The Culver Hotel wedding // Nic and Martyn

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Nic and Martyn live in Santa Monica and chose to have an intimate affair. They planned a simple yet elegant Culver Hotel wedding with the emphasis on celebrating their love in a relaxed atmosphere amongst a close group of family and friends – many of whom had travelled from Australia for the wedding. They wanted to be present, to eat, to drink, to take it all in for what it was, to be with all their favorite people and to be able to look back and smile at the whole experience. Nic’s gown was custom designed for her by her good friend, Elle who was also a guest. As dressed in the morning, she looked down to the seam noticing there was an inscription sewn in. The waterworks began when she read the message – something her and Martyn say to each other every day – it all became real at that moment, this was the day she was marrying her person. The ceremony was officiated by their good friend Hamish Parsons, and although it was over in the blink of an eye, the couple traversed a full landscape of emotions in a short period of time. As Nic and Martyn exited the lobby of The Culver Hotel as husband and wife, they were greeted, hugged, and squeezed by family members who all wanted a piece of the new couple. After a few family photos and some photos around the hotel with the couple exploring rooms and checking the soundness of the fire escape, they rejoined their guests for cocktails and dinner. The after dinner speeches and Martyn’s words to his new wife nearly brought everyone to tears. One snippet in particular really left an impression in my consciousness of the evening, when he just poured his heart out (in a tidy Australian accent mind you): “Nicole: I just love you sooooo much, ay.” And then they kissed. It was pure emotion.

“He’s my person in this big crazy world.” Nic and Martyn have an inspirational relationship and not because of anything extraordinary, they simply fit each other perfectly. As Nic put it, “we seemed to find ourselves always in each others company. And if we weren’t hanging out with each other – we wanted to be.” Fast forward 8 years and they still appear to enjoy hanging out together. Quite a bit.

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