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Classic City Ceremony

— Chloe & Alistair

Date

9 April 2016

Guests

93 people

Photographer

Erin & Tara

Chloe & Alistair by Erin & Tara
Chloe & Alistair by Erin & Tara

Chloe & Alistair defined modern elegance celebrating their ceremony on a rooftop in Melbourne’s St Kilda. Dramatic installations of hand-picked blooms met views of an infinite cityscape, inspiring a transportive vibe..

Blending contemporary luxe with effortless sensuality, Chloe’s sculptured gown featured semi sheer panels with intricate lace appliqué, an incarnation of old world glamour..

Luxurious textures of moss silk framed the reception space, juxtaposed by towering botanical centrepieces and luminous gold inclusions….

Beautifully captured by Erin & Tara 

NAMES: Chloe Booth & Alistair Booth

WEDDING DATE: 9th April 2016

GUEST NUMBERS: 93

HOW WE MET: Al and I have known each other since we were both quite young, our families were friends and we both attended the same school. Our relationship started 8 years ago, during a summer in the seaside town of Anglesea at Al's family business. We spent every day together talking and getting to know each other, and eventually our great friendship blossomed into love & we’ve been together ever since!

OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: We got engaged in Hawaii on November 1st 2014. On the second day into our vacation, I wanted to unwind, sit by the beach and drink cocktails that day. Al as adventurous as ever wanted to hire a jeep and go explore the island. Eventually I gave in saying “fine we can do what you want”... and it turned out Al had a good reason for doing so! We drove to Pali lookout, which is the most beautiful lookout site, overlooking the lush mountains and beautiful blue ocean in Oahu. It was quite windy on top of the mountain and Al recalls nervously holding the ring box in his pocket. We were walking around enjoying the beautiful view when Al got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Of course I said yes!

MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: A lifetime of love, adventure, happiness and commitment as husband and wife + sharing your life together with your best friend!

WEDDING LOCATION:  Al and I really wanted to get married in our beautiful Melbourne city, we also love the beach, so where better to do it than St Kilda! Our ceremony and reception was held at The Deck at Circa. When we went for our viewing we both couldn’t think of a more perfect place to get married, and we booked our wedding date the day after!

THEME/STYLEI would say our theme was classic elegance with a modern twist.

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PHOTOGRAPHY: I came across the amazingly talented Erin and Tara on Instagram & immediately fell in love with their photography. I was drawn their style which to me is timeless, ethereal, and candid whilst still having that lovely editorial look. Al & I absolutely love all our photographs & will cherish them for a lifetime!

 BRIDE’S DRESS: I had my heart set on Pallas Couture, their gowns are just beautiful & I knew once I had my design consultation I had to have my dress created by them. I wanted a contemporary gown that was classic, but still sexy. My gown was custom haute couture, with a strapless sweetheart neckline, covered buttons along the back, semi-sheer panels with lace and beading work on the bodice and trickling down the side of the hips, and an exquisite train featuring the same delicate lace appliqué as used on the bodice. Pallas Couture also made my ivory silk tulle veil which I wore for the ceremony and for the wedding photography.

BRIDE'S SHOES: I chose the Stuart Weitzman ‘nudist’ heel in white. They are very classic & they are super high which is great for my 5’2 frame!

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: My 4 beautiful bridesmaids wore Zimmermann peony coloured silk dresses.

BRIDESMAID’S SHOES:Tony Bianco nude open toe strappy heels.

WEDDING RINGS: When Al proposed he gave me a stunning 2.5ct round cut diamond set in a platinum solitaire setting. For my wedding ring I chose a shared setting diamond eternity band, and Al chose a 6mm platinum band with squared edges, both from Tiffany and Co.I feel so lucky to to wear my beautiful engagement and wedding ring, they are forever a reminder of my loving husband and our commitment to sharing our lives together.

JEWELRYACCESSORIES:I didn’t want to accessorise too much as I felt my look was complete in itself with such a beautiful wedding gown, so the only jewellery I wore was my engagement ring and diamond studs. For my bridesmaids, I gifted each of them a leather clutch with their initials monogramed from The Daily Edited.

GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Al had his tuxedo custom made by P.Johnson Tailors, his shoes were black patent leather Hugo Boss dress shoes. I loved that his tuxedo was styled with a bow tie and pocket square, I think he looked very handsome! The tailors also monogramed my name on the inside of his jacket collar which I thought was a really unique idea. Al’s groomsmen’s suits were made by Adrian De Rango. Their suits were made in black twill suiting, and they wore black ties paired with white shirts. Al & the boys also had a white rose pinned to their lapels.

HAIR: Marie from UVA Salon was my hair stylist. I wore my hair down in a soft polished wave, my dress was strapless and quite fitted so I think it complemented the dress and made me feel like myself. Marie also secured my veil in my hair for me.

