Reception for 50 guests held in the Botanic Gardens Restaurant which is located within the Royal Botanic Gardens, an oasis covering some 30 hectares in the heart of the Sydney, CBD. The Gardens wraps around Farm Cove at the edge of Sydney Harbour thereby occupying one of Sydney’s most spectacular positions. Subsequently it is an extremely popular location for wedding ceremonies and wedding photographs. The Botanic Gardens Restaurant is a stunning venue surrounded by tropical rainforest and boasting wide verandahs which overlook the harbour. Given that Ryan and Stacey met through their love of plants, it was the obvious choice for their wedding ceremony and reception.
The ceremony was held in the gardens earlier in the afternoon. Whilst the heaven’s kept threatening to open up and ruin Stacey and Ryan’s plans, with the benefit of planning they quickly enacted Plan B and relocated to an alternate location within the Gardens when light rain started to fall for what ended up being only a brief period. Although not the preferred location for the ceremony, they were blessed with the weather subsequently clearing and a beautiful Sydney evening. Stacey and Ryan even arranged for the guests to be shuttled from the ceremony location to the Restaurant by the trackless train which runs through the Gardens, treating the guests to a free tour of the fantastic vegetation, animal life and scenery.
It was a lovely, elegant and largely informal reception with lots and lots of dancing. From the moment Stacey and Ryan entered the reception they hit the dance floor, this was a cue for the majority of the guests to join them. May I say that being a small wedding reception, what the guests lacked in numbers, they certainly made up for it in enthusiasm and willingness to help make the evening an occasion that Stacey and Ryan will never forget. Essentially there was dancing at the very beginning, during background music, between meal courses and at the end of the evening – any time there was music playing, there were guests dancing!
The reception was made extra special with a large number of family and friends flying in from overseas to celebrate this wonderful occasion with Stacey and Ryan.
Songs selected by Bride and Groom;
Bride & Groom Entry Song: “Sunchyme” by Dario G
Cake Cutting Song: “Air That I Breathe (Reprise)” by Simply Red
Bridal Waltz/First Dance: “Amazing” by George Michael
Open Dancing: “One More Time” by Daft Punk
Final Farewell Song: “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing” by Leo Sayer
Other Wedding Professionals
Cake & Styling: Sweet Art
Photographer: Adam Monaghan – 0410 848 044
Videographer: Soda Films
Fun On The Dancefloor
As indicated above, the guests and the bride & groom just loved to dance, dancing at any and every available opportunity. Stacey and Ryan’s first dance (well it wasn’t really their first dance – they had already been dancing most of the night, let’s just call it the “official bridal dance”) was really lovely and certainly ‘amazed’ a lot of the guests.