Evi and Emma Share their Wedding Story

You can make your wedding as simple or as complicated as you want! You also don’t need to spend a fortune to make the day memorable…

Evi Oju  and Emma Kettle who got married in Style recently spoke with SR about their romance few days ago. The couple had chosen an intimate ceremony for just friends and family that turned out glamorous and amazing. Their story is also interesting and quite inspiring.

Emma: On how she met Evi

This romance began in one of the world’s most romantic locations…no not Paris or even on a yacht in the Med…oh no it began in Westfield Belconnen!

 We met when we were both working at Westfield Belconnen in Canberra ACT, Australia.Evi and Emma

 We have chatted a few times but one fateful afternoon when Evi was going down the escalators and I going up. As we passed each other and Evi flashed his smile, sparks flew and something special was born in that moment and the rest is history 

The proposal story

Evi told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me on my birthday last year 2017. He took me out to a beautiful restaurant and it was very romantic. We didn’t have rings at that point so a few weeks later we both went together to pick them out. Then at Christmas Evi got down on one knee and officially asked me in front of my family!

Why she chose the Carla Zampatti “Love at first sight” dress.

I didn’t want a typical “wedding dress”. I was in the Carla Zampatti store when the dresses were first delivered. As soon as I tried it on I knew that “it was the dress”. It was perfectly elegant with just enough frills!

The groom’s attire

Evi got his suit made by InStitchu as he couldn’t find the exact suit he wanted to buy. It was a three piece dark navy blue suit. This was designed by ourselves and Institchu. Evi also wore a navy & pink stripped bow tie.

About the venues…

Temple Garden at the Wollongong Botanic Gardens for the ceremony. It was perfect for the number of guests we had and had the perfect backdrop for our ceremony.

We chose Harbourfront Restaurant for our reception. We loved the outlook on the water and again, it was perfect for the number of guests. The food was also pretty good!!

The flowers you chose for your day

Flowers were from Wildflower Florists in Wollongong. I chose a simple white palette which fitted in well with the casual style of the wedding.

 Evi &Emma: On who were part of the bridal party

Emma’s Maid of Honour was Gail. Emma and Gail have known each other their whole lives and are more like sisters. Gail’s two daughters Elvie and Brynn were flower-girls. Brynn, who is only 3 was accompanied by Bunny.

The Best Man was Evi’s brother Joseph.

Emma’s father Roger had walked her down the aisle to the William Tell Overture, why did you choose this song?

We chose this song as Evi & I had recently seen this in an Opera in Melbourne.

And?

Half way through the reception, we changed into traditional attire. After we changed into the Nigerian traditional attire we danced back into the reception venue to Ada Ada by Flavour & All Over by Tiwa Savage (both Nigerian artists). Everyone else joined in dancing with us. …Lots of fun! 

Five special things, which made your wedding amazing to you

  1. Sharing it with our closest friends & families
  2. Having Evi’s sisters come out from Nigeria to attend the wedding
  3. All of the beautiful speeches – Emma’s father even sang
  4. Having breakfast at a nearby cafe the morning after to catch up with people again
  5. Incorporating traditional Nigerian elements into the day.

Some special details

We designed wedding programs for all of the guests which included a rundown of the ceremony as well as the menu for the reception and an invitation to breakfast the next morning.

We designed these on optimalprint and used our engagement photos as part of the design. It was a lovely keepsake for us and the guests!

We also designed our wedding invitation and place cards on vistaprint

Our MC was Emma’s old housemate Ben. He knew us right from the beginning of our relationship and had lots of funny stories to tell!

We had a cheese tower instead of a regular cake. Emma loves cheese so it was the perfect cake alternative.

Our celebrant for the ceremony was Melissa Fahey. She was amazing and made everyone so relaxed. 

Emma’s brother Evan did a reading “He’s not perfect” by Bob Marley as well as Evi’s twin sisters Keno & Vivien did the final blessing.

Sarah Kennedy was the photographer she was brilliant and made us feel so relaxed on the day. The pictures are perfect and whenever we look at them we’re taken back to the day. She captured so many beautiful moments of the day. We had an engagement photo shoot a couple of months before hand which I definitely recommend. On the wedding day we were already used to having our photo taken and posing for the camera.

The favourite part of the wedding planning was…

Doing the menu tasting at Harbourfront with Emma’s parents. The weather was beautiful and the food was amazing. It was a great time to relax in the lead up to the big day.

What Evi remembers most about the day

When she walked down the aisle, she was just so beautiful. Couldn’t take my eyes off her 🙂

The readings were great as they meant a lot to us.

I was glad some members of my family could make it.

Advice to others about to wed

You can make your wedding as simple or as complicated as you want! You also don’t need to spend a fortune to make the day memorable..Learn more about the bride and groom here.

Credit: Photos by Sarah Kennedy

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