Teenie & Howie
A classic wedding at Melbourne’s beautiful Butleigh Wootten for you today. The art deco decor of this incredible historic building, the sparkling chandelier and a beautiful love story makes this Tuesday a little more special. The newlyweds chose Blue Print Photography to be there to capture their day.
Of how they met, Teenie tells, “We originally met through a mutual friend in university in Canada, and first impressions weren’t…impressive. Over a year later, both single, we found ourselves in some of the same classes: he asked me to play racquetball, we ate pizza, drank coffee and flirted mercilessly for weeks… until our first kiss on Halloween. After graduation we moved to Toronto together… and eventually Howie convinced me to tag along to Australia, where we’ve been ever since.”
Once he and his groomsmen were ready for the big event, they headed to Baranows Lounge where a humidor from his bride to be was awaiting the groom – filled of course with his favourite cigars.
Floral Palette created green white and orange floral arrangements for the day.
Teenie wore a gown by designer Mariana Hardwick.
Teenie & Howie chose Butleigh Wootton for their wedding, noting, “Our entire day – from ceremony, to cocktails, to dinner and reception – were at the lovely Butleigh Wootton in Kew. After visiting over ten venues throughout Melbourne, our first viewing – and ultimate first choice – was this fantastic mansion. The garden and marquis were perfect, the house was wonderful, the food was amazing, and the staff were the best we could ask for.. and not to mention a central location for all our guests… made for a seamless, perfect day.”
Tennie loved the song she walked down the aisle to, remembering, ” ‘O’, from Cirque du Soleil. It was a piece we instantly loved, and was played beautifully by our four-piece strings group Lilium Strings .”
Seline Cardamon-Cairns performed the ceremony, the bride telling, “Marrying my best friend; my heart and soul, partner in everything – was the most amazing feeling. Even after being together for 17 years, the feeling was unexpected. We wrote our own vows and tailored our ceremony with our celebrant Seline, making it all even more personal.”
Of their photographer, Teenie remembers, “Chris Bekos from Blueprint Photography was amazing. We had met with five potential photographers, and Chris stood out by far. We had seen his work online, and when we met him in person, he was warm, thoughtful, and had great ideas. On the day, Chris was invisible – Howie and I and our bridal party felt comfortable just being ourselves, without worrying about angles, posing, or being people we aren’t.”
Teenie recalls, “We did most of the wedding details ourselves, with the exception of the flowers. I’m a firm believer in details – some of our favourites were: The wedding programs, created in Publisher, multi-paged and layered, printed on ivory paper and held together with painstakingly-tied ribbon. The bonbonnieres were pocket-sized books detailing ideal marital bliss in the 1800s, stamped on the inside with our seal, and accompanied by bookmarks we had hand-made, thanking our guests for being part of our day. There were glass jars spread throughout the venue, decorated with rich ribbon detail, holding photos of us on our travels around Australia, Asia and North America.”
The couple chose Bruce Harrison to not only DJ their reception but also act as MC. Teenie notes, “Bruce Harrison was DJ and MC for our reception – and we cannot recommend him highly enough. Bruce is laid back, conscientious, and aware of his surroundings… he read the room perfectly when it came to hosting, and the music he chose left the floor was rarely empty. What a contribution to the party!”
Of the first dance, which they learnt from Charisma Dance Centre Teenie remarks, “Our first dance was simply choreographed. The song: ‘No one’s gonna love you..’ (Band of Horses) isn’t a typical wedding song – but it speaks a lot about the underlying love you have for each other – particularly in tough times.”
Congratulations on your marriage Teenie & Howie! Thank you for sharing your day with us, Thank you also to Blue Print Photography for sharing today’s wedding with us!
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