The groom, Merven’s morning began at the Grace Hotel in Sydney. With the windows wide open and music filling the air, we filmed, photographed and chatted to Merven as he prepared for his big day.
Simultaneously the bride, Becky and her bridesmaids Junyi and Cara were happily chatting and getting ready at The Astral Tower and Residences at The Star Sydney; also the location of the upcoming chinese tea ceremony.
The usual ritual with makeup, hairpins, hairspray and laughter proceeded as everything swiftly came together until the time came for Merven to make his entrance at the Astral Tower.
Accompanied by his groomsmen Trent and Kelly, Merven was met by Junyi and Cara and subjected to some truly entertaining tea ceremony games to prove his mettle before he could meet his bride.
The main game had Becky remain in her room with a set of long ribbons running to Merven on the other side of the door. The goal? Merven had to select the one ribbon that his bride was holding and if he chose incorrectly then the bridesmaids would issue a challenge before he could try again.
Needless to say after doing a set of push ups while being quizzed about Becky, placing lipstick on his groomsmen while blindfolded (followed by some well placed kisses on Merven himself), the final challenge allowed the groom to finally enter the bride’s room.
But before being free he had to locate Becky’s shoes via red pocket bribing and clues from the bridesmaids.
St. Mary’s Cathedral North Sydney proved to be a beautiful location for an intimate ceremony that still allowed for some dramatic exterior shots.
With the vows said, group pictures taken, everyone was packed off to Milson’s Point for a location shoot perfectly coinciding with a breathtaking sunset. Of course the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Luna Park Sydney entrance were a must this time.