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Taro & Tanya’s romance was born at work for Tanya and Taro who chose an elegant, sophisticated black tie wedding in Melbourne for their nuptials. The dashing couple admit they wanted music to be a highlight of the day as they took to the dance floor with their friends and family! Filled with so much beauty from the incredible dress of the bride to the dapper suit worn by the groom, hints of rose and subtle pinks adorned the flowers and cake. Tanya shares the details of their glamorous day as Jerome Cole Photography captured the moments that matter!

I had four bridesmaids, my sister, two best friends and sister in law and Taro had four of his best mates (one of which is my brother in law). We also had my nieces and nephews as the page boys and flower girls.

 

My dress was simple, yet grand. I chose it because it made me feel incredibly special, and it felt completely me. Con Ilio the designer was amazing, the experience I received was like no other. I felt comfortable, excited and in safe hands. We took a chance and changed the fade out of the skirt from white to bone, and he nailed it! He made the dress to me, and could not have been more precise and thorough. He dressed me on the day, and made sure it was absolutely perfect.

For our flowers I chose long stemmed white roses. Simple yet elegant which was the overall theme. The reception flowers were a combination of variations of pink and white florals.

Taro chose to wear a Hugo Boss dark navy tailored tux – he chose to wear this as he wanted to look elegant and timeless, yet stand out from his groomsmen who wore classic all black tuxedos.

We had so many great vendors, but our stand out was definitely our celebrant, Lara Williams. It’s rare that you get the opportunity to reflect and talk about the ins and outs of your relationship to someone for such a long period of time. It can be confronting talking about your feelings, but I loved re-connecting with the why’s and casting my mind back to when we first met, and hearing about what qualities my partner loves and values most in me. It’s quite beautiful really.

I walked down the aisle to a twist on “Simply the best” by Tina Turner. Tobi Tobi played this live for us, they were brilliant!

Our ceremony was on the lawns at Garden’s House. They are stunning and we were surrounded by so much greenery, beautiful plants and grand trees. The venue had a House we could access in the instance it rained which was just as beautiful.

Our reception was at Alto – the high ceilings, grand glass windows, bar, balcony and modern vibe is what attracted us to this venue. It’s surrounded by beautiful iconic Melbourne city buildings and we loved the idea of having two long tables and sitting amongst our guests. Tevany was our wedding planner at ALTO, she was incredibly helpful and made this a fantastic experience for us.

We wanted our ceremony to feel heart felt, funny but not cheesy. We laughed and cried when reading our ceremony for the first time, it was perfect. This is exactly the reaction our guests had too, who did not stop raving about all of the above.

Our photographer was Jerome Cole – we chose him because of the beautiful statement photos he takes, he was so easy to deal with. Energetic, hilarious and made us feel so comfortable to be around and have as part of our special day.

We had a few DIY elements. These included the menu’s, seating chart and welcome sign – my best friend has access to brilliant fonts, so we designed our own and printed these off ourselves.

A few of our favourite moments from the day are difficult to choose from and we can’t name just one! The combination of getting ready, the ceremony, speeches and music.

It was really important for us to have great music. We feel music sets the scene at any event, so it was important we got this right. We had TobiTobi play for us live at our ceremony, and we had a DJ, a saxophone player and a rapper at the reception. They were brilliant!

We slow danced for around 30 seconds before the chorus kicked in, which is where our guests joined in. Our first dance was to “Sky full of stars – Coldplay”.

If we have any advice for future couples, it would be to enjoy every part of the day! It’s a celebration of your marriage with the people you love most, that’s all that matters.

Ms Zebra Says: We are sending these two divine love birds the biggest congratulations! All the best in this new chapter of your lives!

 

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Penny & Hugh

For a couple who were as relaxed as they were awesome, Penny and Hugh used the back streets of Melbourne to their fullest and in an ultra Melbourne ceremony and reception, the tall ceiling of Two Ton Max provided the backdrop. It’s no accident we’ve also featured this sensational wedding for our first week of The Suit Issue as we can’t look past the eye-catching jumpsuit that adorned Penny for the day. Luckily, they entrusted Sally of Tori and Sal Photography to capture the laughter, love and positive vibes! Bride Penny shares their day and all the moments in between.

We didn’t have a theme or a particular style for our wedding day. We just wanted to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and we wanted the wedding to reflect that. Nothing over the top, nothing old-fashioned or traditional. We wanted lots of colour, beautiful lighting and amazing music.

I chose my jumpsuit from Georgia Young Couture. I only looked at two places and loved Georgia’s style immediately. Originally I was looking for a black dress because I just never imagined myself in a traditional, white dress. But when I tried on the jumpsuit I felt so comfortable and decided to go with it. I didn’t want to over think it. I found something that I loved, fitted well and felt extremely comfortable in.

