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Hailey & Jay

The sun set on the rooftop as champagne glasses twinkled and guests feasted on beautiful cheese and incredible music. A glorious Melbourne night set the scene for a modern rooftop wedding that the guests would never forget and thanks to Jessica Abby  we’re sharing all the moments and stories with you!

Hailey fills us in on how she and Jay came to be. “We met at Jay’s sisters’ wedding. Who says you can’t meet your husband to be at a wedding??”

 

Luci DiBella created the bride’s beautiful beaded gown, she tells “I had my dress made by the wonderful Luci Dibella. I fell in love with the glamorous all beaded fabric when I first saw it made up in another design. I had an idea of how I wanted the dress to look and Luci worked with me to achieve it – I could not have been happier with the finished product. I absolutely love it!!! ”

Hailey and Jay chose one venue for their wedding – the stunning The Deck At Circa The Prince. Hailey notes “The team there were amazing!”

The bride walked down to an acoustic version of “Something I Need” by Alex Hobbs.

Jo Betz officiated the ceremony, Hailey remembering “We wanted a relaxed intimate vibe for our ceremony encapsulating the intimate details of our relationship and how we met. Family and friends commented on how lovely our ceremony was and our celebrant Jo Betz was amazing.”

Of their photographer, the bride remarks “Jessica Abby was a delight to work with and produced such beautiful pictures from our big day. She made us both feel so at ease – fabulous experience.”

Personal touches were added throughout the day. The couple chose to donate to the Cancer Council in lieu of traditional favors and bought wheels of cheese from Emerald Deli as their wedding “cake”.

For their first dance, the newlyweds chose “Feel So Close” by Calvin Harris. Hailey telling “we both loved this song when we first met and started dating. We started our dance off with an acoustic version by Nelly Furtado then had our DJ mix it into the Calvin Harris dance version which immediately got everyone up on the dance floor.”

Congratulations on your marriage Hailey and Jay! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you to Jessica Abby  for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Jessica Abby / Bride's Dress: Luci DiBella / Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Jeanette Maree / Groom's Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Hairstylist: Ivan Constable / Makeup Artist: Merton Mauremi / Flowers: Grown Florist / Invitations & Stationery: The Right Invite / Venue: The Deck At Circa The Prince / Ceremony Officiant: Jo Betz / Favors: Cancer Council / Cheese Cake: Emerald Deli / Wedding Rings: Holloway Diamonds / Wedding Registry: Not Another Toaster
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Stef & Dimi

If there ever was a wedding that proved that candlelight and nightfall are utterly romantic, then Stef and Dimi’s sophisticated evening wedding might just be it.  The newlyweds, who chose Harvard Wang  to capture their wedding, wanted a day that felt old school glam. “The vision was to party the way the Hollywood greats used to. An intimate affair, champagne flowing, brass blasting, all in a setting that felt like it could be the home of someone fabulous.”

The pair met in Europe, telling “Stef was travelling around Europe, seeing sights and stuffing her face with more pastry than you can poke a spoon at. Dimi was living an expat’s life in London, rolling out London Cycle Hire schemes, rattling off crude jokes and pub-crawling on a school night. Their paths crossed at Paddington Station, introduced by a mutual friend. And they spent the weekend flitting around London together – a sign of things to come. 2 years, a long bout of long-distance, a short stint together in Melbourne, and 7 long-haul flights later, they found themselves back at Paddington Station. This time, lugging their suitcases to their new London pad. After a spat about not having a trip planned for the Easter long weekend, Dimi booked a getaway to the Roman town of Bath, England. Given the last minute nature of the whole thing, Stef wasn’t anticipating that this would be THE TRIP. Even the super fancy hotel didn’t tip her off. So you can imagine her surprise, when they arrived back from dinner, to find the hotel room transformed – with rose petals and Champagne – and Dimi holding up the ring. She said yes. Obviously.”

Quat Quatta  set the scene for the romantic evening, Stef and Dimi explaining “We held both the ceremony and the reception at Quat Quatta. We chose to keep it contained, short and sweet for the sake of our guests – one venue, five hours, booze flowing from the start (we don’t believe in breaks) – and the guests praised us for it. Quat Quatta is a magical venue, run by a dream team of event coordinators that made my job so much easier. Their courtyard offered the perfect little space for us to have a really special, intimate ceremony. The parlour – connected to the courtyard – was the ideal space for guests to move into following the ceremony. Just the right amount space to serve cocktails and champagne, and create an elegant but buzzy atmosphere. And the main dining area was awe-inspiring, with fixtures and furniture that ooze timeless elegance. The venue was already so beautiful, we hardly had to dress it at all. The food was so fantastic that our guests still comment on how much they enjoyed it, even now. And the service was faultless – you barely even knew the service staff were there, things just appeared to happen. I’d highly recommend the venue to any bride-to-be. Everyone who came to the wedding loved it.”

