From the Bride...We always knew that we wanted to have our ceremony in a place that meant something to us and that was unique in the sense that nobody else had married there before. So choosing my mother's newly renovated 1930's house in Hawthorn was an easy decision to make! The girls and I got ready upstairs which made for a no-stress and relaxing morning and the staircase provided the perfect entry for the ceremony. I walked down the aisle to 'Arabesque' by Debussy which is the song I always knew I'd walk down the aisle to. Our ceremony was short and sweet and my beautiful sister read a poem she had written for us which was a really special moment.
It was raining all day but luckily it held off while we were getting our photos in the gardens! We chose the Port Melbourne Yacht Club as our reception venue for its endless ocean views. Being great lovers of the beach and the sea, the venue spoke volumes of our relaxed personalities. We definitely did not want a 'curtain and carpets' formal kind of set up!
Music is a subject close to both of our hearts so having our friends' jazz band play for the first part of the reception was absolutely perfect! But we also had a few hours of our favorite 60's, 70's & 80's hits on the iPod for dancing later which was so much fun.
When it came to the flowers I wanted them to look very natural as though they'd just been picked and randomly put into jars, accompanied by tea-light candles. Lilacs, delphiniums and roses were what I went with as the colors tied in to the lilac color of the bridesmaid dresses and the colors of my bouquet.
Aaron and I both really love lollies so choosing personalized rock candy as our bonbonniere was a no brainer! I sourced the jars myself online, had the 'Love Is Sweet' stickers made on Etsy and chose the material myself to top them off - they also doubled as the guest place cards. It took quite a while for them to come together but the end result was great and everyone loved them!
Instead of a traditional guestbook, I found these amazing vintage style Penguin Publishing postcards from Anthropologie which we displayed on a table for our guests to sign. Reading through them the next day was so much fun and there were a few tears, and lots of laughter.
We had the most perfect day and everything went to plan and we are both enjoying married life more and more every day!
Wedding Photography: Tom Blachford Photography / Floral Design: The Lone Hydrangea / Event Design + Planning: The Bride / Ceremony Location: Private Residence / Reception Location: The Port Melbourne Yacht Club / Invitations: Speedgraphic / Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Wedding Dress: Aire Barcelona / Bridesmaid Dresses: Lisa Brown / Hairpiece: Stephanie Browne / Groom's Suit: Peter Jackson / Wedding Cake: Love At First Bite