Marrying one of my best friends was one of the most humbling and special moments of my life. I have known Rachael since we were 15 years old. We were in the same class at the Australian Ballet School and then worked together as ballerinas with the Australian Ballet for many years. Together we toured the world, shared a dressing room, faced many ups and downs and managed to have an absolute ball along the way! Rachael was an exceptional dancer of the highest calibre and also one of the most loyal and down to earth people I know. So you can imagine that I was thrilled when she asked me to marry her!
Keeping in only Rachael and Andrew’s style they came up with a 60‘s theme, think Mad Men for their wedding. Fittingly they chose the gorgeous 60s inspired Sergeants Mess in Chowder Bay, NSW for their ceremony and reception.
Their wedding day arrived. All week had been bitterly cold and non stop raining so on the wedding morning with trepidation I drew open my bedroom curtains and the sun came pouring into my room unveiling the most perfect blue cloudless sky, I new it was going to be a fabulous day!
The wedding was at 10.30am and the backdrop for the ceremony was sydney harbour. The view across the sparkling water was breath taking, yachts and ferries bobbed by lazily, and in the distance the eastern suburbs skyline glittered.
Andrew, dressed in a dapper navy suit with a daisy in his lapel was only slightly nervous waiting for his bride, who arrived by boat with her Maid of honour ex ballerina Simone.
Then Rachael arrived…she glided down the aisle to a string quartet playing The Sound of Music’s – Climb Every Mountain (so very Rachael)! She looked exquisite in her ivory Chantilly lace gown. The joy on her face brought tears to my eyes. She looked so elegant and so very happy!
The flower girl and page boy were Andrew and Rachael’s two children Willow and Bowie. Little bowie was dressed in the cutest navy suit you have ever seen and Willow held her mums hand throughout the entire ceremony looking up in awe at her beautiful mother.
The ceremony was wonderful. Rachael and Andrew wrote their own vows and included a reading from the children’s book The Velveteen Rabbit read by dear friend Peter to much amusement of their family and friends.
The styling and planning of the day was exquisitely executed by Sweet Art, who of which I’m a huge fan.
It was such a fantastic day. The reception was terrific fun and the celebrations continued late into the night.
My dear friends Rachael and Andrew, a couple very much in love. I wish you both all the happiness in the world.