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Kate + Tyson's Perth secret garden wedding

Posted on 06 Jun, 2018
Kate + Tyson's Perth secret garden wedding

Steeped in old world charm, the stunning Lamont's Bishops House majestically stands among the high rises of the Perth CBD. Originally built in the 1850’s for the first Anglican Bishop of Perth, it is now situated in one of the few privately owned and managed heritage-listed gardens in the city. When Perth locals Kate + Tyson found this venue their minds were made up. Old world glamour and charm in the prettiest garden hideaway in the heart of the CBD - what more could you ask for really!? The black roses, bespoke floral arrangements and a sequin dress added some modern touches to this romantic venue.

On the proposal 
It was a weekend getaway to Melbourne that did it all..."Tyson surprised me with a weekend getaway at Crown Metropol, under the premise we were meeting up with his business partner and wife for dinner and drinks to celebrate Christmas/End of the year. He told me they had a room booked for the weekend and we were meeting them there for a drink before dinner. Unbeknownst to me, he led me to one of the loft suites where he then pulled the key out of his pocket and opened the door for me to find the entrance to the suite covered with rose petals, a bouquet of red roses on the table and a bottle of my favourite champagne on ice at the bar. Still thinking we were meeting our friends out for dinner, I was surprised again when one of the waiters from Rockpool knocked on the door and proceeded to serve us dinner and my favourite dessert (passionfruit pavlova).

Following dinner, we spent some time out on the balcony admiring the view of the city, when I turned around to find Tyson on one knee, ring in hand asking me to marry him! So eager to call my family and friends to tell them the fabulous news, he convinced me to just call my family and to wait to tell my girlfriends in person so I could show them the ring. I knew I’d be seeing them in a couple of days at a lunch catch up we had planned, so I agreed to wait.

The next evening Tyson took me to the champagne bar for a drink after dinner, as I entered the bar and turned the corner, I was taken by surprise to see my closest girlfriends all sitting a booth waiting to surprise me and celebrate! Tyson had arranged for them to be there, knowing how much it would mean to me to share this exciting news with them all!! 

On the venue
Kate and Tyson's wedding was held at Lamont’s Bishops House, in the gardens to the front of the house. Kate stumbled across the venue when walking through the city one day. They loved that it felt like a garden hideaway in the middle of the city. Its natural beauty spoke for itself which they loved most. 

All the styling details
It was important for Kate and Tyson to have their garden wedding modern, elegant and classic. Kate drew inspiration from Instagram, the amazing venue and Hello May Magazine, which is always a hub of great ideas. 

The Dress
Kate wore the 'Cassie' gown from our KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection. She is a Perth bride and found her gown at our Perth Boutique.
"I loved that my gown was so different. I loved the textual element of the sequins and the heaviness of the dress which just fell and fit me like a glove. The way the sequins reflected the light in the various patterns and the cut out back were 2 of the standout features for me. My mum and sister were also the only 2 people that had seen my gown before the day so it was really fun to surprise my dad and other bridesmaids with it the morning of. 

Accessorising
I wore a pair of white diamond, pink diamond and pearl drop earrings Tyson had bought me. I also wore a diamond tennis bracelet Tyson bought for me as a surprise. My sister gave it to me once I changed into my gown, it absolutely blew me away and was so special to have my dad put it on me for the day. Kate's shoes were Fendi.

Advice
Try not to over complicate things by doing lots of research. Once you’ve made your decision on particular things, stick with it and trust your judgment.
Be true to your style and personality.
Make sure the food and alcohol are delicious and memorable.

Gown hunting tips
"Be open to trying on different types/styles of dresses. You might go in wanting one particular style of dress but come out loving something completely different."

Suppliers 

Photographer –  Shannon Stent Photography. 

Shannon’s wife Jayde also shot for us on the day.  Our photographer was one of the first things we locked in along with our venue. Tyson and I met with a few photographers prior to locking in Shannon. We got along really well with them both and liked the candid nature of Shannon’s photography style. It’s really important to have a connection with your suppliers,  feel confident that they understand what you are wanting and what your vision is for the day.  

Florist – Alicia Lowe – The Wildflower Perth.

Alicia was amazing! I was so happy with my florals on the day. The black roses were stunning and the ceremony and reception arrangements really set the tone of the day. I allocated different floral arrangements to different guests to take home with them as thankyous. I didn’t want the any of the florals to go to waste!

Bridesmaids gowns -  Aurelio Costarella

Ceremony/post ceremony drinks/canapes: Live acoustic musician – Henry Clarke – Mooi Music

Reception:  DJ - Alex McKee - Filtered Sound

First Dance – Alicia Keys featuring Usher: If I ain't got you

MC – Matt Cecins – good friend and boyfriend of my Maid of Honor (Chelsea). Matt works in media/commentating so he did such a fantastic job on the night!

Celebrant Kirk Goodsell. Kirk was fabulous!! 

Stationery – Paper Fusion (Tess), North Perth 

Menu Design & Bar Signage – Nestle & Porter. 

Cake – One of my school friends – Star Gianatti

Bombonieres – DIY lolly bags from the lolly buffet

Hair Koko Blaq Coiffeur (Tina)

Makeup Kim Deane

Wedding BandsCarbon – Nedlands. They also made my engagement ring, earrings and tennis bracelet

Furniture Hire – Event Artillery and Hire Society