Couple brings taste of Britain to Sydney summer garden party wedding

Wedding: 23/12/2017

Posted by Anna | 22 May, 2018

Aussie expats Leisha and Joe married at their summer garden party in Jaspers Berry, NSW, on December 23, 2017.

Because Leisha is Sri Lankan-Australian and Joe is a Queenslander “with a bit of Italian”, they wanted to celebrate the fusion of their mixed heritage – as well as London where they currently reside. “We had a Sri Lankan Buddhist slash English colonial garden party theme with lots of food including woodfired pizzas,” explains the 33-year-old bride of her wedding to her 37-year-old groom.

“We thought it would be a nightmare planning a wedding in Sydney from London but it was surprisingly easy,” describes Leisha. Their Sri Lankan Buddhist Poruwa ceremony, including rituals like tying the pinky finger and breaking a flaming coconut, was followed by drinks and canapes in the grounds of Jaspers Berry. “We had a vintage van and ‘pimp your prosecco’ stand serving Aperol Spritz, rosé , prosecco and slushies as guests played with the giant Jenga, quoits and a life-size marble chess-set.”

“Afterwards, guests moved to The Orangery for a sit-down meal, a few speeches, the vintage Gatsby chocolate dessert table, espresso martinis and a live band,” recalls the bride.

Photos courtesy of Hilary Cam Photography.

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“She pre-pleated and pre-sewed the bridal saree so that all I had to do was zip it up like any other dress,” Leisha says of her dress designer.

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Tying the ‘pinky’ finger of the bride and groom together symbolises the union.

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“Our wedding theme was English summer garden party with a Sri Lankan-colonial flavour,” explains the bride.

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International bride Leisha had a second wedding gown; a Zuhair Murad design purchased in Amsterdam.

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The couple enlisted the popular Baker Boys Band to entertain their 145 guests.

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“We love everything about our photographers from the pre-wedding catch-up over wine and nibbles in inner Sydney, to the day and their superb ability to capture everything so discreetly,” praises Leisha of Hilary Cam Photography.

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Photos courtesy of Hilary Cam Photography.

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