"Enjoy the process, it is all about that one day but the lead up to a wedding is such a special time in your life so it’s important to recognise that. There are lots of things that will stress you out along the way and everyone has an opinion."
Jacinta and Steve’s ever after began when fate saw them seated together at a mutual friend’s wedding. Fast-forward the clock, and the happy couple threw a special celebration of their own to mark the start of their own married magic.
Don’t let the planning consume your relationship and quality time together. Have one night a week for a working dinner date. The more the night goes on and the more glasses of wine, the easier the decisions become.
"One of my bridesmaids played in the inaugural AFLW game for Geelong on the same night. She got ready with us then left for the game when we went to the venue, played in a full face of make-up and came to the wedding post game back in her bridesmaid dress with a little less make-up than when she left. Talk about dedicated to both commitments!"
"Get to know the vendors as you are putting a lot of trust and money into them. You want to be happy and confident with their contributions to the day and a large part of our day running well was the professionalism and organisation of our vendors."
"The morning of the wedding, in our house it was all smooth sailing. In the groom’s house, absolute chaos! A groomsmen’s belt was left in Perth, a bow tie was broken and my Mother In Law had to sew it back together."
"Things don’t go right and that’s ok, just go with it; it’s perfectly imperfect! Don’t listen to what everyone tells you that you should do for your wedding. Make it about the two of you. You can’t make everyone happy so just make yourselves happy! Most of the little things you stress about don’t even matter, you just need the two of you and maybe a great d-floor!"
"Don’t be afraid to really make it your day and not just what people expect of it. Also try to work with suppliers that you genuinely like: it makes such a difference because you have to put a lot of trust into them and it can be quite stressful in the lead-up. Plus if you get along with them it makes it a whole lot more fun. Lastly, don’t sweat the small stuff, you can’t control everything so just focus on the important things if you can."
"For both of us it was probably walking down the aisle. That is the peak of your wedding day and it is such a special moment. The speeches were really special too. It was the first time I have ever seen my Dad cry!"
"One of the wedding cars actually crashed into three cars on our way to the wedding. We had two cars; a Maybach and an old Buick, which was carrying the bridesmaids. The brakes on the Buick failed on the way to the wedding ceremony and to stop the car, the driver crashed into three other cars. This sounds like a horror story but you have to see the positives and we were so lucky that the crash happened in the same street as Como House so it didn’t prevent us from getting to the wedding."
"A black tie wedding in a country setting; bold, dramatic and elegant. This clear vision was the brilliant work of Patrick’s bride Luci, who absolutely nailed pulling together their dreamy Tanglewood Estate wedding day."
"It took a while for Daniel to secure a first date with Chloe – but boy was she glad she said yes in the end! After 8 incredible years together, they finally tied the knot, hosting their wedding at the stunning Stones of The Yarra Valley."
"Classic and simple with a little bit of fun. As previously mentioned our ceremony was set under a magical green and very lush oak tree, which really helped inspire the tone and mood of our day. We wanted our wedding to be quite modern and timeless, so we went with a mostly black and white colour palate with a touch of green, blush pink and gold."
"They share with us their love story, and some helpful planning hints when it comes to selecting a dream day of suppliers. We adore this duo and their celebration, as captured perfectly by Blossom Daisy Creative."
"Chapel1885, opened up in Sackville St Collingwood in January this year and is formerly a church designed in Gothic Revival style. In the space, exposed brick walls with a stunning timber ceiling handcrafted by 19th century shipbuilders combine with large arched windows that filled the interior with light, while intricately painted murals and statement chandeliers add the perfect finishing touch."
"On a stunning summer’s day on their family property in Riddles Creek, Tim and Madeline wowed their guests with the most gorgeous of festivities. With help from The Small Things Co, these two high school sweethearts realised their vision of relaxed sophistication. From the beautiful bridesmaids in glamourous gowns of burgundy to Madeline’s stunningly chic silhouette and an elegant ebony cake, this was a marquee wedding high on style and low on stress."
"The style was influenced by the vibe we wanted to create; intimate, personal and relaxed. We focused on little special details and weaved these into an overall experience. One element that guests raved about was the personalised table settings (which also became a keepsake) – our place cards had the guests name and an individualised message for them printed on a beautiful paper. On the back, we included the most amazing black and white photos of us with that guest during a significant time in our lives. This seems simple enough, but the work behind the scenes to make that happen was enormous. Huge props to our on-the-day stationery designer, Richard from Inhaus, for making this detail possible!"
