THE FIRST DAY: 04.10.2014
THE YES DAY: 31.08.2018
THE BEST DAY: 22.01.2022
After two postponements in 2020 and again in 2021 due to the pandemic Edward and I were finally able to get married last month and on a very special date too – 22.01.22
The stars aligned and I stumbled across a dream venue on Instagram – La Encantada a magical Spanish style chateau. The second we entered the gates – we knew it was meant to be!
With its grand entrance, sweeping staircase, high ceilings and stunning manicured gardens we both instantly knew this is where we would have our special day. We were extremely lucky as La Encantada only host a minimal number of weddings a year and we were so excited that ours would be the first for 2022.
With La Niña in full swing in Sydney I was worried that having an outdoor ceremony in the garden by the fountain may have been the wrong decision. I checked ALL the weather apps religiously in the weeks and days leading up to the wedding filled with anxiety as there was a 60% chance of rain. To my dismay, it was drizzling and overcast when I arrived at 6am at La Encantada and I didn’t like our chances.
Miraculously at approximately 10am the clouds cleared and the sun appeared just as guests were arriving for our 11am ceremony. With a string quartet playing in the garden, I could not have asked for better weather! All my dreams had come true – it was just perfect!
Edward and I wanted to write our own personal vows alongside reciting the official vows and as you can see there were a lot of tears and laughter during the ceremony! It was so special that we were able to share our personal vows with those closest to us. I was glad that my makeup held up through the tears and sniffles, it did not move an inch!
In typical Eddy fashion, the rings were lost for a while – but just in the nick of time found for the exchanging of the rings and the signing of the marriage certificate. We were announced as husband and wife and finally married!!
Stories to Gather curated our stunning grazing table which was incredibly lush and featured some sweet and savory treats including the only thing I managed to eat all day – my favourite banana bread bites. Note to future brides – eat more on your wedding day! Looking back, I would have allowed myself some time to sit and enjoy this delectable spread!
The cake was a homage to my Grandmother – Lola Carmen with the addition of white wafer butterflies and consisted of 3 tiers. The bottom tier was biscoff which was served to guests, the second tier was classic chocolate which we froze to save for our 1 year anniversary and the top tier was berry coconut which Eddy and I enjoyed the day after the wedding and loved.
With so many beautiful options for photography and videography at the venue, we knew we would have to find a photographer that could capture all the memories on our special day. As we decided against leaving the venue for additional photos we required someone who was already familiar with the space. We were extremely lucky to get in contact with Kartik who had completed a shoot at La Encantada previously so knew all the hidden gems of the property.
Not only was Kartik a joy to be around the entire day, he made us laugh and really put as at ease. It is so important that you find a photographer that you click with as if you’re not used to being in front of the camera that nervousness and sense of uncomfort will reveal itself through the images captured. You also spend the entire day with this person – so it better be someone you mesh with! Kartik was able to capture so many memories from the day in a variety of different locations around La Encantada – we couldn’t wait to see them all to choose which one we would frame to take pride of place on our living room wall!
Having friends that were recently married we knew that there would be quite a turnaround time to receive our images with some people waiting months. To our pleasant surprise can you believe all 1,589 images were ready for us 3 days after the wedding. We could not believe it! Kartik the miracle worker!! Our friends and family were so shocked when I was sending through group images for them to look at only days later. It honestly was the best gift for Eddy and I to receive. We were able to relive all those precious memories so quickly after the wedding.
We adore all of the images and it was extremely difficult to choose our absolute favourites to frame – a sign that you have chosen a fabulous photographer when every photo is just MAGIC!
Not everything went exactly to plan in the lead up to our big day though. Unfortunately, Eddy’s family in the UK were unable to travel to Australia because of travel restrictions in place. The Immigration Department did not approve an exemption for entry for the wedding which was a shame as we would have loved to have them share our special day. Zoom was utilised though and we cannot wait to share the wedding video with them.
The day before the wedding my original hair and makeup artist called to advise she had covid. Luckily enough she was able to find a replacement at such short notice and even without a trial my hair and makeup was exactly how I envisioned it on the day. I was very fortunate indeed!
I was also lucky enough that my Grandmother Margaret who is 95 years young was able to make it to the wedding. With the increase in number of covid cases in Sydney I was really worried she would be unable to travel from regional NSW for the big day. We kept the guestlist very intimate in case a cap was announced on weddings in Sydney. These pictures that Kartik captured are my favourite of the day and I will treasure them forever!
Our first dance as Husband & Wife was another special moment for us as our friend Michelle specifically learnt the melody to Moon River to play this on the beautiful grand piano at La Encantada.
Edward and I bid farewell to our guests with a sweet treat and thanked them for joining us on our special day. It is true what they say – your wedding day goes by like a blur, after months of meticulous planning (I did it all myself, I didn’t have a wedding planner) the actual day went by so quickly. Wish we could do it all again just to relive it!
Now I am off to apply for a new passport with my brand new name – Mrs Amy McCorkindale so Edward and I can embark on our next adventure!
Photographer: Stills by Kartik
Stills by Kartik Website
Venue: La Encantada