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I’m pretty sure I could live and die in the flowers behind this gorgeous wedding. They are perfect. Utterly perfect. And the adorable story, the stunning backdrop, the great music choices and the totally smitten couple just make it all the sweeter. With images from Oy Photography, this is one of those wedding that will have you smiling from beginning to end. Full gallery here!
How We Met: Aaron’s sister works with a mutual friend of mine, and they decided to play matchmaking! It all came about as I was complaining to this friend I couldn’t find anyone who suited to me, which later came up in conversation with Aaron’s sister, when they had a light bulb moment to set us up. A blind date was arranged and the rest is history!
The Proposal: We had planned a weekend in the Dandenong Ranges to celebrate our one-year anniversary. We had promised no gifts, but I couldn’t help myself! As we strolled through the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, I presented Aaron with a journal titled “Our Year” – filled with our top songs for the year, each song containing an entry that I wrote as to why each song meant something to us, along with the playlist that I had organized on his phone for us to listen to that weekend. After reading through the journal, we were about to head back for a coffee when Aaron quite casually said, “I was going to ask you later…but…” there was a pause for about 10 seconds, he got quite nervous and serious and I just froze, everything seemed so still and crazy at the same time. I had a massive lump in my throat. He just remained silent. ‘Well what, what is it you wanted to ask?!’ I managed to get out. The silence was killing me. ‘Well I was going to ask if you’d marry me’. I burst into tears and eventually I managed to nod a few times, before continuing the water works. It was the happiest moment of my life. Aaron told me he actually planned to propose that evening, he had nice wine and food organized at our cottage, but he just thought this was a good moment. Very Aaron. Very calm and collected and casual. The rest of the day was an absolute blur. I don’t think I came back down to earth until a few weeks later!
Our Inspiration: Our theme was rustic/earthy/provincial. The rustic, earthy element reflects our love of nature and the desire for our wedding to be a laid back, yet celebratory affair. We spend a lot of time bush walking, and I am also a keen gardener, so that earthy feel very much represents who we are. The provincial element comes through as a reflection of our wedding venue, Wattle Park Chalet, the oldest operating wedding venue in Melbourne. The chalet is a beautiful, grand hall and we wanted to let it speak for itself, and honor the surrounding garden and parkland. Our ceremony was held in the chalet’s garden, filled with roses, overlooking a backdrop of gumtrees, the combination of elegance and rustic bushland was the perfect setting for us to marry.
Our Flowers: I feel our wedding theme was ultimately captured through the stunning work of our florist, Mary, founder of Flower Bird. The flowers spoke of our love of native bush, reflected the surrounds of Wattle Park and managed to work in cohesion with the color palette of the bridal party. The bouquets were a mix of native and European flowers, each with a mighty king protea, my favorite flower. Mary went to great lengths to source these king proteas, they were scarce due to the time of the year. Proteas were plotted around the chalet, and it was just such a lovely surprise. She completely surpassed my expectations. She even incorporated succulents tastefully throughout the floral decoration to tie in with our bonbonnieres, which were individual succulents in biodegradable pots for each guest to take home and plant. The floral design pulled every idea and element of our wedding together. The flowers were the medium of all that we could ever wish our wedding to be.
Our Cake: Our cake was a three tier flourless chocolate cake, a crowd favorite. Mary, did a wonderful job decorating the cake with a mix of succulents, roses and natives, tying in with the bouquets and other floral decorations at the venue. The cake was placed on a huge elm log board, sourced by my horticulturalist friend, which in the future we will use as the ultimate cheese board!
Our Music: Both being music lovers, we wanted to make all music very personal. Aaron’s talented cousin played acoustic guitar throughout the ceremony, which sounded beautiful. Aaron and I then created playlists for each stage of the occasion, from the prelude, canapés, background music during meals and dancing. For the prelude and canapés we chose music from a range of our favorite artists including Paul Kelly, The Beatles, The Waifs, Cat Power and Ben Harper. We wanted a mix of our favorite songs. Dinner music mainly consisted of classic soul songs from Otis Redding, Al Green, Nina Simone and Curtis Mayfield. The partying mix was a compilation of new and old hits, the classic songs that get everyone up and dancing! Our first dance was to ‘Take Me Out of This World’, by Jordie Lane, one of my favorite musicians. Our bridal entry was to the Game of Thrones theme song! It’s our favorite show and Aaron insisted we do it, so I just went along with it! The music made the whole event, we wanted a relaxed affair and for everyone to kick up their heels and have a good time. We wanted the way we felt on our wedding day be an extension to the guests, ecstatic, incredibly grateful and ultimately filled with love.
