Lavender Bay & Aqua Dining Wedding: Eleanor & Phill – Part 1

We are delighted to share another amazing wedding day with you today… the gorgeous Eleanor and Phill! How can we put into words how much we enjoyed being a part of this fun, beautiful wedding filled with tender moments, stunning views, and quite possibly the best wedding “speech” we’ve ever heard? Eleanor and Phill were long-time friends who danced around each other while all their friends said they should date. After spending time with these lovebirds, we definitely agree that it makes sense that they ended up a couple. Their wedding was such a joyous celebration of their past, present and future together!

For Eleanor and Phill, their wedding “theme” was all about simple elegance and the views overlooking Sydney harbour. The weather delivered as well, with brilliant sunshine streaming through the windows at the Shangri-la Hotel overlooking Sydney Harbour, where Eleanor and her bridesmaids got ready. Eleanor selected a gorgeous, slim Collette Dinnigan gown with a low back. It was just perfect for her!

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Eleanor’s shoes from Panache Bridal Shoes were a perfect match with her Collette Dinnigan gown.

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Bianca Ribar from Glitz & Glam did a fabulous job on the ladies’ hair and makeup!

Eleanor and Phill told us they love black and white photography. I think colour and black and white suit Eleanor beautifully—isn’t she absolutely stunning?

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Eleanor wore a beautiful vintage brooch as a pendant.

These lovely, sunny bouquets came from Floreat Floral Design. Eleanor said that their yellow and light blue colour theme was just so “them”.

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Then it was time to put on that gorgeous gown!

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Just beautiful, Eleanor!

I love the reaction of Eleanor’s friend once she saw her all dressed and ready. So cute!

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The weather outside was looking amazing so we headed downstairs for a few photos before the ceremony.

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I just love these. Eleanor’s cathedral-length veil was stunning. You were such a gorgeous bride, Eleanor!

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The simple and elegant bridesmaids dresses were a perfect fit as well. You lovely ladies looked amazing!

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Meanwhile, over in Kirribilli Jeff was capturing the chaos of Phill and his mates getting ready.

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Phill and his groomsmen were looking good in their navy suits and ties!

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Phill had his cufflinks engraved with their wedding monogram “P&E”, and he wore a cologne specially selected by his bride-to-be.


Phil was looking very handsome indeed!


Phill’s sister had recently been through the wedding process, so she was keen to help out. And of course, we can’t forget the beautiful rings!

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Eleanor and Phill’s ceremony was held at the lovely old sandstone St Francis Xavier Church in Lavender Bay.

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Eleanor and Phill’s pageboy was the cutest little guy. Despite having rehearsed a slow walk down the aisle with the rings, his excitement got the best of him and it ended up being more of a sprint. Soo cute!

All eyes were on Eleanor as she came down the aisle.

So beautiful!

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The priest who officiated is also a member of Eleanor’s extended family. How wonderful to have someone your family knows marry you!

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St Francis Xavier Church has an amazing stained-glass window that is more than a window—it’s the entire side wall.

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I love this one! Congratulations Eleanor and Phill!

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Their unity candle was lit, and they were husband and wife!

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Congratulations Eleanor and Phill! Part 2 of their gorgeous wedding is coming up next on the blog… just wait until you see all the fun that was had, and the beautiful views from their reception venue, Aqua Dining Restaurant! Stay tuned. Friends and family of Eleanor and Phill, to be notified when the full gallery of images is ready for viewing, leave a note below for the happy couple or let us know what you think of the photos!

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