A nice day for noisy nup­tials

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

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,


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