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De­cem­ber 16, 2018 Syd­ney, New South Wales, Aus­tralia Pho­tographed by Chloe Paul, David Mane, and Stu­dio Im­pres­sions

De­cem­ber 16, 2018 Syd­ney, New South Wales, Aus­tralia | Pho­tographed by Chloe Paul and Stu­dio Im­pres­sions

Tali Shein and Er­rol San­dler’s love story spans con­ti­nents. They met while at a cock­tail bar with mu­tual friends in London, where Er­rol was struck by Tali’s “beau­ti­ful smile and nat­u­ral beauty,” he re­mem­bers. Af­ter dat­ing for three years, he pro­posed on the snowy streets of New York. Fol­low­ing a month of en­joy­ing their new sta­tus as an en­gaged cou­ple, the pair spent the next 10 months plan­ning their nup­tials in their home of Syd­ney.

Work­ing with Philip Carr, who had or­ga­nized many events for the fam­ily of the bride, helped stream­line the process. A lo­cal art in­sti­tute made for the per­fect con­tem­po­rary space, es­pe­cially as it func­tioned as a blank can­vas for the ul­ti­mate de­sign choices. “We were also for­tu­nate that the Nick Cave ex­hi­bi­tion was on at the time, which cre­ated a fan­tas­tic wel­come for guests ar­riv­ing to the event,” adds Tali. She and her fi­ancé elected to ini­tially plan the big day around the re­cep­tion, and from there de­cided how the cer­e­mony should look. Bas­ing the color scheme on 1980s-in­spired co­ral and green, the re­cep­tion was to be filled with vi­brant hues, while the cer­e­mony would use white as a con­trast. “Lit­tle did we re­al­ize that Liv­ing Co­ral was to be­come the Pan­tone color of the year!” the bride ex­claims.

The retro-meets-mod­ern aes­thetic was first in­tro­duced with the in­vi­ta­tion suite and ke­tubah, both de­signed by Ceci New York and fea­tur­ing wa­ter­color pe­onies in co­ral sur­rounded by ver­dure. Though the crisp, white pal­ette of the cer­e­mony may lend it­self to a clas­sic and tra­di­tional vi­sion, the fi­nal look was much more con­tem­po­rary and be­fit­ting of the venue. Lucite col­umns adorned with over­sized alabaster pa­per flow­ers held up the tal­lit for the chup­pah. In ad­di­tion to the ivory can­is­ters glow­ing with can­dle­light, the blooms cre­ated a fun and artis­tic look for the Ortho­dox Jewish cer­e­mony.

Tali looked ethe­real as she walked down the aisle in a soft, flow­ing A-line gown with flo­ral ap­pliqués, clutch­ing an ar­range­ment of pe­onies as a He­brew cover of “La Vie en Rose” was per­formed. The band played ad­di­tional He­brew songs before the cer­e­mony started, as guests had ar­rived 30 min­utes prior to en­joy cock­tails and canapés before the pro­ces­sional com­menced. Fol­low­ing the “I dos,” the new­ly­weds re­cessed up the aisle and then cut the cake, which was dis­played in the back of the cer­e­mony space. A co­ral flower dec­o­rated the con­fec­tion and was the first sign of color for the rest of the cel­e­bra­tion. “While the guests watched the cake be­ing cut, the cur­tains opened be­hind them to re­veal the room,” the bride ex­plains of the grand en­trance to the ex­quis­ite re­cep­tion space.

Din­ing ta­bles and lounge ar­eas were in­ter­spersed through­out the venue in or­der to al­low at­ten­dees to min­gle with ease. Rather than fo­cus on in­di­vid­ual grand cen­ter­pieces on each ta­ble, the space was de­signed as a whole. An ombré ef­fect was cre­ated with ar­range­ments of flow­ers in white and in­creas­ingly darker shades of co­ral. Tra­di­tional Por­tuguese cab­bage plates helped add to the retro feel, as did lounge fur­ni­ture in mus­tard hues. The am­bi­ence was fur­ther ac­cen­tu­ated through palm trees, rose gar­lands, and wo­ven light­ing fix­tures that all filled the room of the art in­sti­tute.

“We tried to sat­isfy what guests are re­ally

look­ing for when they go to

a wed­ding.”

“We tried to sat­isfy what guests are re­ally look­ing for when they go to a wed­ding,” con­firms Tali. The unique dé­cor set the tone, but the plethora of de­li­cious food, three dessert op­tions, and lively en­ter­tain­ment helped to cre­ate a fun and mem­o­rable at­mos­phere. “Our band was un­be­liev­able,” gushes the bride. “They per­formed an eclec­tic blend of well-known songs de­liv­ered with all the char­ac­ter of the orig­i­nal and twice the en­ergy.” A par­tic­u­larly note­wor­thy per­for­mance was when Tali’s cousin joined the band to sing “Johnny B. Goode” to the fa­ther of the bride – which the groom cites as a high­light. Though the dance party had Er­rol wish­ing he had brought an ex­tra dress shirt, both the new­ly­weds were thrilled with their big day. Ad­vis­ing cou­ples plan­ning their own cel­e­bra­tion, Tali says, “Stop for a mo­ment and take it all in!”

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