RHIANNA + JAMES
27 MARCH 2015
A heartfelt proposal was the beginning of not just a special day but a special styling journey to the wedding of Rhianna Baxter and James Bruscella.
After five years of dating, James got down on one knee and popped the question to not only his love, but also Rhianna’s daughter Mia.
“There were so many happy tears when he asked me to be his wife,” Rhianna remembers.
“Then, like the gentleman he is, he revealed a second box from his pocket and asked Mia if she would be his stepdaughter. This completely blew my mind!”
Rhianna and James gave themselves a year to plan their big day, which they themed as a whimsicallyromantic backyard garden party. Their Highton home was their inspiration, so the couple kept their styling aspects natural and earthy, incorporating lots of timber and classy hints of gold.
Together, they built a marquee and, filled with beautiful festoon lights, it became the perfect place for dancing. Their hashtag for social media sharing – #howmuchfundowehave – was the finishing touch for the pair’s vision.
The wow factor came with the ceremony space – they installed a walkway over their pool acting as the gorgeous aisle. Including their loved ones was important for the couple, who asked each of their 89 guests to wear either black or white.
“My favourite moment was sharing our vows as we looked back at our incredible family and friends – they all looked sharp in black and white,” says
Rhianna, who was a vision in a custom-made delicate long-sleeve lace Berta gown.
But style, class and a divine naked cake aside, newlywed Rhianna has some lovely words of advice for brides-to-be.
“Make your marriage more beautiful than your wedding,” she says, smiling.
WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Ceremony: Couple’s home
Reception: Couple’s home
Catering: Pink Saffron
Wedding stylist/planner: Nomad Styling
Videographer: Foto Jojo
Shoes: Charlotte Olympia
Hair: Blondie hair + cosmetica
Make-up: Aura Health and Beauty
Cake: Ladybird Cakes
Flowers: She’s a wildflower
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Zimmermann
Suits: Calibre and Eddy Elias Menswear
Rings: Charles Rose
Transport: Murrell Group Limousines
Entertainment: Harp Sash Love and DJ Rod G
Stationery: Print Fairy
Celebrant: Belinda McPherson
Prop hire: Dann Event Hire
Honeymoon: US, Cancun and Bora Bora
Rhianna and James, pictured here, are one of our Real Wedding couples in our new edition of
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