"Choosing their theme to enhance the natural vista of Mitchelton Winery rather than overwhelm it lead to a style scape of natural textures and lush greenery with a twist of the tropics. A boldly blissful palette of warm taupe, sweet vanillas and accents of cerise sing alongside terracotta tones and bursts of amber."
"We knew we wanted the whole wedding day to be outside, and once we secured both venues, the styling was largely influenced by them. As both venues required us to bring almost all hire and styling items in, we were able to create our vision of a timeless and romantic yet relaxed affair, from scratch. We kept the colour palette and styling elements minimal with simple white florals and light blush and white table decor. The real heroes were the views at each venue, and we didn’t want to detract from that. Directories and real weddings via websites like Ivory Tribe were a real help when choosing our venues and vendors because it was great to hear about other couples’ personal experiences and stories. When it came to deciding on the details and styling for the day, we took inspiration from Pinterest and Instagram.
"Radiant, infectious smiles are the outstanding theme of Melissa and Luke’s effortlessly stylish, urban chic day. Taking inspiration from what they love most; good times, good people, good food and drink, made for a celebration echoing with genuine fun and joy in aesthetically gorgeous surrounds."
"Anthea and Ben shared their first apartment in inner-city Melbourne, so holding their stunning celebrations in chic urban surrounds was authentically them. Stylish Siglo was their chosen setting, and what unfolded was a celebration of love and commitment in a quintessentially Melbourne way."
"Jed and Alix are the picture-perfect example of how you can pull off planning a wedding in a short time frame. The cracking celebrations were arranged in no more than three months, and the super stylish, fun-filled affair ticked every box."
"After enduring Covid setbacks, coming together with their nearest and dearest under sunlit skies proved to be the perfect tonic – a celebration of family, friends and love in sweet style."
"Rachel and Tom’s South Melbourne wedding celebration was all they had dreamed it would be. Romantic timeless elegance was the order of the day and combined with the industrial warehouse vibes of their stunning venue, Half Acre, they enlisted planning pro Luci of Poni Studios to bring it all to life."
"With a romantic history that stretches back to primary school, Caitlin and Christian’s celebrations were bound to be filled with electric emotion and epic levels of fun. Against the gorgeous backdrop of Mitchelton Winery, on a sun-drenched day, this wedding was every bit the chic, modern dream these two sweethearts hoped for."
"They went about planning the day by firstly enlisting the help of seasoned experts, Paula and Annie from The Small Things Co who took charge and practically read Kylie and Jarrod’s minds when it came to creating the timeless and romantic aesthetic they were after. Think dashes of creams and latte roses and fairy floss pink orchids with the most superb floralscape and installations created by Wild Flos."
"Is there anything that brings on loved-up vibes better than a couple who absolutely cannot stop smiling on their dream day? We think not. Enter: Cynthia and Dale. After two covid-thwarted attempts to exchange their I Do’s, these two effervescent sweethearts celebrated their love in style, in a day overflowing with incredible energy."
"Country but make it classy. I am from an Italian background, so I have always wanted to wear a big wedding gown and have a fairly traditional ceremony. We chose the venue because we loved the charm and the big wine barrel room, (as well as the fact that neither of us had worked there before – so couldn’t compare it to other weddings!), but it was a little more rustic than I envisioned our wedding to be. To make up for it, we added a few formal elements such as black-tie dress code, my Steven Kahlil gown and the groom/groomsmen in black tuxes."
"Instagram was my biggest source of inspiration – I followed as many events and hire accounts as I could to find pieces I loved and where I could source them. My vision was very specific so I was able to filter through the overload of content to hone in on ideas that were relevant to us – but I can see how Instagram could be overwhelming for a bride who may not be as set on her dream wedding style and vibe. Ivory Tribe and the You & Me podcast were particularly useful, as they document so many different wedding styles."
"Siobhan chose a stunning Karen Willis Holmes sheath to seamlessly complement the old-world glamour of the venue. Art Deco-inspired beading is given a modern update with a contemporary silhouette, accessorised to perfection with her modern masterpiece of a bouquet. And, of course, this occasion was about so much more than just the style – emotions overflowed, and guests partied well into the night in the masterful hands of our friends at Melbourne Entertainment Co! Scroll on to see each sumptuously special moment of this dream day."