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Kate + Matt's picturesque Bellarine Peninsula wedding

Posted on 04 Apr, 2018
Kate + Matt's picturesque Bellarine Peninsula wedding

Kate and Matt's stunning wedding has just been featured in the April edition of Cosmo Bride. Can't get enough of their day? Grab your copy at your local newsagents today!

Background 

How did you meet your partner? We met at the cafe I was working at while studying at uni. Matt started working on a site across the road and would come in each day to get lunch. On his last day at that location, he gathered his courage up and ask me on a date and have barely spend a day apart since!

How long have you been together? We met in July 2012, so 5.5 years. 

Do you have a proposal story? Matt proposed while we were on holiday in New Zealand a couple of years ago. A lot of my family live over there so it was great to celebrate with them after the fact.  

 

The Wedding 

What was your wedding date? Saturday 18th November 2017

Location? Terindah Estate, Bellarine VIC

What made you choose there? The views are amazing and we liked that we could have the ceremony and reception all in the one place. We wanted the day to be super relaxed and we felt like it was the perfect spot for achieving this.  We also loved that our guests could take the opportunity for a mini getaway for the weekend.  

How did you find it? We knew we wanted to get married out of the city. I loved the Ivory Tribe website and used this to find a number of our suppliers including the venue. We spent a day visiting a few of venues around the Bellarine Peninsula but nothing compared to the views at Terindah.  

How was the weather on the day? I think Bellarine was the only place in Victoria that day that didn’t get a drop of rain. It was perfect blue skies. A storm rolled across the bay at around 6 pm, it didn’t touch us but made a very spectacular backdrop! We couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather.

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We wanted to get married in November for the weather although we just picked a date that was free with our venue! 

The Wedding Details

Theme? I went for a fairly clean, white look. Modern but nothing that we would look back on and cringe. I wasn’t too stuck on sticking to a certain theme but wanted to keep true to our style. I wanted to make flowers the feature and our lovely florist Prue from Miss Thistle made this possible. She did such an amazing job!

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? I work in events and have done a bunch of wedding styling so had a few ideas of what I wanted the day to look like. Pinterest is also an old favourite of mine and really helped with pulling ideas together.  

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? I arranged all the styling and also did all the graphic design myself. Matt made the white wire backdrop which sat behind us at the reception.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship?

Maid of Honour - My older sister Jess.

Bridemaid - Matt’s sister Darcee.

 

Groomsmen – who/relationship?

Best Man - Matt’s Brother Jack.

Groomsman - Matts friend Luke.  

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Kate looked stunning in the 'Blake/Julianne' combination from the D.Y.G collection.  

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I had followed Karen Willis Holmes on Instagram for a while and loved their gowns. Plus I thought the price points were great.  

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Instagram, Facebook, bridal magazines.  

How many gowns did you try? Around 5 at Karen Willis Holmes.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes - High St. Armadale, VIC 

What did you especially like about your gown? Choosing my own skirt and bodice from the D.Y.G collection gave me the freedom to customise a gown to my liking. I knew I wanted a full skirt and once I found out the 'Julianne' had pockets I was sold. The pockets actually turned out to be very important as I was able to keep my dearly departed Grandma’s pearl necklace in one pocket and a blue embroidered hanker-chief from my Nana in the other. I was unsure what type of bodice I would go with and so being able to try on different options really helped me to see what I liked. Once I had the 'Blake' bodice and 'Julianne' skirt on I knew I had found my gown. 

Fashion

Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Jess; my maid of honour wore Keepsake, and my bridesmaid Darcee wore Shona Joy.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? The suits were Ted Baker, from David Jones in Melbourne.  

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I kept it pretty clean with some borrowed pearl earrings from my Mother In Law. The bridal party wore silver earrings from Witchery and nude Tony Bianco heels.  

Where did you get your shoes from? My shoes were Mimco, they were so fun.

Other

What advice would you give brides organising their wedding? My advice would be: keep true to your style and try not to get stuck on the small details. In my eyes, the key to having a perfect day is being able to enjoy it with your guests. I think you can achieve this by limiting the formalities and keeping things flexible. Don’t get stuck on sticking to a tight run sheet or this will just add stress to your day.  

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? The best thing I did was letting the stylist pick gowns for me. I tried things on I never would have picked myself and these were some of the dresses I loved the most. It can be scary moving outside your comfort zone but worth it to find the perfect dress.  

Suppliers 

Photographer – Jess from Elk and Willow was an absolute gem and the photos are perfection. We couldn’t have asked for a better photographer. Her style was perfect for us and she was amazing on the day and had a very calming presence.

Florist – Pru from Miss Thistle. I sent Pru some images and varieties of flowers I liked but the flowers on the day were so much better than I could have ever dreamed up. Pru sent me a sneak peak of the bouquets the day before the wedding and I still remember the feeling!

Music – Like This Corporate Band. I found them on the Ivory Tribe Website. We went to one of their shows before we booked them and were sold once we heard them play. They are a 5 piece band and everyone loved them on the night. It honestly made such a big difference to the atmosphere.

First Dance – This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) by Talking Heads

MC – Our good friend Corey.

Celebrant – Jo Betz, honestly one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met! Jo was absolutely perfect. She created a beautiful, relaxed ceremony which suited us to a tee. So many of our guests commented on how great she was. I think anyone who has ever met Jo would understand!  

Stationery – Designed by me!

Menu – Terindah Estate

Cake – I actually ordered our cakes from La Manna Patisserie. Not traditional, but super delicious and gorgeous. We got a larger white ruffle cake, which we use for the cutting. We also got a pink buttercream cake and some mini cupcakes and lemon tarts.

Bombonieres – We combined bombonieres and name places and got individually stamped Sweet Mickie cookies.  

Hair – Alana from Momu in Geelong. She was lovely!

Make-Up – Tess Holmes - check her out on Instagram, very talented!  

Wedding Bands – Matt actually picked up a cheap one last time we were in Bali and I got mine done by the same jeweller who did my engagement ring. Wes from Melbourne Jewellery Service. He doesn’t have a store or really advertise, Matt heard about him through a friend of a friend.

Extra features – We got a selfie station from Social Playground with unlimited prints. I actually never told Matt about this as I knew he would say no! But even he admits it was the highlight of the night. There was a line for the first hour. We have so many fun prints and looking back at the online gallery of everyone's photos from the night was so fun.