Real Wedding: Emma & Kieran’s Formal Sydney Harbour Nuptials

We love everything about this formal Sydney wedding.

by Rebecca Hanley

THE BRIDE: Emma Iglesias, 26, human resources advisor
THE GROOM: Kieran Bateman, 26, site foreman
THE DATE: March 22


HOW THEY MET: “Kieran and I were friends first. We met as teenagers through mutual friends and moved in the same circles for a few years. We started dating in our early twenties.”

THE PROPOSAL: “Kieran organised a romantic dinner at Ripples at Whale Beach followed by a long walk down the beach. It was a beautiful night and we were alone on the beach. He got down on one knee in the sand, asked me to marry him and opened a ring box holding my gorgeous ring, which he designed and had made for me. I couldn’t stop crying, I was so happy! It was also the night of our four year anniversary. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect moment to be proposed to by the love of my life.”


THE PLANNING: “I did everything myself, I’m a bit of a control freak and I also really like to organise! It’s probably the Virgo in me. I wanted to do it all myself.”

THE INSPIRATION: “Our wedding didn’t exactly have a theme, but if I had to name one I’d say I was trying to aim for ‘simple elegance’. The day was about Kieran and I, so we wanted everything to complement us. We went with a more formal theme, soft colours and elegant designs, the flowers, bridesmaids, stationery and venue design all tied in together. For colours, we went with pastels – pinks, peach and light browns.”

THE STATIONERY: “All of our wedding stationery was prepared by Pure Invites. We met with them to discuss the colours and layout we wanted and they designed our invitations, RSVP cards, menus, place cards and thank you cards. It was great getting everything from the same provider – it made the process very simple. Our invitations were very formal, cream in colour with black cursive font and a light pink ribbon tied around to match the bridesmaid’s dresses and the flowers on the day.”

THE WEDDING DRESS: “My dress was Pronovias. It was full lace, off white, mermaid style, with a long train. The dress itself was strapless and fitted down just past the hips, it then fanned out.”




“I wore a lace bolero over the top covering my shoulders and neck, it had beautiful pearl buttons down the back.”


“I wore a long veil at the church.”


THE ACCESSORIES: “I wore white lace peep toe shoes which I designed at Shoes Of Prey. These had blue lining on the inside (my something blue).”


“The only jewellery I wore was my engagement ring and some pearl drop earrings which I borrowed from my mum (my something borrowed).” 


“I wore Miss Dior Cherie perfume, which was a fragrance I used to wear a lot when Kieran and I first started dating – it was one of his favourites.”


THE HAIR: “I had a low chignon, with the veil pinned into the top. As my dress was quite detailed I wanted to keep my hair simple, staying with the ‘simple elegance’ theme.”

THE BRIDESMAIDS: I had five bridesmaids. Each girl wore the same dress, which we purchased from Bridesmaids Only in Double Bay. The dresses were a very light pink, full length with sheer material covering the neck. They hung loosely as I wanted all the girls to be comfortable on the day. All my bridesmaids were different heights, skin tone and sizes so I wanted to choose a dress that complemented everyone.”


“The girls that I chose to be in my bridal party were all friends that I had special one-on-one friendships with, and I knew that it would be so much fun having them be a part of our special day. My maid of honour was my best friend – there was really no question when I had to choose who I wanted standing next to me when I got married! My advice to any bride would be that is really important to choose people that know you really well and know how important the day is for you.” 


THE BOUQUETS: “All the bouquets for the bridesmaids were the same – a mix of white and pale pink roses and a few buds. My bouquet was predominantly white roses. I chose roses because I have always loved them.”



THE GROOM & GROOMSMEN: “We had the suits for the groom and groomsmen made at Just For Him in Beecroft. We hired the waist coats, handkerchiefs and ties from Just For Him, but purchased the shirts and suits for the boys. There were five groomsmen; Kieran’s two brothers, my brother and Kieran’s two best friends. One of Kieran’s best friends whom he had grown up with from childhood was the best man.”



THE TRANSPORT: “We had three Princess limousines to drive the bridal party to the church, to the photos and then to the reception. We then jumped in a Bentley getaway car which drove us home after the reception had ended.”



THE CEREMONY: “Our ceremony was held at St Thomas’ Anglican Church in North Sydney. I’s always wanted to get married in a beautiful stone church with stained glass windows, and I like the history of old buildings too. The building is enormous and absolutely stunning inside.”



THE CEREMONY PROGRAMS: “We had ceremony programs which my maid of honour designed for us; they had a photo of Kieran and I on the front from our engagement photo shoot and details of how the ceremony would progress within.”


