A Tale of Romance and Style: Laura de Wit’s Dream Wedding

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From a chance encounter during the COVID-19 bubble to a breathtaking proposal and a spectacular wedding, Laura de Wit and Benjamin Whittaker’s journey to the altar is as enchanting as their celebrations. Laura, a renowned model and the visionary behind Magnolia Ave, and Ben, the enterprising spirit behind Whittaker Landscape Construction, have shared their story with us, revealing the magic and the meticulous planning behind their unforgettable day.

How They Met and the Proposal

Laura and Ben’s story began with a serendipitous meeting through mutual friends and a chivalrous tyre change that marked the beginning of something special. Their relationship blossomed quickly, leading to a whimsical proposal at Mollymook Beach. “Ben orchestrated a beachside proposal with our closest friends wearing custom T-shirts that spelled out the big question. It was pure joy, dancing under the stars into the new year,” Laura reminisces.

Wedding Theme and Planning

The couple envisioned their wedding day as a European summer brought to life in South Australia, focusing on fun and festivity. The theme extended from the upbeat music to the cult-favourite cocktails, ensuring every detail contributed to an atmosphere of joy. Laura worked closely with Montana from Hygge Studios to transform Kingsbrook, a once-closed Tuscan-inspired chateau, into the perfect venue. “Its ambience and beauty captivated me during a photoshoot, and I knew it had to be where we would say ‘I do,'” Laura shares.

Venue and Decor

The Orangerie at Kingsbrook, with its ivy-laced chapel and sweeping views of vineyards, embodied their theme perfectly. The venue’s natural light and historic charm, paired with the vibrant Australian flora arranged by Montana, created a picturesque setting that married European elegance with Australian vibrancy.

Bridal Looks and Accessories

Laura entrusted her wedding attire to Kyha Scott of Kyha Studios, resulting in two bespoke looks mirrored the wedding’s dual influences. The ceremony gown was a modern take on a princess style with a semi-sheer, drop-waist corset, while her reception outfit boasted a beaded bralette with a bolero and skirt for a touch of fun. Laura complemented her looks with a four-piece shoe collection she co-designed with Meggan Morimoto and unique jewellery pieces from her label, Magnolia Ave.

Beauty Choices

For her makeup, Laura opted for a natural and sculpted look, accentuated by a winged eyeliner for her second outfit. Leah Baines, her makeup artist, captured the essence of Laura’s style inspiration, Lara Worthington, known for her elegant yet understated beauty. Nicole Abela crafted an effortless, textured up-do, with Laura adding a slicked bun change for the reception.

Unforgettable Moments

The wedding was filled with heartfelt moments, notably the powerful Hakka performed by Ben and his friends, honouring his heritage and late grandfather. Another poignant memory was when the couple took a quiet moment near the evening’s end, reflecting on their deep bond and shared joy.

Supplier List

  • Venue: Kingsbrook, Currency Creek SA
  • Dress/attire: KYHA Studios 
  • Photography: Jack Henry
  • Rings: Union Studios, Cartier 
  • Hair (by): Nicole Abela 
  • Celebrant: Aniella Batten
  • Makeup (by): Leah Baines
  • Fragrance: Byredo Mojave Ghose
  • Shoes: Morimoto 
  • Partner’s attire: Suit Supply
  • Cake: Bake Space
  • Bridal Party attire: Rachel Gilbert & MJ. Bale
  • Music: Duan and Only & Sam Lavers, DJ
  • Flowers: Hygge Studios 
  • Catering: Indulgence food designs
  • Invitations: Kenjo Studios 
  • Wedding planner: Montana & Hygge
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The details
The Bride: Laura de Witt
Dress: KYHA Studios
Venue: Kingsbrook, Currency Creek SA
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