MAKEUP:Chantelle Baker was our makeup artist. I often see her doing makeup at Uva Salon when I’m having my hair done & I really like her work. I had a trial with her 6 weeks before the wedding & was so happy with the way she did it & how well my makeup lasted! Chantelle is great at making skin look flawless and glowy which is exactly what I wanted. I asked for an overall natural look with a soft smoky eye using browns and gold tones, soft contouring with a little bit of highlighter on the cheekbones, and a natural pink gloss on the lips.

STATIONERY/INVITATIONS:Our wedding suite was custom designed by Lauren Skorsis. The invitations were printed using 600gsm white cotton paper with black and blind letterpress and gold foil deboss. I think that invitations really set the theme for the wedding, and it was really important to me that they reflected our style.

FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: We chose heart shaped white cookies with gold leafing from Cake Ink, we had our names & wedding date embossed on them for a cute personalised touch. Our guest name tags were also designed & attached to the cookies by Cake Ink, which doubled as a place setting and thank you note to our guests. Luckily we also had about 10 extra cookies that we ended up taking on our honeymoon with us!

FLOWERS & BOUQUETS:Flowers were a huge part of the styling for the wedding and giving it the look and feel I wanted, I wanted the whole venue filled with flowers! Al & I chose the amazing Victoria Whitelaw who is my all-time favourite florist. I knew I wanted an abundance of white roses, white hydrangeas, white phalaenopsis orchids and green foliage. I’ll never forget walking into the venue right before walking down the aisle and just being blown away with how beautiful it all looked, and how fragrant it smelt! It was just perfect, and better than I could have imagined! As for my bouquet, I chose an all-white look, with David Austin Roses and Peonies. My bridesmaids had a smaller version of mine.

VIDEOGRAPHY: We booked C2 films for our videography & they did an incredible job of capturing the day. Al & I love watching our highlights, it brings back such happy memories & it’s so special to relive the day again! I am so glad we ended up booking videography, I would have really regretted it if we didn’t.

CEREMONY DÉCOR/ RECEPTION DÉCOR: We chose The Deck at Circa as we loved the details in the spaceand it was perfect for the intimate wedding we wanted. The room is surrounded with glass that opens up to the deck. From the inside you can still see the incredible architecture of the copper lattice layering the outside of the building & the pool surrounded in glass looked wonderful with candle light.

As the venue is so beautiful already, we just added a lot of flowers and candle light. I knew that white flowers, green foliage and accents of gold would really suit the venue and it really looked amazing & better than I had envisaged.

For our ceremony on The Deck, our florist styled a geometric arch with beautiful white flowers and foliage, she added clusters of blooms to the sun loungers, and also created a floral chandelier which was suspended under the marquee on the deck. Circa also arranged festoon lighting which was suspended over the deck area which really completed the look for the ceremony. Inside for the reception, we had an abundance of candles and flowers on every table and around the pool area. Our florist Victoria had created beautiful tall centrepieces, which was a really effective look for our guest’s tables and made quite a statement when walking into the venue.

We hired gold cutlery which really looked beautiful against the white linen & matched back with our bombonieres and cake perfectly. Our stylist also arranged the table numbers, menus, seating & welcome boards which was printed in the same font and styling as our invitations, that way everything was cohesive and flowed.

WEDDING STYLIST: Initially Al & I didn’t think we needed a stylist as our florist would complete the space with beautiful flowers and foliage. However after our menu tasting at Circa, we went upstairs to have a look at the venue one last time. It was styled beautifully for a wedding that evening, and we were really impressed with how it all looked from the candles placed outside to the wedding menus, seating chart and welcome board. I asked Circa for the stylist’s contact details & she was able to create similar things for our wedding. Mel from The Style Dispensary really did an incredible job with those little details for our wedding, making sure it was all styled to perfection!

WEDDING PLANNER:Whilst I did a majority of the planning and researching, I loved having Al’s input in every detail. Our wedding really was a reflection of the both of us. Our events coordinator from Circa also ensured everything ran smoothly on the day and was delivered on time.

CAKE:Cake Ink made our gorgeous 3 tiered gold brushed wedding cake, our florist also styled it with gorgeous blooms. We chose chocolate mud cake which was so delicious, and we were lucky enough to have the top tier left over!

WEDDING SONGS:

Ceremony song:‘Wherever you will go’ by Charlene Soraia

After ceremony song:‘Love on top’ by Beyoncé

First dance:‘Jill’ by Harry Connick Jnr. He actually wrote this song for his wife & it's one of the slowest and romantic jazz songs I know

ENTERTAINMENT: We had a jazz band during our cocktail hour and reception, they were excellent for setting the mood for the evening, and they gave our wedding a really fun, relaxed, and elegant feel. Later on, our DJ played our first dance song which led into everyone being on the dance floor and having a great time! We also had a photo-booth set up in the side room of the reception, it was something fun for our guests and a token snap to take home.

