1. How did you meet?
The pair initially met in school but it wasn’t until a friend's birthday many years later that Luke decided to ask Tran for her number, and then it took him 3 months to actually message her!
2. Tell us about the proposal.
Tran and Luke were on holiday in Queenstown with his brothers where Luke had arranged a secret proposal after Tran had found images of engagement rings on his phone a few years back.
“Luke had booked for us to go to the Onsen Hot Pools one evening, and while I was in the waiting room I was messaging my girlfriends saying I wouldn’t get the full experience as he hadn’t been able to get a booking during the afternoon. LIttle did I know, Luke was checking on his proposal set up and when the staff took me to our private spa I saw Luke waiting for me down on one knee!” Tran said.
3. How did you choose your Venue and location? Why?
Tran and Luke chose the setting of the Refectory in the Holme Building for their ceremony. With lofty eight-metre high ceilings and a one of a kind mural it would be a completely different setting to the reception just a quick walk up the road. “We wanted to create two unique experiences for our guests without the need to drive to a different location between the ceremony and reception.”
4. What Style / Styling did you choose for your wedding? (eg: colour scheme, flowers, stationery, cake, transport, details, themes, inspiration, the overall “look and feel”)
Natural linen tablecloths, white linen napkins, rose gold cutlery and crystal cut glassware with lush green foliage overhead made up the table decor. The space was filled with plenty of festoon lights to brighten the area as night fell. A large tree filled with fairy lights and surrounded by candles was also added to the centre of the Quadrangle.
5. What were the the highlights of your day?
Focusing on keeping the day personal, “We both agreed to capture the grandeur of our venues and highlight their features,” Tran said. As such a timeless feel became their compass and they picked burgundy, white and green with touches of rose gold to reflect this.
6. Tell us about any funny, poignant, challenging or emotional moments?
The wedding was a collaborative effort. “Having an outdoor wedding reception was the one important element that we knew would underpin all of our plans. However with the number of guests and being in Sydney it wasn’t easy or in budget until Luke asked if I would consider the Quadrangle Lawns at the University of Sydney where I work as the Event & Sales Manager for HostCo”
As Tran explained, “Each element of the wedding had to feel personal to us.” From the custom pop comic for their invitations that was then linked to their cake which had each panel representing their journey together to the DIY elements like the table name signs, it was a celebration that highlighted them.
7. Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Food was one element Tran and Luke both felt strongly about. “We were so fortunate to work with the chefs at HostCo to customise a menu that we loved. From the plated entree with a scallop dish that was featured on one of our past HostCo menus to the sharing style main course, everything was delicious and a hit with our guests.”
Photographer: James Day Wedding | Videographer: Cloudherd Wedding Film | Reception Venue: University of Sydney | Ceremony Venue: HostCo | Caterer: HostCo | Florist: Anna Wang | Chair Hire: Bargain Party Hire | Equipment Hire: Patti’s Hire | Gelato: Gelato Cart People | Celebrant & MC: Sydney Celebrant Glenn | String Trio: Classic Strings | DJ: Fave Events