Bridal Boutique. Then slipped into Superga sneakers to dance the night away. I experimented with the sneakers and had them personally embossed with ‘ELG’ on the sides


The groom was in a custom-fitted Country Road jacket, with pants and shirt being custom. The groomsmen were in custom Institchu. 
Accessories: Sam wore his Grandpa’s cufflinks and he had custom sets made and engraved for his merry men. I wore custom a.b Ellie | HDWR.


Rings: The incredible Mia Chicco for both the engagement ring and our wedding bands. The engagement ring was bespoke, which Sam personally designed with Mia’s guidance. Rose gold, Australian champagne diamond and flanked by family heirloom white-diamonds which were re-purposed to suit.


Hair & Makeup: Given I do makeup (@emyclarebeautyco) I knew exactly what I was after and the beautiful India at Makeup by IVD nailed it. Less is more.