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Real Wedding: Rupert and Bronia

HerCanberra Team

Wedding Date: 3 March 2017

Ceremony: Lennox Gardens

Reception: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Following a ‘meet cute’ at Honky Tonks, a first date that included a run around Lake Burley Griffin and a proposal in Hawaii, Rupert and Bronia wanted to make sure their wedding day captured the atmosphere of summer while still being full of personal significance. The couple take us through the day.


The bride and bridesmaids stayed in a gorgeous suite at the Hyatt, and our amazing hair and makeup team came to us. Super-relaxed, we all enjoyed champagne together, in-room breakfast and lots of laughs.

The groom and groomsmen were in a couple of apartments at The Prince, Kingston Foreshore. Their morning consisted of needing to buy a new shirt to fit the best man’s neck, getting haircuts and celebrating. They also had the task of driving the champagne to the ceremony—very important!


I only really knew what I didn’t want when I started dress shopping. I hit a couple of stores, but ended up at Nouveau Riche in Queanbeyan. I went in thinking I’d be wearing something A-line, lace, and quite old-worldy.

I came out with an ivory silk, strapless gown in a mermaid style, all the things that were on my ‘did not want’ list at the start. When I put it on, my mum went silent (she later phoned me to say she cried when she got home), and even I was lost for words.


We got married on Friday 3 March 2017, on Bronia’s grandmother’s 91st birthday. That was significant because we knew she would not be able to travel to Canberra for the day, but our guests were so lovely, we had a toast for her birthday all together at the reception! We had the ceremony at 3pm (3 is Bronia’s lucky number) under the gorgeous trees close to the lakefront in Lennox Gardens.

We chose Lennox Gardens and the Hyatt because we wanted everything outside, and it meant our guests didn’t need to fuss about and change locations. We love summer and sunshine, and we have run around Lennox Gardens together so many times that it just made sense.


Our reception was outside in the Lavender Courtyard at the Hyatt. We’d had a function outside at the Hyatt before, and sampled their seafood buffet so we already knew the amazingness they deliver. Rupert is a New Zealander so half of our guests came over for the wedding— we wanted to show them why Canberra is so great!

The day was amazing, apart from some early concern with rain— everything was relaxed, no-stress and fun. The weather ended up being perfect, our guests had an amazing time, our band was incredible, food divine—we went for the seafood buffet, and people still tell us how fantastic it was! We wanted to spend as much time with our guests as possible so we kept photos short but the results are amazing.

We minimised formalities, had a super-fun choreographed dance that really showed our personalities (thanks to Kim and the team at the International Dance Studio in Deakin for tolerating our four left feet!), and had the best party ever—at one stage every single guest was up and dancing. The last song of the night was ‘You’re the Voice’ by John Farnham, and everyone was belting it out—we were standing on the steps in front of everyone, and that moment really sums up just how good the party was!


The best part was being able to merge our two worlds—New Zealand friends and family with Australian friends and family. Our guests all loved being able to meet so many new but awesome people!


Don’t do a ‘next day BBQ/event’—they are exhausting, and you think you’ll need one but you won’t! If there are guests you want to spend more time with, invite them for a take away coffee and head to a park.

Also find a ceremony venue that’s free—all the ACT Government sites are, you just need to book them, and let nature paint your backdrop.

We organised our wedding within about four months, both super-busy at work too. It can be done, and actually makes for better decision-making in our view! The other things I would add is to get your post-wedding admin done as soon as you can—four months later and we are still writing thank you cards! Its fun to think of the day again, but without a deadline we could be at this forever!

The little details

PHOTOGRAPHER Lara Wiseman-Daniel from All Grown Up Weddings

CELEBRANT Karen Dahlstrom from Wonder Woman Weddings


BRIDE’S SHOES Wanted Shoes

BRIDE’S JEWELLERY Peter Lang from Devine Goddess

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES Their choice, all navy



MAKEUP Steph Church

FLOWERS Rosie from Jamison Flowers

LIGHTING Bought from eBay

CATERER Hyatt Hotel Canberra

BAND Hit Parade

STATIONERY Paperless Post (but we got them printed!)

FIRST DANCE SONG It was a medley—we got a sweet dance choreographed by Kim at The International Dance Studio. Our medley started with Thinking Out Loud (Ed Sheeran), then moved into party mode with I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Whitney Houston) and finished with a bang with Call Me Maybe (Carly Rae-Jepsen).

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