The Substation in Newport always guarantees a good time – something Michael and Gemma recently found out first-hand. The pair aimed for a fun, relaxed wedding and judging by these atmospheric frames by Lara Luz, they found the perfect balance.
If a Christmas and New Year’s spent in New York City wasn’t magical enough, Michael took it up a notch by popping the question over a Michelin Star lunch by Central Park. “Part of the lunch included endless champagne, “ Michael tell us, “I was very nervous, and with lots of smiling and laughter I managed to propose!” Gemma agreed of course, and the rest is history!
With a venue as impressive as The Substation, there was little need for decoration. Stunning flowers were a given (Gemma’s mum is a florist) but according to the couple, their main focus was elsewhere. “We wanted a really good band and plenty of food and wine, making sure everyone would have a really fun night. We didn’t have a theme in the end, but I guess it was relaxed and a little glamorous.”
Having the whole day in the one place meant a seamless transition from ceremony to party-mode, “It worked really well.” Gemma tells us. “As soon as Jon Von Goes (our celebrant) said we were married and our lips touched, the band kicked in with The Kinks – ‘You Really Got Me’, and everyone cheered and hugged! It was a great moment!”
Images Lara Luz | Bride's Dress Carla Zampatti | Bride's Shoes Joanne Mercer | Bridesmaid's Dresses Willow | Groom's Suit Bell and Barnett | Rings Satomi Kawakita | Accessories Elly Lou necklace | Hair Tracie Weaver | Makeup Tracie Weaver | Ceremony Venue The Substation | Celebrant John Von Goes | Reception Venue The Substation | Catering Ed Dixon | Entertainment Lark Music | Stationery/Invitations Emily Lau | Entertainment Dale Winters | Cake Burch and Purchese | Sketch Artist Jeffrey Phillips |