When Lana first got in touch over a year ago, I wasn’t sure I’d still be in town to photograph her wedding to James. We decided to pencil it in lightly, and confirm closer to the date. I moved to Darwin, then Melbourne, and a few months ago I got in touch with her again. I am SO glad I did, because she’d just confirmed a booking with her dream venue, The Idolize Spiegeltent in the Garden of Unearthly Delights (part of the Adelaide Fringe Festival). I knew I had to do it!
Lana shared a little about her choice of venue:
James and I both have performer backgrounds (James an actor of 10 years and myself a singer) so when we dreamed about our day we wanted a space that felt right for us. We are quirky, both of us are involved in Roller Derby. We both love the Festival season in Adelaide in February/March so the Spiegeltent inside the Garden of Unearthly Delights was our dream location. The Idolize Spiegeltent is a 100 year old baroque inspired tent that travels the world. It has stained glass windows, ornately carved wood and of course, mirrors. This was the first time this particular Spiegeltent (there’s 4 in the world) had ever been to Adelaide. We are also the only people to have ever been married inside the Idolize Spiegeltent. We look forward to visiting our wedding venue somewhere else around the world (like Paris or Edinburgh or New York) in the years to come.
“I can’t think of a better group of people to have been a part of our bridal party. They made us laugh and feel so loved. Dancing and playing around with them in the garden during our photos was a definite highlight of our day. The groomsmen were particularly cheeky being complete hams in front of the camera. One of my favourite photos of James and I the boys have photo bombed.”
From James: “It was generally a wonderful day but I really valued the moment in the Ferris Wheel with just my new wife! I highly recommend scheduling a moment soon after the ceremony for some time together, without the guests or even the photographer, just a few minutes to spend as a couple. It’s the only time you’ll have alone all day! I’m so glad we stuck to our guns and did it the way we wanted to and didn’t bow to pressure and expectation. It really made it our day with no regrets.”
“If it’s not fun, don’t do it. That was our agreed mantra for our day and for the whole planning process! We first and foremost wanted it to be fun not just on the day but in the planning. If it wasn’t fun organising it then we didn’t want it involved in our wedding.”
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