Shangri-la Hotel Altitude Restaurant Wedding: Gia & Matt – Part 1

So far this year, the single photo that has generated the most comments to reach our ears has been “that one you took in the rain.” We can’t deny that we smile pretty big inside when strangers say they love our work—or, um, who are we kidding—when our mums or second cousins say they “like” it. Gia and Matt definitely give us that warm-and-fuzzy feeling because they love our photos (thanks, guys)! So perhaps it’s karma for Gia and Matt that our latest fan-club (or mum) comment lately has been: “…but you know there’s this one photo that’s just really cool. It’s this one at night, in the rain, and the couple is holding an umbrella…” Of course, we know exactly which one they mean. It’s one of our favourites too, taken in the middle of a downpour at the end of Gia and Matt’s super awesome engagement session at the Vivid Sydney Festival of Lights this past winter. After such a fun engagement session with such an enthusiastic couple, we couldn’t wait for their wedding day! We started the day bright and early with Gia in her stunning top-floor suite in Bondi Junction. What an incredible view over the city!

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We had fun photographing Gia’s beautiful, long gown while the makeup and hair artists got to work.

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Gia chose a rich shade of magenta as her main wedding theme colour. Love!

Gia’s mother had some special gold jewellery laid out for her, most of which she wore on her own wedding day. How special!

In addition to her “something old”, Gia had a “something new”, a bracelet made to resemble two intertwined wedding bands.

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As is often the case at weddings, there was quite a bit of last-minute speech writing!

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The hairstylists did a great job styling Gia’s hair into soft, romantic curls. Beautiful!

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Didn’t she look absolutely stunning?

Just beautiful, Gia!

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Meanwhile, across town Matt was getting ready at the Shangri-la Hotel, where their swanky reception would be later that evening.

Gia and Matt has a less-traditional bridal party with one man and one woman on each of their “sides”, so one lucky gal got to hang out with the girls and the boys in the morning! We shared a few laughs over the lack of proper titles for these important people—Bridesman and Groomsmaid didn’t seem quite right! Dear wedding industry: will someone please invent some better titles? Mixing up bridal parties is fun!

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Gia and Matt definitely had the coolest ring box we’ve ever seen: a rustic slice of tree branch, custom-cut to cradle their wedding bands just perfectly. So neat!

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Looking good, Matt!

Matt was very excited about the cool vintage cars they hired for the day… off to the church in a very suitable vehicle!

Gia and Matt had their ceremony at the friendly Paddington Uniting Church, also the site of Paddington’s weekend art and craft markets.

Gia and Matt’s adorable ring bearer was very excited for the big day!

Our beautiful bride arrived in style as the guests were seated…

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What an adorable little ring bearer! With a little bit of encouragement he made it to the front of the aisle.

Sometimes you can see all the excitement and anticipation of the wedding day written all over the bride’s and groom’s faces. We love these moments!

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We loved the arched ceilings in this lovely old stone church.

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Gia and Matt made a great decision to have bubbles at the end of their ceremony! This little guest just couldn’t wait…

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So perfect! Love!

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I just love the complete joy on their faces here. Congrats Gia and Matt!

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Of course we couldn’t resist snapping a shot with these umbrellas in their too-perfect matching shade of happy magenta.

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We’ve seen quite a few wedding cars, but these are the first we’ve come across with these awesome wedding number plates!

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We took the cars for a drive up to The Rocks for some fun shots with the bridal party. I LOVE this one!

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How happy did our newlyweds look? So cute!

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Congratulations, Gia and Matt! Stay tuned for Part 2, because there are lots more fun portraits to come… plus their beautiful sky-high reception at Altitude Restaurant. All up next on the blog!

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Harry Wong - Best wedding photos I ever saw!
Congrats and Best Regards to my nephew and his beautiful bride.

Ivory Wedding Cars - Seriously lovely wedding!! So many fun information in this lovely wedding! I love the center veil, the glistening wedding background, and the lovely wedding bouquet!

Matt - LOVE them!!!!
definately cannot wait for installment 2!!

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