Sara Jane Brennan and Fraser Ross Duddy
Scenes from Sara Jane Brennan and Fraser Ross Duddy's wedding.
SARA BRENNAN and FRASER DUDDY
St JUDES CHURCH, BOWRAL and HOPEWOOD COUNTRY HOUSE, BOWRAL
Fraser and Sara's meeting was one of charmed timing. Both out the front of a restaurant on their phones, they hung up at the same time and began chatting with eachother. The connection was instant. "We ... got on really well and before he left the restaurant he gave me his business card," Sara explains.
Although she was "about an hour and a half late for [their] first date," Fraser stuck around. It was lucky he did because it ended up being a night to remember.
"We had such a lovely dinner," Sara says. "Then we went dancing until five in the morning. Fraser called his best friend, in Northern Ireland, on his way home and said I was the girl he was going to marry."
It was a cold and rainy, winters day at Sydney's Balmoral beach. Sara suggested they take a walk along the beach, "but [Fraser] was adamant he wanted to go out to the point."
After wandering out to the headland, which they later found out was called Rocky Point, Sara turned around to find Fraser down on one knee holding a ring he had designed himself.
While she was "totally surprised" she says the ring explained why "he had quite a few late nights in the weeks prior to asking me."
Luckily, he was spot on with the design, which Sarah "couldn't take my eyes off ... for days."
She was so excited, she "called my three best friends straight away to tell them the news and ask them to be my bridesmaids."
"The most relaxed bride," on the morning of the wedding, Sara cooked breakfast for her bridesmaids.
Although it was a relaxed affair, the theme of the night was elegant 1950s black tie. True to form, the reception kicked off with a glamorous Great Gatsby-style garden party, where 110 guests mingled, listening to live jazz, drinking champagne and nibbling on canapes that were presented in wicker, picnic-hamper baskets.
The party then proceeded to the more formal dining room, which was decorated with majestic silver candelabras, antique roses and tealight candles.
The day was made extra special by the fact that the girl who caught the bouquet got engaged several weeks later and that friends had come "from all corners of the globe including Northern Ireland, New York, Paris and New Zealand. There were even a few men dressed in kilts," Sara marvelled.
Despite the engagement at Rocky Point, the wedding was all smooth sailing for Fraser and Sara. It seems their Irish connection is proving to be their lucky charm in love.
"We are pretty lucky," Sara says. "We laugh a lot."
A 'Halo' design in Dupion Silk, the dress was ivory with ruched bodice and tulle ballgown.
A three-tiered, white chocolate mud cake by Planet Cakes. The flower on the cake was similar to the bride's gown and the dot design matched the invitations.
Photographs were taken by Lisse
They are going to Europe at Christmas, including Ireland to visit Fraser's family.