“We thank you for this day; for life, for one more day to love, for one more person to love and by whom be loved.”
Our gorgeous Luminary, Erin Fraser details her perfect wedding day, to the love of her life. Find out how Erin planned the day to delight the senses in order to connect all in attendance, to share in one perfect day.
My perfect day took place on Saturday 14 November 2015, exactly one year after I became engaged to the love of my life. The above quote is an extract from a thanksgiving prayer my sister read during our wedding ceremony and it perfectly captures how grateful we are to have had such a beautiful day.
I have always lived my life connected to my senses as I believe it's how we best experience this extraordinary world we live in. I have been fortunate to translate this practice to my new business where I create holistic event plans that deliberately delight the senses. Below I share how my wedding, my candid moment in time, connected to the senses and how my husband, our guests and I consequently experienced one perfect day.
Not considered one of the traditional five but what I think of as a powerful, overarching ‘sixth sense’ is mindfulness; an acute awareness of life that brings presence, intention and balance. It allowed the planning and connections that brought our day together and then the clarity to ensure that my husband and I took secret moments to ourselves throughout the day. Some were thirty seconds, some were ten minutes but each one made us stop and appreciate our day.
It's no secret that my favourite colour is white. So quite naturally this became our theme. From event décor to dessert, my taste was minimalist and complimented the beachside location while staying true to my personal style. Our menu featured an individual twist; all guests selected their main from a choice of four upon RSVP and because I worked at Bird in Hand Winery as the Head of Marketing and Events before I started my own business, the chief winemaker kindly helped me match our selection of beautiful wines to our custom menu.
I wanted guests to feel comfortable, relaxed and at home during our wedding and so the decision was made to do just that – have it at home! Throughout the year, with the help of our neighbour, we renovated an original 1960s beach house at Silver Sands, a heavenly stretch of coastline an hour south of Adelaide. Our front lawn formed the very personal venue for our reception and I think everyone was touched by the exquisite world we created there.
The aesthetics of the day were incredibly important to me. The dress was white, of course, by French designer Roland Mouret, found one afternoon on Net A Porter. Make up was applied by a dear friend from Sydney who truly gives new meaning to the word ‘artistry’. The wedding stationary was elegant and simple, printed on thick white cotton card and my fantasy Alex Perry bridesmaid dresses added a bright pop of colour with matching rose bouquets. And on the morning of our wedding I had the pleasure of gifting my own Candid piece ‘Trilogy’ to my three bridesmaids.
When my husband and I were first seeing each other he had Gascoigne and King fig scented candles scattered throughout his Darlinghurst apartment. Even now the smell reminds me instantly of those warm summer days and so we featured these exact candles on the tables at our wedding, filling the room with a scent we will remember forever.
It's safe to say our DJ is a legend. We met him at a pop up bar outside The Star of Greece one evening and were quick to lock him in to create a similar ambiance for our special day. From cool lounge tunes to my tragic Britney dance tracks, he helped us create the most perfect playlist that we will listen to for years to come.
Erin is the inspiring Luminary behind the stunning trilogy piece Love, Sister, Friend click this link to shop this gorgeous piece and celebrate loved ones in your life.