FOOD & BEVERAGES: After the ceremony we had canapés and drinks served outside on The Deck, my favourite champagne Veuve Clicquot was also served. Everyone was then seated for entrees and main courses. After dinner we had roving desserts and espresso martinis served to really get the party started. Al and I love to dine, so having good quality and great tasting food was important to us.

TRANSPORT: We hired a black 1958 Rolls Royce Cloud with a lovely chauffeur. The company we booked have a beautiful selection of vintage cars to choose from.

HONEYMOON: We flew to the Maldives the day after the wedding, which to us is a dream honeymoon destination and we stayed at Per Aquum Niyama in an overwater bungalow for 8 nights. We had our own deck with a pool, sun loungers, and stairs leading down into the warm ocean. We spent our days having the most beautiful buffet breakfasts, sun baking and swimming in the ocean & pool, riding our bikes around the island, and going to the spa. We also tried all the restaurants on the island which included a trip out to Subsix, which is a floating restaurant and underwater nightclub. Our honeymoon was so luxurious and romantic, and it was perfect for spending quality time together and relaxing after the wedding. We then spent 3 days in Singapore at Marina Bay Sands hotel, Singapore is such a fun city with so much to do and see!

CELEBRANT: Megan Watson from Marry Me Megan was our celebrant. She made the ceremony really heartfelt, romantic and lighthearted which was everything Al and I wanted in our ceremony.

READINGS: Al and I knew we wanted to write our own vows, it was really important to us that the ceremony and our vows were completely about us, our love, and our story.We had 2 readings during our ceremony. I love the movie ‘The Notebook’, so I chose a reading by Nicholas Sparks which was very sentimental and romantic. Al chose the reading ‘Union’ from ‘The Beginning to End’ by Robert Fulghum. Both readings were very personal and have great meaning to us.

SOURCES OF INSPIRATION: Instagram + The Style Co

ANY OTHER SPECIAL DETAILS: As Al and Idon’t know how to dance very well together, we had about 3 lessons which was so much fun and great to learn the basics before the wedding. That way on the wedding night I wasn’t awkwardly stepping on Al’s shoes! Our dancing instructor was an excellent teacher and even choreographed the dance to our first dance song.

A MEMORABLE MOMENT: After our mains, one of the staff members from Circa told me that my new husband was waiting on The Deck for me, so I went outside to meet him. As the wedding day is so busy, it was so nice to spend some time together talking, holding each other and taking in our beautiful wedding. It was a special moment that we will both remember!

ONE THING I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY WEDDING PLANS… There are a lot of details that go into planning a wedding, every bride i’ve spoken to says that the last 2 months before the wedding is always very busy, and it's so true! You’re writing vows and selecting readings and music, organising seating arrangements, having menu tastings, getting hair & makeup trials, chasing up RSVP’s, and that's not even the half of it! As for some advice, try to work through one detail at a time so it isn’t so overwhelming.

Luckily Al and I had a over a year to plan our wedding and book the suppliers we wanted early on. Once we had our wedding venue and date sorted, everything else fell into place. Soon after, we booked our florist, photographers, videographers, music, cake, ect. Planning and booking dates in as early as you can save stress and disappointment, that way you have first pick of your preferred suppliers.

Also save lots of inspiration images and show them to your suppliers, that way you’re both on the same page & you can visualise the style you want to achieve for your wedding

IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE… Do your very best to live in the moment and savour every second of your wedding day, and even the week leading up to your wedding day. It's such a beautiful time in your life, so relax and enjoy it! Make sure you take a little piece of time on your special night that belongs just to you and your new husband, usually there is a little bit of time when the photographers are eating where you two can just take some time to enjoy and share the moment of being newly married!

CHLOE & ALLISTAIR'S CONTACTS:

PHOTOGRAPHY: Erin + Tara 

BRIDE'S DRESSPallas Couture

BRIDE’S SHOESStuart Weitzman

BRIDESMAIDS DRESSESZimmermann

BRIDESMAIDS SHOES AND ACCESSORIESTony Bianco & The Daily Edited

GROOMS FORMAL WEAR & SHOES: P.Johnson Tailors & Hugo Boss

WEDDING RINGS: Tiffany & Co 

HAIR: Marie Uva from UVA Salon

MAKEUP: Chantelle Baker

STATIONERY/INVITATIONSLauren Skorsis

FLORIST: Victoria Whitelaw Beautiful Flowers 

CAKECake Ink

CATERINGThe Deck at Circa

WEDDING STYLISTThe Style Dispensary

CELEBRANT: Megan Watson 

WEDDING VENUEThe Deck at Circa

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Per Aquum Niyama Maldives

ENTERTAINMENT: Soul Conversation Jazz Duo / DJ Lauren Mac

TRANSPORT: Always Classic Cars

VIDEOGRAPHER: C2 Films

OTHER: Wedding Dance Lessons

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