Real Weddings

Just Married: Sarra + David


Boy meets girl at camp, boy falls for girl, boy and girl finally end up together – it’s a plot we’ve seen in plenty of teen rom-coms, right? For Sarra and David, their story wasn’t too different beginning nine years ago at a church youth camp in Sydney. “David said it was love at first sight for him,” laughs Sarra. “I just thought he was cute.” Spoiler alert: he gets the girl.

After leaving camp, Sarra returned to Brisbane while David stayed in Sydney – but that didn’t stop them from forming a friendship and (eventually) a relationship. “From when we first met, he was trying to get my number. I refused, but then he got it from my cousin without me knowing!” laughs Sarra. “From then, we were in a long distance relationship. It was so hard but we visited each other as much as possible and spoke to each other every day.”

Years later, on a fateful weekend in 2015, David asked Sarra to join him in Sydney. “He called me and said, ‘We need to talk, how soon can you get here?’,” says Sarra. Thinking he was breaking up with her, she reluctantly flew down. When she arrived, David announced that their special “chat” would have to wait, as his priest had asked David to give a last-minute talk at an out-of-the-way youth camp. The couple headed out there, but instead it was filled with people, the campsite was lit up by a large heart made of candles. Inside the heart was an arch – made by David and his father, no less – adorned with fairy lights and flowers.

Sarra quickly realised that David was proposing: “He chose to pop the question in the exact same spot where he first laid eyes on me at camp all those years ago!” You’ve got to give the man points for romance (not to mention, memory!).

Having spent their fair share of time apart already, the two couldn’t wait to tie the knot and decided to set the date just 10 months later. Dedicating themselves to planning, Sarra and David – with the help of their wedding styling team – put together an opulent celebration that embraced their culture and families. “We had our wedding stylist, Sophie, and her team from Fleur Events fly from Sydney with their huge floral chandeliers and wisteria canopy,” says Sarra. “They worked ridiculously hard to bring everything together perfectly.”

With every detail seen to, it didn’t take long for the wedding day, 15 October 2016, to arrive. After spending the morning getting ready with her bridal party, Sarra was about to walk down the aisle of Brisbane’s Greek Orthodox Church of St George when two of her flowergirls had a bit of a meltdown. “The youngest two – who were two years old at the time – freaked out when they saw so many people in the church,” laughs Sarra. “They started screaming at the top of their lungs and didn’t want to walk in, which consequently held up the procession.”

Thankfully, the rest of the ceremony went without a hitch and Sarra and David said “I do”. After being pronounced husband and wife, the two moved the celebrations to the Royal International Convention Centre, which had been adorned with glittering floor installations and candles. “Seeing our planning come to life on the night was just spectacular and magical,” says Sarra.

Paying homage to their Egyptian backgrounds, Sarra and David entered their reception accompanied by traditional drummers – an event that got everyone on their feet. “David and I got up on the stage and started dancing high on the podium, while all our guests were grooving on the dance floor below us,” Sarra remembers. “The lights, the music and seeing the people we love having an awesome time – put all of that together and it was just a surreal, wonderful experience.”

Delicious food, plenty of dancing and hilarious speeches made the night hard to forget – especially the speech from one of Sarra’s brothers, who made it his mission to score a date by the end of the night. Let’s just say he got plenty of offers and everyone was in very high spirits. “There was so much love and happiness in the air, and everyone said it was the most beautiful wedding they had ever been to,” says Sarra. “That made the day even more special to us, because all of our loved ones got to share in our joy.”

Sarra getting readyDavid and his groomsmenLast minute adjustmentsThe handsome groomPutting some lipstick onYeah the boys!The bride and her flowergirlsThe bride and her parentsThe stunning churchDavid and his mumThe bride making her entranceThe first lookWalking down the aisleThe wedding of Sarra + DavidThe wedding of Sarra + DavidThe bride and groomThe wedding of Sarra + DavidDavid + his groomsmenSarra and her bridesmaidsThe bride and groomReception celebrationsLet's get the party started!Father daughter danceFirst dance as newlywedsThe wedding of Sarra + David

BRIDE’S LITTLE BLACK BOOK: Dress: Wendy Makin // Shoes: Nine West // Bridesmaid dresses: Anna’s Dressmaking and Alterations // Hair: Ella & Jade // Makeup: Janise Chan, Briana Meawad, Sophie Maffina // Flowers: Fleur Events // Groomsmen suits: Belvedere Suits // Rings: Diamond World Jewellers // Ceremony: Greek Orthodox Church of St George, South Brisbane // Reception:Royal International Convention Centre // Cake: Holly Eloise Cake Artist // Photography: Evernew Studio //

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