This Adelaide city wedding is best described as tradition meets modern.
Newlyweds Alina and Jack first met at work as journalists covering a story at the Oval in 2012. Fast forward four years and Jack proposed with a ring and also with a memorable personal gift. ‘Jack had made an incredible photo book filled with pictures from throughout our relationship, and detailed all the reasons he wanted to spend the rest of our lives together. It’s such an amazing keepsake to have now, and took me by total surprise!’ said Alina.
Mixing tradition with modern, they chose to mix some elements up to really put their own spin on their day. ‘Instead of a cake, we decided to hire the delicious St Louis Ice-Cream cart which went down a treat on a warm spring day. We also got the guests involved by having a game where people had to guess whether the answer to a question was the bride or groom – for instance, who owns the most pairs of shoes? Some answers certainly took people by surprise, and a childhood friend was the last person standing and won a prize!’
Sharing a love of good food, wine and dancing, they locked in the perfect venue for a party and are very lucky to boast close family and friends in the beer and wine industry. ‘Jack’s brother Sam is an incredible winemaker at Alpha Box and Dice who created our wedding wine, while a close friend Nic Sandery owns his own brewery Molly Rose who made some special beers especially for us. These touches really made things feel so personal and unique.’
There were so many incredible moments but for them both it was their first dance that was the highlight of their day ‘We opted to do the dance as soon as we arrived at the reception. We had choreographed a fun mash-up which really set the tone and energy for the whole night. All our guests loved it and they couldn’t get on the dance floor fast enough, which was exactly what we wanted!’ There was some random cultural dancing too which thankfully didn’t result in any injuries….. ‘In tribute to his Dad’s Ukranian heritage, all of our guests enjoyed a shot of vodka after Jack’s parents gave their speech. The DJ spontaneously played some fun traditional music and before we knew it Jack’s Dad was doing a very impressive cossack’s dance!’
From the dress by Caleche to the stationery by Magnolia Press, this unmissable wedding is a real standout. Enjoy…..
Photos Luke Simon Photography
Venues Adelaide Botanic Gardens & Published Arthouse
Stationery Magnolia Press
Bridesmaid Dresses Shona Joy
Rings P A Edwards
Florals Sam Burnell Floral Design
Event Stylist/PropHire Blueprint Events
Hair MJ by Mat Johnson
Make up Millie Herd
Celebrant Hazel Balales
Lighting Bulb Lighting
Dessert St Louis Ice-Cream