They saw each other in the pub one and simply got chatting. A romance blossomed from that night and 5 years later, they exchanged vows in the stunning space at Mountain Goat Brewery in Melbourne. Their wedding was the epitome of a classic Melbourne wedding- a moody, industrial setting in the back streets of Richmond full of stunning greenery by Badlands & Co., photos of the beautiful couple walking through the streets lined with red brick buildings that winded down to the Yarra river where they spent a few moments with each other, soaking in the magical day they were having. Their gorgeous niece, Lucy accompanied them which added an unforgettable fun and playful twist to their photos, shot by Oy Photography. Back in the Brewery, they partied and celebrated with their nearest and dearest, flipping a custom made 'All in' poker chip to help them decide what their First Dance song would be as the sun set on a glorious Melbourne Spring day.
How did you meet your (now) husband? We were both out with friends and happened to be at the same pub. Nobody knew each other, we just got talking.
How long have you been together? 5 years
Do you have a proposal story? Dan proposed by putting the 1st present (the ring) under the Christmas tree. I'm a little Christmas obsessed normally so it was a really special proposal.
What was your wedding date? 15th October 2016
Location (Ceremony and Reception)
Where? Mountain Goat Brewery- Richmond
What made you choose there? It is a great industrial space. Very relaxed and it was not too far to travel.
How did you find it? I found it from a lot of googling!
How was the weather on the day? Perfect! 21 degrees and sunshine. Although it was a little windy.
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Venue availability and it fitted in and around AFL finals, the races & other engagements. We have our guests convenience in mind.
The Wedding Details
Theme? Lush foliage, whites, greens, industrial with a casual & relaxed edge
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Yes- lots. The invites, the welcome sign, reserved tags, donut boxes, poker chips & bouquet charm.
Bridesmaids – who/relationship? I had none officially. However, my best friends helped me get ready.
Sarah and Jess - my sisters. Lauren and Bianca - my high school friends.
Groomsmen – who/relationship? None
Flower girls/ Page boys - who/relationship? Lucy my Niece (on Dan's side)
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw a picture of the 'Matilda' gown online originally & had to come in!
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? Bridal Expos & online
How many gowns did you try? 3 or 4
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes Armadale boutique, Melbourne
What did you especially like about your gown? The fitted bodice was very flattering & I loved that it wasn't white!
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Briggins
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? A Tiffany & Co. silver & rose gold bracelet
Where did you get your shoes from? Reiss
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I wore a floral crown from Badlands & Co, my Florist.
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? If you can, find a stylist who can help you stay on track & make all those ideas in your head come to life!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Try everything on. It might look different than on the hanger.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day?
The 'All in' custom made poker chips was a present from me to Dan on the day. He loved it. The favours were individually boxed Nutella donuts & dessert was an all you can eat ice cream cart by Billy Van Creamery.
Something Old? I had my grandparents wedding photo on a charm attached to bouquet.
Something New? Almost everything really!
Something Borrowed? Our celebrant! She did my brother's wedding two years ago.
Something Blue? A heart shaped piece of dads old shirt was sewn onto the back of my dress.
Photographer – Oy Photography
Florist – Badlands & Co.
Videographer– Bottlebrush Films
Music - Rutherford Entertainment
First Dance – Do Wah Diddy- We flipped the poker chip during dinner to decide on a song at the last minute!
MC – DJ Josh from Rutherford Entertainment
Celebrant – Chantelle McLaughlan. Chantelle officiated my brothers wedding 2 years ago
Stationery – DIY by me
Menu – Done by the catering company - The Grub Club. The menu also doubled as place cards
Bombonieres – Individually boxed Nutella donuts. I designed the boxes myself
Hair – Studio 2 Make-up & Hair
Make-Up – Studio 2 Make-up & Hair