From the Bride...To be honest when my husband Jon first proposed I wanted to elope in New York....The idea of planning a wedding simply scared me! After a couple weeks of negotiation we reached a compromise - a) I could go dress shopping in New York and b) our wedding didn't have to be fussy, frilly or boring...but it did have to be in Melbourne. I'm so glad I listened because the night couldn't have been more perfect for us!
From the start both Jon and I were equally involved in the planning which was actually really lovely. We chose one of our favorite restaurants (Circa) in St Kilda as our venue and took a lot of our inspirational cues from its Art Deco styling. We decided early in the planning process to be very hands on and designed our own invitations (A1 poster size no less...the only complaint was that they didn't fit on the fridge!), table numbers, sparkler cards and event signage. We also came up with our flower arrangements and used wine buckets on the tables filled with hydrangeas to add softness to the tables without being fussy. Everything was quite modern and simple - we wanted the little touches to stand out.
I'm a HUGE fan of chocolate so two of the most important things for me were the cake and our lolly table. As far as I was concerned no lolly table would mean no wedding. The lolly table was absolutely the hit of the night and there weren't many moments when it wasn't surrounded by guests refilling their bags. (Which we also made - muslin bags and ink stamps...too easy!) Our cake was made by Fran from The Cake School and I'm still in love with it.
Jon was so patient through the planning process and diligently looked at all the SMP links I sent him with ideas - vetoing me when I got carried away or mildly obsessed. He also kept his promise about dress shopping in New York and did not complain once as I made him trudge up and down Madison Avenue before deciding I really didn't want a "real" wedding dress and heading towards the East Village!
The night itself was everything I came to realize I would want it to be. It was simple and modern. It wasn't fussy or frilly... it wasn't big and it wasn't traditional. It was quintessentially us. There had been thunderstorms the night before but, as is typical for Melbourne weather, it all cleared and was a perfectly balmy night to celebrate with friends and family. Sharing (and showing off!) this night we had spent so much time and energy on planning was just so much fun. I also discovered a new way to apply my minor obsession with organization and spreadsheets (I'm a banker...don't judge) and have since helped both my sister and a friend plan their weddings.
I'm so grateful that we got to start our marriage with such a fun and lovely night...and that we had a wonderful photographer who captured it so well I can look back and remind myself just how brilliant the night was for us.
Wedding Photography: Lars Paysen Photography / Floral Design: Armadale Flowers / Ceremony + Reception Location: The Prince Deck at Circa / Invitations: DIY / Bride's Shoes: Marc Jacobs / Wedding Dress: Phillip Lim 3.1 / Bridesmaid Dresses: Aurelio Costerella / Groom's Suit: Valentino / Paper Poms: Prost to the Host / Cake: Fran McGregor at The Cake School / Hair & Make-Up: Allure Face & Body