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Melanie & Richard's Classic Seaside Wedding

Posted on 21 Aug, 2015
Melanie & Richard's Classic Seaside Wedding


How did you meet your (now) husband? We met at the engagement party of my friend, who also happens to be Rich’s cousin.  I was totally taken by this amazing guy (Rich) who was so lovely to talk to.  We quickly felt comfortable in each other’s company and felt like we had known each other for years.

How long have you been together? 4 years

Do you have a proposal story? Yes! Rich and I like to swim before breakfast at Point Lonsdale when we visit there on weekends – no matter the time of year!  So we jumped in the car on a freezing and windy September morning, with bathers and puffer jackets on!  It started raining as we drove down the driveway and we looked at each other and decided to abort mission – but promised each other we would swim on Sunday.  On Sunday morning we did make it for a swim – and Rich was in and out of the water super quickly.  As I came out of the ocean, he got down on one knee on the sand and proposed.  It was the most incredible moment of my life!  It is a feeling I will never forget. The funny thing was – Rich had the ring wrapped up in his towel ready to propose on the Saturday.  But, as we didn’t swim, he didn’t do it.  I did ask what would have happened if it rained on Sunday as well – and his answer was that we wouldn’t be engaged!  I will now never say no to a swim for the rest of my life.  

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? 18 April 2015

Location (Ceremony and Reception) 

Where? Ceremony at St George the Martyr Anglican Church, Queenscliff.  Reception at Rich’s family farm, on the Bellarine Peninsula, just outside of Point Lonsdale. 

What made you choose there?  It was important to us to get married somewhere that was significant to one or both of us. The view from the farm is incredible, and looks over the heads of Port Phillip bay – it was the most spectacular setting for a marquee.  We loved the church as soon as we saw it, and we loved that when you stand outside the door of the church you could look across Swan Bay and see the farm and the marquee in the distance.  Now each time we visit the farm we have such happy memories of our wedding day there.

How was the weather on the day? Four seasons! We woke up to a beautiful blue sky day which continued until after the ceremony.  As we were having our photos, the most spectacular storm clouds rolled through the heads.  It was quite incredible being down on the pier and watching the storm come in!  Luckily we had planned for the worst so the marquee was very solid and super warm and cosy inside. The bad weather outside turned out to be a bonus – as it kept everybody inside the marquee - ready to party!

What made you decide to get married on this particular date? Rich and I decided we did not want a high summer wedding.  We have always loved autumn and it is my very favorite time of year.  I love the autumn colours and the long shadows that are cast on an autumn afternoon.  I think it is a truly beautiful time of year.


The Wedding Details

Theme (if any – colours, features, etc.)? Scandi/chic – a phrase my sister coined!  I wanted a touch of copper/rose gold running throughout the decorations, with soft blush/apricot tones and greys.  I was very keen to have the marquee feel warm and toasty as the wedding was in April and the weather outside would be cool.   Inside I wanted lots of warmth and candlelight. I was keen to steer away from the white-on-white look.  My engagement ring is also rose gold, so that was perhaps the starting point!

We were very lucky because my sister is a part owner of Ed Dixon Food Design, so she has lots of experience in putting on events.  It made sourcing the marquee, furniture and catering an absolute breeze.

The decorations were all done by family and friends.   Even the flowers were done by my mum and Rich’s godmother, together with my bridesmaids.  I love that our whole wedding was so personal to us.  My family home is in Tasmania and mum and dad brought over masses of hydrangeas and crab apples from our garden which were used in the table decorations.  They looked so pretty and it was meaningful to me to have that touch of home. 

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from?  In the preceding months I collected lots of copper things that I loved and got ideas together from all sorts of places – café’s, interior magazines, pintrest…having said that, there was not too much formality to the planning – I knew what I wanted it to ‘feel like’ in the end but didn’t have a set idea of what it would look like!  I was confident though that if we chose beautiful decorations in the colour palate that we love, then it would look beautiful.  How it turned out was way beyond my expectations!!

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Everything!  We didn’t have a stylist but I have always had a keen interest in design and had so much fun putting together a ‘look’.  Mum was spray painting copper tins for weeks prior to the wedding which acted as vases for the tables.  On the Friday before the wedding all the bridal party put the marquee together, doing flowers, decorations, hanging copper painted frames for the table seating plans.. .it really was a team effort.  I was fairly relaxed about the minor details and was careful not to create too much work for us as I wanted us to enjoy the whole experience and not be exhausted.  I kept on joking – ‘no craft!’.   

