A seaside ceremony with Natalia Milosz-Piekarska
When jeweller Natalia Milosz-Piekarska recently married her husband, Jeremy, she envisaged a relaxed, outdoor wedding filled with friends and warm ocean air. Planning the whole event themselves, the two chose a seaside venue and asked guests to bring a plate of food to share, in lieu of gifts. Natalia even designed her own sapphire and diamond engagement ring, and wedding bands for two. She tells us in her own words.
"Having been together for a good little while now and with two kids under our belt, for us a wedding was mostly about the affirmation and celebration of what we already have," says Natalia.
"We wanted to have a party with our family, close friends and wonderful local community. We tried to keep it casual and relaxed. We live on the Mornington Peninsula coast, and love the sea, so having it by the water at the Flinders Yacht Club was a perfect mix of warm salty air and low key vibes.
"DIY’ing a wedding – even a super casual one – actually took a lot of planning, and doing that around work and family life proved quite stressful at times, but it paid off. The day was wonderful, and totally us! We asked our guests to bring a plate of food to share instead of gifts. We had the most incredible spread – best catering ever!
"I made both our rings. My engagement ring has three stones: the central one is a beautiful ocean-coloured Australian Parti Sapphire flanked by two Champagne Diamonds. The sapphire represents Jeremy and I, the two diamonds our two little munchkins.
"For my wedding ring I got Jeremy and the kids involved. I had them press their fingers into the wax, then had it cast. There’s lovely little fingerprints all over it. I then threw a spray of diamonds into it... because sparkle!
"Jeremy’s ring is a plain yellow gold band with some subtle worn texture. He wanted something substantial, but comfortable. He asked for the outside of the band be fairly plain, but for the inside to have my fingerprints pressed into it. It’s a private little touch.
"It was important for us to be able to create something really meaningful and personal with our rings. After all the fanfare of wedding planning is over, and the big day is done and dusted, it’s the one physical symbol and reminder that you get to carry with you throughout your days.
"I think investing some thought and heart into your rings makes them extra special."
Such a beautiful story, thank you for sharing with us Natalia! Discover Natalia's works here.