Rachel Huggins met Reza Manji at a difficult time in her life and credits her long-time partner with helping her through it.
“My mum was very sick and unfortunately passed away later that year. Reza was a constant support,” Rachel, 29, says of their first year together. “What may have broken up other couples only made us stronger.”
Reza, also 29, proposed after more than a decade together while the Sydney pair were holidaying in Kingscliff.
“We wanted a natural yet elegant feel to the day,” Rachel says of planning their big day.
There were a couple of bumps in the road, however, including having to change the date. “We ended up pulling most of the wedding together in seven weeks and we still ended up with a wedding that we loved.”
In searching for a unique venue, the couple found the State Library of NSW. “The Gallery room at the State Library was perfect as we were the first couple to be married in this room,” Rachel says. “The library also provided a perfect backdrop for the timeless and elegant photos we had in mind.”
The couple held their beautiful state library wedding on August 29, 2015 in front of 115 friends and family. The reception was held at The Pavillion on the edge of the city’s botanic gardens where guests were treated to an elaborate dinner and live music well into the night.
Photos courtesy of Images by Kevin.
“I fell in love with this room and its stained-glass windows as soon as I saw it,” Rachel says of their ceremony in the Gallery Room.
Rachel’s gorgeous gown was sourced from Jean Fox & Fox Bridal Group.
Rachel and Reza have known each other since they were 15. “We got together 12 years ago after we finished high school,” the bride says. “We come from very different backgrounds… but somehow manage to complete each other.
Casa Dell created the couple’s two-tier cake.
Bomboniere: Events Plus / Brides Accessories: Jean Fox & Fox Bridal Group / Brides Gown: Jean Fox & Fox Bridal Group / Brides Shoes: Deseo Bridal & Evening Shoes / Bridesmaid Shoes: Own shoes / Bridesmaids Accessories: Lovisa / Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo / Cake: Casa Del / Celebrant: Timeless Moments / Ceremony Music: Victoria Wong, Waynne Kwon / Ceremony Venue: State Library of NSW / Entertainment: Musiq DJs / Flowergirl Dress: Myer / Flowers: Oatley House of Flowers / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: MJ Bale / Groomsmen Attire: Fancini / Hair: Upstyle Girl / Honeymoon: Mantra Port Sea / Invitations: DIY / Makeup: Makeup Mode / Pageboy Attire: Industrie Kids / Photobooth: Photo Booth Me / Photographer: Images By Kevin / Reception Venue: The Pavilion / Rings: Reshe Jewellers / Transport: A Class Luxury Limousines / Venue Decor: DIY / Videographer: A friend / Wedding Night Accommodation: Sheraton On The Park / Wedding Planner: The Pavilion