chic real wedding at the darwin slsc

As soon as we saw the gorgeous bride and groom, the chic sparkly dresses of the bridesmaids and the extremely good looking guests at this wedding we were hooked. The raw natural style of Katie Bennett of Embellysh Photography captured the atmosphere of this wedding perfectly.

From Polly Phillips: We fell in love with Darwin as soon as we arrived in 2012 and had our Son Harrison in September of that year.  We knew the majority of our guests would be traveling from interstate and overseas and we wanted to share with them not only our love for each other, but also the uniquely special parts of the Northern Territory which we had also fallen in love with.  Our wedding was on the anniversary of arriving in the Territory and incorporated dry season foliage, a helicopter, barramundi, sunsets over the water, alfresco dining and a few leftover fireworks from Territory Day to make our day a fun and memorable one.

Decorations and Styling: I loved this part of the wedding preparation! Many of our decorations were handmade with the help of our amazing friends and family.  Some aspects were time consuming like op shopping for the vintage champagne glasses for the tower!  I can honestly say now that if I had a bigger budget I would have hired an event stylist to take the pressure off.  In the end however, it was really rewarding to see it all come together, and a big thank you goes to my creative and clever mum who pulled all my ideas together.

Music: Our wedding invite RSVP included a section whereby we asked our guests to request a song to be played on the day.  These songs formed the soundtrack that played throughout the afternoon, and even our guests that couldn’t attend, were able to have their presence felt.

Favours: We compiled a CD of the songs that we were featuring on the day and used it as part of our place settings.  Everyone also took home the most delicious helicopter cookies baked by my mother in law who is a pastry chef.  She also made the cute cake topper of our family, which added a lovely personal touch to the day.

One thing I would do differently: Pre book and pay for a bus to get guests home at end of night.

Worried about the budget…Think about what and who really matters and call in favours where you can.

Best advice: Pay for a good photographer! And save money elsewhere.

Vendor Details

Photography: Katie Bennett of Embellysh Ι Venue: Darwin Surf Life Saving Club Ι Catering: Eventfully Yours Ι Florals/Styling: Brides sister Lottie Phillips of Flowers Vasette in Melbourne I Cake: Petras Raw Cakes I Brides Gown: Bread I Bridesmaids Gowns: Portmans I Make Up Artist: Nong Kamontip I Helicopter: Jayrow Helicopters I Celebrant: Fran Smith

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