A nice day for noisy nuptials
An enthusiastic reception at Long Reef Golf Club, perched on a headland with ocean views along the northern beaches, earned distinction from the venue hosts.
“The venue operators said it was one of the rowdiest weddings they had held all year,” Megan Wilson says. “We were so noisy and everyone had such good fun.”
Megan and her new husband, Alex Bolli, joined 120 guests, including a few of Meg’s extended family from the US, at the reception after their wedding ceremony on a headland lawn at Long Reef.
“When we walked in for the reception, all the guests joined us to do a shot of guava and vodka,” Megan says. “Then we also had guava champagne.”
Megan, a brand manager, and Alex, a paramedic, met in 2009 through mutual friends at a Stereosonic music concert at Moore Park.
Megan says she resisted Alex’s romantic overtures for about a year, before he convinced her to go on a dinner and movie date in October 2010. Megan says she loved “how nice Alex is, he cared about everyone and no one has ever said a bad word about him. He is really amazing.”
Alex says he had a lot of fun with Megan, sharing an enthusiasm for the beach and outdoors, as well as travel.
They spent the anniversary of their first date on a threemonth tour of the Caribbean and Cambodia, combined with a visit to Megan’s family in the US, where she was born.
“We moved to Germany when I was six, then moved to Australia when I was nine, so I grew up at Lane Cove,” she says. Alex’s father was born in Switzerland but settled in Australia, with Alex growing up at Hornsby.
In August 2016, Alex asked Megan to join him for a sunrise walk up Barrenjoey.
“That wasn’t so unusual, we enjoy outdoor activities,” Megan says. “Then I said, ‘Let’s go now, I’m hungry and tired’.
“Alex flatly refused, then he proposed with the sunrise behind him. It was lovely, and I was so shocked that I had to ask him to repeat what he said because I was crying so much and couldn’t hear him.”
Alex had told Megan that he loved her “more than anything in the world, will you marry me?”. He gave her a platinum ring set with a square-cut diamond between two aquamarines, which is Megan’s favourite gemstone.
She found her wedding dress, designed by Catherine R Couture, at Perfect Day Bridal at Willoughby. The winterwhite gown with lace bodice had a plunging neckline and back over a fitted satin skirt, falling to a fluted lace skirt.
“I am quite creative and I wanted something different,” Megan says. “I loved the heirloom lace on the bodice and skirt. I like to think that if I have daughters, they might not reuse the gown, but they could reuse the beautiful lace.”
Megan and Alex planned an outdoor ceremony on the northern beaches, “which we love”, and proceeded despite an overcast and drizzly day.
“It rained a little bit, but largely held off so it wasn’t too bad,” Megan says.
Reception entertainment included a DJ instructed to select rhythm and blues favourites. Megan and Alex danced their bridal waltz to If I Ain’t Got You, by Alicia Keys, leading guests to join them on the dance floor.
“There was so much love in the air,” Megan says. “People were so happy to be there.”
The only hiccup on the day was when a doughnut order, destined to fill a doughnut wall built by Alex and his brother, in lieu of dessert, did not arrive.
“The venue sent someone out to collect all they could, so we still filled the wall,” Megan says,