The Adelaide Hills are a beautiful place to be in the colder months – bare branches, golden trees, the misty fog. So Natalie and Jake’s Autumn Adelaide Hills engagement photos snapped by Jnvphotography captures everything I love about my favourite season.
Natalie tells the story of how she met Jake. “We met at an Irish pub in Adelaide which we both had not been to in years. I had a broken foot but I was still out to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Jake saw me sitting down and shyly came up to me. His pick up line was ‘Hi, you look pretty’. After chatting for two hours we exchanged numbers and the rest is history.”
“We love the Adelaide Hills as it is one of our favorite weekend spots. The hillside scenery is very relaxing and we truly love being in the outdoors. We thought the location best represented our love of the outdoors and Jnvphotography captured this moment perfectly.”
On what she loves about Jake, Natalie tells, “I love Jake’s beautiful heart and his big blue eyes. I love the way he lets me be myself and always encourages me to follow my dreams. He is truly my soul mate.”
One of the couple’s favourite memories involves dressing for an occasion, Natalie remembers, “Jake and I decided one night to randomly dress up as Mexicans and go to a Mexican restaurant. We rocked up with ponchos, sombreros and mustaches and the staff did not know whether to take us seriously. In the end they loved us. I think Jake’s terrible Mexican accent won them over!. It was such a funny night. We are thinking of going to a Japanese restaurant next dressed in traditional Japanese attire and hopefully the staff will be just as accommodating.”
Of the proposal, Natalie remembers, “Jake took me for a surprise weekend getaway, for Valentines Day, to the Palazzo Versace Hotel on the Gold Coast. After spending a great day by the pool, Jake proposed to me over a candle light dinner in a private cabana over looking the beautifully lit up pool of the hotel. It was so romantic and truly memorable.”
On what he loves about Natalie, Jake tells, “I love Natalie’s smile, laugh and kind spirit. I love her fiery passion and sense of adventure. She is definitely is the one for me.”
The golden light in today’s Gold Coast Winter wedding makes the setting almost surreal, together with the sweetest little white wedding chapel, it sets the scene for a Winter wedding day that is such a beautiful story to tell. Figtree Pictures captured the photos of the day.
Sarah tells their story. “We first met late in 2010. I own a coffee shop close to where Jason had just moved to. He would drop in and get a coffee once a day. For me, it was love at first sight, I thought “Wow I haven’t seen him around before or I would of remembered him!”. for Jason I think he was just focused on his coffee order and me getting it right. It wasn’t a straight forward order!.
Jason was a little blind for two years, as I tried and tried to drop subtle hints to see if he was available and if he was interested. He gave me nothing. This went on for two years. Two years of getting the wrong coffee order and still coming back. I was really going to give up.
Then one day the penny dropped for Jason, we started chatting more and more. He was at the café more and more. Then we went out. The first date we were both ridiculously nervous. Apparently his car was still moving when I jumped out. Though the second date was a lot more relaxed. From those dates we have never looked back. I’m so lucky.”
Sarah and her bridesmaid wore gowns fromZimmermann. Sarah carried a bouquet of pink peonies created by Fleurus who styled the floral arrangements for the day.
Sarah and Jason chose Braeside Chapel for their wedding, noting, “Braeside is at Merrimac on the Gold Coast. The venue is run by Judy and John. They are the most helpful people ever. No job was too big or to small they were more than accommodating. We got married in their beautiful little chapel. Then did some cocktails and canapés in their garden. We had our reception in their fixed marquee which is fully enclosed and has stunning lighting.”
Sarah chose the traditional bridal chorus for her walk down the aisle.
We always, always adore real honeymoon stories and we always love when Koren Harvey takes a trip, because we feel like we’re almost right there in her stories. Which with a busy week almost over, seems like just the place to go. But this weekend? it’s a busy one! it is after all Fathers Day and I know a lot of wonderful dads who deserve a bit of love. What are you planning this weekend?
Want to hire your wedding decor? My Wedding Decor, have a huge range of centrepieces, lanterns and lighting, signs, and table numbers in their brand new hire store! Hire items for three to seven days and get creative!
