Jenny Tangtrakarn and Thomas Kramer
Scenes from the wedding of Jenny Tangtrakarn and Thomas Kramer. Photo: Cavanagh Photography
JENNY TANGTRAKARN AND THOMAS KRAMER
ROBERTS RESTAURANT, POKOLBIN, HUNTER VALLEY, NSW
Jenny grew up in Thailand and moved to Australia when she was nine as her parents wanted her to have an Australian education. “Little did they know that a boy I would meet on my first day of primary school in Sydney would end up being the man I [would] marry!” says Jenny. After a few weeks of getting to know each other, Thomas asked her out to the movies. “It’s OK, we haven’t been dating since we were 9!” she says. But they did forge a friendship that withstood the test of time.
When they’d finished high school and realised their friendship was still strong despite attending different high schools, they became inseparable. “We have grown up together, have accomplished so much together and we know each other inside out. I love being with someone who after all that time still loves me for who I am,” she says.
Thomas went to great lengths to pop the question – an action-packed day with strict instructions for Jenny not to ask any questions or use her mobile phone. “The whole day (and the proposal) caught me by surprise because he told me how tired he was the night before and how much he was looking forward to a quiet one at home on the next day,” she says. But she did start to suspect something when all these crazy things started happening to her early on a Saturday morning. “I was being picked up and dropped off at various locations by groups of our friends, chasing a series of golden envelopes that he had prepared,” she says. Each clue was for the next activity; a mixture of things they like to do together such as bushwalking as well as pampering sessions.
She was eventually dropped off at Austinmer Beach where she found Thomas under a beach umbrella with a culinary experience he had spent the day preparing. He got down on one knee and handed her the final envelope – the proposal. “I was so touched by how much effort he had gone through to just ask me to marry him! I said yes of course!” she says.
The wedding day
“We loved the wedding day as it was simply a celebration of us!” says Jenny. They had 90 guests attend their vintage and travel themed wedding in the Hunter Valley. Despite a week of rain prior to the wedding, they made the call to have the wedding outside as the rain had temporarily stopped. “The ground was far from dry and the sun wasn’t quite shining but it didn’t matter. We still thought it was the most beautiful day as love and happiness filled the air,” she says. “Apart from the exciting turnout with the weather, the highlights for me were seeing my groom for the first time and our first kiss as husband and wife. It sounds corny but it was pretty special”.
Jenny wore a pure silk, strapless gown with French and Italian lace by Joanna Panzarino. It featured a dropped waist with a sash and a heavily layered skirt made from multiple layers of uneven French lace, chiffon and tulle.
They had a tiered cake made in the shape of vintage suitcases. It was made by Sugar Rush.
The photos were taken by Cavanagh Photography.
They went to Italy and Switzerland.
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