A Chiswick Love Story
Yvette & Lawrence Foster
How did your proposal unfold?
We were on holiday in Italy on the Amalfi coast. It was early in the morning and we were going for a sunrise swim. While sitting and taking it all in, just before we jumped in the water, Lawrence proposed. I was very surprised – particularly because he’d managed to hide the ring for a week in Sicily without me knowing!
What month did you get married?
Why did you choose to say ‘I Do’ to Chiswick At The Gallery?
Chiswick in Woollahra is Yvette’s favourite restaurant. She has had her birthday there every year since she moved to Sydney. When we started planning our wedding, we decided that the quality of the food and drinks was probably the most important aspect of our night. We wanted the reception to feel like a big dinner party, as our friendship groups always cook for each other! This is why we chose a collective shared menu at Chiswick at the Gallery. First of all, the food and wines are amazing. Also, the space is so unique - the gallery and Wollomolloo wharf as a back drop and the adjoining function space made it perfect to cater for the whole wedding in one place. Not to mention we didn’t need to worry about weather!
Can you please describe your wedding ceremony at Chiswick At The Gallery?
Picture perfect! It was raining lightly as Yvette and her bridesmaids, flower girl and father arrived at the venue. As a result, we had a double rainbow to add to our backdrop when we exchanged our vows. We had a 5-piece jazz band playing during our ceremony which was beautiful and really complimented the feel of the Gallery. While Lawrence and I were taking couples photos in the Gallery, our guests enjoyed canapes and cocktails in the function space while the jazz band continued to play. It was all really easy and seamless.
Styling is key for a successful and beautiful wedding reception; can you please describe the style of yours?
Our style is classic and pared back. We don’t like too much fuss or colour! This was what we loved about the venue too – it is a beautiful space that actually doesn’t need much! We did have a florist who did a couple of big feature arrangements, which were beautiful. Her brief was whites, cream and greenery. This fit in with Chiswick’s aesthetic really nicely.
Yvette, tell us about your beautiful wedding grown?
I wanted a big ribbon in my hair and a big veil, so I went for a simple, ivory strapless gown. We drove past a bridal shop when Lawrence and I were going to the Northern beaches to visit his parents – I bought a wedding dress, and he (bored out of his brains) bought a wetsuit 2 shops down!
Do you both have a strong love for the Art Gallery of New South Wales?
We do now!
What was significant about marrying each other amongst some of the most incredible and unique art pieces in the world?
It made our photos quite unique and effortless. You don’t need to try too hard when you have that much beauty around you! Our photographer Alex Carlyle met us at the Gallery for a drink when we were still in the planning stages. She was very excited to shoot in the space! It did feel quite surreal to be amongst all of those gorgeous artworks – we felt really lucky that we’d scored the venue for our big day.
What was the highlight of your wedding with us?
Mine was watching Yvette walk down the aisle to me (Lawrence). Mine was noticing that all of our friends and family looked just as excited as we did to be there! And of course, the moment after we were pronounced as husband and wife – I got a little emotional! (Yvette)
We all know great food and wine gathers family and friends together, what was the most memorable dish?
To be honest, we couldn’t pick. The food was spectacular. Maybe the fish! Our guests still comment on how amazing the food was. What we wanted most was for everyone to enjoy a night of feasting with us and be able to cater to everyone’s taste in food and drink and I believe we nailed it.