Savvy Brides will be hosting an Erin Clare Couture trunk show in Sydney on the 19th and 20th of September. The trunk show celebrates Erin Clare’s brand new collection! Book your tickets here!
Linda Gorringe Couture has a brand new name! Meet Wishbone & Ivy! After 23 years in the block arcade, Wishbone & Ivy will be moving to a brand new store at 148 Greville St, Prahran. Along with the new name comes a brand new look and new collection. We can’t wait to see!
Our gorgeous wedding film of the week comes to us from Bright Day Films. It seems there’s rain in the family for these two – not only did the groom’s parents have a rainy wedding day, but so did his brother! But it was there and it was torrential, and then the sun came out. Proof, I suppose that rain on your wedding day is only good luck!
It’s been a few years since I created a list of Industrial Style Melbourne Wedding Venues and there have been so many amazing spaces come and go over the past few years, I knew it was time for an update. This time though, it’s more of a list of warehouse wedding venues in Melbourne.
I love spaces like this – they have such an amazing blank canvas feeling about them. Fill them with colourful blooms, plentiful decor, or not much at all (actually imagine them filled with masses of candlelight? How beautiful would that look?). Most of all, I love that these spaces can be whatever you want them to be.
Did I leave off a favourite? Let me know in the comments below!
Located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, L1 Studios comprises two photography studios with beautiful wooden floors and white walls. Complete with a private rooftop area, L1 Studios has that perfect inner city blank canvas vibe that can be transformed to any style.
Two Ton Max is fast getting a name for being a fantastic option for an industrial, warehouse style wedding and it isn’t hard to see why. Those tall walls, industrial style beams, polished cement floors and a brilliant configuration for a wedding! It’s North Melbourne position is a handy one and if you get creative, the venue can serve as both a ceremony and reception space for 200 seated guest or up to 350 for cocktails.
If white walls, 20 foot high ceilings, cement floors and exposed beams don’t tick the warehouse wedding venue boxes, I don’t know what will! Laurens Hall, originally an old printing works, now houses a furniture warehouse and makes for a beautiful industrial style wedding space. The main space has a good capacity, but added spaces like a dance floor and bridal suite can be accommodated.
Now let’s talk real warehouses, because Showtime Event Centre meets that criteria! Located on South Wharf this large-scale warehouse is an old converted cargo shed. It holds anywhere form 250 to 500 guests and has a high pitched roof with black exposed steel beams, wooden and tile floors and plenty of flexibility to light, decorate and design the wedding you want.
I have always loved the feeling of Fortyfive Downstairs. A working arts space, which holds everything from theatre performances to exhibitions year round, it also happens to be a space for the most beautiful weddings. The New York loft style windows are one of my favourite features, combined with well loved wooden floors and high exposed beams. The biggest room – the theatre can hold up to 150 guests while the upstairs gallery can look gorgeous for wedding ceremonies.
An oldie, but a goodie! The Substation is the ultimate in industrial, warehouse style wedding venues. From it’s enormous arch windows, polished wooden floors and exposed brick – the 14 different spaces (the most popular being the main performance hall) allow for guests to move seamlessly from ceremony to reception, cocktails to dancing, lunch to after party! The performance hall can hold 80- 200 guests for a sit down dinner or up to 300 for a cocktail function.
If you want a warehouse, industrial style wedding with a modern feel, then 524 Flinders is the space for you. That pure white ceiling, exposed beams and walls set the scene, together with 330 square metres of polished concrete floors. Perfect for cocktail style functions, the inner city site gives it an ultra cool vibe.
This venue on our list isn’t quite open yet (but a sneaky peek at our friend’s Ed Dixon Food Designs website shows they’re taking bookings) but I couldn’t leave it off the list. Higher Ground which will be launching as a café in October 2015, ticks all the warehouse style boxes, but with a touch of intimacy. Pitched ceilings, cement floors and supporting beams and brick walls bring to life this multi-level space in the heart of the city on the corner of Little Collins St and Spencer St.
One of Melbourne’s newer warehouse spaces, Studio 109 is 600sqm with a mezzanine level. Polished concrete floors, exposed beams and brick give the industrial, warehouse feel of the building life while an on-deck team who can help with everything from setup to lighting, can bring your warehouse wedding to life. The venue can accommodate 200 guests for dinner or 400 for a cocktail style function.
