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       story by Philippa Daley photography by GO Photo & Web
                                F   OUR CRUCIAL WORDS TYPED WITH AN ANTIQUE
                                typewriter formed the opening line of this London-based
                                                                                                            “Anything fussy or even slightly reminiscent of a meringue was
                                                                                                            out of the question,” she says, “though I did try on a couple for the
                                couple’s uplifting wedding story. “I had spent several years scouting       fun of it.” A Vera Wang gown being shown in London, Paris and
                                around London antique stores looking for an old typewriter                  New York caught the bride’s eye. When a stroke of luck returned
                                to restore,” tells the bride. “Cut to several years later, and still        the gown to London for one day, Barbara was there in a fl ash.
                                no typewriter…” Returning from a weekend in Venice, Barbara                 When the moment came to don her gown, Barbara’s foster parents
                                arrived home to a candle-lit, flower-fi lled house. The ‘piece de             arrived and presented her with a diamond necklace. “It was very
                                resistance’: a superbly restored typewriter, complete with a typed          teary,” says the bride.
                                page - ‘will you marry me?’ Emotional and slightly overwhelmed,                 As the guests enjoyed pre-ceremony champagne and live
                                Barbara typed back ‘yes’.                                                   jazz playing in the background, David made his grand entrance,
                                    David’s gorgeous proposal inspired the couple’s invitations             swooping in via helicopter. “It was all very James Bond,” says
                                – the vital question itself plus the wedding details, typed on the          Barbara. “It got very emotional, especially when I heard the
                                very same typewriter.                                                       chopper overhead… it was all happening.”
                                    Residing overseas meant double the hens and bucks nights.                   A trumpeted rendition of Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a
                                Barbara was given silk knickers (‘Mrs Chiverton’ embroidered                Wonderful World’ accompanied Barbara down the aisle. When
                                across the bottom!) at a London afternoon tea, then celebrated              asked who would give the bride away, her foster father, John,
                                again with lunch and karaoke in Melbourne.                                  replied, “Most proudly I do.” This was “very special, given our
                                    When the couple glimpsed the magnificent view from the                   journey,” says Barbara. Song lyrics by Bob Dylan and Tom Waits
                                veranda of Spray Farm they knew they had found their venue; the             formed the readings, a unique and personal touch.
                                place to bring guests together from far-flung corners of the globe               Absent from the wedding were David’s twin sister, Camilla,
                                for an intimate day.                                                        and her husband, having just had a baby girl. When the time came
                                    “The theme was white, white, white…” says the bride. Mirrors            for photographs there was a touching moment. “David’s parents
photography by Georgie Imhoff

                                laid fl at on two long tables reflected glimmering candlelight and            unveiled cardboard cut-outs of them all, including Isabella,”
                                an eclectic collection of little bud vases, hunted out in antique           recalls the bride. “They were there in spirit.”
                                shops. “We wanted it to feel very personal, almost like our guests              The beauty of the festivities was simply the icing on the
                                weren’t at a wedding.”                                                      wedding cake, according to Barbara. “That people had made such
                                    This elegant simplicity was followed through with the bride’s           an incredible effort to be there was just out of this world,” says the
                                choice of ‘picked-from-the-garden’ roses, and stunning gown.                bride. “That’s what we treasured more than anything.” u

                                this page Newly married, Barbara and David spent some quiet moments alone amid the pear and apple trees of Spray Farm’s Paul Bangay
                                designed Parterre Garden. “We just knew it was place for us. We didn’t even need to say it out loud,” says the couple of Spray Farm’s homestead
                                with its wide verandah and breathtaking clifftop views overlooking Port Phillip Bay and the city skyline.

     this page A solo trumpeter hailed Barbara’s arrival as she walked down the aisle to a moving rendition of ‘What a Wonderful World’ by
     Louis Armstrong. u The courtyard marquee held two long tables laid with square mirrors. Glass bowls overflowed with an eclectic and
     unstructured mix of white flowers. Bud vases, sourced from antique and second hand stores, held single blooms. Long candles in silver
     candelabras and tealights reflected a soft light to create a “small and intimate” mood. u Using the same typewriter David had typed his
     marriage proposal to Barbara, the couple created a personal message for their guests on ivory place cards. The menu was typed onto the
     reverse side and finished with an elegant black velvet ribbon. u The flowergirls and page boys were excited to be a part of the couple’s day.

56   Real weddings
              barbara’s style guide

 gown: Vera Wang photographer: GO Photo &
                                                  Address Book

  Web, 03 5229 8992 ceremony and reception
 location: Spray Farm, 03 9825 0000 reception
 caterer: Peter Rowland at Spray Farm, 03 9825
 0000 shoes: Jimmy Choo groom’s attire: Hugo
 Boss shirt: Yves Saint Laurent celebrant: Val
Lawrence, 03 5258 1616 hair: Monecious Hair, 02
5229 7476 make-up: Emma MacFarlene at Blush,
 0417 052 421 music: Trio – Tamara Murphy and
 DJ - Light and Sound Solutions, 03 9435 3800
  fi rst night: Athelstane House, 03 5258 1024
       A selection of Canapes including:
     A julienne of asparagus with horseradish
     mayonnaise, wrapped in smoked salmon
      or roast beef, drizzled with lemon oil
     Mini polenta tart shells fi lled with a white
     bean purée topped with a roasted cherry
            tomato and crisp basil leaf
     Baby Peking Duck pancakes served with
     traditional pickled vegetables and plum
       sauce wrapped in a Chinese pancake
                   Main Course
        Teriyaki marinated eye fi llet of beef
        on a sweet potato and ginger mash
      with sautéed spinach, surrounded with
      shiitake mushroom jus, garnished with
            a sprig of enoki mushrooms
          Crisp skinned barramundi fi llet
       on a champagne vinegar skordalia and
     lemon sautéed spinach topped with a fresh
       green salsa verde and snowpea shoots,
        Wandering Desserts including:
     Cointreau macerated raspberries topped
     with a raspberry souflé in an espresso cup
           Hazelnut and caramel torte in
       a chocolate cup topped with shavings
               of Belgian chocolate
       Little meringues topped with marsala
            cream and Persian fairy floss

             P         t
              imms Cockails


        Double Pimms over ice
       with mint, citrus wedges
      and cucumber, topped with
     lemonade and dry ginger ale.

                                                    this page Barbara wore a striking Vera Wang gown, purchased in London, whilst David was stylish in
                                                    a Hugo Boss suit with an unbuttoned tuxedo shirt from YSL. The best man wore a tuxedo ‘sans’ bow tie
                                                    and the bridesmaid, a Scanlon and Theodore black dress. After the ceremony, the jazz trio played ‘All you
                                                    need is love’, and says Barbara, “it put a celebratory mood in the air and signalled that the party had started!”
                                                    u Barbara carried white flowers and says,” I wanted them to be very natural and loose, like they’d
                                                    just been picked from the garden.” u Family and friends enjoyed cocktails and canapés on the lawn,
                                                    including tuna tataki crusted in sesame, topped with sweet red pepper mayonnaise and rainbow chard
                                                    served on a Chinese spoon. u Waiters offered guests glasses of refreshing Pimms.

58           Real weddings
“We wanted it to feel
very personal, but also
glamorous…almost like
our guests weren’t at a
wedding.” barbara