One of my favourite types of wedding is a small, intimate affair with a garden setting and Aala and Ahmed’s wedding fits the bill perfectly. Aala and Ahmed always knew that they wanted an intimate outdoor wedding, however they didn’t have their sights set on any specific location. After countless visits to estates, hotels and receptions they eventually found Terrara House Estate in Nowra and immediately fell in love with it. A breathtaking location heritage, breathtaking scenery, secret gardens, horses and complete privacy, it as the perfect place to host their vision.
Planning the wedding though wasn’t exactly stress free, with both the bride and groom trying to juggle studying and working amidst the planning. Attempting to DIY their wedding invitations to add a personal touch proved to be a nightmare, as Aala reflected that, “unless you have the time and means we wouldn’t recommend making your own invitations. It took countless nights of planning, waiting, printing and packaging the cards. Not to mention the distribution and due to our lack of experience and naivety we ended up delivering the invites only 2 weeks before the wedding while some of our guests did not even receive an invite at all!” I can certainly attest to this as my sister and I also made the same mistake, and believe you me, it was hell!
Despite this, and other time-constraint hitches, all seemed to come together with their preferred photographers, and make-up artist serendipitously having openings for their wedding. What resulted was a truly beautiful day that encompassed their initial vision and also, their views on marriage…
“Marriage to us is honesty, trust, respect, love, help, support, and understanding one another. Building a life and family with your best friend. Going on journeys and adventures together. Marriage isn’t easy-it requires effort, patience, sacrifice and compromises but it is easier when both of us are willing to make it work. Love is a two-way street constantly under construction.”
Of the day, Aala said that it was “the best day ever- it was like a fairy tale. No day will ever mean more to us.”
Photography – Wedding Soul Story Videographer – Story of us Event planner/stylist – bride and groom Stationary – handmade by bride and groom Florist – Abdo florist and Terrara house estate Ceremony venue – Terrara house estate Reception venue – Terrara house estate Catering- Terrara house estate Cake and other desserts – made by bride, groom and bridesmaids Bridal gown – Pronovias via Fashions by Farina Veil -Pronovias via Fashions by Farina Headscarf styling – Bridesmaids Shoes –Tony Bianco Makeup – Amelia Axton Bridesmaids dresses- Forever New, asos, Needle and Thread, Carla Zampatti. Groom’s Suit – Montago Cufflinks – Armani Groomsmen suits – Myer