Real wedding – Larissa & Ben

Date | 3rd April 2021

Location | The Lucky Hotel

List your vendors

  • Photographer: Azure Creative Photography and Photo Booths- Bec was our angel and her knowledge and guidance made our day run so smoothly. Her photos are magic!
  • Videographer: Belle Holliday Productions- a family friend who captured every special moment of our day perfectly, they didnt miss a thing!
  • Cars: Newcastle’s Famous Tram– This was the most fun on the day, relaxing on the drive from Maitland to Newcastle with music pumping and an esky full of cruisers!
  • Wedding Cake: Cakenaround– Lou is a small busines and a friend of ours who nailed our cake vision. It is killing us not to eat the pieces we saved for our one year anniversary, so delicious!
  • Reception Venue: The Lucky Hotel Newcastle– The Lucky is everything and more, the perfect venue for our relaxed, no fuss cocktail wedding!
  • Make up: Ginger Rose Beauty– Alex is the most beautiful soul who highlights your natural features flawlessly!
  • Reception Entertainment: Darren Rolling Keys and Company– A close friend of ours and the perfect entertainment during cocktail hour to get the party started.
  • Love Glows– Personalised Neon Sign- We had sooo many comments on our sign by our guests, the perfect picture backdrop! Kim is such a gem to deal with!

Who was a stand out vendor and why?

Our day would not have been the same without any of our vendors but Bec from Azure Creative Photography would be the highlight! She helped plan our timeline of the day, ensured every photo with guests was captured, was available to talk to at any time during the lead up to the day and was such a girl boss on the day! Bec is the kindest soul and her warm and caring presence on the day was just what we needed and wanted.

Your venue: What made you pick this one?

The Lucky Hotel was the perfect location for our non fuss, calm and relaxed party vibe of a wedding! We fell in love with the high ceilings, garden feature wall and quirky lighting touches as soon as we saw it. When you get to serve mini sliders, popcorn chicken and cob loaf garlic bread to your guests, how can you say no?!

What was your favourite moment looking back? 

Getting to marry each other and officially become ‘The Christy’s’ after postponing our wedding three times (thanks Rona). It is a magical feeling walking into your reception and seeing your most treasured family and friends there to celebrate you.

The real MVP…. Who was your party starter? Maybe it was you?

Kyle on the decks who slowly built us up with the good vibes, and the staff who poured us countless shots and cocktailsOur MC (Ben’s sister) Jess! I am a school teacher and Jess incorporated this as a theme for her MC duties, including ‘school rules’ for the evening, a principals address to welcome everyone and sharing cheeky details about our bridal parties high school days upon their entrance. The guests were in stiches laughing and captivated before we even arrived!

Soundtrack to your day? and why these songs? 

Walking down the aisle– “One that I Want” by Xavier Dunn. An acoustic version of the Grease movie hit, my all time favourite musical!

Signing the paperwork – “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. Ben’s favourite band!

End of the Ceremony -“You’re my Best Friend” by Queen. My favourite band!

Entering Reception – “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.

First Dance– “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray. We were in Hawaii on our first holiday together and an acoustic singer started to play this song. We sang along together, commenting on how much we loved the song and instantly knew it was now ‘our song’.

Bouquet toss– “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. Fun fact, my bridesmaid who caught it, was soon engaged a few months later!

Your style? 

Fun! We are not super serious and wanted everything to be fun and relaxed, a big party!

The Season? What time of year did you get married and why?

We didn’t choose a season, we chose a date… 4.3.21. It doesn’t get more perfect than that!

Show us your absolute favourite image.

The ultimate Newcastle wedding photo, beautifully captured!

If you could do it all again what would you tell yourself? 

When the day arrives, you will forget all the things you thought you had to stress over, and as long as you have your best friend there to marry, nothing else matters!

What’s next for you two love birds? 

Building a house!

All images by the wonderful Bec from Azure Creative Photography

January 23, 2022