We’re so excited to share the beautiful Rachel and James’ whimsical Winter wedding at Tatra.  We chatted with the lovely Rachel who told  us all about her special day.
Special moments from the day:
‘Our wedding day was very special to me. I was so excited to marry the love of my life. 
James surprised me in the morning with a hamper full of little goodies for energy for the day down to 50 promises he had written to me, one to read on each day after we wed. James and I were SO overjoyed to be married. When we were driving to our photo locations, we just kept looking at each other and smiling saying, “we’re married!”.
Our wedding look:
‘We loved Tatra from the moment we set eyes on it because we loved how it was nestled in the midst of creation surrounded by lush rainforest. Even the drive to tatra was enough to set that magical atmosphere. We were after a bohemian, unique and whimsical wedding. We are a young couple and we wanted our wedding to reflect our relationship. We love the outdoors and doing things a little differently so we wanted to add that to our day. The chapel really brought out the beauty of the forest and the dining room was so stunning. The staff were also so accommodating and food was delicious!’
‘A pool villa in an island in Thailand- Tropical Bliss!’
The proposal
‘James had disguised our engagement with my birthday. He set up 300 little tea light candles in a garden where we were surrounded by water. It was so romantic! He played our favourite song and got down on one knee.’
How we met
‘We attended the same high school and had been friends for a couple years. We realised our feelings for each other in our last year of school and have been inseparable ever since! High school sweethearts, I know, cheesy!’
Advice to other couples
‘Enjoy and savour every moment of your wedding day because it only happens once in a lifetime. Don’t be too focused on the little details like decor and duties because at the end of the day, it’s going to be perfect as you would have married the love of your life. Make it unique to reflect you! The coolest weddings are always the ones with the bride and groom’s personalities on display in the details. It really goes so quick so take it all in and be joyful that you get to experience the gift of marriage.’
Wedding gown
‘I designed my wedding gown from pictures of dresses I had seen and loved on instagram and pinterest. I knew I wanted a soft, delicate and flowy dress to capture my personality. I discussed it with a dressmaker (Susanne Kitson) and after picking out fabrics, she made it. It was so beautiful!’
Groomsmen suits
Bridesmaid dresses
‘James’ ring was a black zirconium limited edition from Salera’s. Mine was from Zamels.’
‘One of our friends from church, Christine Ee designed and painted our ‘welcome’ board. James is very handy at woodwork so he made the wooden board himself.’ 
‘Our flowers were arranged by our friend Jennifer Walter at Niddrie Flowers.’
Our invitations were designed by my maid of honour, Anine Esterhuizen who is a graphic designer. She did an amazing job! We DIY’d our wedding programs. 
Gabriel Abiera made our stunning video. It was incredible!
Photo locations
‘We drove to a dirt road on the way to RJ Hamer Arboretum to get some photos in the woods. We also took photos at the Arboretum itself as there were stunning views and large trees. We also stopped by Kalorama lookout.’
‘James’s youth mentor/ good friend (Andrew Seedhom) married us. Andrew and his wife Jess led a bible study group which we were part of when we were just dating. They have been a great role model to us. We loved learning from his marriage and getting marriage preparation advice from him and his wife. Their daughter was also our flower girl!’
‘Our good friend Erika Protacio enjoyed baking and decorating as a hobby and she offered to make our beautiful cake.’
‘James and I are actually part of the band which played on our wedding day. The band is called Tone of Calvary and they played jazzy, romantic songs all night. The saxaphone was my favourite!’
‘My hair and my bridesmaid’s hair were styled by Tennille Sayers. Tennille is the kindest most caring hairdresser you’ll ever
‘My makeup was done by Ebony Maize.’
Thank you to the lovely couple for sharing their wedding with us!