Tania Maras always blows us away with her delicate, beautiful handmade veils, hairpieces and jewels and her new collection “Secret garden” shows off her love of ancient French palaces, and their overgrown gardens, of sunsets and wide open skies – all curated into a collection that speaks of carefully considered intricacy.
The “Secret Garden” collection centres around delicate silver pieces with touches of blush and indigo. “Aesop” features three bands of delicately crystal studded vines, “Cambridge” a delicate crystal crown, echoes the lines of finding flower buds.
There are, of course, veils too – “Loren” our favourite, beaded with beautiful pearls, while “Margaux” features delicate crystals, glinting and sparkling and speaking of the designer’s inspiration of the evening sky.
She remarks “I was inspired by the beautiful gardens of the Palace of Versailles I kept travelling to in my mind. I couldn’t escape the delicate, yet opulent details. My mind’s eye kept visualising vines growing, weaving and entwining. I was drawn in by roses and delicate blossoms and how their raw beauty could be shaped and trained.”
This glamorous St Kilda wedding is a modern masterpiece, featuring a stunning Vera Wang gown, pillars of flowers at the ceremony and a gorgeous Viktoria Novak crown! These are just a few of the beautiful details that we absolutely adore, captured by Fennel & Fox Photography.
Although it was not love at first sight, Carla explains, ”I always tell people that I didn’t like Matt very much at the start, but he says he always had a soft spot for me.” Having known each other for years, what is meant to be will always be, and the two eventually fell in love.
Falling in love with the perfect gown is a glorious moment, and Carla tells of how she found her dream dress whilst on a holiday in the USA. ”I thought it would be cheeky to book an appointment at Vera Wang on Rodeo Drive, just to see what was there. I instantly fell in love with a beautiful ball gown – the skirt was voluminous, white and made with raw silk and the bodice black with a mesh back. It was modern and classic, and the black an homage to my mother’s own wedding dress 30 years earlier. I called mum and said I needed a deposit right away, that I’d found the dress!” The bride changed into a Zimmermann gown at the reception, with the groom wearing a tuxedo from Rhodes & Beckett, shirt by Givenchy and an Alexander McQueen pocket square and bow tie.
Wanting the ceremony to represent the couple’s approach to marriage, Carla shares, ”It was short and simple, we wrote our own vows and encouraged the audience to applaud when we called for marriage equality for everyone. Our whole playlist was Kanye West, and we signed the registry to ‘Gold Digger’. We loved making the guests laugh and being a bit tongue in cheek!”
The father of the bride walked Carla down the aisle to a Kanye West song, ‘Devil In A New Dress’.
The bride and groom were delighted with their chosen venue, The Deck At Circa, and share ”Our wedding organiser was incredible, it was the perfect experience! We were married at 5pm, right after the jets flew overhead as part of the Grand Prix celebrations. As soon as the ceremony was over, canapes and drinks were served.” Carla’s favourite cocktail is an espresso martini, and these were offered to guests on the night.
Capturing the day beautifully was Ursula from Fennel & Fox Photography. The bride remembers, ”Ursula was beyond a dream. She picked up our vibe instantly and knew we were wanted something edgy and modern. She was relaxed and calming, and knew how to make me feel comfortable.” The bridal party had their group photos taken in Catani Gardens and along the beachfront, sheltering from the rain with an umbrella bought just minutes before. Carla’s best friend Kaitlin was the Maid of Honour, and wore a Bianca Spender silver gown.
White Moss created the warm Autumnal blooms for Carla and Matt’s big day, with the bride rating the flowers as perfect! She shares, ”I wanted flowers that would pop against my black and white dress, our black wedding cake and the screens that my mum constructed to stand behind us during the ceremony. I loved our black wedding cake, and it tasted so good we had to ask if we could put some aside to save. It was so delicious and fresh it was disappearing fast!” The wedding cake was created by Vanilla.
Choosing a more traditional tune for their first dance, Carla and Matt selected Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’. The bride shares, ”We took 6 dance lessons to get the moves right, and while I thought that the dance lessons were a gateway to early divorce, it payed off and looked perfect on the night.”
Thank you to our beautiful bride and groom, and congratulations on your wedding day! And thank you to Fennel & Fox Photography for sharing your stunning images of this beautiful celebration!
I swear I am a sucker for beautifully romantic stories. Writing about weddings all day every day never fails to make even the greyest day into something full of hope and joy.
A day of hope and joy is exactly how Candice and Alex celebrated their beautiful classic romantic wedding at Aravina Estate. With beautiful blooms in shades of blush and marsala, classically styled elements and romantic photography by Black Bird Tale it all came together to create a stunningly beautiful celebration.
The couple met in the air! Candice explains “We met on a flight from Perth to Melbourne. Candice was working and Alex was a passenger. Alex proposed on Cable Beach in Broome on one of our many camping trips away.”
The bride chose a stunning lace gown from Tuscany Bridal, noting “I left everything quite late so by the time I went to try on dresses I knew I would be limited in what I could choose due to time. I had no idea what I wanted but went with my Mum and after trying on only about five dresses found the one I loved. The experience was so easy and fun and I was lucky the dress arrived a couple of weeks before the wedding. My dress was ivory lace with a latte underlay to show off the pattern. It was really comfortable and I love it!”
