Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Studio Olympia Favourite Wedding:
Clarissa & James


Clarissa and James met during an audition. James was casting new singers 
for the opera group ‘Encore’. After a long and exhausting day during which 
James had not been able to find the singer he wanted, Clarissa, the final 
soprano came in.

Her beauty instantly blew James away and his next hope was that she could sing. He was not disappointed. James offered Clarissa the role on the spot. Over the next few months, Clarissa and James worked side by side for long hours.

What began as a shared passion for music soon developed into a passion and love for each other.

Then, when Clarissa was contracted to perform in Melbourne it happened to be when James was also working in Melbourne on a project for his theatre production company, Encore Production House. The timing was perfect, and James couldn’t think of a better opportunity to propose to Clarissa.


Carrying a dozen striking red roses, James met Clarissa at Melbourne Airport before heading down to Studley Park Boathouse in Fairfield. Clarissa was under the impression that they were going to have a quick bite to eat before heading to the venue and hopping into a little boat.

James had organised a portable CD player to take with them in the boat, and when the pair finally reached calm waters, he wasted not another minute: he pushed play and proposed.



While travelling abroad on tour, Clarissa and James had experienced many wonderful and romantic locations. However, they decided that their special day should be shared with their family and close friends at home in Australia. 

That decision made, there was no reason to look any further than a little church in Hunters Hill, the Holy Name of Mary Parish Catholic Church, where their families had spent many happy times celebrating numerous special occasions.


Clarissa’s gown, veil and jewellery were all made for her in Kobe, Japan – and after a relaxed morning spent getting ready, Clarissa arrived at the church in her stunning Abiste creation. The gown’s gorgeously beaded sweetheart bodice gave way to a full skirt that floated around Clarissa’s waist, which was accentuated by a plain black sash. 

James looked dashing in a Giorgio Armani suit, accessorised with a pleated white shirt and black bow tie. 


After the couple had exchanged their vows before 140 guests, the celebration moved on to the Royal Automobile Club in Circular Quay, just a short stroll from the Sydney Opera House. It was the perfect location for Clarissa and James’ reception, given that it was so close to the iconic Australian landmark that had inspired both their dreams and careers.


During the reception, the couple’s guests were treated to a spectacular performance from the Encore vocal group, with whom Clarissa regularly performs, before a romantic first dance to Somewhere from the musical, 
Westside Story.



Following their fairytale wedding, Clarissa and James were scheduled to 
leave for a two-week honeymoon. However, two days after the wedding, 
Opera Australia invited Clarissa to join the company for a tour scheduled to commence immediately. 

Because of a commitment to their art and an understanding of its demands is a shared bond, the couple decided to postpone their honeymoon to allow Clarissa to take advantage of this wonderful offer.

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