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REAL WEDDING, ALEX AND EMMA
Alex Morris, public servant
Emma Morris, public servant
Wedding date: November 2017
Ivory and White - How did you meet?
Alex and Emma - Introduced by a
mutual friend. Our first date was at the
I&W - Tell us about the proposal.
A&E - Alex is from Hobart, and took Emma
up to the top of Mount Wellington to propose.
The proposal got interrupted by an awkward
guy who wandered past halfway through.
I&W - What was the theme for your wedding?
A&E - We both do a lot of work around
Parliament and are big political dorks, so we
had a bit of an Australian politics theme.
The orders of service were made using
Federal Hansard as a template, and the place
settings were made to look like ballot papers.
I&W - Describe your wedding dress and
A&E - Emma’s dress is by Karen
Willis Holmes. Alterations and the custom
veil were done by Rachel Barton of One of a
kind designs. Rachel also designed and made
the bridesmaid dresses.
The suits were all hired from Ferrari
Formalwear in Belconnen, but also included
a wooden bow tie and engraved wooden
cuff links from a Hobart manufacturer called
Peggy and Finn. They were all made of local
I&W - Describe your ceremony for us.
A&E - We had planned to have the ceremony
outdoors in the National Gallery’s sculpture
garden, but it absolutely poured on the morning
so we wound up moving to the undercroft, at
the bottom of the stairs leading up to the main
entrance to the gallery. The location and the
rain made for some amazing photos.
The celebrant was Judy Aulich, who we
picked because she’d done the highest
number of same sex weddings in the
brief period in which same sex marriage
was legal in the ACT. The marriage law
hadn’t quite been changed after the
postal survey, so to get around the bit
where Judy had to tell us that marriage is
between a man and a woman she offered
to just whisper that bit to the witnesses.
It was a good choice.
Judy also has great ideas for how to
conduct the ceremony that resulted in some
I&W - Who formed your bridal party?
A&E - Our bridal party was made up of Alex’s
brother Matt, cousin Nick Hudson and new
brother in law Tom Lindfield, while on the
bride’s side we had Emma’s best friends Kate
Schmutter, Jessie Thearle and Clare Wolski.
Flower girl duties were performed by the
incomparable Ally Reason, who was a bit
The rings: Venetia Major -
The flowers: Peony and Pearl (Fiona)
The hair and make-up: Blush Boutique
(Sammi and Bec)
The entertainment: The reception was
MC’d by Mix 106.3 ’s own artisanal
newsreader, David Sharaz
The cake: Cuppalini, plus doughnuts
Photographer: Andrea from All Grown
Bonboniere: Custom concrete candle
holders from Simone + Co, Hobart
disappointed that she didn’t get to dress up
like an actual flower.
I&W - What was the most memorable part of
A&E - We wound up going with a really
relaxed brunch reception, and that worked
out really well. It was casual enough that
we could catch up with pretty much all of
our guests and chill out over breakfast and
I&W - Where did you decide to honeymoon?
A&E - We did a cruise on P&O’s Pacific
Explorer up to Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
The weather and the places we stopped were
amazing, and it was a great way to relax
I&W - What advice would you give a
A&E - Think about what you don’t need
on the day. We went without a DJ, a
car, a first dance and a big dinner and it
worked out really brilliantly. It also really
helps to have friends who will force you
to de-stress in the days beforehand - even
the chillest wedding can stress you out if
you let it.
Always remember that the day will be
amazing no matter what. It rained on ours
and we were still so happy.
I&W - Anything else you’d like to add?
A&E - A massive thanks to everyone
involved, especially Venetia Major who
custom designed Emma’s engagement and
wedding rings from heirloom pieces.
Alex and Emma’s rings were made by Venetia Major - Bespoke Jewellery
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