Candice reminisces “I loved getting to spend so much time with my girlfriends. They are all mums and don’t get me wrong I love their kids but I got to steal them away for a couple of girls’ weekends, one in Busselton to do some ‘planning’ and also one in Perth for my Hens – it was awesome!”
Candice tells “My Dad walked me down the aisle. We had live music so Chris Murphy played acoustic guitar for the ceremony.”
Candice and Alex chose the beautiful Aravina Estate for their wedding, telling “We love the venue! It’s so beautiful and has everything you need in the one spot.”
Kate Jowett performed the ceremony, the bride remarking “Our celebrant Kate Jowett was fantastic, she made the ceremony very personal and fun. We had a pretty short ceremony and didn’t have any readings but we did seal a love letter and a bottle of wine into a box to be opened in five years.”
Bespoke Wedding Flowers created the beautiful blush and marsala toned bouquets. Candice remembering “Our florist Tracey Finney was amazing and I cannot thank her enough. I pretty much told her I prefer to have bouquets that were a little looser rather than too tight and I figured she is the professional so I left the rest up to her! I showed her a photo of my dress and the bridesmaid’s dresses/groomsmen suits and she created everything including all of our centrepieces/decorations and set everything up for us. She really did an amazing job and made that whole side of things so easy.”
The bride added a special heirloom detail to her bouquet, explaining “I wrapped my bouquet in an old handkerchief that was passed down from Alex’s Nan as the ‘Wedding Hankie’.”
“There were so many!!” remarks Candice, of the couple’s favourite wedding photos. “We do love the one where our bridal party are covering us in petals.”
Of their photographer, the bride recounts “We loved our photographers. Maz Pederson did most of our photos along with help from Rae. They got some great shots, as we aren’t really ‘posing’ type of people we loved how we have so many natural fun shots of the day while still having some traditional ones. Maz really made the whole photoshoot time so much fun giving us games to play and things to do so no one got bored. We also had a video from ‘The Wedding Tape’ which we absolutely love, the guys were like secret ninjas, you really had no idea they were around but we have an awesome video that sums up our day perfectly and we are so glad we got this.”
“Honestly we were so lucky, we had the best of the best and loved all of our vendors. Together they made the whole thing so easy and enjoyable,” tells Candice.
Of their first dance, Candice remembers “We had Chris Murphy for our reception but by this stage he had a whole band, we danced to ‘Have I told you lately that I love you’. We only chose this song the day before the wedding.”
Congratulations on your marriage Candice and Alex! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Black Bird Tale for sharing today’s celebration!
There are few things that are more “Melbourne” than celebrating with your favourite people in one of the city’s restaurants, and that’s exactly how Nat and Nick chose to celebrate their modern Melbourne wedding.
The couple kicked off in one of Melbourne’s favourite garden wedding venues – The Conservatory in the Fitzroy Gardens before they entered, under tosses of confetti, their reception at old favourite Cutler & Co. Their day made the most of all the city has to offer and Luos Photography was there to capture it.
Nick proposed to Nat with a series of secret missions. She explains “Nick invited some friends over for an impromptu dinner so that he could sneak the ring and champagne into the house while I was distracted. We spent the night having a good old laugh about when Nick was going to propose already. The next morning, Nick got up like he was getting ready for work and at 6:30 in the morning called me down to come into the kitchen. I came to find Nick down on one knee in his Bonds undies. We celebrated the day away with the trusty friends that kept me distracted the night before, followed by dinner at Vue De Monde.”
The bride wore a stunning long sleeved gown created by Silvana Tedesco. She remarks “Finding a dress was hell. I scoured the bridal stores and hated everything. I came across Silvana Tedesco on Instagram who created a custom dress with the modern, simple and elegant design that I had in mind.”
The couple met for photographs before the ceremony, the moment kicking off what was months in the making. Nat explains “It was a project for us, and we loved working together on putting together our special day. Having said that, we were also glad when the planning was over and we could enjoy!”
Nat remembers “A little impromptu moment that we really enjoyed, was having pre wedding tequila with the bridal party at the Marion, next door to Cutler and Co.”
Of their photographer, Nat tells “We have a bit of history with Michelle – our photographer. Nick went to high school with Michelle and her partner was also in the bridal party. She even snapped us on the night that we started dating at a party with mutual friends. We were so lucky to have someone we were comfortable with document our day and her candid style of photography was exactly what we were looking for.”
Nat and Nick chose Fitzroy Gardens Conservatory for their ceremony, explaining “It was an Intimate setting with a calming vibe. We chose this because it was really beautiful, protected from the weather and non traditional from typical ceremony locations.”
The bride walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of Beyonce’s “XO”.
Guests were welcome to the reception with a beautiful floral installation styled byIvy and Eve. Nat telling “I was always drawn to whites and burgundy florals with lots of texture. Ivy and Eve drew on this inspiration in a trendy but elegant way. We loved the ‘outside of the box’ way they used to display their flowers.”
Nat notes “We loved the small selection of family and friends that were there to celebrate with us.”
The couple chose Cutler & Co for their cocktail reception, Nat explaining “We had the first wedding in the newly renovated premises. Exceptional food, great staff and beautiful wine. It was sized perfectly for the number of guests we had (approx. 100). Our guests enjoyed cocktail style food in an upscale casual setting.”
Congratulations Nat and Nick! Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us! Thank you also to Luos Photography for sharing today’s gorgeous celebration!