This wedding is seriously gorgeous! Real bride Gabriella tells us all about her timeless wedding day…
How did you and your partner meet? How did he propose?
We met at the end of 2012. Jordan saw a picture of me on Instagram and had it as his phone wallpaper for a month before he found my profile. He then started following me and I was like OMG he is so handsome and I sent a pic to my friend Nicole saying how gorgeous he was and I wondered where he lived and what nationality he was etc and I left it at that. He used to leave comments and like my photos and then he added me on Facebook. I am quite private and I only have people I know on FB so I didn’t accept his friend request for nearly 2 weeks. When I did he inboxed me and we chatted for about a month on private messages until I finally gave him my number after he literally begged for it every day. He never gave up because he said I was his dream girl. He told me a month after we met he was going to marry me. 3 months later I had a job offer and we moved to Melbourne together. From then on, we became inseparable and the best of friends.
Describe the moment he proposed:
We were living in Annandale at the time and Bicentennial park was only a short walk away. It is our special spot. We always went for walks there and it was where we talked about our future plans and had a chance to spend time together after a long day at work.
Our anniversary for when Jordan asked me to be his girlfriend is the 16th November but my sister in law’s birthday is the previous day so we didn’t get a chance to do anything and I canceled our restaurant booking. So on the 29th November he kept asking me where I wanted to go for dinner because he felt bad he hadn’t given me my present or taken me out (I didn’t feel like going out at all so I didn’t book anything and I didn’t mind I hadn’t received my gift yet). I finally agreed we would go out for dinner so he then booked the restaurant we were supposed to go too for our anniversary. Our table was still occupied when we got there so by the time we finished dinner it was about 11:30pm. Jordan then said he wanted to go for a walk after dinner (it was a really gorgeous, perfect, balmy night) so we went to Bicentennial Park and strolled around discussing our future plans.
The whole time he was hugging me and kissing me and telling me how much he loves me and how he can’t wait for us to start our family. That wasn’t an unusual topic for us to discuss but it was literally the only thing we spoke about during our walk. It was about 12:30 pm and I suggested we walk home because it was getting late. Our last conversation was then about how he was going to propose and I was telling him my perfect proposal would be something intimate, just us together doing something we love and I wanted a surprise. He then stopped walking, dropped on one knee, pulled out the ring box and opened it and said ” is this enough of a surprise for you… Gabriella I love you, will you please be my wife”. This was the most AMAZING feeling!! Of course, I said ‘yes’ in between crying and smiling.
What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Trust each other, be each other’s best friends. Always be honest and treat your partner with as much attention as when you first met.
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it
I loved my dress, I wanted something modern and a bit sexy. I wanted a designer from inter-state who was upcoming and not as well-known as the typical sydney boutiques. My dress was made from very soft tulle and hand beaded with over 3,000 pearls. It was floor length, long sleeve and sheer. My train and veil were 5 metres and I wish I could wear my dress again
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
Our wedding was intimate and timeless. We really wanted our wedding to represent our style as a couple and for our guests to be taken on a journey with our theme of predominantly white with a hint of gold and marble.
This began with our invitations. We sent out a single marble invite, which led the guests to our wedding website. This made RSVPing SO much easier for the guests as well as me. And no one could lose their invite because the one with all the information was online.
I wanted to use a wide range of flowers with big white petals or petals that were an unusual shape. Orchids, Hydragenas, Sweet William, Stock, White Carnations & Sweet Peas just to name a few. I was very particular on the types of flowers used and literally picked every one of them with the assistance and guidance of Jane the florist.
Our first dance song was The Weekend and directly after we surprised my parents with their first dance song as we got married on my parents wedding anniversary which is also my great grandmothers wedding anniversary. My husband then gave my parents 33 long stem red roses to represent the years they had been together. It was something very special and my parents were so honoured and grateful for their surprise. We decided on getting all the formalities done earlier so there was plenty of dancing and partying time! Our playlist had something for everyone with traditional Italian songs played, Bollywood hits, RnB, Hip Hop etc!
All our guests loved our bollywood dancers. I loved being able to incorporate some of my culture into the night and it was even more special as the dancers have known me since I was 5. I think the fact we decided to keep the tradition of getting married on the 31st of October was also really special. There’s no pressure on our children to do that (once we have them)- we hope it just comes from them they want to do that.Being half Italian- Half Indian and my husband is Half Maltese-Half English, we wanted to embrace all cultures during our day and we did so through food, entertainment, styling and our theme.
What was your favorite moment from the day?
The moment we became husband and wife officially was magical! I had my sister as my maid of honour and she was SO emotional during the lead up and on the day. She could barely say her speech but the words she did get out in between sobs meant so much to me. My husband’s speech was perfect. It was funny and sweet and full of so much love and passion. Our relationship is one of a kind and on our wedding night, people were just amazed at how in love we are. The whole room was just radiating with love and this positive energy it was amazing!!
Any DIY décor elements?
I was very particular about what flowers I wanted so I went to the markets with the florist and individually chose every flower
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I LOVED our wedding so much and if I had the chance to renew our vows I would go overseas and have a destination wedding
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Start the day early so you can make the most of it – it goes way too fast. Really savour every second of the best day of your life. Also pack a sewing kit and non-alcoholic wipes just in case!
Dress: custom Elly Sofcoli – ellysofocli.com/
Makeup: Amelia Axton
Hair: Stylish knots and A salon
Shoes: Prada – prada.com/en.html?cc=AU
Accessories: Grandmothers earrings
Invitation Design: Bwedding Invitations – bweddinginvitations.com/
Bridesmaids Dresses: custom White butterfly bridal couture
Grooms Suit: Custom Institchu
Photographer: Image Haus – imagehausweddings.com.au/
Stationery: Mazii Collection
Food: Intercon Double Bay
Flowers: Jane’s florist
Ceremony: St Francis of Assis Paddington
Reception Venue: Intercon Double Bay