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Real Wedding: Samm and Ryan

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Samm and Ryan’s wedding at the Duntroon chapel and The Boathouse was beautifully tailored to honour the couple’s faith, their families, and their professions. Samm shares her memories of the day.

Getting ready

My bridesmaids and I got ready at East Hotel while Ryan got ready at a friend’s apartment with his two groomsmen and his two friends who were driving the cars. A two bedroom apartment at the East Hotel was the perfect size for getting ready with two bridesmaids.

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The dress

The dress I chose is not the kind of dress I’d originally seen myself wearing. The matte ivory fabric makes it unusual yet the dress still has a classic design. I felt comfortable and elegant in it, and liked that it accentuated my back.



My veil was a Spanish Mantilla that was found in a small Spanish town by Ryan’s mother while his parents were walking the Camino de Santiago. It was chosen to honour Ryan’s Spanish heritage.



The ceremony

We chose the Royal Military College, Duntroon Chapel for the ceremony as a testament to Ryan’s military service. The grounds are also absolutely stunning.






The reception

We chose The Boathouse for several reasons. It’s in a beautiful location, and James’ (from The Boathouse) flexibility and professionalism made it all really easy.  We also chose it because my mother passed away earlier in 2016 at the Claire Holland house, which is near The Boathouse. We used to go for walks with her around The Boathouse, so it was nice to honour her memory by holding the reception there.




Instead of leaving little gifts for our guests on the table, we gave them cards to fill out with some advice – there were some hilarious things written down and I know many people really enjoyed filling them out.

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The day felt extremely joyous and fun, our ceremony was very traditional and focused on honouring marriage and what it means in our faith.


The little details

Ceremony venue: Royal Military College Chapel, Duntroon

Reception venue: The Boathouse by the Lake

Photographer: Anthea and Lyndon Photography and Film 

Celebrant: Rev. Grant Dibden 

Bride’s dress:  Enchante, Fyshwick (Amour dress)

Bride’s veil: Spanish Mantilla 

Bridesmaids’ dresses: David’s Bridal Online 

Groom and groomsmen’s suits: John Hanna Fine Clothes for Men 

Bride’s hair: Wildflower Bridal Hair

Bridesmaids’ hair:  Wildflower Bridal Hair

Makeup: Eliesha Claire Makeup Artistry

Flowers: Birch and Willow Florist, Yass

Lighting: 3D Entertainment 

Cars: Europcar (Mercedes E and C class)

Cake: Forty-Two Cakes 

Stationery: DIY with Peterkin Paper 

First dance song: Kiss Me, Sixpence none the richer

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