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Keeley and Chris’ twilight wedding

HerCanberra Team

Keeley and Chris describe their twilight wedding as “magical” and judging from the photos, you can see why. The lovely bride takes us through the day.

GETTING READY

I got ready at EAST Hotel in Kingston with the bridesmaids, while Chris was at home with the men, including my nine year old. They arrived at the hotel in the afternoon and walked me down to see Chris for our ‘first look’. Ours was a twilight ceremony, so we did all our photos beforehand, which was great and also made a much smoother transition from ceremony to reception.

Ours was a twilight ceremony, so we did all our photos beforehand, which was great and also made a much smoother transition from ceremony to reception.

Real Wedding; Keeley and Chris

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THE DRESS

I originally bought a plain white dress that fit me nicely with a plan of doing it up, however, stressed with my final semester at uni and wedding planning, I decided I didn’t have the time to do it well.

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So I bought another dress, with the plan of selling the first. However, three weeks before the wedding, it came back from alterations ruined. In desperation, I threw my first dress in a tub of lavender dye and never looked back. My mother-in-law and sister-in-law stepped in as my fairy godmothers – cutting and stitching with me to all hours of the night.

The dress is very imperfect, but it’s full of story and I love it.

Ceremony

The ceremony venue (the Arboretum) was a dream of ours – such a stunning location and architecture.

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We used to drive past it before we were even engaged and Chris would say, ‘that’d be such a great place to get married.’

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Reception

For our reception we didn’t want anything formal, we just wanted a relaxing, fun evening with family and friends, somewhere beautiful. We found the perfect setting for that at Mint Garden Bar in Braddon.

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It was an amazing night among the fairy lights, having drinks, canapés and bar pizzas with our guests. The reception styling pretty much consisted of me buying battery operated lights and flinging them at a friend and begging them to ‘do something’ with them.

It worked rather well I think. (There wasn’t much that needed to be done anyway, Mint Bar is stunning.) From start to finish the atmosphere of the entire day was magical.

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THE LITTLE DETAILS

PHOTOGRAPHER Thorson Photography

VIDEOGRAPHER Robert McLaren and Tobias Ridewood

CELEBRANT Pastor Kathryn Hartley

DRESS DIY

BRIDE’S HAIR + BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR Sarah Jessup

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES ASOS

MAKEUP Gabbi Vannithone – Belle Artistry

FLOWERS Virginia Martin of Rockabilly Floral Lane

CAKE Biljana Catanzariti

STATIONERY Invitations were digital – the bride made a wedding website with save the dates, a wedding invitation video and a printable option.

FIRST DANCE SONG There was no dancing at the reception, but the registry song was ‘Promise I Always Will’ by Steffany Gretzinger.

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