Footscray based Studio Raw Materials is all about the warehouse feel with cement floors, exposed ceilings and brick walls. This space not only holds cooking schools and photography sessions, but also weddings! With a capacity of 120 guests, the onsite caterers are well renowned for amazing food too, so you can tick that box!
Look this space is so cool you might have trouble finding it, down its hidden alleyway. Krimper is a warehouse come restaurant and café which features high ceilings, concrete floors, exposed beams and the most beautiful heavy wooden doors. It’s like a little hidden secret complete with capacity for 200 guests cocktail style or 100 for a sit down celebration.
Wanting an inner city space with a warehouse vibe? Meet Thousand Pound Bend. Right in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, the gallery space has beaten cement walls, a cement floor and exposed beams. The capacity of this space is fabulous too- able to hold 450 guests for a cocktail function or 250 for a sit down celebration.
For a venue that will take your breath away, you need to visit Scienceworks Pumping Station Boiler House. Not only is it a working science museum (pre dinner drinks among the exhibits anyone?) but the pumping station itself is an amazing space for an industrial style occasion. Think exposed brick walls, cement floors and the focal feature of two fully restored boilers. The space, which is right near the Scienceworks courtyard (perfect for a wedding ceremony) can hold 220 banquet style or 450 cocktail. Also on site is The Engine Room, which houses four original steam pumps. This space can hold 100 guests for sit down or 200 guests for cocktail occasions.
If you love the warehouse style venue, but want something with a twist, how about combining it with an art gallery? That’s exactly what Smart Artz Gallery is all about! An art gallery in a warehouse style space, it’s just the ticket for a warehouse style wedding with a little something extra. The space can hold 180 guests and has their own in house catering (plus fun added extras like a grand piano!)
What if your favourite cafe had just the feel you wanted for your wedding? Meet Hobba, not only can you get a fine cup of coffee there, but you can also hold your wedding there! Brick walls, sleek floors and exposed ceilings lend to the warehouse feel while the cafe’s renowned delicious food will keep your guests talking. The venue specialises in cocktail events (with a capacity of 120) an has a flexibility throughout the space to create a space for the event you want.
If you want to combine a rooftop with a warehouse style space, then the very modern and recently refurbished Alto Event Space is definitely leaning towards the modern edge of industrial. The space has a capacity of 400 and is located right on top of GPO. With the rooftop style deck (perfect for ceremonies or pre dinner drinks), it adds a city slicker feel to the otherwise industrial space- complete with floor to ceiling windows, polished concrete floors and steel beams.
Mountain Goat Brewery does what it says on the tin – they brew delicious beer! What they also do is hold amazing weddings in their warehouse (right next to the beer boxes!). The space is as warehouse as it can get. Cement floors, sky high ceilings and exposed steel all make this space perfectly suited to warehouse style weddings. You can enjoy their in-house beer and pizza for your function or use one of their suggested caterers.
Ellis Street Studio is a chic modern, warehouse style venue. White walls, gleaming white floors and an exposed beam pitched black roof make this venue, just off Chapel Street one to be remembered. This blank canvas style space can hold 150 guests for a cocktail style function or 100 guests for a sit down celebration.
Trunk has an interesting warehouse feel. It’s been many things in it’s history but today serves as a restaurant and cafe. The venue has retained many of it’s historic elements and creates the space around them – exposed pipes and ceilings are painted in green, the polished cement floor serves as a feature of the heritage building. Located right in the CBD, the space can hold 115 guests seated or 200 for a cocktail function.
Melbourne’s Living Museum Of The West is a historic blue stone building with a warehouse style feel. Polished concrete floors, white walls and exposed ceilings lend themselves to a blank canvas style wedding with enough tables and seating for 100 guests included in the hire price.
Photography studio Rokeby Studios is located in Collingwood and is the most beautiful, modern, warehouse style space for a wedding. Beautiful wooden beams, brick walls, cement floors and of course, being a photography studio- amazing light! The blank canvas spaces can set you up to create whatever you like – however you like – all while retaining that gorgeous warehouse feel.