After Kate and Chris exchanged their heartfelt vows, their guests enjoyed a cocktail on the balcony before they were let into the elegant reception space at the Tea Room Gunners Barracks. Kate’s family had created all of the lovely, happy flower arrangements in their theme colours of green, white, and pale pink, in an assortment of mismatched glass jars. They also added a modern touch with their striped paper-wrapped favours. We have so many talented brides with helpful families and it’s so fun to see all their handiwork! The feel of Kate and Chris’s wedding was just perfect for them: a bit traditional and a bit modern, with a relaxed and happy vibe.
Their cake tied in perfectly with the black-and-white striped favours!
We also climbed the hill just outside the venue for some family photos as the sun set on a gorgeous day!
It’s hard to beat this beautiful view! I think the Kookaburra in the tree agrees. Click to view this panorama bigger!
Kate and Chris made this awesome seating chart out of paper tags, twine, clothespins and an old window screen. So cool!
The sparkle and glow of the city lights looked amazing at dusk.
Kate and Chris hired an awesome jazz band for the cocktail hour and they did a great job of keeping everyone entertained.
With twilight falling, Kate and Chris decided they just had to sneak away from the party for five minutes to capture one last shot that we had in mind. And though it’s awfully hard to choose, I think it might be my favourite! Click to view it larger!
Back inside, it was time for some introductory speeches and one thing that the Tea Room is quite famous for: its incredible food!
Kate and Chris’s friend Patch, who served as MC for the night, was probably the funniest MC we have ever heard. He had everyone in stitches the whole night, starting by showing off what appeared to be a very thorough instruction manual!
I think perhaps every speech mentioned how organised Kate is and what a good job she had done with the wedding planning. We concur, as Kate was one of our most organised brides. As for this notebook… well, Patch was still alive at the end of the night, so I think it’s safe to say his portion of the wedding was also a success!
The band played on as everyone got stuck into the incredible food!
If you have not tried the food at the Tea Room, you are missing out. It is seriously delish!
After they cut into that oh-so-perfect cake, Kate’s father gave the first of several beautiful and funny speeches. Since Kate and Chris have so much history together, there was definitely no shortage of funny, cute and memorable stories for everyone to tell.
The funny stories about Chris’s childhood and young life continued through his father’s speech and the best man’s!
We love it when our brides and grooms take the mic too! Chris told some wonderful stories like the first time he met Kate’s parents when they were still in school together. His stories of wanting to impress them were too cute!
Our beautiful bride had everyone laughing and crying at the same time!
We absolutely loved the fact that Kate and Chris decided to do their first dance outside on the patio under the fairy lights. So perfect—and some of the guests started tearing up as soon as the music began to play. Aww!
Kate and Chris had definitely practiced their dance—it was beautifully choreographed. Don’t they look lovely?
I love this one of Chris and his mum. I love seeing mothers of the groom as happy as Chris’s mum was for her grown-up boy!
What a perfect end to a beautiful night.
Kate and Chris, it is so clear just how much all of your family and friends adore you both, and how perfect you are for one another! Congratulations again, and we wish you many, many joyous, laughter-filled, fun years together! May these photos always remind you of this very fabulous day on Sydney harbour.
Kate and Chris are departing this very day on their honeymoon… everyone wish them bon voyage!! Friends and family of Kate and Chris, leave a note below for the newlyweds and let us know what you think of the photos! We’ll notify you when the full gallery of images is available online.