Stephanie and Javed Sterritt
Scenes from the wedding of Stephanie and Javed Sterritt. Photo: Peach & Tree Photography
JAVED AND STEPHANIE STERRITT
CATHERINE HILL BAY, NSW
Javed and Stephanie met while they were at a music festival. “We became instant friends and bonded over our love of similar bands,” says Stephanie. But they didn’t start dating until three years later as Stephanie was with someone else. “Javed had never told me but he had secretly had a crush on me that entire time,” she says. But once the other relationship ended they got to know each other better on the phone and dated long distance for six months until Javed moved from Cairns to Sydney.
Javed proposed on the beach at Catherine Hill Bay, about an hour and a half north of Sydney. “He had set up a table and chairs, and brought candles and wine and had written a letter that he read out to me as we sat with the water lapping up around our feet,” says Stephanie. “We didn't have rings so we cut up a braided leather cord and made our own rings out of them,” she says. They ended up getting wedding bands that replicated the ones they had made.
The wedding day
On the morning of the wedding Javed and Stephanie met up on the beach to watch the sunrise before getting ready. “We wanted our wedding to be naturally beautiful - we were married in a garden, our guests flew kites after the ceremony and danced under the stars,” says Stephanie. They held the ceremony in a garden and made their vows under a handmade arch. “Javed wrote a song for me and played it as I walked down the aisle on the arms of my parents,” says Stephanie. Having the reception in a marquee in their backyard meant they could celebrate with 200 guests and decorate with fairy lights, and candles in jars hanging from a tree that served as a centrepiece. “We snuck away to a cottage three houses away from the reception at around midnight and left our guests to dance the night away,” says Stephanie. As many of the guests had travelled to be there they rented out most of the houses in town and held a breakfast the next morning.
Stephanie wore a white cotton strapless gown made by an American designer, Amanda Archer. She bought it online at independentdesigner.blogspot.com.
The cake had a four-tiers - dark chocolate mudcake, white chocolate mudcake, milk chocolate mudcake and a sponge cake. It was made by one of Stephanie’s bridesmaids, Alanna.
The photos were taken by Jes Meacham from Peach & Tree Photography.
They never went on a honeymoon – they hibernated instead.
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