When asked about the Groom’s attire, Hugh replied, I was doing a corporate wellbeing presentation for Politix and at the back of the room, they had a display of their new suits. I concluded my presentation by saying, “By the way, I’m getting married in two months and I haven’t got a suit, any chance you guys could help me out?”

We chose the wonderful florist, Little Lady Blooms who is based in Carlton. She was so easy to work with and did the most incredible job. We wanted the colour palette to be bold – dark reds, greens and purple and we were keen to have lots of native flowers. She completely nailed the brief. The bouquets were so stunning I wanted to hold mine the whole night!

Our bridal party was made up of, Jac, Em, Sal, Kirsty and the Groomsmen were Hugh’s brother Josh and friends Chris, Al, Tim and Elias!

We were lucky enough to have Sally Goodall from Tori & Sal. She was just the best. Such a pleasure to work with, so organised and most importantly, she takes incredible shots! It’s so hard to choose a favourite photo as Sal did such an exceptional job with the whole day! One of my favourite pictures is of Hugh and I on the dance floor. It’s blurred but you can see so much joy on our faces and it captured the energy and fun of the night.

We chose Two Ton Max because it was modern, it could fit the number of people we wanted and it also had a really cosy atmosphere. It was the perfect place for us.

We used an illustrator called Musings from the Moon to do our wedding invitations. We then used the same drawing of Hugh, Benji and myself on some of the signage on the day and it was one of my favourite details of the day.

We walked down the aisle together (along with our 2 year old son, Benji). Our good friend, Tom who is a musician, sung Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis with Hugh’s cousin James on piano. This was one of the most special parts of the whole wedding.

We wanted the ceremony to be quick, but also very heartfelt. We decided not to include any readings or extra formalities. We simply wanted to tell each other, in front of all our families and friends how much we loved each other.

We didn’t want it to be too serious, which is why it was so important for us to choose the right celebrant. When we met Lara we knew we had the perfect person to bring humour, light-heartedness and class to the ceremony. She did the most incredible job setting the tone for the whole night.

All of our vendors were outstanding. Our DJ Steve Lobo was so lovely and did an amazing job, and we were stoked with the bespoke arbour from The Arbourists. It was so fun and colourful.

We used wedding planners Will & Jac. Catherine and Claire were so delightful to work with and they made the whole process so seamless and fun. They are true wedding professionals and we would recommend them to anyone!

Neither of us are very good dancers so we decided to outsource the first dance to our friends who are professional dancers! We chose the song Ain’t Nobody by Felix Jaehn and started the dance together. Then we ducked into the hallway and our friends came out with masks of us on their faces and did the most hilariously over the top choreographed dance in our place.

We were so lucky to have Hugh’s brother, cousins and friend form a band for the night. They played around 8 songs and brought the house down.

When asked about any advice for future couples, Penny shares,

Don’t feel pressured to include things in your wedding that you don’t feel comfortable with. Do it your own way and don’t take it too seriously!

Ms Zebra Says: We are sending this fabulous couple the biggest of congratulations and well wishes for their lives together. We LOVED seeing this wedding in full and ogling that incredible jumpsuit!!

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Emily & Corey

A 38 degree day in March, in Melbourne, is certainly not what this gorgeous couple expected on their Autumn wedding day! However, they embraced the heat to say ‘I do’ in a special ceremony. Bride Emily shares all the details and Melbourne moments that were captured by talent, photographer Kas Richards. She even breaks all the rules to let us in on their best kept secret…

For years and years we told everyone that we ‘met in a bar in Geelong’. Corey and I put together this story, which we recited every time the question of how we met was asked. The name of the bar, the time we met, what his pick up line was, what the weather was like that day, what we were wearing, what we were drinking. Well guys, truth is, Corey and I didn’t meet at a bar in Geelong. We met somewhere that starts with ‘T’ and ends in ‘inder’…but pretend we never told you that!

My dress was made and designed by Jack Sullivan. I was lucky that Jack had flown down from Brisbane for a visit at my local bridal boutique. As soon as he pulled out the ‘Amanda’ dress, I knew it was the one. We worked away on alterations and changes over the next few months until it was a perfect fit. On the day I felt amazing in all it’s beaded, sequinned glory! I tossed up for weeks about adding sleeves to the gown, however when the universe gave us a 38 degree wedding day, I was very glad I made the choice to leave them off!

