This wedding is super cool, super stylish, super relaxed and best of all, super fun! We have never featured a wedding with a piñata before, but we now feel that every wedding should have one! Kirstie and Emilio’s wedding at The Grounds of Alexandria is just amazing (can you tell we love it?!).

The wedding reception looks so relaxed and fun; the long banqueting tables where guests feasted on the most delicious looking food set the scene for the relaxed atmosphere. The incredible hanging baskets, beautiful floral centrepieces and cute pot plants were the perfect decor for the day, not to mention the really cool ‘I Got You Babe’ illuminated sign that made a great backdrop for the pictures.

Bridal party throwing confetti in the air

We adore Kirstie’s Oscar de la Renta wedding dress. It’s so simple, feminine and stylish, and it is complemented so well with the bridesmaids’ beautiful silver-grey dresses.

Lara Hotz was the lady who captured this wedding, and her pictures tell such a beautiful story of Kirstie and Emilio’s fabulous day.

The Strongest Friendship

“Emilio and I met in our first lecture at uni. I was sitting behind him, he turned around and started a conversation, and the rest is history. We got along so well and spent so much time together. I think that’s the reason we make such a great team — our relationship is founded on the strongest friendship.

Wedding dress hanging at end of hallway

Bride having make-up done Bride's floral crown

Bridal bouquet with white flowers

Bridesmaids pulling out bride's train Back of bride's wedding dress being fastened

Bride in Oscar de la Renta wedding dress

Bride walking down street to wedding

“Emilio proposed while we were away for a glamping getaway for his birthday. From the very beginning I was suspecting he might pop the question, especially when we went on a hike followed by a romantic picnic by the beach. However, he didn’t propose then!

Groomsmen in blue suits

Holding wedding order of service Mercedes wedding car

St Mark's Drummoyne church

Bride walking down aisle

Groom waiting at altar

Bride and groom joining hands at altar

Vicar giving ladies candles at beginning of wedding ceremony

Wedding ceremony in St Mark's Drummoyne church

Wedding reading Inside St Mark's Drummoyne church

Bride and groom exchanging wedding vows

Bride laughing

Bride and groom kiss Bride touching groom's face

“In the end he actually caught me completely off guard. Late that evening I came out of the shower and Emilio was down on one knee. He was surrounded by candles and had a pink diamond ring in his hand. I managed to say yes between the happy tears, and laughter at the fact that he had actually surprised me after all!”

Bride and groom leaving wedding ceremony

Bridal party and wedding guests outside church

Drinks on counter

Bridal party toast

Snacks on table

Bridal party sitting together having snacks

Bride and groom walking

Bride holding bouquet standing with groom

Bride's bouquet

Organised and Talented

“I have no idea what we would have done without our photographer, Lara. Emilio and I are like deer in the headlights when we are in the spotlight or in front of a camera. But Lara is one of the most organised and talented people we have ever met. We have nothing but praise for her, and she truly went above and beyond.

Bride and groom linking arms

Bride and groom's shadows on ground

Bridal party in front of large door

Bridesmaids throwing bouquets in air

Bridal party watching bride and groom kiss

Bridal party showing shoes

Bride and groom sitting on window ledge

Bride and groom's shoes

Bride and groom in wedding car

Bride's hand on groom's knee

Bride holding ice cream

Different flavours of ice cream

Bridal party eating ice cream

Bride and groom walking holding hands

Parrot on groom's hand

“I also want to mention my make-up artist, Liv Lundelius. Her passion for honest, natural make-up is so refreshing. I felt so beautiful and, most importantly, I felt like myself.”

Bride and groom with parrot

Bride and bridesmaids sitting

Bride and groom blowing confetti from hands

Bride and groom laughing after blowing confetti

Wooden signs at The Grounds of Alexandria The Grounds sign

Bride and groom sitting

Bride and bridesmaids holding out bouquets

Bride laughing next to goat

The Atrium Garden Terrace sign in window

Tray of beer Tray of wine

The Grounds of Alexandria

“Long before we were even engaged I knew that I wanted to have our wedding at The Grounds of Alexandria. It’s one of our favourite spaces.

Wedding tables in The Grounds of Alexandria

Long wedding table

Simple wedding table styling Flowers in bottles

Wedding table flowers

Wedding tables in The Grounds of Alexandria Wedding menu

Lighting over wedding table

Centrepiece on long wedding table Napkin on wedding table

Hanging greenery over wedding table

Candles on wedding table Bride and groom piñata

Wedding food


Olives Meat selection

Colourful veg

Cheese and walnuts

Wedding cake table

White wedding cake Jars

“Our favourite detail from the day was the ‘I Got You Babe’ sign. It was a stunning backdrop to our first dance, and it illuminated the room beautifully.

I Got Your Babe illuminated sign

Bridesmaid speech

Best man speech

Groom wiping tear from eye

Mother of the bride speech

Groom wedding speech

Bride wedding speech

Bride and groom cutting wedding cake

Wedding band

Bride and groom wedding dance

Couple's first dance at wedding

“Our family and friends helped us make a few things, including the bride and groom piñatas. They were so tough to crack though we ended up tearing them to shreds!”

Bride putting on blindfold

Bride hitting piñata

Bride breaking piñata

Bride and groom holding emoji face masks over their faces

Bride and groom at The Grounds of Alexandria at night

Photography: Lara Hotz Photography

Ceremony Venue: St Mark’s Drummoyne, New South Wales

Reception Venue, Wedding Planner, Catering and Cake: The Grounds of Alexandria, New South Wales

Videographer: Light Noise Films

Bride’s Dress: Oscar de la Renta

Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Fur Shrug: Unreal Fur

Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway

Bridesmaid Shoes: Shoes of Prey and Forever New

Hair and Make-Up: Liv Lundelius

Flowers: The Grounds Florals By Silva

Decorations: The Love Sign

Entertainment: Jasmine Strings, Fiona Treloar and The White Tree Band

Transport: Vintage and Classic Car Hire and Luxury Wedding Cars