Katie & Grant
I gotta tell you, I’m in love with every bit of Katie and Grant’s rustic Tanglewood Estate wedding. Because while I have seen this beautiful country venue many a time before, it’s never had these two and their own special version of a wedding day. A blush wedding gown, a dessert buffet (on a wagon!) that will leave you wanting smell-o-vision, a wedding film that might have you sobbing at your desk (just me?). We’re so honoured to tell their tale (which took place on the third anniversary of when they met, complemented by beautiful photographs by Ada + Ivy Photography.
We have SO many stories to share today, but we need to go back to the beginning, with the tale of how Katie and Grant met in their own words. “We met on Tinder. Katie was just about to delete the app when she sent the last few people that she hadn’t chatted to in her inbox a message. Grant was one of them. They got on really well and planned a date at the Nachos Cantina in Aspendale by the beach. Katie nearly cancelled the date because her grandfather was very ill and in the hospital. But she decided that going might cheer her up. She went straight from visiting with her grandpa, which did cheer her up. Grant was the perfect gentleman. He was understanding and listened, but also spoke about himself and his family. He was polite, opened doors, refused to let Katie pay, kissed her goodbye on the sidewalk before waiting until Katie had driven away to leave himself. The next day, Katie’s grandpa passed away. She was devastated, as she had never lost anyone close to her before. Grant was a pillar of strength and supported her through everything. A couple of days after the funeral, Katie came down with severe tonsillitis. She had to go to the doctor’s office every day for penicillin injections. Grant didn’t care what she looked like or that she was sick in bed and not much fun to be around, he hung around anyway! She got quite sick from all the antibiotics and then developed stress induced alopecia, but none of this deterred Grant! He stayed and cheered her up no matter what.”
The unexpected beginning led to Grant proposing on Sorrento Pier after a beautiful day out and utterly romantic dinner. That leads us to today…
After much flip-flopping, Grant chose chinos and a beautiful blue jacket from Arthur Galan.
Shares Katie “I’m very superstitious, so I wanted to make sure I had my something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. I wore my mum’s blue garter from her wedding, and borrowed a ruby ring of her grandmothers, my dress was new and I wore a family friend’s hoop underneath it as my something old. ”
The bride found her beautiful blush Ida Torez gown at Be A Star Bridal. This bride to experiencing her “aha” moment as soon as she saw it. “Oh my gosh, I will love that dress forever! She is so beautiful! We’d been to a few dress shops and I’d found a couple that I liked, but wasn’t like “oh my gosh this is THE ONE!” We had the appointment at Be A Star and one other place after. We walked into Be A Star and I saw it on the rack and, they were right! I knew! I picked out a couple of other dresses to try on too, as I’ve always learnt not to put all my eggs in one basket. But I tried it on first and it was love. I came out and told Mum and Chels, my best friend since birth and matron of honour, that that beautiful blush pink Ida Torez gown was the one. I never wanted to take it off! We ordered it right there on the spot.
When we added the cathedral length two tier veil, it was just what I’d always imagined. I later decided to add straps and an overskirt for the ceremony. The white addition had a longer train than the pink skirt and just added more drama, and a hint more tradition. And, with all my tattoos, I look anything but traditional. For the reception, I changed my veil to a fingertip two tier with the same lace edging and removed the overskirt to be announced, with my gorgeous new husband, in party pink! I wish I could wear that dress forever!”
Katie and Grant worked with Desflora on the beautiful coral and white bouquets, Katie tells “So I’ve always loved flowers. My grandpa had a glorious garden which he tended lovingly and even bred new versions of flowers in his greenhouse. This love of flowers was definitely passed down and now to me. However, I am painfully sentimental. I couldn’t bear the thought of my beautiful wedding flowers wilting. I loved that my best friend Chelsea had her silk bouquet from her wedding on display in her home and wanted to be able to do the same. Desflora came highly recommended by more than one person, so we went to check them out. I had an idea of colours and basic style, but they brought all my dreams to life. ! I picked out a few things I liked and they added things I never would have myself, including some succulents and dusty green foliage and even some peppercorn, to make the most stunning bouquet I’ve ever seen! It had just the right amount of individuality as well! ”
You will soon come to know, that every single detail at Katie and Grant’s wedding was so very carefully chosen, right down to each song. Katie explains of the processional, “We went to America shortly after we got engaged. And on a date in Santa Monica one night, while we were sitting eating dinner, this fantastic old cowboy type busker was playing outside the restaurant. We sat and listened to him and just talked about how great he was. Then he played “Country Roads Take Me Home” by John Denver and it gave us goosebumps! I still have the recording on my phone because I wanted to capture it forever. We decided then and there that I’d walk down the aisle to that. As soon as I heard Nick, from the Velvet Archers, who did all our ceremony music, start to play it, I got those same goosebumps and those butterflies started as I walked into the chapel. My dad was by my side, just as I’d always dreamed he would be and it was just so special and perfect.”