Stef and Dimi curated each detail to ensure the wedding had just the feel they wanted – including a glam floral arch by Botanics of Melbourne. Stef explains “The branding was super important to me. The save the dates, for example, were beautifully typeset and finished with matte gold foiling. It gave them such a lush feel. The formal invitations were sent in clear plastic envelopes embellished with a gold-foiled, debossed logo, which made them feel really contemporary. And the colour palette, fonts and logo were carried through everything, from the website to the cake boxes and the cocktail menus. The band had to have as much brass as we could fit in the venue – which really brought the party vibe and hit that elegant, glamorous feel we wanted. The floral arbour was my piece de resistance, though. An absolute must-have. Lovingly crafted by my AMAZING florist (he’s an artist, truly, and is so masterful in his work) it really gave the ceremony a wow factor that couldn’t we wouldn’t have had without it.”

Stef chose a dramatic gown from Pronovias, telling ” I’ve always liked to dress in clean lines, and dramatic silhouettes – over pattern or embellishing. And I wanted to steer clear of traditional designs since everybody knows me as one to defy convention. So when I came across the cape dress on the Pronovias website, I was instantly drawn to it. I took mum and dad with me to try it on, and when they saw me in it, their immediate response was “Now THAT is a Stef dress.” And they were right. It was me.”

Stef walked down the aisle to Michael Kiwanuka “Home Again “.

Stef and Dimi chose Melissa Fahey of Mine Forever  to officiate their ceremony, remembering “We knew from the start that we wanted the ceremony to be intimate, contemporary, light-hearted and love-filled. Our celebrant – who also happens to be a really good friend of ours – Melissa Fahey, captured that perfectly. She helped us plan an unconventional ceremony, that incorporated the mandatory stuff without getting bogged down by it. She also came with fabulous ideas to make the ceremony truly ours – like inviting the bridal party to share their favourite memories of us instead of doing readings and having me sabre a bottle of champagne for an ending that was as dramatic as my dress. Setting the ceremony at dusk made it magical too – another idea from Mel. While it was stressful – we had to hustle or risk losing light before the end – it was perfect.”

The ceremony ended with a champagne sabrage of course.

Of their photographer, Stef and Dimi tell “Our photographer was Harvard Wang – a visionary, and our pick for best wedding photographer on the planet. He brings a super cool, documentary shooting style to the day. Which was really important to us – we wanted the photographs to be a true representation of everything that happened, rather than a range of staged poses. We put him under a lot of pressure on the day – he likes to shoot with natural light, but we chose to have the ceremony from dusk, which meant, for the first time, he was using flash. Plus, he had my brides-man (who happens to be a Creative Director) breathing down his neck to make sure he got the shots. But he absolutely flourished under the pressure. The shots look amazing, and the flash actually made for an interesting style that I think really suits him.”

The couple were more than happy to leave their day to the experts, with a little guidance, says Stef. “As someone who spends their days making big brands look brilliant, the wedding was my chance to brand us as a couple. I suppose the DIY aspect was setting the vision for the brand, pulling reference and inspiration, and briefing a team of three art directors – all of whom are great friends of mine. Writing briefs for the florist and the venue (you don’t need to do it, ladies, but I’m a perfectionist and didn’t want any detail missed). I got more hands on when it came to designing and building the website, but most of my time was spent coordinating.”

Of their first dance, Stef and Dimi tell “We chose another Michael Kiwanuka song – Get Along – played live and brilliantly by Baker Boys Band. We spent so much time over the years living long distance, that the song became kind of a running joke between us. The fact that we came through those times, I guess, made it an ironic song to choose, but a celebratory one nonetheless.”

Congratulations on your marriage Stef and Dimi! Thank you for sharing the stories of your wedding with us! Thank you also to Harvard Wang  for sharing today’s wedding!

