Our Real Wedding today comes from the talented folks at The Distillery.  You can meet them and see their awesome printing press in action at One Fine Day in Sydney this weekend!

First meeting seven years ago at university, David proposed to Ellen on the beach during a romantic kayaking date. She said ‘Yes!’ and so began the journey towards their wedding day.

As any newly engaged couple would find, there are always so many aspects to consider and balance when planning. Ellen and David chose to highlight their love of family, food and each other, while creating a unique combination of modern love and tradition.

Author of the food blog ‘Talk & Spoon’, Ellen works in the events industry, and her love and knowledge of food and entertaining led the couple hosting their wedding reception at Mr Wong in Sydney’s CBD. Drawing on their time living in Hong Kong together, an eleven-course banquet was designed by the talented chef, Dan Hong, incorporating an exciting mix of both eastern and western cuisine.

Announcing their wedding day to all their family and friends was always going to be special, and Ellen and David worked with The Distillery to custom design their stationery suite. Their vision was a clean and minimalist design, celebrating organic tones and their respective eastern and western family. Highlighted in key stationery design elements was the Chinese double-happiness character signifying family togetherness and prosperity, alongside a calligraphy monogram of the couple’s initials. Gracefully set amongst detailed floral illustrations, the monogram was also featured throughout the styling of their day.

Following the wedding ceremony at St Philip’s Church, Ellen and David participated in a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony, where tea was offered to respective parents to express gratitude. Highlighting the transition between the two ceremonies and reception, Ellen prepared three dresses to mark each occasion. Her gorgeous white wedding gown was replaced with a traditional ornate Chinese tea ceremony dress, with a final switch to a stunning red gown for the reception. Instead of making a grand entrance as husband and wife, Ellen and David elected to arrive at the reception entrance early and personally greet each guest.

The reception was a lavish, generous and warm celebration. Each guest was welcomed to their seat with a custom place card, bespoke engraved chopsticks and letterpress printed menu announcing the nights culinary delights. Beautiful floral arrangements crafted by The Boutierre Girls adorned each table. At the conclusion of the banquet, a selection of jaw-dropping cakes was served, prepared by the infamous Andy Bowdy Pastry.


Sometimes a wedding is able to able to surprise and delight, leaving guests to marvel at such high standards. No doubt successful in this department, what always matters most is the warmth of a special celebration amongst family and friends. This is something Ellen and David will forever cherish together.

Stationery: Celebrations by The Distillery
Reception: Mr Wong
Photographer: Jo Bartholomew
Floral Styling: Boutierre Girls