GE­OR­GIA + ALEX

THE CHARM OF THE NSW SOUTH­ERN HIGH­LANDS IN­SPIRES A COU­PLE TO CRE­ATE THEIR PER­FECT CEL­E­BRA­TION.

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A stylist and a chef cel­e­brate with friends and fam­ily in the NSW South­ern High­lands.

AN WANTED “WE Y ECEREMON INTIMAT ECEPTION .” R ANDAFUN

IT TOOK MONTHS of sit­ting alone — wait­ing, hop­ing — in each other’s favourite Viet­namese restau­rants be­fore Syd­ney cou­ple Ge­or­gia Ash­down and Alex Watts were fi­nally able to act on their mu­tual at­trac­tion. Ini­tially in­tro­duced by friends, the cou­ple — Ge­or­gia, 38, a stylist, Alex, 40, a chef and owner of Run­ci­ble Spoon cafe in Cam­per­down — share a love of food, and their wed­ding, proved the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to launch the ca­ter­ing and events arm of their pop­u­lar foodie blog, Dish-pig. “We wanted an in­ti­mate cer­e­mony and a fun re­cep­tion,” Ge­or­gia says of their NSW South­ern High­lands wed­ding, which started with a cer­e­mony with fam­ily in the ram­bling gar­dens of Red Cow Farm in Sut­ton For­est, and ended with friends at a buf­fet-style re­cep­tion at the Glen­quarry Peace Me­mo­rial Hall. Din­ner was served in a mar­quee on the back lawn: “The food was great,” says Ge­or­gia. “Alex spent months pre­par­ing the menu.” A bar and rock­a­billy band added to the at­mos­phere. Ge­or­gia’s styling for the day was in­spired by the coun­try set­ting and the cot­ton-linen nap­kins she had made as bom­boniere. Th­ese fea­ture prints from tex­tile de­signer and friend Em­i­lie Ca­cace of Andéol, and have “a bit of a whim­si­cal, Aus­traliana feel to them,” says Ge­or­gia. The nap­kins also be­came a ref­er­ence for florist Se­lena Mur­ray, who cre­ated ar­range­ments with a hand­picked feel. The cou­ple’s two-and-a-half-year-old daugh­ter, Gigi, and Alex’s chil­dren, Noah, seven, and Arthur, six, played an im­por­tant part, as did the long list of friends and fam­ily who helped cre­ate a day Ge­or­gia and Alex call “mag­i­cal”.

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