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A shopping list in her pocket

Date

Jemma Castle

Scenes from the wedding of Elise Phillips and Christopher Wright. Click for more photos

Elise Phillips and Christopher Wright

She thought they were going grocery shopping. But he had other plans. Photo: Vincent Lai Photography

ELISE PHILLIPS AND CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT
HEADLAND PARK AND GUNNERS BARRACKS TEA ROOM, MOSMAN, NSW

The meeting
Elise and Christopher met through friends over seven years ago. “We spent the early days of our relationship playing pool at the pub and going to music gigs with said friends,” says Elise. “We knew right from the beginning that our relationship was ‘the one’, as they say.”

The proposal
“I thought we were going to do the grocery shopping! I had my daggiest hoodie and jeans on, with a shopping list in my pocket,” says Elise. But Chris had other plans. He nagged her to get take away from their favourite place on the way, which she thought was slightly odd.  But once she’d agreed, he drove them both to Dover Heights for the sunset, a picnic and a proposal. “We never did go and get those groceries.”

The wedding day
Perhaps one of the most unique things about their day was that Elise’s father was the celebrant. “It was an honour to have him perform our ceremony. We all worked together to write it, and it made everything about our service quite personal and intimate,” says Elise. They chose to have 80 of their closest friends and family. “Large enough to feel like a good party, but small enough that we could talk to everyone,” says Elise. During the ceremony, Elise’s sister had arranged for a flash-mobbing. As they were about to sign the registry a group of picnic-goers got up and broke into song. “It wasn't until I recognised one of the girls as an old friend that I relaxed enough to enjoy it. Apparently the look on my face was priceless,” she says.

The dress
Elise wore a one-shouldered gown with sheer organza layers. It featured a flower ruffle on the shoulder strap and was designed by Wendy Makin.

The cake
Instead of a cake they had a lolly buffet for the guests.

The photography
The photos were taken by Vincent Lai Photography.

The honeymoon
They spent three weeks in New York.

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