Our Ceremony: A memorable moment of the day for me occurred during the ceremony, hearing the celebrant speak of our story. She did a wonderful job of compiling information from both of us, and listening to how our wedding day came to be was like fast-forwarding the past nearly two years since we had met, and have it sped up to this moment in time. It was surreal and amazing to have all these memories wash over me of significant times we had spent, and then be standing in a wedding dress, with all our family and friends, about to marry. It was a surreal moment, I had to stop and think, wow, this is really happening!
Photography: Oy Photography | Floral Design: Flower Bird | Wedding Dress: Zimmermann | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann | Hair & Makeup: Runway Hair & Beauty Studio | Venue: Wattle Park Chalet | Photography - Assistance: Wilari Tedjosiswoyo
I’m currently smack-dab in the middle of helping my mother find THE perfect dress for my sister’s upcoming wedding and, let me tell you, loves… it hasn’t been easy. Which is why I plan on sending her to Living Silk the second I am done telling you how very, very awesome they are. I’m talking hand-crafted bespoke attire in rich silk fabric that will wow every last one of your guests.
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Stealing a quiet moment after the ceremony is pretty darn romantic and these newlyweds are just the proof. Relishing their new titles with a Flowermee bouquet and a farmers market coffee break, Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne was behind the lens to capture each sweet moment. Reunited with their guests the party that ensued at Hare & Grace is evident with every joyful image in the gallery here.
From The Bride…When I first ventured out to look for my dress I tried the usual trek down High St in Melbourne and couldn’t find anything that suited me – it just kept looking like I was wearing a fancy dress costume. My mom and I decided that I should have something made for me instead. I’d seen Kyha’s work on a friend’s dress, so I headed in there and met with her. We were both equally excited about the concept, so I knew I’d found the right person.
The dress was all about the details – I loved the natural fibers – silk, tulle and organza, the layers of tulle and pistachio lining, which were accentuated by the mullet hemline, the pistachio buttons on the side, the pockets (also pistachio-lined) were probably my very favorite bit of all because they’re practically a prerequisite for all of my dresses (though I never did end up putting anything into them except my hands, because I decided it wasn’t the day for live-tweeting).
Getting into the dress on the day was hilarious. Kyha had told me it was going to be tough, but those buttons were seriously challenging. My mom helped me out and we had a good laugh about it. Because it was a short dress, it meant I never had to worry about hitching it up or sitting down. The seats of our “wedding car” were pretty poky, so luckily I didn’t have too much fabric to deal with.
We wanted to keep the headwear simple and elegant. I always knew I wanted to have some sort of veil – because how often do you get to wear one of those!
My jewelry was basically made up of the same pieces I’d wear day to day + a killer pair of mm mom’s diamond earrings from New York. A rose and white gold bangle from local Milawa artist DBAN that Nick had bought me after a weekend trip there – and kept for my first birthday that we were together (we’d only been dating a couple of months, and when I said it was too extravagant a gift, he’d said it was “an investment piece”).My engagement ring, which was designed and made by Kozminsky jewelers, based around my grandmother’s color changing sapphire. The Tiffany Metro wedding band – which I absolutely loved because it’s subtle and simple and makes sense on my slightly chubby child-like fingers. I loved that I hadn’t changed my jewelry style for the day. I wanted to just look like me – and I love that each of the pieces helped add to our story. My engagement ring is probably the most sentimental piece.
It’s wedding season in my friendship group at the moment, and I didn’t want to burden my friends with yet more bridesmaid responsibilities, so instead I had a group of some of my closest girl friends come and get ready with me in the suite beforehand, but they could wear and do whatever they wanted. They’re each so different and unique, and I think giving them carte blanch meant that their individual personalities could shine through.
I left so much of my wedding planning to the last few months, and at one point thought maybe it’d be better to get a planner to do it. Thankfully, we stuck to our guns and just did it all ourselves – we enlisted people who were amazing at what they do and told them to just do what they thought would work, and it seemed to come together fairly well, really. My friend Dominique is a TV producer, and she took over planning/coordination duties on the day. She made sure everyone was where they needed to be and that everything ran smoothly – it worked perfectly.
Our friend Charl is an incredibly talented designer, so he worked on our invites from a “brand” perspective. We told him we wanted food themed invites, on tea-towels as we wanted an invite that could be reused and not thrown in the bin. Being a friend, he knew we loved word-play and puns, so he integrated that in as well.
We spent the same amount on the tea towel and printing as we would’ve on fancy paper and letterpress, but it means our loved ones can make use of them to this day.
We wanted the wedding itself to be super stress-free, so menus were just the usual Hare & Grace ones, and name cards didn’t exist because we left people to sit where they wanted on long barn tables. We loved that this meant we could eliminate the headaches of table arrangement and people could make new friends on the day. In fact, some of the people who sat together on the day have become lifelong friends since.
Kathryn has a unique whimsical eye, and I told her to just choose the flowers that looked good on the day. We integrated edible micro-herb pots into the arrangements, so that the whole feel was very “urban food forest”.