Bridal Party

 1.     Bridesmaids – who/relationship? My two elder sisters, Georgina Routley and Felicity Davies and my two best friends, Lucy Ryan and Bronwen Bock.  Rich and I are both the youngest of 4 kids!

2.     Groomsmen – who/relationship? Rich’s two elder brothers, David Robson and Peter Robson, and his two best friends, Tom Wilson and Jonathan Fernie. 

3.     Flower girls/Page boys – who/relationship?  Our nieces and nephews, Jed and Oliver Routley (page boys) and Chloe Robson, Maggie Davies and Amelia Earles (flower girls). 


Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I saw some beautiful gowns in magazines and each time I looked where they were from, KWH kept on coming up! I then looked at their website and thought it was definitely somewhere I would like to go and try on some dresses.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? I know a friend of mine had a KWH gown and she looked beautiful.

How many gowns did you try? I only went to 4 shops and KWH was the last of the 4.  I went on a weekday so there was no frantic rush and we had the whole shop to ourselves.  I tried on about 4 gowns at KWH and they were all lovely, but only one that brought a big grin to my face and that I did not want to take off! I chose something very different to what I thought I would – initially I didn’t want strapless and there was so much lace about that I thought I would probably have something with an element of lace – but the lines and the simplicity of my gown suited me perfectly and I knew it was the dress for me.

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? High St, Armadale.

What did you especially like about your gown? I knew that Rich would love it, as soon as I put it on.  I could move so freely and easily in it and it brought the biggest smile to my face whenever I wore it.  The lines suited my figure well and I loved the simplicity of it.  It was so elegant and striking. 


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier?  The skirts came from New York – Alexandra Grecco, and the tops were Carla Zampatti. 

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? They were tailored individually from different tailors.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I bought a clip and earrings  a couple of days before from somewhere on high st!  Can’t remember exactly.

Where did you get your shoes from? Georgie’s Bridal online. 

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? Veil from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.  There is nothing like a veil to make you feel truly bridal! 

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? Relax!  If you have fun, your guests will have fun.  I was determined to not stress about things and enjoy the whole process – planning and all.  As the day goes quickly, the build up and the preparation is just as much a part of it.  You want to make sure you enjoy that.

I remember popping some champagne on the Friday night before the wedding, in the marquee once we had finished setting up and it all looked so beautiful.  The whole bridal party was there and we had worked solidly all day to put it together.  Everyone had some ownership over the final result and that was wonderful.   I said to my bridesmaids and Rich that I was so happy and totally satisfied.  Tomorrow (the wedding day) feels like a bonus!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Go on a weekday!   I would have been completely psyched out going on Saturday with heaps of other brides…it was very relaxing mid week. 

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day.

The David Austin roses that we had throughout the marquee were amazing and threw the most incredible scent.  The Friday morning before the wedding my mum, my future mother and law and I went to the rose farm and picked up buckets and buckets of roses - and the smell in the car on the way home was incredible!!

Espresso Martinis served at 10.30 were a huge hit – and certainly fired up the dance floor!  One of my favorite memories was watching the waiters behind the bar ‘getting their groove on’ as they shook up the espresso martinis – even the staff had fun : ) Danni from Moss Industry weddings did our bouquets and they were so beautiful, it was honestly the most gorgeous bouquet I had ever seen.

Something Old? …Dad?!

Something New?  Underwear!!  I bought it online and it was delivered to work, and then to a friend, and then to me, arriving about 5 minutes before we left for the church!

Something Borrowed?  All the time and effort of our family and friends!

Something Blue? KWH stitched a beautiful little blue bow on the inside of my dress.  It was very sweet.  


Florist Moss Industry Weddings for the bouquets,  marquee done by family and friends.

Photographer – James Grant Photography

Videographer – C2 Video         

Music – Rutherford Entertainment

First Dance – ‘Stuck on You’ by Meiko.

MC – Andrew Meagher

Celebrant – Father Dennis Webster of St Stephens Anglican Church, Richmond.

Stationery – Sophie Viska at Stich Press

Menu – Ed Dixon Food Design

Cake – Julie Gunthorpe - fruit cake on top, then a lemon drizzle cake and then chocolate mud cake. She did the most beautiful floral decorations on the cake that tied in with our theme perfectly.  We even took some on our honeymoon!

Hair - Margo Orsatti, Dollybird Hair and Make Up

Make up – Margo Orsatti, Dollybird Hair and Make Up