Corey and the boys wore suits made and tailored by the Menz Club. Corey was adamant, for months and months, that he wouldn’t wear a bow tie on the day. Little did he know, a bride always gets her way! In the end he was so happy with the way all the suits turned out and even admitted that the suit and bow tie made him feel a million bucks.

Our Wedding was on the 2nd of March 2019 – and it was 38 degrees, might I add! We had a traditional Catholic Ceremony, which was held at St Mary’s Church in Ascot Vale followed by a formal reception at Alto Event Space.

This was the church where I went to Primary School, so it held many fond childhood memories. Faith is very important to our families, especially mine, so we wanted to marry in a place that had importance to us both. We also think the inside of the church is spectacular and one of the best in our area. We are so happy with the way our ceremony photos turned out. The brick walls of the church also allowed a cool welcome relief for us and our guests from the 38 degree heat outside. Corey and I hope to one day baptise our children in the same church.

We loved our entire wedding gallery, however our favourite photos would have to be the candid shots of our bridal party. There is also one of Corey and I standing in the arch/door way of church ruins. This church is in Moonee Ponds and unfortunately burned down some time ago. It was the church my Mum and Dad married in 30 years ago! An iconic wedding photo from their day is a shot of the two of them standing in that same archway. We thought it would be pretty special to replicate it and we were so happy with the way the photos turned out.

Our stylist Paula (The Small Things Co) was able to recommend an amazing florist to bring our floral dreams to life – Viv from Flos Botanical Studio worked absolute magic! From our bridal bouquets to the table arrangement, every single flower was of the highest quality. We went with bold pinks and purples for our flowers. We also got Viv to construct a greenery installation on our reception ceiling which was made of 40 metres of leafy garland. Ah-mazing!

Early on in the wedding planning process we were looking at having a HUGE bridal party – literally think my big fat hillbilly wedding style. In the end we chose 3 of our closest friends to have stand beside us as we made it official. I had my sister and my 2 best friends and Corey had his brother and his 2 best friends. We count our lucky stars to have such amazing friends and family and it was a tough decision to only go with 3 each. However, we got our loved ones involved in our day in other ways, which made it all the more special.

When we first met with The Small Things Co about managing and styling our day, our brief was luxe, bold and structured. We think the brief was more than met! We wanted our wedding day to be a true reflection of our love and individual personalities, so it was always going to be loud, modern and fun! Corey and I honestly could not wipe the smiles off our faces all day. From our first glance from opposite ends of the aisle, to sharing in our first meal together as husband and wife surrounded by our friends and family, the whole day was an absolute dream come true.

A month before our big day my Pop unfortunately passed away from cancer. He had been sick with Alzheimer’s for quite some time however he had been recently diagnosed with cancer in his final few months. We honoured Pop, and a number of other family members and friends touched by cancer, through our wedding favours.

Corey and I made a donation to the Cancer Council of Victoria on behalf of each of our guests. In return we were able to gift each of our guests a customised card detailing the donation details along with a silver daffodil lapel. It was so touching to see so many of our guests with the lapels on their suit jackets or dresses throughout the night. Our favours and the meaning behind them were one of my favourite details of the day. If any other couple are struggling with favour/bonbonniere ideas, I would recommend looking into making a donation to a charity or organisation that is close to their heart on their guest’s behalf.

Our photographer Kas Richards waved her magic wand and worked magic all damn day! Our photo gallery is such a beautiful keepsake and we constantly go through it together reliving all the memories. Kas, and her second photographer Selena, were amazing on the day. They made us feel comfortable and calm in the nervy moments and also boosted our excitement and made the process fun after the formalities of the ceremony were all over.

We had an amazing Wedding Stylist/Planner in Paula (and Tom!) from the Small Things Co, who were an absolute pleasure to work with. We came to Paula with a rough idea of how we wanted our wedding to look and she worked wonders to make our whole styling the stuff of dreams! Paula was also able to recommend some incredible suppliers.

From stationary (special shoutout to the amazing Demi from Petite Paper Co), to florals, to linen hire, candles, cake, lighting and entertainment.. we didn’t have to worry about a thing. I honestly think TSTC was the best investment we made for our day and we would recommend them one million times over. They made the whole process so simple, stress free and most importantly, fun! To be honest, we’re actually super sad it’s over! Paula and Tom went above and beyond for us and we could not have been happier with their overall service, professionalism, knowledge and support.

Asked if there was any advice to give other couples who are planning their wedding, Emily admitted – Just do you! Don’t try and please anyone else, just do you and what makes you both happy. It’s your day, make it yours.

Ms Zebra Says: We wish both Corey and Emily the brightest and happiest of future’s together! Thank you for sharing your wonderful day with us!

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