Antony Cleopatra Masthead

Real weddings: Dana and Henry

HerCanberra Team

Dana and Henry’s gorgeous “non-wedding,” at Parlour Wine Room in NewActon, celebrated their relationship with an intimate exchanging of vows and relaxed dinner with friends. We asked Dana to run through the day…

Getting ready

Henry and I rented an AirBnB apartment at The Apartments next door to Parlour. We had a relaxed morning with breakfast at A.Baker, where we bumped into many of our guests who were staying in the same area.

Henry met up with a few other friends while I had my hair done with my mum and sister.

We did the photos in the early afternoon and shared the time with some of our best friends, Karla and Esa. We took the opportunity to have a picnic in a pretty location half way through the photos!

The dress

My dress was from Carla Zampatti. It was a navy blue gown, with a boatneck and flared hi-lo skirt.

My main criteria was that I wanted a dress that I loved and would be able to wear again – for me that meant that definitely wasn’t a white dress!

The ceremony

The wedding started at 5pm with drinks and canapés outside Parlour. At 5.30pm our MC invited everyone to gather on the grass and witness the vows Henry and I had written.

Henry and I did what we called a “wedding party” – this meant no paperwork or celebrant and 100 per cent fun and celebration. We wanted to share the celebration of our relationship as a right of passage but didn’t feel that the paperwork was necessary.

The reception

We had our reception at Parlour Wine Room. It was a casual party atmosphere with great cocktails, wine and food – the crew down at Parlour are great!

After mains we had some great toasts, before clearing some tables to promptly boogie on down on the dance floor. People loved the amazing cocktails from Parlour, the relaxed vibes, the music and our MC, our friend Matthew Patterson, who was hilarious.

To cut costs we used e-invites, didn’t buy a cake or florals, used only one venue, saved on a celebrant/officiant by not “officially” getting married, and didn’t have bridesmaids or groomsmen or hire cars. We didn’t really do any DIY.

The day went by so fast and I wish that I could have sat at each and every table at the wedding. We woke up the next day wanting to do it all again!

The little details

Ceremony and reception venue: Parlour Wine Room, NewActon
Photographer: Dan O’Day

Master of ceremonies: Matthew Patterson
Dress: Carla Zampatti
Groom’s suit: Suitshop, shirt by Marbo Shirts, Sydney.
Bride’s hair: Ainslie Style
Makeup: Belle Artistry
Cars: Used own for photos
Caterer: Parlour Wine Room
DJ: Spotify
First dance song: The first song on the “dance” playlist was Immigrant Song, by Led Zepplin.


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