Trendy Surry Hills restaurant Porteño was the ideal venue for foodies Kristelle and Myles, and Sydney photographer Damien Milan was on hand to capture every moment of this stylish affair.
“We wanted something unusual that wasn’t necessarily a wedding venue,” the couple tells us. “When we came across Porteño Events and found out it had only recently become available for private use, we knew instantly it was meant to be.”
Once the venue was decided, the rest followed from there, with the restaurant’s rustic European charm carried through to the other elements of their day. With a brief of “black tie botanical”, stylist Alan McMahon used a canopy of fairy lights, mismatched crystal and brass, and a mixture of ferns, palms, gum leaves and magnolia leaves to accentuate Porteño’s distinctive style.
Kristelle and Myles’ advice to couples planning a wedding is to stop second-guessing their decisions and go with their original instinct, and also to consider postponing the honeymoon until a little while after the big day. They explain, “We had a few days off after the wedding and had a mini moon staying near the beach, but we went on our proper honeymoon a month and a half later. It was really nice to spread out the good times and have something else to plan after the wedding.”
Kristelle’s Rue de Seine gown from The Bridal Atelier, with its long sleeves, plunging back and fringing detail, provided the ideal mix of comfort and style. She accessorised her bridal look which she describes as “bohemian but sophisticated” with a Rue veil, statement earrings by Ranjana Khan and glam Badgley Mischka heels.
Kristelle and Myles wanted to hold their ceremony in a church that would suit the European style of the reception venue. Upon visiting the Crypt at St Mary’s Cathedral they instantly fell in love with its low sandstone archways, terrazzo flooring and beautiful soft lighting.
Kristelle’s bridesmaids wore chic dresses in complementary tones from Manning Cartell and Fame & Partners. Greenery bouquets of mixed foliage tied in with their modern look.
With his fine art aesthetic and natural approach, we can't imagine a better photographer than Damien Milan to capture Kristelle and Myles' stylish affair.
Mosaic marble tiles with gold writing made for unique place cards and guests were given bow ties (for the men) and gold bracelets (for the ladies). Kristelle says, “It was so nice seeing everyone open their gifts and try them on straight away. Especially the men all put their bow ties on and had lots of photos in them.”