Bringing blissful Bali style to Sydney's stunning northern beaches, Renee and Nathan's stylish summer ceremony was the epitome of tropical luxe...

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The ceremony

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The Cronulla locals were keen for a destination wedding of sorts, so they could extend the celebrations across an entire weekend with friends and family, so they chose gorgeous Snappermans Bay Reserve at Sydney's iconic Palm Beach.

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Both Nathan and Renee wrote their own vows for the ceremony, which Renee described as the highlight of the day, while Nathan's brother delivered a reading, The Bridge Across Forever, by Richard Bach.

The theme

The couple's wedding theme was ‘tropical luxe' which was just perfect for the laidback but beautiful beachside location.

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Big fans of Bali, the couple has visited three times and even got engaged there, Renee and Nathan would have liked to tie the knot there too if it wasn't for the heat, humidity and distance for guests to travel.

Instead, they opted to use greenery décor and their location to bring a bit of Bali to their northern beaches wedding instead.

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The dress

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Embellished, elegant and more than a little sexy with its ultra-low-cut backlac, Renee's form-fitting lace dress with train was from Made with Love.

Having always wanted a lace gown, this version perfectly combined Renee's desire for a modern take on a traditional favourite, with the plunging back a show stealer for sure.

Renee's bridesmaids sported summery ice blue wrap-style dresses from Shona Joy. All the girls wore Swarovski jewellery for added sparkle. Renee's pretty-as-a-picture flower girl's dress was from Tea Tree Princess.

Renee's and the girls' cool curls were styled by Nat Tan Hair Stylist, while Samantha Lee was the name behind their golden glow (aka makeup).

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The team at General Pants, where Renee works, gave the couple ‘Kustom Ksubi Mr and Mrs' denim jackets as a wedding gift.....we can picture them wearing them around the house for years to come!

Tried-and-tested traditions

Renee chose to follow the traditional ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue' on the day, borrowing an old sapphire ring which had belonged to her aunt who passed earlier in the year, wearing her new dress of course, and incorporating a touch of blue in the form of the bow on her garter.

The boys

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According to Renee, choosing the exact cut, colour and fabric for the boys' suits was harder than settling on her wedding dress. In the end they opted for custom-made blue suits by Brent Wilson which were purposely ‘unlined' - something they no doubt appreciated for a sultry summer wedding.

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Their brown kicks were from General Pants, and they sported matching Komono watches - a thoughtful gift.

The reception

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After initially planning to celebrate their marriage at wedding venue in Watson's Bay, one of Renee's colleagues mentioned magnificent Moby Dick's at Whale Beach to tie in with the destination wedding idea. It didn't take long for the couple to lock it in - one quick visit - and their venue search was over.

The wedding cake

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A delightfully decadent wedding cake - a three-tier chocolate mud cake with old-school buttercream icing did the trick. Even better, it was made with love by Nathan's aunt as a one-of-a-kind wedding gift.

Flowers & Décor

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Renee and Nathan sourced their wedding flowers, and other decorations from Piccolo and Poppi, then added additional DIY touches of their own for a more personal vibe. We LOVE the copious greenery atop the bridal table!

The wedding music

Renee walked down the aisle to Roses by Grace Grundy, the couple sashayed back up the aisle after getting hitched to Can't do without you by Carribou, and for their first dance the couple had a friend remix a beautiful Sam Smith piano acoustic version of Latch with Disclosure's version - the couple's long-time fave song. Renee's moving dance with her Dad was to My Girl, by The Temptations. Half way through it, the MC asked all of the Dads and daughters in the room to join them for a spin around the dance floor which was a genuinely moving moment for everyone.

A friend of the couple took the reins as the DJ, spinning the pair's favourite tunes and ensuring there was plenty of action on the dance floor.

The photos

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The creative Chris Prestidge from At Dusk perfectly captured the tropical luxe vibe, and the couple's joy, in a series of fabulous photos, while In a Maze Films created a magical movie version - chosen after Renee and Nathan watched countless other couple's wedding films to find a videographer with a style to suit.

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Nathan in charge

While some grooms prefer not to be overly involved in the details of wedding planning, Renee says Nathan was super supportive, especially when it came to selecting the cars, the boys' suits, the music and coordinating accommodation for the bridal party over the weekend. 

The toughest part of planning

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Both Renee and Nathan found writing their vows challenging since there was so much they wanted to say...but had to find a way to put into a limited number of words. They also watched endless wedding videos in their quest to find the best fit for them - In a Maze.

In hindsight, Renee says she would have liked a little more time at home to give her parents the card she'd written and gift she'd planned, but in the midst of getting ready and having photos taken, the time to leave crept up way too quickly.

The best bit?

Finding it way too hard to choose one favourite element, Renee named ‘everything' as her favourite part of the day, noting that the weather had been forecast to rain, but the sun coming out just in time for the ceremony was a blessing making the moment even more special.

The honeymoon

No surprises here, the couple enjoyed a fortnight's post-wedding bliss in......Bali, staying at Uluwatu, Canggu and Karamas, before heading off for a second honeymoon several months later to escape the Aussie winter with a two-week adventure in Mexico.

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