What could be cuter than a pair of Canberra creatives getting hitched in the Capital city’s arts precinct?

Steph and Tom met through work and hit it off instantly. Before long, the two were dating and their whirlwind love took off. They fit each other’s worlds just perfectly. The two describe each other as the best of friends and the perfect balance to one another.

Tom proposed on Christmas Eve. He gifted her a huge box which contained lots of little boxes inside, all with clues leading the grand finale—’will you marry me?’ Of course, Steph said yes! They then celebrated at Christmas Eve lunch over champagne with Steph’s family.

The look

Whilst some couples might disagree on the décor aspects of the day, Steph and Tom simply meshed on their design thoughts, taking inspiration from us here at HOORAY! and Instagram.

They decided to ditch the theme and instead build on the aesthetic of their venue, the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Precinct. Steph describes the space as, ‘Modern, beautiful and a little bit industrial.’

The colour palette was clean and fresh consisting of classic white, grey and gold. They also chose to add lots of greenery and native florals to give it a little extra pop!

Steph adds, ‘We just liked the classic look of these colours and knew we would look back in ten, twenty years’ time and still appreciate them.’

Decorations at the ceremony included petite florals strung from the tree they were married under, while the reception was adorned in fairy lights, gold candles, terrariums, and white and green flowers.

When everyone chips in

Family is really important to Steph and Tom, so of course, was also really important to include them in the festivities. Luckily, their loved ones were especially keen to help make the big day a success and certainly put in the hard yards!

Steph says, “We tried to do everything ourselves, which at times could be quite stressful! I would suggest getting help where you can. We were lucky to have a big group of family and friends that were happy to lend a hand in helping us get everything together.’

The duo designed all the stationery themselves as well as the traditional Italian bonbonniere of sugared almonds. Steph and her family also put together all the centrepiece florals, while both families rolled up their sleeves to decorate the entire reception venue at Ainslie Arts Centre.

Another touching addition of their family on the day was the photos of both of their fathers and Steph’s Nonna hung from the tree.




Ceremony Venue: Gorman House Courtyard| Ceremony Venue: Ainslie Arts Centre| Photographer: Alex Winner| Videographer: Jelly Lab Media Productions | Event Planning: Willowhouse Weddings and Events| Floral Styling: Farmhouse Blooms| Catering + Drinks: Woodbrook| Stationery: Oh Boi Creative| Entertainment: Molly Philpot + Ashley Feraude| Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero| Bridesmaids Dresses: Shona Joy,ASOS+ Billy J| Shoes: Ninewest| Suits: MJ Bale| Engagement Ring + Wedding Band: BlueNile


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