David and Farina met in a bar in the Sydney CBD. After nearly a decade of happy memories together, David surprised Farina with a beautiful proposal at Milton House gardens in Bowral, NSW. The couple were walking through the gardens when they came upon a string quartet playing, and David went down on one knee. He proposed with a custom-made classic solitaire round cut diamond engagement ring in yellow gold.
Soon after the proposal, David and Farina began planning their big day. They ended up successfully organising the entire wedding themselves. The couple chose to have a romantic, formal wedding with a white theme as it’s both of their favourite colour.
THE BRIDE: Farina Farahbakhsh, 34, finance professional
THE GROOM: David Parsons, 33, investment advisor
THE DATE: 7th March
THE LOCATION: Sydney
THE NUMBER OF GUESTS: 50
THE WEDDING DRESS – Farina wanted to go for a traditional wedding dress with an elegant point of difference. She chose a custom-made Pallas Couture white gown with a train and veil. Her wedding dress was complemented by jewellery by Victoria Buckley, and she wore her hair in a gorgeous up-do with a plaited spiral.
THE BRIDESMAIDS – Farina’s sister served as her maid of honour, and Davi’s sister was a bridesmaid. The girls wore long white strapless dresses made by a friend.
THE FLOWER GIRLS – Two of the groom’s nieces served as flower girls. Both girls wore long white tulle dresses with white stockings and shoes. They had flower crowns in their hair and carried small white bouquets.
THE FLOWERS – Farina and her bridesmaids carried bouquets made of white David Austin roses. There were also two large floral vase arrangements at the altar.
THE GROOMSMEN: David’s brother served as his best man and a friend was the second groomsman. All wore classic morning suits in charcoal.
THE CEREMONY: The wedding ceremony was held at St Mark’s church in Darling Point on the 10 year anniversary of when David and Farina first met. The couple chose this space as it’s a beautiful church close to where they live.
The church was decorated with white flowers by Susan Avery, and a string quartet played for guests. The service was formal, with David and Farina reciting traditional wedding vows.
THE TRANSPORT: The bridal party travelled from the ceremony to the reception in antique white Bentleys.
THE RECEPTION: Following the wedding ceremony, a reception was held at Dunbar House in Watsons Bay. “We have spent a lot of time in Watsons Bay with great memories,” says David.
THE FIRST DANCE: David and Farina’s first dance was to “Love” by John Lennon. They performed a well-rehearsed slow routine.
THE WEDDING CAKE: Guests were treated to a three-tier white wedding cake by Sweet Art.
THE WEDDING SUPPLIERS:
Ceremony venue: St Marks church, Darling Point
Reception venue: Dunbar House, Watsons Bay
Wedding dress: Pallas Couture, Paddington
Veil: Pallas Couture, Paddington
Rings: Victoria Buckley, Sydney
Shoes: Benjamin Adams London
Hair: Carly Wood Wedding Hair, Sydney
Makeup: Christina Cleary Makeup Artist, Sydney
Invitations: Willowlane, Double Bay
Flowers: Susan Avery, Paddington
Catering: Dunbar House, Watsons Bay
Wedding cake: Sweet Art, Paddington
Bomboniere: Willowlane, Double Bay
Transport: Variety Wedding Cars
What do you think of this amazing wedding, Knotties?
by Rebecca Hanley