Patience paid off for Paul Ranieri who knew Alana McRae was the one for him from the get-go.
But as it happens sometimes, Alana was a little slow on the uptake. “Paul and I met at work and whilst he knew straight away I was the one for him, it took me a little bit longer to realise,” laughs Alana, 30. But Paul, 33, persisted and for their first date he whisked Alana off her feet, but not literally – because she was on crutches!
“He is such an amazing person and very giving,” says the bride of her truck-driver groom. “Paul has to work away sometimes and the messages he sends me are just beautiful. One of them made me realise how much I actually loved him and that’s when I finally knew he was the one for me.”
The pair married with their Sydney wedding on October 24, 2015. The two confessed “big kids” chose All Saints Anglican Church in North Parramatta for the ceremony, with 150 guests, and a reception at Le Montage. “Our wedding was just perfect,” says Alana. “From the look of my dad when I came down the stairs, to the look in Paul’s eyes when I was walking towards him in the church.”
Guests were treated to handmade gifts including candles made by the mother-of-the-groom and jelly bean boxes created by bride.
Photos courtesy of One Million Moments.
Alana’s breathtaking beaded, strapless gown with ruffles was purchased from Luv Bridal & Formal.
Alana’s up-do was created by hair wizards Julie’s Bridal Hair & Pirinola Makeup.
“Together we are two really big kids and you are more likely to find us on the jumping castle at parties than hanging out with the adults,” smiles Alana.
Alana says the wedding day was full of “so much love”.
Brides Accessories: Kate Ketzal / Brides Gown: Luv Bridal & Formal - Designer Direct / Brides Shoes: Deseo Bridal & Evening Shoes / Bridesmaid Shoes: Own / Bridesmaids Accessories: Kate Ketzal / Bridesmaids Dresses: Bridesmaids Only / Cake: Tasha's Cake Creations / Celebrant: Rev. Owen Goddard / Ceremony Music: Playlist / Ceremony Venue: All Saints Anglican Church / Entertainment: Angelo Di Bella / Flowergirl Dress: Blue Sky Kids / Flowers: Luxurious Styling / Grooms Attire: Just 4 Him / Grooms Shoes: Just 4 Him / Groomsmen Attire: Just 4 Him / Groomsmen Shoes: Just 4 Him / Hair: Julie's Bridal Hair & Pirinola Makeup / Honeymoon: Flight Centre / Invitations: Designs by Paper Jam / Makeup: Julie's Bridal Hair & Pirinola Makeup / Pageboy Attire: Blue Sky Kids / Photobooth: The Booth Fairy / Photographer: One Million Moments / Reception Venue: Le Montage / Rings: Alexander the Jeweller / Transport: Own / Venue Decor: Luxurious Styling / Videographer: Exclusive Video Productions / Wedding Night Accommodation: Shangri La Hotel Sydney