I met Cayleigh and David around four months before their wedding day and I gotta say, they already had a lot of the planning well in hand at that stage. What they had realised though was that managing the wedding on the day wasn’t going to be easy, and they naturally wanted to be able to celebrate their special day without worrying about what was going on behind the scenes. Cue the Sparrow team, ready to bring all the elements of their day together, get all the vendors on the same page, and make sure every tiny detail was accounted for.
Cayleigh and David met at church and Cayleigh made the first move, inviting David out on a date to the movies. When it came time to propose a year or so later David took the lead, popping the question on a private boat while the couple were cruising around Sydney Harbour.
Cayleigh is a fashion and lifestyle blogger (catch her on insta @cayleighscalamera) so she obviously has a fabulous sense of style, and it was an absolute joy to work alongside her, and bring her wedding vision to life. The vision was for a timeless, classic feel and the colours chosen to achieve this were white, grey, black, blush pink, burgundy, and rich fuchsia, all tied together with stunning gold accents.
While searching for a venue Cayleigh and David absolutely fell in love with Golding Wines at Lobethal. With it’s private lawn and backdrop of rows upon rows of grapevines, it really was the perfect setting. For the reception, they chose to use the garden at David’s parent’s home in Myrtle Bank.
While there wasn’t a lot of DIY involved in this wedding, there was plenty of offers of help from family and friends. David’s cousin Christian performed the MC duties to perfection, and his auntie Emanuela created their wedding cake for them. It was completely delish, with lemon and raspberry flavours up top, and mud cake on the bottom.
Florals were a focus of the decor and we were lucky enough to have the talented team from Studio Botanic on-board. They worked in extremely adverse weather conditions to provide us with beautiful installations at the ceremony and throughout the reception marquee.
Cayleigh chose two of her closest friends as her bridesmaids, Emma (who flew in from the UK for the occasion) and Kerryn. They both wore burgundy dresses from Fame & Partners.
From the Bride
’I knew I wanted to have the incredible Paolo Sebastian design and create my wedding gown so I didn’t even look into anything else! I love Paolo’s beautiful feminine details and am so proud that he is South Australian. It was really hard deciding on a style because all of the designs are so beautiful, but I knew anything that Paolo created would be magic.
It was such a beautiful dress to wear. I chose to have a removable over-skirt so that I could have the big ‘princess’ moment but then something a bit more sleek for the reception.’
Advice for Future Couples
’Hmmm, where do I start? My advice for the day is to have a clear schedule in the morning for hair and makeup so that you have time to relax. We were ready well in advance so it was such a relaxing morning and set the tone for the day.
Make sure you relax the day before and step away from any wedding related decisions. I handed it over to David to make the decisions and solve any last minute problems because I knew I would just get stressed. Also, come to terms with the fact that little things may go wrong but they are out of your control and the best thing you can do is just relax and enjoy the day!
When it comes to wedding budgets, my advice would be to decide on what is most important to you, invest in these areas, and compromise on the others.’
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Photography: Katie Harmsworth | Bar & Beverage, and Catering: Andre’s Catering Co | Bombonniere: Sweetcheeks Cookies & Cakes | Bride’s Gown: Paolo Sebastian | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Fame & Partners | Cake: Emanuela Cioffi | Ceremony: Golding Wines | Cinema: La Lune Cinema | Entertainment: Amicus Strings, Christian Cioffi, the Cast | Florals: Studio Botanic | Groom’s Attire: DRESD | Groomsmen’s Attire: Jenny & Gerry’s Suit Hire | Hair: Charlotte Powell, and Makeup: Alisha Papaemanouil | Officiant: Derek Andrews | Reception: Private Residence | Rentals & Decor: White Marquee, Venue Productions | Rings: Hers by Cassandra Mamone, and His by Cartier | Stationery: Magnolia Press | Transportation: Classic Jags | Planned & Styled by the Bride and Groom, Managed by Sparrow Weddings & Events