Anna And Zachariah

We met when we were only fifteen years old and have been inseparable ever since. For our wedding ten years later, we wanted to marry in a place that meant something to us and it seemed fitting to choose my grandmother’s garden for it was where my mother and both of my aunts were also married many years ago. It was also where I learnt to ride my first bike at four years old, learnt to swim and the place I spent all my childhood summers. It was the only place we really considered because of how special it was and still is to us.

We were married in the garden in front of one hundred of our close family and friends. I walked down the aisle to music by James Brown and we were married on old steps made from railway sleepers. For the reception we moved into several marquees set up in the top tier of the garden that were situated around the pool and amongst the palm trees for a seated dinner. The entire garden was lit at nighttime by fairy lights and tea light candles – it looked so magical.

My dress was made from two four metre long pieces of fabric that could be twisted any number of ways so that I could decide at the last minute how to wear it. My veil incorporate lace from my mother’s wedding dress and my bridesmaids all wore different dresses from designer Juliette Hogan in dusky colours.

I wanted the wedding to feel relaxed but romantic; soft but still with elements of tradition. The most amazing day of our lives and I wish we could do it all over again.


My dress: Theresa Lim Couture

Photographer: Garth Badger

Bridesmaids dresses: Juliette Hogan

Zach’s suit: Murray Crane


Comments (34)

lesley graham | Reply

so ethereal and beautiful! doesn’t seem real! those dresses. beautiful. it was great meeting you the other day emily! best wishes to you, the site looks awesome.



anne-marie | Reply

I really enjoyed reading the brides story and the images are so soft and sweet. I adore the bouquets. What flowers are in them?

Vane from brooklyn bride | Reply

omg, everyone is so friggin gorgeous!

Becky | Reply

The bridesmaids getting ready are so pretty and fun. I love the photos of them dancing.

Jamie Mordaunt | Reply

Love the dress and the bucolic setting. Also love the boys’ suits & ties! Very relaxed & happy feeling to the photos.

Sarah Danaher | Reply

oh, I love the flowiness of all the dresses!

Laura *You Stir Me* | Reply

The dresses are simply stunning. I think that is the best looking bridal party I’ve ever seen – beautiful!

Leila | Be Inspired PR | Reply

the attire of this wedding is stunning to say the least. such a beautiful celebration!

lydia {ever ours} | Reply

her gown is so ethereal! love the twisted shoulder part.

emily | Reply

What a fabulous dress!! I love it!

La-La Linh | Reply

Her gown is absolutely beautiful. I am obsessed with one-shoulder dresses and this one is just breathtaking!

Rachel - theWeddingVine | Reply

This dress is amazing! Seems complicated to get into but the finished effect is stunning!!

Carrie Rosalind | Reply

I LOVE her dress! So pretty and timeless. Also love her hair. :)

Michelle at Hummingbird Hall Weddings in Jamaica | Reply

The bride looks absolutely fabulous. Their love really does seem to radiate from the photographs. The photographer did a great job!

Amy @ Belles on a Budget | Reply

Such a breathtaking, romantic wedding! I absolutely adore the dress and I love the idea of deciding that day how to wear it!! So unique!

lizzie [love your way] | Reply

all of their dresses look so stunning! love the look of the bridesmaid dresses!

Lauren | Reply

I want to buy your dress!

annabelle | Reply

who was the florist?

G | Reply

Wow, what an incredible dress! I must have it! Such a beautiful and meaningful setting as well. Congratulations!!

SP Weddings | Reply

One of my favourite weddings featured on Oncewed ever!!!!!!!! The dress is to die for, it shines in it’s simplicity and I love the story behind the choice of venue!!!
Love the entire event actually! Inspired on this Wednesday Morning!

Margaret Ivory - Ivory Pearl Bridal Mall | Reply

These dresses are so magical and ethereal..love all of them!

terri planty | Reply

this is one of the most romantic weddings i have ever seen. i love her dress. it was made for her. and the garden that belongs to her grandmother and everyone looks so beautiful and effortless.

Michele Hart | Reply

I love how the photos (especially the ones at the beginning) really embody the atmosphere of the wedding. They lighting really fits the dress/style! Love it!

Sally | Reply

I love the beautiful, feminine feel of this wedding. Also, love the dresses and the whimsical photos of the ladies together!

Kate | Reply

love your dress!!! Is it possible to buy it? To late? :)

Kate/MagnoliaRouge | Reply

Sooo romantic.. the look of their wedding, the story.. all of it. Just gorgeous!

Natalie | Reply

I LOVE everything about this! That dress is simply stunning. I’m a NZ’er too, and getting married in a couple of years. Will def be sending the fiance to Murray Crane. The suits are perfect! I hope to have a garden wedding as beautiful as this too! Thanks for sharing.

Laura Murray | Reply

I just LOOOVE that dress…. perfection.

Charlotte/LittleGems | Reply

I think that is possibly the most beautiful wedding dress I’ve seen. GORGEOUS bride and wedding party. Thanks for sharing

Ireland Jewellers | Reply

Lovely wedding images, very pretty. Dress is amazing.

Corporate Party Facility | Reply

everything is nice in this wedding! the atmosphere on the pictures is bright! i like it when the wedding entourage display a cheerful face looks like they’re all ready tom party! i love the setting which is in the meadows.

Brittany | Reply

I wish they would explain in a little more detail how she did her dress. I’d love to do this for my wedding in March!

Eva | Reply

Gorgeous wedding and fantastic dress – so beautiful!

Eva/Love Me Do | Reply

Beautiful wedding – love the dress by Theresa Lim (she is very talented) and wonderful photography

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