CEREMONY DECOR: “The ceremony was held in a beautiful sandstone church with high vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained glass windows and a huge organ. The church itself didn’t need much work to prepare for the wedding ceremony as it was already beautiful. The reverend and his wife set up flowers next to the altar and had pew ribbons tied in bows on every second pew along the aisle. We had Pachelbel’s Canon playing when I walked down the aisle and other classical music for the signing of the registry.”








THE RECEPTION: “We chose Zest at Mosman. We looked at many venues, but for us none could compare to this one. We wanted a venue with a water view and Zest definitely has this! It was also the most versatile of all the venues that we looked at. The wedding coordinator was also fantastic; even before we had booked we had a great feeling about her. We knew that we would be well looked after and that we weren’t just going to be ‘another wedding’, which was also really important!”


RECEPTION DÉCOR: “The reception venue, Zest, was both indoor and outdoor. The evening started with canapés and drinks on the balcony, overlooking the water near the Spit Bridge at Mosman. We had standard beer, wine, champagne and soft drinks, spirits could be ordered from the bar. The signature aspect of the wedding was probably a huge Spanish paella pan that was set up on the balcony for pre reception drinks and canapés with the chef serving guests small bowls of paella. My side of the family is Spanish so I wanted to add a Spanish touch to the wedding. Guests then moved inside the venue for a sit-down dinner.”


THE  TABLES: “The room had a long formal bridal table at the front, with the bridal party facing the guests. We had two large pedestal flower arrangements at either end of the bridal table (tall conical vases placed on a tall white pedestal), the flower arrangements in these were beautiful open white hippiastrums, white garden roses, tuberose, pale pink dahlias muted hydrangeas, with trailing green amaranthus.”


“Guests were seated on rectangular tables of 10, positioned around the dance floor in a U-shape. Each of the guest tables had a long trough vase filled with beautiful antique roses, pale pink dahlias, muted hydrangea flowers, white hyacinth and sahara roses, white freesias. Each trough vase was then surrounded by a mixture of bud vases, and shot glasses filled with flowers to compliment main vase.”


THE MENU: “We had a roaming dessert, which was a fantastic alternative to a sit down dessert, as by the time dessert was served most people were up and out of their seats so it kept the atmosphere of the night going rather than forcing people back to their tables in order to eat dessert.”


THE WEDDING CAKE: “We had a three-tier wedding cake, which was dirty iced with butter cream icing and fresh flowers cascading down from the top. The bottom tier was hummingbird, the second tier was vanilla (we kept the top tier – it’s frozen and we will be eating it on our one year anniversary!).”


THE MUSIC: “We had done dance lessons leading up to our wedding – so we had a fully choreographed dance to perform on the night. It was nothing too fancy, a few dips, some waltzing, some twirling. We wanted to do something special. The song we chose for our first dance was Christina Perri’s A Thousand Years. We danced half the song as a couple and then the second half I danced with my dad and Kieran danced with his mum. We had a DJ playing for the duration of the night, he was taking requests and that got everyone up on the dance floor. We did the traditional bouquet toss – Beyonce’s All The Single Ladies played for that.””


THE HONEYMOON: “We went to Hawaii for two weeks. We left the day after our wedding, and visited Maui, Honululu and Kauai for an awesome topical getaway with heaps of relaxing!”



Photography: SugarLove Weddings
Ceremony venue: St Thomas Anglican Church, North Sydney
Reception venue: Zest
Wedding dress: Pronovias from Brides Of Beecroft
Veil: Brides Of Beecroft
Shoes: Shoes Of Prey
Hair: Doreen Gatt
Makeup: About Face
Bridesmaid dresses: Bridesmaids Only
Formalwear: Just For Him
Invitations: Pure Invites
Flowers: Brides In Bloom and Maggie May Flowers
Cake: Brides In Bloom
Transport: Wedding Cars Of Distinction
Reception music: Sincopa
Videography: SodaFilms


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED SUPPLIERS: “All my suppliers were great, however if I had to pick a top two they would be Pure Invites and Wedding Cars Of Distinction. Pure Invites made organising our wedding stationery an absolute delight. They were very helpful with design and very responsive to all emails. Every time a product was ready for collection, they would email and follow up with a phone call. Nothing was in the too hard basket for them – it was all about the client and I felt like we were in such safe hands with them!”

“We also loved Wedding Cars of Distinction – the drivers were fantastic on the day, the whole process of booking was so streamlined, and the owners were a pleasure to deal with. There was champagne and nibbles set up by the drivers when we had photos – every little detail had been accounted for, and they made everything so special for us!”

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