Livia & Dean’s Sydney Centennial Picnic Wedding

Livia & Dean hosted a gorgeous picnic wedding in Sydney’s Centennial Park, complete with a hockey sticks, a competition involving cupcakes, and purple jacaranda trees.

“Dean tells me every day that he loves me. Often, he’ll use the phrase “don’t forget how much I love you” which is what I have engraved in my wedding band.” – Livia

When I first met Liv & Dean, they gave me a very clear brief: jacarandas. They said “we’re getting married in November, which is Jacaranda season. We would love some photos with the beautiful purple trees that are so iconic to Sydney”.

In addition, they gave me a rundown on their most anticipated part of the day: the Spalierstehen.

The Spalierstehen is one of the most practised wedding traditions in Switzerland. After the wedding ceremony, the guests get up and form an honour guard, a sort of “tunnel”, holding up various items that reflect the couple’s hobbies and interests. The couple then walk through into their new shared life.

“I find it hilarious (and endearing) that Liv’s worst nightmares often revolve around scenarios of inefficiency or disorganisation. She’ll wake up with a look of panic only to laugh that her nightmare involved someone doing something inefficiently where she couldn’t intervene.” – Dean

As you scroll, keep an eye out for the cupcakes and see if you can read the sign. It says “Who”ll find the chünig? Dean & Livia got engaged on January 6th – Three Kings’ Day in Switzerland. On this day, we share “Three Kings’ Cake” – whoever finds the plastic king wins a crown and is King/Queen for the day! Good luck!

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