Imagine an epic floral installation by Moxom & Whitney, an autumn backyard ceremony in Forrest, a reception at the historic Fitters Workshop in Kingston, and two people named Alex in love and ready to marry each other – what more could you want!

Sandy and Alex proved that there are plenty of unique spaces in Canberra to make your own for a wedding. It’s hard work holding an event in a place that doesn’t have kitchen facilities, bathrooms, lighting or running water, and they pulled it off with lots of help! The night was catered by Marcello from Rustic Kitchen in Sydney, who specialises in traditional, Northern Italian cuisine. The three long tables set up by Show Pony and styled with florals by Moxom and Whitney, were perfect for the shared meals. We’ve mentioned it before – we think shared meals are the best way to encourage conversation and create a more communal vibe for your guests on the night.

During Alex and Sandy’s ceremony was the first time that I’d heard acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land at a wedding. This was important to these two, because Sandy spent a lot of time working on land rights in the Northern Territory. A few months ago Lyndon and I had talked about this with our celebrant, because we want to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land where we will be getting married. If it’s important to you, you can mention it to your celebrant too!

If you want to make the most of the time with your guests and enjoy the canapés too, there are 2 main options for photography and video. You can either have us photograph and film your wedding in a purely candid, documentary style with no time allocated for bridal party and couple portraits. Or you can do a first look and have all the bridal party and couple photographs taken before the ceremony. Sandy and Alex took the middle road, and we spent about 15 minutes photographing at the Fitters Workshop in between the canapés and the beginning of the formal reception. Ultimately, it’s up to you and what your priorities are on the day, and we can work together to come up with an option that suits you best.

They finished off the night with some festive, traditional Greek dancing. A big thank you to Sandy and Alex for trusting me to document their wedding, and for sharing their intimate day with me!

Venue: Private garden, Forrest and the Fitters Workshop, Kingston
Catering: Rustic Kitchen
Flowers: Moxom and Whitney
Cake: Forty Two Cakes
Setup and styling: Show Pony Events
Accommodation: Hotel Hotel

You can find out more about the reception space on the artsACT website: “The Fitters’ Workshop is a heritage listed building and part of the Kingston Power House historic precinct. Constructed in 1916-1917 and designed by John Smith Murdoch, the Fitters’ Workshop formed a key part of a wider industrial complex that enabled maintenance of government plant and equipment, and construction work.” – ACT Government