Real Wedding: Alyce & Sebastien


When Alyce and Sebastien’s wedding hit the QB desks, one thing was sure – it was the epitome of fairytale glam. That gorgeous Darb gown, luxe cathedral ceremony, incredible styling, and masses of blooms all around seriously stole our hearts. And then we got to reading, and our hearts were stolen once more. This wedding was full of special touches that spoke to their love and devotion. From Sebastien learning a Ukrainian dance for his Ukranian bride-to-be, to Alyce making sure the ceremony and reception had portions of French for her groom’s New Caledonian family… the love and devotion of this pair was evident all around.


Date: October 4, 2014

The Couple: Alyce & Sebastien Carpin

No. of Guests: 180

First Dance Song: A Thousand Years, Christina Perri

Location: St John’s Cathedral and Sofitel, Brisbane

Theme: Fairytale Glamour

Photographer: Justin Taylor from Chris Hall Photography























How did you meet?
We met at the Gallery of Modern Art through a friend about a week before Valentine’s Day in 2012, when we went to the Matisse – Drawing Life exhibition.

Tell us about the proposal…
While my fiancé had many grand plans, things didn’t work out so well for him. He took me to Sydney and had planned to propose on a boat on the Harbour. However, there was really bad weather leading up to the planned time, so he wasn’t able to book this. Instead, he reserved tables at a restaurant called the Flying Fish, and booked us into a large suite at the Shangri La. It rained so heavily on the night we went to dinner that the restaurant started to flood! Our umbrella was also stolen, and we were cramped next to another couple having a romantic night so it wasn’t a good place for a proposal. He didn’t propose that night (for which I was grateful – I’m shy and didn’t like the idea of a public proposal!).

The next morning when we woke up, the weather had cleared up. I was sitting in the bay window of the hotel room overlooking the harbour. He bent down on one knee and proposed. We then went to breakfast as an engaged couple and spent the rest of the day announcing the news to our family. It actually turned out to be perfect, despite the mishaps!

Why did you choose St John’s Cathedral for your wedding?
We had two reasons. Firstly, when I was a little girl I used to go to St John’s Cathedral with my grandfather for the annual choral festivals, and I would always imagine getting married there. Secondly, when Sebastien and I were first dating we drove past the Cathedral one day and out of the blue, he mentioned he thought the church was beautiful and that he’d like to get married there one day.

Key Styling Inspiration
I love gold and I love flowers, so we needed to incorporate both. I chose the bridesmaids’ dresses first to choose the colour theme for the wedding. I didn’t have a colour in mind, so we chose dresses that all the girls liked. We also knew we wanted to have the groomsmen in navy suits so this was also included in the theme.

DIY Details
We made cake boxes as they were the gifts for the wedding; however, most everything else was done by suppliers.

Where did you splurge & where did you save?
We splurged on mostly everything! I am the only daughter, and my brother is disabled so probably will not get married. My dad is also in remission from cancer so it was a real celebration for us. We wanted to make it a big event for our whole family.

What gifts did you give your guests?
We had a photo booth, lolly bar and gave our cake out in boxes.

What was the funniest moment of the day?
The speeches were hilarious!

What was the most special memory from the day?
When I walked down the aisle – Sebastien started to cry.

What did you do for your honeymoon?
The friend who introduced us is getting married in Japan this December, so we’re going to Japan and then to New York in the New Year for our honeymoon.

Special thanks to…
Our parents, especially my mother, and all of the suppliers who helped us on the day.

Do you have any advice for other brides-to-be?
1. Enjoy every moment of the planning! Once it’s over, you’ll have to wait for your daughter (if you’re lucky enough to have one) to plan such a great event again.

2. Don’t be afraid to get your groom involved – they’ll probably love it!

Ceremony: St Johns Cathedral
Reception: Sofitel
Gown: DARB
Bridesmaid Attire: Carla Zampatti
Groom's Suit: Wil Valour
Groomsmen Attire: Wil Valour
Coordinator: Catrin Parnell- Sofitel
Decorator: Styled Events
Flowers: Always Fabulous
Hair: Webster & Wood
Makeup: Powder Room
Cake: Sweetums
Caterer: Sofitel
Transport: Classic Benz
Stationery: Invitation House
Music: Sex and Chocolate
Photographer: Justin Taylor - Chris Hall Photography
Videographer: Dreamlife
Hens: Urbane
Honeymoon: Japan and America
Celebrant: Venerable Gary Harch
Engagement Ring: Stones Jewellers
Bride's Wedding Ring: Gillett's
Groom's Wedding Ring: Gillett's

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