Observatory Hill & Sails Restaurant Wedding: Jen & Ben – Part 1

Sometimes, you just have a good feeling about someone. You just connect and you can’t explain why. It’s the point where you feel a swell of excitement and think, “Wow, this could really go somewhere.” It’s like your brain waves are in sync, and you could chat for hours. That’s just what Jen and Ben did on their second date. They drove down to Kirribilli after dinner and talked all night as they watched the boats float by on the harbour. It must have been a great conversation, since Jen says she doesn’t even remember where they had dinner (and this is coming from two sophisticated foodies, no less!)

We have loved getting to know Jen and Ben and some of their darling friends during their Engagement Session and their Bucks & Hens Party. We loved being a part of this beautiful, emotional, gorgeous, stylish wedding, and we are SO excited to share the photos with you! We were going to do two blog posts, but we simply could not eliminate more photos from our “favourites” list. So, we’re bringing you not one, not two, but three blog posts of Jen and Ben‘s wedding day!

Wedding Dress, Getting Ready, Sydney

Jen and Ben are very thoughtful people, as are all of their friends. One person in everyone’s thoughts on the day was Jen’s mum. There were many misty eyes throughout the day (including mine) and everyone knew that Jen’s mum was watching over the celebrations, and her spirit was most certainly in the air. Jen’s family was in agreement that her mum would have most definitely approved of Ben. I’m sure she also would have loved Jen’s stunning wedding gown.

Wedding Dress, Getting Ready, Sydney

The girls had a leisurely morning getting their hair and makeup done. Jen’s makeup artist commented that it was one of the most relaxed bridal parties she had ever seen! All three of the girls were looking particularly lovely this morning.

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One thing that I love about Jen and Ben is how non-nonchalant they are about deadlines. They booked several of their wedding vendors at what some would consider “the last minute.” Jen and Ben joke on their website that with the wedding on the 18th, suits would be ordered on the 17th. Hah! But we’ve never seen Jen and Ben stress out.  And so, after getting her make-up done, with less than an hour to go, Jen said calmly, “I’m going to go finish my speech now.” And without any stress or worry, and a little bit of emotion, Jen methodically wrote the rest of her speech and finished just in time.

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I also had to capture a few shots of Jen’s beautiful shoes, her sparkly wedding jewellery, and the lovely bouquets that were made my Ben’s mother. She did an outstanding job!

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Then it was time to get dressed. Jen’s bridesmaids stressed for a minute or two about how to get the dress over Jen’s head without wrecking her hair—of course, for Jen, no worries at all!

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You looked stunning, Jen, and I’m sure your mum thought so too.

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Meanwhile, the boys were also enjoying a leisurely worry-free morning, complete with plenty of iPhone-checking and lunching at the beautiful Hilton Hotel in Sydney’s CBD.

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I think these “hot” and “cold” cufflinks are super cool!

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The guys were lookin’ stylish as they suited up in their freshly-pressed white shirts, vests, and ties.

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Check out the awesome view they had from their hotel room! It wouldn’t be long before Ben and Jen would be standing side by side on Observatory Hill, reciting their vows in front of that iconic Sydney backdrop.

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Bad-ass look nearly complete…

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And there we have it. Looking like they are straight out of Ocean’s Eleven… or maybe Inception

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Ben was just beaming! You could see how excited he was to see his bride.

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With the finishing touches on the wedding cars, it was time for the big event! This concludes part one, but stick around… because if you think Jen looks beautiful here, wait until you see her walk down the aisle. And if you think the view from the hotel was cool, just wait until you see the views from their ceremony and reception venue! Stay tuned, folks!

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Louisa Martin - Ah… the view, the boys, the dress, and beautiful Jen. These are memories they will have forever. Love the hot and cold cuff links. Can’t wait to see photos at Sails!

Meredith Lord - Great shots, love the black and whites!

katie - These are so great! I love the shot of the guys walking down the hallway…they look so cool:)

Richie P. Wong on Facebook - awesome pictures!

Richie Wong - nice photos!

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