There is no denying that designer Rachel Gilbert’s entrance to her wedding reception at Catalina, Rose Bay, was dramatic. But it didn’t involve a risqué bridal gown, losing a shoe or tripping as she exited the wedding car. Instead the drama was created by linen. For the bride was kept hidden under a flurry of white linen sheets and huge golf umbrellas – a veritable white wall created by a gaggle of security guards and the bridal party.
So, instead of gracing the social pages with a piece on the glamour and romance of her marriage to TV presenter, Tom Williams, Gilbert’s story became about the extreme lengths the pair would go to in order to keep their wedding private.
Some online commentators ridiculed the couple for going to this extent, for while it was well known that they signed an exclusive deal for their wedding images to appear in OK Magazine, it certainly didn’t seem like the most elegant way for any bride to arrive at her wedding celebrations. But, regardless of their public profile, the pair certainly did have the right to privacy on their wedding day, and the right to choose who had access to their official wedding shots.
Could OK Magazine even cheekily tipped off the photographer with a time and location for these ‘sheet and feet’ shots? After all the ensuing stories have been wonderful promotion for their upcoming magazine story!
But somehow, despite all Gilbert & William’s efforts, a picture did emerge of the newlyweds on the day, so as it’s readily available online already we thought we’d share it with you. She is wearing what appears to be one of her creations, strapless, mermaid with a feathers floating around the base completing the design, while Williams looks smitten with his new wife. (Visit out Wedding Dress Galleries – Mermaid section to see other similar silhouettes).
Other details that are known include that the ceremony was held at the chapel at exclusive girl’s school Kincoppal Rose Bay, attended by approximately 100 guests. After the wedding dinner, which was held at at Catalina’s, guests went on to party into the night at Bar Pelicano in Double Bay. Gilbert’s hen’s party luncheon was held the week earlier at Icebergs in Bondi Beach.
PR girl about Sydney, Roxy Jacenko – who can claim the title of matchmaker having introduced the pair – was a bridesmaid, while Gilbert’s sister Vanessa Gilbert held the title of maid of honour. Both ladies wore Rachel Gilbert gowns in a sparkling iced champagne shade. High profile guests included radio celebs Tim “Rosso” Ross, Merrick Watts and Ryan “Fitzy” Fitzgerald.
The day following the event the newlyweds were spotted sunning themselves happily for all to see poolside at the Park Hyatt in Sydney, where they chose to stay the night of the nuptials, before they jetted off to the Maldives for their honeymoon.
Q. Do you feel Gilbert & Williams went too far in order to ‘cover up’ the bride?
by Alicia Richardson