May and Hugh’s Urban Garden Party Wedding

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Newlyweds in Fitzroys gardens

May & Hugh

I love the sophisticated feel to this urban garden party wedding. From the bride’s knee length gown with matching cape, the amazing soul singer the couple hired to play their favourite song as they walked down the aisle together, the delicious food and colourful macarons. It’s a celebration to get you excited for long, beautiful days outdoors and Renée Stamatis was there to capture it all.

May tells their story. “We met at our friend Ed’s party, just as I was heading overseas. So much of initial contact was through silly intermittent emails. By the time I came back to Melbourne, Hugh had moved to Sydney. A classic tale of latent desire thwarted by a series of deferrals.”

Groom doing up bowtie
Net-a-Porter Cape
Mary Peda Wedding Makeup
Manolo Blahnik Wedding Shoes
Bride with cape

May wore a dress and cape by Valentino . She remarks, “I’m half Italian and chose my dress because it reminded me of nonna. It’s elegant but relaxed which is how we wanted our wedding to be. I also loved that it had a cape which I thought would be nice to hide under. I saw it on Net-a-Porter when it was well beyond what I would consider spending on a dress. Nine months later it showed up on The Outnet at an extreme sale price, just one in my size, and I ordered it without thinking. Bargain bin wedding dress! Luckily it fit.”

Bride and groom
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Melbourne wedding family
Bride in lace wedding cape
Bride wearing cape
Bride in dress with cape
Groom in Paul Smith bue suit

Bride with jade bangle

Of their photographer, May and Hugh tell, “We first saw Renee Stamatis’ work when she shot a styled bridal shoot on site in one of our workplaces. We have an incredible hand painted wallpaper in that site that depicts a Brazilian bird jungle. It has been photographed many times. The colours, lighting and detail captured in Renee’s work were exquisite and really stood out amongst the many images we have seen of the same space. We knew she would be perfect to capture our summer garden wedding.”

Renee Stamatis
Melbourne wedding photo

May and Hugh chose Fitzroy Gardens (Lawn 21)  for their wedding, noting, “The ceremony and reception were combined into a continuous garden party in the Fitzroy Gardens. The lawn we chose is both open and secluded with a magnificent line of towering trees. We both love the Fitzroy Gardens and the feeling of being lost in the beauty of the nature.”

Dahlia Wedding Arrnagement
Drinks at garden party
Wedding flowers

Cecilia Fox created the floral arrangements for the day, the couple noting, “The flowers by Cecilia Fox were amazing. She captured the colours and feel of the day we wanted almost intuitively because we only gave her the barest brief. We loved having a dream garden party surrounded by flowers.”

Cecila Fox
Cecila Fox Wedding Flowers
Guests at garden party wedding
bride and groom walking to wedding
Frank McComb
Bride and groom walking up the aisle

The couple walked down the aisle together to Donny Hathway’s version of Song for You, performed live by Frank McComb .

Wedding ceremony in Fitzroy Gardens
Flowergirl with braid
Happy wedding guest

Jo Betz officiated the ceremony, the newlyweds noting “We wanted the ceremony to be meaningful but short. We had a short reading from T. S. Eliot and included three moments for Frank McComb to perform live. Having an incredible musician like Frank play was an indulgence we allowed ourselves in light of the fact that we were otherwise having a relatively short, low key wedding.”

Jo Betz Marriage celebrant
Jo Betz Celebrant
Congratulationg groom
Bride receiving hugs
Intimate fitzroy gardens wedding
Frank McComb Wedding
Garden party wedding in fotzroy gardens

May remembers, “There was no dancing. Just garden frolicking. Frank McComb performed his version of Donny Hathway’s For All We Know at the end of our ceremony.”

Blakes Feast Caterers
Cecilia fox wedding bouquets
Guest at Fitzroy Gardens
Garden party wedding reception
Blakes Feast Wedding Catering

Guests enjoyed champagne and canapes catered by Blakes Feast. “Blake’s Feast, our caterers, were incredibly professional to deal with and handled everything beautifully.”

Bride and friends
Child wedding guest
Pink flower in wedding guest hair
Outdoor wedding in Melbourne

“Our son made our day. He ran up during our vows and up to the microphone in all of our speeches.”

wedding guest with sun hat
Wedding reception in Fitzroy gardens

The couple remark, “We made sure the ceremony and speeches were short. Partly this is because we didn’t want to bore anyone but we also wanted it to be something our two year old son could take part in and enjoy. We also wanted to acknowledge and include our families so it was important that, although casual, there was enough formality to be respectful to the people we love and who love us.”

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Wedding speech Melbourne
Garden party wedding venue
Crying wedding guest
Blakes Feast Desserts

Semi naked wedding cake

Bride and groom cutting cake

Along with a beautiful tiered semi naked cake by Innicka Dee Cakes, the couple also served up plenty of macarons from La Belle Miette, which they also gifted as favors to their guests.

Lady with big hat drinking champagne
Groom with son
Guest with champagne
La Belle Miette
Laughing guests
Guests with macarons
Newlyweds in Melbourne

Congratulations May & Hugh! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Renée Stamatis for sharing today’s wedding!

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