A flying start
Nichola Parish and Adam Sleight
Scenes from the wedding of Nichola Parish and Adam Sleight. Photo: Adrian Tuazon Photography
NICHOLA PARISH AND ADAM SLEIGHT
ANSONIA ON LYDIARD, BALLARAT AND BUNINYONG TOWN HALL, VIC
Nichola and Adam met when she went skydiving with some friends. Adam, a pilot, was flying the plane they were jumping from. “Apparently I caught his eye because once the day's jumping came to a close he asked me if I would like to go for a fly,” says Nichola. “That evening we flew all over country Victoria, landing in Bendigo, Ballarat and Maryborough and we've been on plenty of journeys together since,” she says. “We have had nine fabulous and adventurous years together and through all of them the biggest highlight is knowing that the other person is always there to support you no matter what,” says the 28 year-old.
Nichola is a fan of numbers so Adam knew he needed to propose on either their seven or ten year anniversary. “Luckily for us both he decided to do it at seven years!” she says. “Adam had contemplated proposing while we were in Europe earlier in the year but decided that it wasn't us. He wanted to do it in the home we lived in and in the place that we are happiest,” says Nichola. So he decided to cook a special dinner and propose under the stars, with two rings – because he couldn't decide on one. “It was beautiful and very 'us',” she says.
The wedding day
“I've never smiled so much in my life,” says Nichola. “We both felt so calm about getting married, it was perfect timing for us and meant we were both absolutely certain that we wanted to do it. There weren't any doubts,” she says. Their 90 guests joined them for the ceremony at the Ansonia on Lydiard (a boutique hotel where they all stayed the night) and then took a bus to the reception venue. They held it at Buninyong Town Hall where they had brought in and set up everything (except the tables) for the reception themselves. The day had a vintage theme - based around the soft pastels of the hall as well as a range of antique china. They put the bridal table in the centre of the room so they felt more involved with all their family and friends who had come to celebrate with them.
Nichola wore a custom-made, fitted, strapless gown with a sweetheart neckline. It was made from duchess silk satin and featured a full mermaid skirt and was cinched below the waist with a brooch she found in Auckland. It was made by Poppy's Bridal Couture in Bendigo.
It was a two-tiered rich chocolate cake decorated with cream frosting and fresh flowers.
The photos were taken by Adrian Tuazon Photography.
They went to Dubai, London, Paris, Barcelona and Nice.
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