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Elise and Nic’s magical waterside wedding

To say we’re excited about Elise and Nic’s magical waterside wedding is an understatement. This darling couple have been loved-up for so long, it feels like we’ve been waiting forever for them to finally get hitched. Elise and Nic were supposed to be married in May 2020, however the first round of Covid-lockdowns in Sydney had other plans for them. After postponing their plans for 12 months, Elise and Nic finally tied the knot in Sydney’s Northern Beaches in May 2021. Duke was there to help them celebrate, providing the perfect wedding music from their Ceremony to the Dance floor. Here’s the shimmy on how their magical wedding day went down. We say a huge thank you to Charlotte Exton Photography for these gorgeous images.

About their Ceremony

Nothing brings us more joy than a peaceful and romantic Ceremony location that sings with a sense or reverie. From the moment we set eyes on their Ceremony location we couldn’t help being taken aback by the serenity. McCarr’s Creek Reserve in Church Point is dappled by tall Spotted Gum Trees and runs beside a rocky shore and sandy beach. It also extends into larger bushland areas in the National Park. This setting provided the perfect backdrop for Elise and Nic to share their vows and be married.

Their Ceremony was elegantly styled by the wonderful team from Little Lane Events and their impeccable eye for detail. We know many readers will be vying for some of the styling crafted by Little Lane for Elise’s wedding day, but to be fair she did have a slight wedding advantage, being one of the Little Lane Team members herself! Her unique taste and flair for styling and all things weddings resonates throughout their entire wedding day, as you can see.

Elise and Nic’s magical waterside wedding Ceremony was officiated by the lovely Lisa Parker from Married By Lisa. She’s arguably one of our most favourite Celebrants. Lisa takes great pride in creating beautiful, bespoke Ceremonies delivered with joy, warmth, and professionalism. She’s a pleasure to work beside and we’re a great team.

Our Duke duo performed live throughout their Ceremony, with Elise walking down the aisle to our rendition of ‘Feels Like Home’ by Chantal Kreviazuk (one of our favourite songs). During their Signing guests chatted amongst themselves as we performed our version of ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’ (you can listen to it here). Warmly congratulated by Lisa and formally introduced as Husband and Wife, Elise and Nic recessed down the Aisle together to our rendition of ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’ by The Blues Brothers. Our song carried them through to their Champagne tower which was the perfect way to celebrate their newly minted marriage.

Josie and Tim are the best in the biz. I’d heard them perform many times at weddings I was working at and they were so good that I booked them for my own and didn’t even consider anyone else. Not only are they incredibly skilled and incredibly professional musicians, but they’re also so much fun and just great people. They made sure our wedding day had an epic soundtrack – and they made it seem effortless! Couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

– Elise and Nic

Off For Photos

About their Wedding Reception

The handiwork of Little Lane Events continued to impress us as we arrived at Elise and Nic’s wedding Reception. BYRA was transformed into a magical, awe-inspiring, wedding wonderland. From the floral arrangements, to the styling pieces, to the lighting and ambience.. It’s hard to imagine BYRA being a sailing club in any way at all! Congratulations to Little Lane Events for this wonderful transformation. It was the perfect setting for Elise and Nic to see their wedding celebrations from day into night.

Our Duke duo continued to perform throughout their Canapes-style Reception to provide a mix of pop hits and classic covers to warm everyone’s hearts and help liquify the evening. If there was such a thing as the perfect speeches, Elise and Nic’s friends and family had exactly those, with just a touch of the theatrical. Elise’s two best mates surprised her with a rendition of a song they had all performed together years before, in their high school musical. It was such a delight to see them sharing such a special moment together.

When it came time to kick their heels up, Elise and Nic opened the dance floor by sharing their first dance to ‘I’m So In The Love With You’ by Ball Park Music. Josie’s DJ skills rolled everyone on into the night with a rocking mix of 90’s + 00’s bangers, dappled with some epic country singalongs and pop hits.

Thank you to Elise and Nic for having Duke Music be a part of your wedding day. It was our joy to perform for you.

Elise and Nic’s Wedding Vendors;

Live Music – Duke Duo + DJ
Celebrant – Married By Lisa
Photography – Charlotte Exton
Styling and Coordination – Little Lane Events
Videography – Story Of Us

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Alex and Phil’s intimate Freshwater wedding day

With many of our Clients wedding plans being impacted by Covid-19, we’ve seen our fair share of cancellations, postponements, and re-schedules. But planning your wedding day in 3 weeks takes the (wedding) cake! Alex and Phil achieved this very feat, and with bucket loads of success and good spirits to boot.

