LOVE // Siulin & William

Wedding | Siulin & William photographed by Heart and Colour | LOVE FIND CO. Bridal Directory

Names: Siulin & William
Wedding Date: August 17, 2018
Guest Numbers: 84
Wedding Location: Ramekins in Sonoma, California
Photographer: Phil from Heart and Colour

Tell Us Your Love Story

How did you meet?

We met in Spain! 6 years ago in a small southern beach town called Cadiz. We were both traveling with friends and ended up on a pub crawl my hostel was hosting. After a night of bar hopping, we found ourselves discussing life, family, work, everything! We immediately clicked and knew we had found something special in each other. The next day we parted ways but stayed in contact via email/skype and as they say the rest is history!

How did he put a ring on it?

William proposed on my birthday! We went out for a yummy Thai dinner (my favourite). Afterwards our walk home detoured to a beautiful rose garden, where after doing a lap of smelling the roses, he bent down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I screamed and immediately said YES!!!! We couldn’t stop smiling the whole way home, wrapped up in such love and excitement. A vivid orange sunset was the last surprise to top it all off.

Where did you draw inspiration from?

Like many other brides Pinterest was my best friend during the wedding planning process. At first it can be information overload, but over time you begin to hone in on ideas, themes, colours and what it is you really love and find important. I found myself researching, then I would take a break and usually come back to the original ideas I loved.

What was your wedding theme & style?

I wanted an intimate, natural and beautiful wedding. We planned to have a summer wedding and wanted to be outdoors for the most part, only coming indoors for cake and dancing. I love lots of greenery, so we incorporated eucalyptus runners on our dinner tables. The overall colour scheme was neutral tones with hints of copper. The venue itself was stunning, it had old European charm surrounded by beautiful greenery, trees and white roses. I fell in love with the stone walls and rustic wooden gates. We let the venue speak for itself, only adding a few personal touches to make it ours.

What made the wedding personal to you?

During our ceremony, we honoured our grandmothers by having them walk down the aisle, escorted by family/bridal party members. We asked family members to assist us in special roles, William's sister Altair was our amazing officiant. We decided to write our own vows and I'm so glad we did! It was so special to be able to read our personal vows with everyone we love as witnesses. Even though we weren't married in a church we still wanted to incorporate our catholic faith. So we invited a local pastor who gave us a wedding blessing. The food served was seasonal farm to table and we chose wines we both love to drink. We created our very own custom wedding cake which replicated a cake we used to make together while living in Australia. It was so delicious!

What were you most nervous or excited about?

I was bursting with excitement, I couldn't wait to marry my best friend! There was a year of planning, so much time and thought goes into one day, so naturally I was excited to see how the day would pan out. I was looking forward hearing the wedding speeches and I didn't want to screw up our first dance - lucky for me I had a great leader!

Did you DIY any elements?

Yes there was one thing... our confetti cones! They were really simple to make and they were filled with eucalyptus leaves to tie in with our theme.

Wedding | Siulin & William photographed by Heart and Colour | LOVE FIND CO. Bridal Directory

Now, the most important part - the Dress!

Tell us about your dress?

I adored my wedding dress 'Tamora' by Kelly Faetanini. It took me ages to finally find "the one" and I knew it was 'Tamora' as soon as I put it on. I loved how timeless, elegant, simple yet stunning it was. The dress is made out of beautiful crepe fabric which felt so lovely on the skin, it was so comfortable to wear all day and dance in. It had an open back with delicate thin straps and a lovely train. It really was a statement dress, I wore it with small diamond studs and my floor length veil.

Who was the designer? Kelly Faetanini

Where were your bridesmaid dresses from?

Shona Joy

Where were the groom and groomsmen suits from?

Groom: Anatolys in Oakland, California. The groomsmen suits were from Mens Wearhouse.

What was your most memorable moment from your day?

Walking down the aisle linked arms with my mum and uncle. As soon as I started walking, the sunshine hit my face and I when I opened my eyes I saw a sea of smiling faces. I immediately felt enveloped in love and warmth. I remember feeling so calm and happy. I made my way to the altar, my soon to be husband waiting for me. He was so emotional! I couldn't stop smiling. It was surreal everything was all finally happening!

What does marriage mean to you?

Marriage is love, friendship and being sidekicks on the best team there is.

Anything words of wisdom you can pass onto future brides & grooms?

The day goes so fast! Remember to take some time to enjoy just the two of you and savour the moment. During dinner, we snuck out with our awesome photographer to capture some sunset photos, I’m so glad we did as one of my favourite photos was taken at this time. As much as you try to plan for a perfect day, things don't always go according to plan, roll with it as best you can, don't get hung up on the small stuff, it usually doesn't make that much of difference in the end anyway. What matters most is marrying the love of your life!

Wedding | Siulin & William photographed by Heart and Colour | LOVE FIND CO. Bridal Directory