Katie knew just the person she wanted to perform the ceremony-Katherine Dolphin! She tells “I have been singing all my life and when my singing teacher, Katherine Dolphin, told us that she was becoming a celebrant, we just knew that we wanted her to marry us. She kept what she would be saying a surprise for the most part, which I loved, as I knew about everything else for the wedding. Because she was a friend of ours, the ceremony was super personal and emotional. We all cried, even Kath! And I think that just made it even more beautiful. Chelsea read a section of First Corinthians 13, which was lovely. Some might say it’s cheesy, but I’ve always loved it and when I showed Grant, he loved it too. My grandma is quite religious and given that it wasn’t a very religious ceremony, I wanted to include that for her. We also wrote our own vows to each other, which ensured there wasn’t a dry eye in the house! ”
Guests dined on an absolute feast catered by Prvdr and this, remains the groom’s favourite part of the day. “When I asked Grant to tell me through things he wanted to be included in the day, Grant wrote food. Three times. He wanted to make sure that there was no time from the end of the ceremony that people didn’t have access to good food and a drink. We definitely achieved all of this! ”
The newlyweds could not have been more thrilled with their photographer, the bride gushing “I cannot even begin to explain to you how much I love Brenna. She quickly became a friend and confidant, not just a photographer! She supported me especially, but everyone at some point or other in this journey. We met her at a bridal fair that we heard about through Polka Dot Bride actually! As soon as we saw her photos, we were hooked. We wanted photos that weren’t too over the top posey, or bright, but were a bit more antique and moody and captured all the unspoken things in a moment and that’s Ada & Ivy Photography in a nutshell! When we booked her, she kindly gave us a complimentary hour, to be used whenever we wanted. So, she came to the end of our engagement party, the September before we were married. The photos that she took that day are still some of my favourite photos ever! She just nails it every time! She lets you be relaxed and you and just capture that so effortlessly and naturally.”
Katie and Grant chose the beautiful country venue of Tanglewood Estate for both their ceremony and reception, noting “We went to a few venues, found a couple we thought we really liked, but when we went to visit Tanglewood, the feeling was pretty unanimous that it was the one. Of course, the venue itself is stunning! But the family that owns it, especially Donna and Emma, were so welcoming and friendly and helpful too! The barn suited our rustic, country dreams to a tee! But the chapel won our hearts. Its beautiful raw wood finish is just breathtaking! rant is a carpenter, so he loved the simple elegance of it and the crystal clear glass windows looking straight out to Sorrento bay, where we were engaged.”
Zephyr & Bloom Cakes created an amazing wedding cake and dessert table, In Katie’s words “Jemima at Zephyr and Bloom was outstanding! Her cake was to die for and her dessert bar?! Oh my gosh, it was the best thing ever!”
To ensure they could truly relax on the day, the newlyweds hired Event & Flavour to make sure everything was under control. “Lisa, at Event & Flavour, played a huge role in the planning, organising of the day and made sure everything ran smoothly. She put all of our design elements in place perfectly as well! She was a huge emotional support throughout the whole lead up as well.”
Katie and her mum decorated much of the day themselves with beautiful, handmade country touches (including a quote for guests to sign as the guestbook!) Katie shares “We like little details, and personalised touches, so we got vinyl stickers made to put on drinking glasses for the wedding party, coat hangers for the bridesmaids, and our welcome sign, which was an antique mirror. We used various jars and milk bottles in all shapes and sizes and decorated them with lace, hessian and ribbon to pop some live flowers in. We bought shepherds hooks which lined the path to the chapel, and later, to the barn and hung the decorated jars of flowers from them. Similar jars also hung from the ends of all the pews. Mum made gorgeous hessian bunting that said “Mr & Mrs Scotland” which hung behind the head table. For our guest book, we got people to sign blank quilt squares which we will be sewing together to make a wedding quilt. Robyn from Ribbon visions made us personalised ribbon to tie around little bags of personalised candies for the bonbonieres. She also printed each guest’s name onto the ribbon, which Mum cut up and sewed onto personalised cutlery holders at each guest’s seat. Grant hand made our beautiful wishing well from old fence palings! I adore it!”
We agonised over the first dance song for a while! We really wanted “If I Were A Carpenter” by Johnny Cash. But, because it’s sort of the wrong tempo and feel, plus it’s a duet with June, we didn’t feel like it would work with our three-piece, all male, band, The Velvet Archers. Who were incredible by the way! We both listened to Country Radio on Spotify and we’d suggest songs, but none felt right. Grant really doesn’t like Ed Sheeran and wanted a “No-Ed-Wed”. We finally settled on a duet called “The Rest Of Our Life” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Irony upon ironies, I found out later that it was actually written by old Ed himself! So shhhhh.”
The Velvet Archers were a hit on the dance floor, playing live music all night long. “The band, The Velvet Archers, especially Nick, were great!” raves Katie. “They took your typical songs everyone knows and turned them into fantastic a bluegrass country party vibe and everyone loved dancing to them! Nick accompanied me in singing a song I wrote for Grant and he made me feel at ease and comfortable, even when I was suffering pretty shocking performance anxiety.”
Katie and Grant enlisted Four by Four Filmss to create a stunning film of their day Irwin at Four By Four Films were fantastic! His highlight reel has made sooooo many people ugly cry! The way he captured the best parts of our day and put them to the most perfect song is just unbelievable. ”
A big congratulations Katie and Grant! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you to Ada + Ivy Photography for today’s beautiful wedding imagery!