Getting ready..

Alex’ wedding look

Alex’ look was wonderfully elegant in her Suzanne Harward Couture ‘Aurora’ gown. Iconic Melbourne Designer Suzanne Harward has been creating breathtaking couture wedding gowns and red-carpet dresses for more than four decades. She specialises in made-to-measure and ready-to-wear lines that exhibit the finest quality in luxurious textiles and complex couture construction techniques. Her ‘Aurora’ gown is a part of her limited-edition Utopia collection of never to be repeated handmade couture gowns.

Alexandra and her Bridesmaids carried exquisite bouquets made by White House Flowers in the Northern Beaches. The delicate array of white Roses and Orchids, were later perfectly complemented by the floral styling at the Reception (more to come on that, later!).

At their Freshwater Ceremony by the beach, feat Duke Duo.

Coming down the Aisle

All eyes were on Alex as she gracefully made her way down the Aisle to Duke’s rendition of ‘Sea Of Love’ by Cat Power. Met by Phil, they were all smiles whilst their Celebrant Mary-Louise indulged us in some novel history about Freshwater, before marrying our lovely couple in a relaxed Ceremony (we should mention, she’s also a Relationship Coach, a Yoga Teacher, and a JP – impressive!).

Phil and Alex celebrated to the sounds of Duke’s cover of Ho Hey by The Lumineers, to the throws of petals and cheers by their nearest and dearest.

Alex and Phil’s Reception.
It’s time to begin!

Covid, who?

As we mentioned earlier, pulling together the plans for a wedding in just 3 weeks is no mean feat. After Covid changed their original plans, once the restrictions eased in NSW Alex and Phil didn’t hesitate to bring together the day of their dreams. We think it came together with finesse and grace – well done Alex and Phil! Ok, onto the exciting stuff..

Hi Josie and Tim, 

Phil and I would love to thank you so much for doing such a fantastic job at our wedding! The music was perfect at every stage of the evening and totally made the event! 

We also wanted to thank you for transitioning to silent disco later in the evening – we weren’t sure how it was going to work but I think it’s safe to say it was an absolute hit!

Alex and Phil

Making their wedding day uniquely theirs

Entering their Reception to ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’ by Hall and Oats, our Duke Duo went straight on to play a beautiful mix of current pop hits and classics while guests enjoyed Entree and Mains service. (We caught a tasty glimpse of the menu with our crew meal, which was the most exceptional fillet of Snapper we’ve ever eaten!).

After an obligatory round of hilarious and heartwarming speeches, Alex and Phil cut their cake then made their way to the Dance-Floor for their First Dance. We were honoured to perform an acoustic version of Beyonce’s ‘Love On Top’ (you can check out the version, here). We hadn’t ever heard this version until we were asked by Alex and Phil to learn it for their wedding day, we highly recommend you have a listen if you’re looking for something a little familiar but also very unique.

Once the Dance-floor opened, the party kicked into gear!

Although there are some sound-restrictions at Pilu (which are in place in full respect of the neighbours and surrounding community) no body can stand in the way of a dancefloor when there’s a silent disco! Thanks to the team at Silent Rave, Alex and Phil and all their guests were all able to celebrate like there’s no tomorrow to Josie’s DJ bangers.

Thank you so much to Alex and Phil for having us be part of your wonderful wedding day at Freshwater. We had such a blast playing live and DJ’ing for you!

Thank you to Jason Corroto for these wonderful photos. Be sure to scroll to the end of this blog post to check out Alex and Phil’s full list of incredible vendors who helped to make their special day!



Alex and Phil’s vendors include;

Live Music and DJ – Duke Music – www.dukemusic.com.au
Photographer – Jason Corroto – www.jasoncorrotophoto.com
Kombis – Kombi Weddings – www.kombiweddings.com
Makeup – Aleisha Johnson Makeup – www.aleishajohnson.com
Hair – Courtney Hurst – www.courtneyhurst.com.au
Dress – Suzanne Harward – www.suzanneharward.com
Flowers – White House Flowers – www.whitehouseflowers.com.au
Venue – Pilu – www.pilu.com.au
Celebrant – Mary-Louise – www.freshiecelebrant.com
Silent Disco Headphones – Silent Rave – www.Silentrave.com.au

Alex and Phil’s Wedding was also featured in Together Journal. Head to this link to check it out.