Gigi: A KYHA Bride
Georgia Myer, although everyone calls me Gigi.
Well we have three (technically). I wonder if that means we can celebrate three anniversaries a year? We signed the paperwork on the 19th of November 2021 with just two witnesses. Then an intimate ceremony and reception was held on the 15th of January 2022, followed by a more significant cocktail celebration the next day on the 16th of January 2022. There is some debate between Ed and myself as to which date is our actual anniversary. I will let you all make up your minds.
NUMBER OF GUESTS
A much loved, private family home located in Toorak, Victoria.
YOUR LOVE STORY
We were set up on a blind date! Our gorgeous mutual friend Elliot Garnaut was the mastermind. He and I used to work together, whilst he and Ed were longtime close friends.
I was 7 months out from my last relationship and hadn't been on a date yet. Ed had spotted me on Elliot's Instagram a few times, and EJ decided that it was about time that we were introduced / I got back out there. Elliot's logic for the introduction was that we were both nice, single people hardly a science. (But it worked).
It was 2019, and we met for cocktails at a bar named in the city and followed on with dinner at Bar Margaux. The night was effortless and filled with great banter and chemistry. We went on our second date the next day, opting for a walk in the rain with the dogs.
Ed proposed to me on his 30th birthday while out riding horses (one of our favorite activities together and a shared passion). He had arranged for us to spend the weekend celebrating with family and friends. It was a complete surprise; truthfully, I spent the remainder of the following week trying to catch up with everything that had unfolded. I'm sure I was out of my body when he got down on one knee.
FINDING YOUR DRESS
Initially, Ed and I decided on a 50-person wedding (which grew to 80 when travel restrictions eased). We wanted just our nearest and dearest. That set the tone for me in terms of a dress. I had a hunch that I wanted a fabulous mini dress. I had a few inspirations, most of which harked back to cocktail dresses from the 50s and 60s. However, I loved the structure of a few Chanel dresses I had seen in the past.
I must mention my deep appreciation for the Kyha Studio family. I wouldn't have changed a thing about my experience from beginning to end. I felt seen and heard; and Kyha, along with her exceptionally talented team of artisans worked closely with me to design a dress that embodied me and my style. Nothing speaks more than the feeling I got when I put on my dress and walked down the aisle, feeling authentically like me.
THE INSPIRATION AND AESTHETIC FOR THE DAY
We cared more about the feeling of the day than we did about the exact decor. Our words of inspiration to the Big Group were, "we want everyone to leave feeling as if they've just been on a great first date with us." I guess our first dates, in a lot of ways played as the inspiration. We were very lucky to host the night at Cranlana. The house itself was also a huge inspiration as we lent into its historic and charming aesthetic.
FLOWERS AND THE STYLING NOTES
For the ceremony, we opted for a garden wedding, with the front entrance to the house as the main backdrop. We wanted the florals to be complementary and understated. As for the reception that was held inside the house. Again, we enjoyed the charm of the house being the main focus. I'd describe my taste as masculine than pretty, and so is Ed's. So we worked around the concept of adding palm trees into the wood-paneled dining room while keeping the tables free of florals but rather a simple white table cloth and table lamps. An essential inspiration for the night was Ralph's Polo Lounge in NYC.
The non-negotiables were simple, and we were adamant that we wanted to bring the house to life, like the parties it has hosted in times gone by. And above all, that feeling I described earlier; we wanted everyone to feel the intimacy of the night and that they had been on a fabulous date with us.
There are so many.
Having Elliot conduct the ceremony for us. Having him, one of our best friends, officiating the ceremony with Saint Laurent love heart sunglasses on was the last word!
After the ceremony and photos, a quiet drink with Ed, but before the reception started.
Sitting, laughing on the verandah under a full moon with some of my oldest girlfriends, just chatting about all things.
Leaving the night with Ed in a taxi as husband and wife. (That epitomizes us as a couple; up for fun but fundamentally very grounded).
Honestly, the whole night was a highlight. It was everything we hoped for.HONEYMOONING
We left 3 days after our ceremony on a skiing adventure. We stopped in Switzerland first. Visiting Zurich, Verbier and Arosa. Followed by a week in San Cassiano, in the Dolomites, a few days in Venice, and then three days of rest in Dubai. We laugh because we hadn't been on a trip together as we met not long before Covid broke out. It's nice to know that we aren't a disaster outside of Australia.
A WORD OF ADVICE
Nobody remembers what the salt and pepper shakers looked like. Focus on the big picture; the mood, how you want people to feel, that's what you and they will remember most.
Dress: The dress words will never adequately describe my dress and how utterly perfect it is. It is a treasured heirloom for me now. Kyha and her team crafted a dress that surpasses trends. To me, it is truly timeless.
In a nutshell, it is a structured mini dress with fluted long sleeves made of Duchess Satin and adorned with statement beading. The Kyha team worked closely with their artisans in India to craft the bespoke beads.
The look was completed with beaded white gloves and a show stopper veil.
Shoes: My shoes too were Duchess Satin slingbacks with jeweled detailing by Aminah Abdul Jillil. @aminahjillilJewelry: None, other than my engagement ring and simple gold wedding band. There was no need. The dress was the hero.
Hair + Makeup: I wore my hair up and back in a slick high bun crafted by Karlose James. @KarlosejamessalonAs for makeup I went to the master Chantelle Baker and left her to do her thing. I have known her for many years and trusted her implicitly. @chantellebaker
Bridesmaids' Dresses: My bridesmaids wore custom black velvet jumpsuits by my very talented mother-in-law Fiona Myer at White Story. They were long sleeve, wide legs, with a sexy deep v neckline, and cinched in at the waist with a silk tie that simply wrapped and knotted. @white_story
Wedding Planner: Bruce Keebaugh, Steff D'Alberto & Samantha Gilham from The Big Group.
Location: Toorak, Victoria
Florist: Gina Lasker of @Georgie.boy_
Photographer: Eugene Canty & Ben Jones of @northbrookagency
Videographer: I was determined not to have one of those cheesy, overly romanticized, contrived wedding videos and @northbrookagency delivered.
Celebrant: November '21 @mattfinchcelebrant got us officially married and @elliotgarnaut officiated our ceremony in January '22.
Cake: None, we opted for a choice of three desserts.
Stationary: Sophie Viska @viskapaper
Other special mentions: Our very supportive families for their support and generosity in helping Ed and me celebrate our love.