Tara and Drew met in the fall of 2011. She was a small town girl and he was a city boy and they found their perfect match in each other. Their first date ended up being in the Distillery District which is why it was special to them and chose it as their wedding venue. They spent the day sipping coffee, checking out art galleries and design boutique, and learned very quickly that they shared many of the same interests and ambitions.
Since meeting, they continued to share their love of food, wine, art and culture. Just a few days before Christmas of 2016, Drew put his plan into action. He had already thoughtfully and meticulously designed a one of a kind engagement ring for Tara, asked Tara’s parents for their hand in marriage, and even included their dog, Ari. Ari ended up waking Tara up early that morning with a sweet bow tie for the occasion. She was given a a clue in a love letter which led her to her next card on their Christmas tree. As the song “This town” played in the background, Tara followed each clue around the tree until it led me to a final white box, delicately tied with a red bow, and Tara’s heart burst. As she read the final love letter, tears of joy streamed down her face and she realised what was happening. When she turned around, she found Drew on bended knee ready to ask her to be his wife. Tara ecstatically said YES!
Tara and Drew’s wedding was intimate and contemporary in colours of blush, dark blues, cream and lush greenery. The greenery was lush indeed, you could smell the lovely eucalyptus leaves which was mixed in with olive branches and soft touches of blush and cream flowers (cafe o’laits, dahlias, roses, and more). The hanging centrepiece above their head table at Archeo was just so stunning. It definitely softened the look of the exposed brick room interior.
In the morning of their wedding, Tara received the coolest hand-written card which featured a pop-up fairytale horse and carriage. Drew had actually put in a lot of work creatively into the wedding – designing the menus, the seating chart, lighting and even the theme. He was the one who had even put together a box of trinkets for me to style and play with for their wedding details. But what I really loved is how much both parents felt a sense of happiness and peace that they now are officially married. They felt secure that they were both taken care of by each other.
One of my favourite moments was how happy Tara and Drew looked when they were announced as husband and wife. But Tara and Drew’s first dance as husband and wife was so beautiful and special. As they swayed together as a married couple, it looked like they went into their own little world together. It was just the sweetest moment of their magical wedding day.
Wedding Photographer: Samantha Ong Photography
Florist: Pink Twig
Hair Stylist: Josh Fitzgerald
Make-Up Artist: Tara McPeake
Bridal Boutique: Antoinette Bridal
Bridal Dress Designer: Allure Bridal
Bridesmaid Gowns: The Dessy Group
DJ: Mobile Productions
Officiant: Gary Francis Officiating Services
His & Hers Vow Books: Coco Press Designs