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Real Wedding | Nat + Joey

Tell us a little about yourselves!

After meeting through mutual friends we first started our journey when Joey reached out to me asking for a ‘style revamp’ It was the greatest first date I’ve been on, thanks Zara!


After that we connected on multiple fronts, we were both extroverts, come from the same culture, and on the same wavelength spiritually. Turns out we grew up around the corner from each other, small world. 

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

The ceremony was held at my home church which I grew up, and we both attend, so it was very sentimental to us.

For our reception Chateau Apollo was always at the top of my list. I never wanted a big Italian wedding with 300+ guests so this venue helped me accomplish that as it couldn’t accommodate that amount. The venue itself had an eclectic vintage feel; washed brick walls, exposed beams and a stunning staircase. It was the perfect canvas for my vision of the wedding. 

How many guests did you have?

We had 250 at the ceremony and 150 at the reception.

What was your budget?

We didn’t really have a budget per se but I'm a DIY guru, so I knew I could keep it reasonable. That doesn’t mean I compromised on quality, I just can’t bring myself to pay retail! I watched The Nanny too much as a child. 

Tell us about your outfits.

I wanted our outfits to be a mix of rock n roll and glam. My dresses were Kyha, they were each so different and I couldn't decide between the two. So, with the help from my mother and mother in law, the answer was ‘Get both’!

Joeys outfit was a tailored double breasted suit. I searched everywhere for that ‘perfect’ shade of pink. He also added an ode to his favourite film ‘Top Gun’ by printing his own lining inside. 

The girls dresses were Aliexpress, I wasn’t sure how they would turn out but they were absolutely stunning. You’ve gotta risk it to get the biscuit. 

What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

Definitely aesthetic lol, I like to be unique in everything I do, so why should a wedding be any different. Oh and to have some great photos to show the grandkids and say “look how cool we used to be!” 

Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

Having a live band/music at the ceremony. We had essentially all my family members performing songs that were relevant to us.

Joey and I both share a love of rock music so that definitely was shown throughout the day from our ‘white wedding’ invites to the Metallica Pinball Machine. 

Any tips for couples getting married?

Don’t plan your day around pleasing others. The wedding day is about you and your partner, do what makes you happy. I’ve spoken to so many people who after reflecting on their wedding day regret the decisions they made. And have fun.. it's a party.

Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?

Every single one of my vendors were fantastic and went above and beyond for us. Thanks to Chateau Apollo for catering to all my ridiculous asks, from Daiquiri slushies, to adding more and more food to the menu; (because we all know it’s better to have too much than too little!)

My cousin Emilie from Kilter who brought the vision to life by creating the most beautiful florals and arrangements.

My talented hairstylists, jeweller, and of course my amazing photographer Jaz from In The Mood For Love. She made the day so fun and memorable for us, but especially helping me achieve my dream of being in a fashion shoot. 

Photographer: In The Mood For Love Photography And Film @inthemoodforlove.jaz | Reception Location: Chateau Apollo @chateauapollo | Florals: Kilter | Makeup: Wendy @mizr0ck | Hair: The Lounge With Beauty @thehairloungewithbeauty | Dresses: Kyha Studios @kyhastudios | Suit: Knightsman Bespoke Tailors @knightsmanbespoketailors | Nat’s Heels: Jimmy Choo @jimmychoo


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