There is a theatrical beauty to weddings set in dramatic landscapes. To spectacular vistas and sweeping views, with silk gowns that slide over jagged rocks and rough terrain. We find ourselves pulled towards shots framed by windswept fields and cerulean waters, scenery that runs as wild as the romance it surrounds.
Held atop the cliffs of Victoria's Red Hill, Alannah and James' wedding was framed by opulent natural surrounds. Their vows were spoken beneath the gold-laced walls of the Holy Monastery of Panagia Kamariani, before a reception held below a canopy of leafy foliage.
Alannah wore a dress of her won design; a slip silhouette with sleeves that wound around her arms like silk vines.
This was a wedding of balance, of raw landscapes and lavish structures. Dramatic backdrops were balanced by a quintessentially modern aesthetic. Think clean lines and minimal styling, an approach that speaks to a resident harmony between place and space.
NAMES: Alannah and James
WEDDING DATE: November 19, 2016
GUEST NUMBERS: 150
HOW WE MET: James and I went to the same school but were years apart so never knew each other. We were introduced through a mutual friend after we both finished school.
OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: James proposed to me on my birthday. He took me to brunch then arranged for a day of pampering. To finish the day off, James took me out to dinner where he proposed on one knee. He had organized for our families to meet us following the proposal so we could all celebrate together.
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: A lifelong commitment to friendship and love.
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WEDDING LOCATION: We headed to the beautiful Mornington Pensinsula for our wedding day. Both our ceremony and reception were held in Red Hill with only a two-minute drive down the most beautiful tree-lined road to travel between the two.
Our ceremony took place at the Holy Monastery of Panagia Kamariani. This was the first Greek church that James and I ever visited together so it is such a special space for us. We celebrated over dinner, drinks and dancing at the Epicurean Red Hill in the evening.
THEME/STYLE: We had a modernist style in mind while planning the wedding. We always wanted to keep the feel of the day quite fresh, relaxed and classic with a modern twist.
PHOTOGRAPHY: We had Phu Tang from Studio Something.
BRIDE’S DRESS: I am not a bridal kind of girl and knew that I wanted something a little different. I ended up designing my gown myself and went for something modern and simple with an emphasis on the finer detailing. My friend and dressmaker Michelle DeLacy brought my vision to life using the most beautiful silk that I sourced. The dress was initially a silk slip dress with a low back and a V-shaped front. A sash was draped from the front and then wrapped around my forearm to create a sleeve. The train was really long to give the dress a bridal feel. I wore a flat veil that attached with hairpin loops to walk down the aisle to James.
BRIDE’S SHOES: Ankle strap heels in bone from Scanlan Theodore.
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: I wanted the girls to be in white. They wore a simple mid-length wrap dress by Keepsake The Label.
WEDDING RINGS: We both wanted simple bands for our wedding rings. James’ was a white gold matte band while mine was a plain platinum band. Both had engravings of our wedding date in roman numerals and infinity symbols on the inside.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: My earrings were by Ryan Storer.
HAIR: I had Lauren Mackellar from Edwards and Co style my hair on the day. Lauren knows my hair and how tricky it is to style as it has so much length and weight. Nonetheless, Lauren knew my vision and the feel I wanted for my hair and she did the most amazing job in creating perfect loose waves. The bridesmaids had a fun loosely plaited ponytail with loose waves.
MAKEUP: Jade Kisnorbo did all of our make up for the day. We focused on natural eye make up, lashes and glowing skin.
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: We designed all stationary and invitations for our wedding and had them printed in white text on a grey stock. We focused on super casual wording for all stationary for a more personalized feel.
Our most loved piece was the ceremony card that our guests received. On it we had highlighted the parts of the Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony that meant the most to us and our marriage.
FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: We gifted our guests a jar of local honey from 2 Macs Farms in Main Ridge on the Mornington Peninsula. We also had a wrapping station at the end of the evening so guests could take home a beautiful bunch.
FLOWERS & BOUQUETS: Cecilia Fox took care of all of our florals and completely exceeded our expectations! We wanted classic and lush textural foliage bursting with soft and romantic blooms such as peonies, David Austin roses, lisianthus and hydrangeas. I fell in love with the work of Cecilia Fox after seeing their work and was so amazed when they used their matte black stands to create a canopy over our bridal table… it truly felt like we were dining in a forest. The guest tables had vases of lush foliage and florals which were clustered into groups.
My bridal bouquet was a soft arrangement of David Austen roses and peonies with touches of foliage and berry details.
VIDEOGRAPHY: I found Danae Monaco of Me & My Camera after she filmed a friend’s wedding. We were so thrilled with our video, Danea captured our entire wedding perfectly.
PREPARATION: Both James and my family (and many of our guests!) stayed in accommodation in the areas that surround Red Hill. We loved that our wedding felt like a getaway for us all.
CEREMONY DÉCOR/ RECEPTION DÉCOR: The Greek Orthodox Church in Red Hill is so simple and beautiful that we did not add any decorations in this space for the day.
The Epicurean Red Hill is a converted shed with skylight windows and high ceilings. Our reception was decorated with a tree-like canopy on steel structures. It stood in the center of the room and worked perfectly with the enormous ceilings!
CAKE: We had a raspberry and white chocolate two-tiered mud cake by Sugarlace Cakes.
WEDDING SONGS: Our first dance was to “All I Ever Know” by Trevor Hall.
ENTERTAINMENT: Francisco Tavares and his live band entertained our guests for the night with jazz and old school vibes. We fell in love with Francisco, his percussion band and his amazing voice years before and always had him in mind for our wedding.
FOOD & BEVERAGES: When up in the Mornington Peninsula, James and I love eating wood-fired pizzas at Epicurean Red Hill. We wanted to incorporate this into our menu and thought it worked perfectly with our relaxed style. We opted to serve ‘family style’ mains where guests served themselves like an Italian feast. Dishes included roasted snapper fillet and salsa verde, wild mushroom risotto, traditional Italian tiramisu and vanilla panna cotta with summer fruit and limoncello.
TRANSPORT: We rented Audi Q7s to travel around on the day.
HONEYMOON: We spent the three weeks in beautiful Bali, Indonesia. We did lots of exploring, eating and drinking.
CELEBRANT: We were so happy to have Father Elefterios Tatsis of Red Hill Greek Orthodox Church marry us. He was also the cutest man alive and didn't stop kissing both of us throughout.
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION: The LANE and Pinterest – with five years of wedding pinning and at least seven secret boards.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: The morning after was the most memorable for us. I loved waking up together and reflecting on what the whole day was about. There was lots of laughter and tears while we ate breakfast overlooking olive groves at Harts Farm (such a special space).
ONE THING I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY WEDDING PLANS: Even though every part won’t be perfect, you will love your day more than you can imagine.
IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE: Follow your original vision with every detail of your wedding day, we did exactly this and the day truly was ‘us’.
ALANNAH & JAMES’ CONTACTS:
PHOTOGRAPHY: Phu Tang of Studio Something
BRIDE'S DRESS: Michelle DeLacy
BRIDE’S SHOES: Scanlan Theodore
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Keepsake the Label
GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR: Oscar Hunt
WEDDING RINGS: Top Image Jewellery
JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Ryan Storer
HAIR: Lauren Mackellar of Edwards and Co
MAKEUP: Jade Kisnorbo
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Printing by Press Print
FLORIST: Cecilia Fox
CAKE: Sugarlace Cakes
WEDDING VENUE: The Epicurean Red Hill
HONEMOON DESTINATION: Bali, Indonesia
ENTERTAINMENT: Francisco Tavares
VIDEOGRAPHER: Danae Monaco of Me And My Camera