Photographer: Harvard Wang / Wedding Stylist: Botanics of Melbourne / Bride's Dress: Pronovias / Bride's Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bride's Jewellery: Stephanie Browne / Groom's Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Oscar Hunt / Groomsmen Shoes: Aquila / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Bridesmaid Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid Accessories: Lovisa / Hairstylist: Ally Jenkins / Makeup Artist: Ally Jenkins / Flowers: Botanics of Melbourne / Venue: Quat Quatta / Ceremony Officiant: Mine Forever / Ceremony Musicians: Baker Boys Band / Band: Baker Boys Band / Photo Booth: Oh My Booth / Wedding Rings: e.g.etal / Wedding Registry: Top 3 By Design

Crystal & Travis

Bali is always one of the first places many Aussies think of when they think holiday, and it makes sense that if you’re looking for a beautiful destination wedding locale that is but a hop, skip and s jump away, then Bali would be your first port of call. Crystal and Travis had originally planned for a snow filled wedding in Queenstown, New Zealand but chose the holiday vibes of this South Asian country instead so they could celebrate with their family and friends. Bird On The Wall Photography was there to capture their glorious day.

The way these two met was surely left to a higher power, Crystal remembering “Travis works away and we met the night he flew in and on the exact day I had decided to accept a twelve-month contract up in Darwin which saw me leaving Perth in only 3 weeks’ time. Our first week, in all honesty, is a blur, I was leaving and Trav was back to work the following Monday so we both kind of figured well this person is a bit alright so let’s just have a great time while we have it and then go our separate ways. Well by the time it came to leave and drive up to Darwin Trav had decided I wasn’t going alone & we spent the next six straight make or break days in a car together and that was us set, we were a team. Just over a year later I proposed to Trav (he loves an unorthodox approach thankfully) & another year later we’re married and expecting our first baby.”

The bride wore a long sleeve lace gown designed by Martina Liana . She tells “Initially we were going to elope and get married in the dead of winter in Queenstown NZ so I purchased my dress with this is mind, long sleeved and full lace. I really didn’t have a set idea of what I wanted and only ever went on one dress shopping expedition, tried on 3 dresses in one store and just loved everything about the third one I tried. I felt glamorous in it and comfortable and even after the dramatic location change (Queenstown to Bali) I never once wanted to change my dress and I guess I built our “theme” around the image I felt the dress conjured up, simple & timeless.”

Crystal and Travis chose The Edge  for their wedding, the bride noting “When we decided on Bali we initially wanted to look at hiring a private villa and doing something on the grounds within the time of our stay. It became obvious though early on that with this option you would have to hire a wedding planner and I just simply didn’t want to go down that path as I was worried about an array of advice and input I would quickly exceed our budget and end up thinking I wanted something far more extravagant than what we had agreed on. I then looked for package options that best suited us and that’s when I came across The Edge Uluwatu. What we loved (aside from the truly private stunning venue) was that the package was flexible, just so incredibly accommodating and all aspects truly exceeded our expectations.”

The bride walked down the aisle to her father’s voice. She explains “I asked my dad to choose a song as he played the guitar & sang while I walked down the aisle, he choose My Little Girl by Tim McGraw.”

Of their photographer, Crystal remarks “Mel from Bird On The Wall is just gorgeous. Her work is raw and organic and we adore the woman as much as her work. We loved her style and the fact she was so willing to come to Bali and capture not only our wedding day but the few days leading up to the wedding and then the registry office back here in Perth. We were very relaxed regarding our itinerary of things and didn’t actually have any set directions for her as we just wanted her to do her thing and capture people in candid form and have fun with the day. She is a total sweetheart and has a true passion for her job and provides a truly outstanding service.”

“I never had a theme and had a desire to keep it as uncomplicated as possible for myself so details were kept to an absolute minimum (I really did just want to feel like I was on holiday and stumbled into my own wedding, which I was relatively successful at). We just wanted to make sure we spent as much time as possible with each other and we were equally involved which we did absolutely achieve.”

“We didn’t actually have the first dance, we talked about a first dance and had good intentions to organise one but two months before the wedding we found out we were pregnant so all those types of formalities that we weren’t too bothered about anyhow just got forgotten. We did dance a somewhat “first dance” together as my brother in law was appalled we didn’t have one so he quickly organised something and it all worked out wonderfully in the end.”

Congratulations on your marriage Crystal and Travis! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Bird On The Wall Photography for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Bird On The Wall Photography / Bride's Dress: Martina Liana / Bridal Salon: Tuscany Bridal / Bride's Jewellery: House of Riches / Groom's Attire: Politix / Groom's Shoes: Aquila / Hairstylist: The Bronzer / Venue: The Edge / Flowers & Decor: The Edge / Ceremony Officiant: The Edge / Catering: The Edge / Band: Organised Kaos Bali / Wedding Rings: House of Riches / Wedding Rings: R J Pearce