Hare & Grace has an amazing ceiling installation by Joost Bakker that worked back in perfectly with the flowers hat Kathryn created. Everything felt very natural and organic – people just assumed that the ceiling installation was part of our wedding design.
We wanted our ceremony to be in the same place as the reception so that guests didn’t have to be shuffled around.
I love that we got married in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD. Being entirely disorganized, I left trying to find a chuppah (canopy) to the last month, and they were all hire out. However, the symbolism of a chuppah is anything that could be stood under or a canopy. Nick’s dad came to the rescue, building us a frame using recycled wood, and then we draped that with an old curtain from my parents’ place. It actually turned out being far more symbolic this way, with both families literally coming together to help create our first “home”.
We love Ray’s food, and the venue is so quintessentially Melbourne, with its bluestone bricks, surrounded by high-rises. We also love the interior installation by Joost Bakker. Ray designed a menu that reflected my Eastern European heritage, serving canapés like cauliflower blini with local Yarra Valley caviar. Jess (the venue manager) and Ray helped make our event incredible. I wanted to leave the food up to the chef instead of micromanaging.
Nick and I love Tad’s chocolates, and so I asked him if he had ever made wedding cakes. He hadn’t, but was willing to make ours his first. We sat down and looked at images and brainstormed until we came up with a concept – again, keeping that playful food theme. Our cake’s flavor was tempered dark chocolate cabbage leaves with gluten free chocolate almond cake, cherry coulis (my BFF Julia Taylor made the coulis the day before) and fresh cherries. I absolutely adored the cabbage leaves – the cake looked more like a sculpture than something edible!
I grabbed dad for a spontaneous “father-daughter” dance during one of the DJ’s Boney-M offerings, and we tore up the dance-floor with Georgian dance moves, and the rest of the family, including Nick joined in, complete with kicks and cossacks. Nick and I decided we weren’t going to have a “first dance” – instead, we wanted to sneak onto the dance floor and party with everyone else. We went to some intensive classes with Arsen Kishishnian, because Nick’s a perfectionist and didn’t want to hit the dance floor unless we had some serious technique. Our “bridal waltz” though, was very special – it was “Stay Close To Me” by The Impressions – because it’s from the album we used to play when we first started dating and cooked dinner together.
I absolutely LOVED working with Adrian. He found ways to capture true and authentic moments in a beautiful way. He sees the beauty in simplicity and knows how to make anyone comfortable in front of a camera. We wanted to feel like we were having all of our loved ones over for a dinner party and oh – we got married too! Our style was effortless and modern romantic, I suppose.
Photography: Adrian Tuazon-McCheyne | Videography: Purple Ribbon Weddings | Floral Design: Flowermee | Wedding Dress: One Day Bridal | Cake: Cioccolato Lombardo | Stationery: For The Love And Money | Reception Venue: Hare & Grace | Groom's Attire: Harrolds Melbourne | Celebrant: Jason Tuazon-McCheyne | Entertianment: DJ Baitzy | Veil: Kyha By One Day Bridal
I’m a firm believer in everyday indulgence and this industrial inspiration raises the (dessert) bar. The stylings of Dessert Parlour captured by Neiyo elevate a sweet tooth into an art form and have me dreaming about nibbling on some of Saras Cakes And Cookies and those raw Pana Chocolate morsels. There are more goodies to relish from the entire sweet experience here.
From Neiyo…I was extremely stoked when Dessert Parlour approached me for this shoot as she specialises in desserts and I am a lover of sweets and desserts! We chose Donkey Wheel House as the venue for this styled industrial shoot as it is a new venue located in the city, it is almost like a cellar door being hidden in the basement of a skyscraper and its vibe is exactly what we were looking for.
The inspiration for the shoot was to highlight the raw elements in the venue (like wood, metal and concrete). There is so much beauty in exposed brick walls which was essentially the backdrop for both the dessert table and table setting.
The dessert table was all about decadence. The marquee lights brought the fun into a gorgeous spread of sweets like marshmallows, alfajores, chocolate bars, cake pops and chocolate cake. Foliage was the main floral for this look so a foliage installation acted as decor and escort cards display as well.
The table setting is a perfect setup for an intimate affair. Using wine barrels as table bases and beautifully arranged contrasts of stone plates, crystal cut glasses and a wooden floral centerpiece, it’s the perfect setup for an intimate affair right in the heart of the CBD.
Photography: Neiyo | Styling: Ruffles And Belles | Flowers: Le & Fothergill | Stationery: Type Styled | Baking: Saras Cakes And Cookies | Dessert Styling & Baking: Dessert Parlour | Lighting Hire: Letter Lights | New Venue: Donkey Wheel House | Raw Chocolates: Pana Chocolate