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Bree & Marc's Simple & Elegant Wedding

Posted on 25 Feb, 2015
Bree & Marc's Simple & Elegant Wedding

Background

How did you meet your (now) husband?

Marc and I met through a friend at a house party in Melbourne when we were 18. We dated for about a year then went our separate ways. We met up again in Melbourne about 5 years later and the rest is history 

How long have you been together?

 We have now been together for 6 years

Do you have a proposal story? 

Marc proposed when we were in Japan, half way up Mt Fuji. It was supposed to be covered in wild flowers but they had blossomed early so instead we were surrounded by dirt… but it was perfect! 

 

The Wedding

What was your wedding date?

23 August 2014

Location (Ceremony and Reception)

1.     Where?    

Two Ton Max – 124 Langford st North Melbourne

2.     What made you choose there?

We both wanted a relaxed venue that we could stamp as our own. Two Ton Max is a very cool industrial venue that has the flexibility of white walls, amazing polished concrete floors and is just a bit different to your regular mainstream wedding venue.

It also has an amazing white marble bar that is there and ready to serve your guests in style. The owner Remo is so easy to deal with and he literally has everything covered which makes for smooth sailing in the lead up and the on day. What can I say…. Two Ton Max is beyond fabulous! 

How did you find it?

I googled industrial venues and it was a definite stand out one of a kind  

How was the weather on the day?

We had planned our wedding inside for our gloomy winter wedding but instead we had a balmy August day and night, it really was perfect!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date?

We didn’t really put to much thought into the date, it worked for the venue and it was in the time frame we wanted so we just went with it. Once we sent out the invites we were informed by our families that we both had one set of grandparents that had been married on the same date which made our choice even more amazing. What a fluke!

The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)?

We wanted a relaxed fuss free wedding, that resembled a big family dinner.

I guess the theme if there was one was simple elegance meets industrial.

I collected old English saucers, not one the same, for the tables, and I also collected mismatched op shop cutlery. We went with charcoal table clothes and chairs as I felt it was more relaxed then stark white.

We used old silver teapot sets potted with succulents as our table centerpieces.

Our furniture hire company custom made an old door screen for us to be married in front, which we draped with a mixture of ivy and flowers.  But my favorite feature of the setup was our suspended ladders over our two long tables with the bare bulb lights all knotted through and a hanging flower arrangement down the aisle, it made the venue cosy but so very cool.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?

I saw a photo on pinterest with a long table and a million suspended lights that I fell in love with immediately, and the rest just fell into place around that one picture. I also used sites such as polka dot bride and magazines to get ideas.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What?

A lot of out wedding we did ourselves. With the help of both of our mums we collected tea sets and planted them with succulents as our centrepeices. We also did the venue flowers and hanging flower arrangement ourselves with a few lessons from an amazing florist wholesaler.

Again enlisting the help of our mums we also made our own bonbonaires which was an assortment of homemade tomato relish, strawberry jam, succulents in jars and also bowel cancer awareness pins. 

 

Bridal Party 

1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

We mixed it up a little and I had Bridesmen – My brothers Kyle Docherty and Tyson Docherty

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Marc had Groomsmaids – His sisters Ashlee Adams and Tayla Adams

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?

Our flowers girls were marcs cousins daughters Ruby & Matilda 

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? 

I had tried on a KWH dress in the initial stages of dress shopping but in the end opted for a different option – BIG MISTAKE! When everything went completely wrong with the other dress that I had bought – 3 weeks out from the wedding, I immediately went back to KWH in the hope that I would be able to somehow have the amazing dress I had originally tried on.

The ladies in the armadale shop are true angels! They told me they would be able to make the dress in record time however then I saw THE dress in the window and I had to try it on.

This dress was amazing and when I put it on I finally got that excited feeling I think you are supposed to get when you find the ONE!

There were some very stressed phone calls to be able to make that dress mine but the ladies in aramdale went the extra miles for me and in the end I had the most amazing dress any bride could ever ask for. They all truly have hands of gold!

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before?

I have seen a couple of brides wearing KWH dresses and also advertised in magazines

How many gowns did you try?

I cant remember … to many!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)?

KWH Melbourne. I dealt mainly with Enza but they are all amazing in there.

What did you especially like about your gown?

I loved how womanly it made me feel! The strapless bodice was modern but so classy and fit like a glove so I wasn’t forever having to readjust! And the way the fabric in the skirt fell was amazing … to be honest there wasn’t anything I didn’t like about the dress!  

 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?

Shakuhacki – White envelope dress from David Jones

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits?

Ted Baker suits

Hugo Boss Shirts and Ties

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party?

House of Harlow earrings for the groomsmaids

I chose a set of cluster earrings from KWH 

Where did you get your shoes from?

Zimmerman & Ted Baker

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from?

My veil was my something borrowed

Other:

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?

Relax and just tick the boxes. At the end of the day you are going to marry the man of your dreams and everyone that matters is only there to witness that so don’t get bogged down in the unimportant things.

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown?

Go to KWH, the service and product is nothing short of perfection!!

Something Old?

My mum gave me her mums engagement ring on my wedding day

Something New?

My earrings were my something new

Something Borrowed?

I borrowed my veil from a friend

Something Blue?

I had blue shoes, and also my nans engagement ring was diamond and sapphire 

Suppliers

Florist – Eastlink Flowers Ferntree GullyWe wanted to do our decorating ourselves, Amanda made our bouquets and helped me source simple flowers that we could work with to make our hanging arrangement and vases  

Photographer Erin & Tara Photography – AMAZING!  Tara took our photos with another photographer Julia. Both were so amazing and we LOVE the final product!

First Dance – Van Morrison – Someone like you

Celebrant – Helen Peters

Stationery Claire Louise Invitations

Cake – Blakes Feast made our cake – which we served as sweets it was delicious!

Bombonieres – Home made Tomato Relish, Strawberry Jam and potted succulents in jar from www.justjars.com.au great prices and speedy service .We also thought it was important to spread to word about the growing incidence of bowel Cancer so we made one of our bonbonaires bowel cancer awareness pins purchased from bowel cancer Australia – such a great cause!

Hair -  Hair by a fabulous friend Jo

Make up – Melonie Santos – the most amazingly natural makeup, she is truly fantastic!

Wedding Bands John Wohlers Jewellers Wangaratta

Extra features – LIGHTING – Technical Events.Technical events did all the rigging of the suspended ladders and lighting which was so important for our day, as it was a focus. Such a professional company with a great product

HIRE COMPANY COMPLETE FUNCTION HIRE – Steve Withers from CFH is an absolute champ! He helped me create my dream by sourcing old furniture and building me an old doorpetition to stand in front of the bar for our ceremony. The service was fantastic and all the boys were just so helpful! I HIGHLY recommend CFH.