Wedding Planner: Krista Pentikainen from Crown Plaza Hawkesbury Valley
Celebrant: Jane Brown Ceremonies
Photographer: Pepper Image Photo & Video
Caterer: Crown Plaza Hawkesbury Valley
Florist: Belinda Douglas Family friend
Cake: Caroline Youkhana Family friend
Invitations: Sare design
Jewelry: Angus and Coote online
Bridal Gown: Brides In Love
Formalwear: Connor online
Bridal Party Attire: Billy J
Ceremony Location: Crown plaza Hawkesbury Valley
Reception Location: Crown Plaza Hawkesbury Valley
Music/Entertainment: James from firstchoiceDjs
Rentals and Decor: Creatives by linda
Bride’s name: Allarnah Crosby Groom’s name: Charity Ung
Wedding Date: 19.12.2020 Number of guests: 50
How did you meet? What makes your mate a perfect
match? How was the question popped?
Charity and I meet online through mutual friends, Charity proposed on the 12.04.2020 in NYC as
we were on holidays, we had met up with my cousin who lived there and he showed us around
the city, we had spent all day out wondering around NYC, charity had asked my cousin where
would be the most magical place to propose, as we were sight-seeing and looking back at NYC
and seeing the city lights glow through the dark sky charity got on one knee and proposed
and my cousin captured it all.
How long were you engaged? Who helped plan? Did you hire a planner? What planning
tools did you use? Did The Pink Bride assist you in any way? What turned out to be
your best decision surrounding the big day?
We were engaged and married within the same year “CRAZY”, Alana is a very organized person
so she managed to plan everything with some help from friends, family, and also the guidance
from Krista who was the wedding coordinator at Crown Plaza Hawkesbury who was truly
amazing. Planning tools goes as far as Pinterest and the best decision surrounding the big day
was not to postpone it if possible due to COVID19.
Recap The Big Day: What made you cry? What were the most memorable
moments? What unexpected things happened that were not planned for?
What a day the 19.12.2020 was, I did get a little emotional about the weather as it was raining
and our ceremony was outside and I didn’t want to come to terms with not having it in my
dream location. However, as the time came to the ceremony it stopped for the required time we
needed for the ceremony and it turned out perfect. Things that made me laugh on the day were
actually getting our photos taken as we were all an awkward bunch of people but the photos from the team of Pepper Image
turned out to be perfect. The most memorable moments from our wedding were our first dance,
father-daughter dance and lastly, our wedding scraped through just before COVID restrictions
came back into place so we and all of our 50 guests got to mingle and dance the night away.
What was your vision/theme? How did you bring it to life?
The theme for the wedding was white, light pink, and emerald green and by going with
these colors in my vision it was elegant and it blended well with the nature that is
surrounded at the Crown Plaza Hawkesbury.
Where did you save big? Where did you splurge?
Our wedding budget was 25,000 for 80 guests, unfortunately, due to COVID, our numbers were
limited to 50 people so we saved money in that aspect. Where I splurged the most was for the wedding dress.
What is the best advice you can give a bride and groom planning their wedding?
My best advice to anyone is to take it all in slowly as the day goes by so quickly. But try not to
stress because at the end of the day you get to marry your best friend.