A naturally styled, sunlit ceremony, unfolding atop an
iconic Melbourne rooftop. An incredible J'Aton gown flanked by the
enduringly chic simplicity of a black tie bridal party. The
classism of an elegant urban environment suffused with European
influences. This chic city wedding effortlessly blends a
romanticism with both the raw and polished accents of the Melbourne
A reception balancing the refined rusticism of bare brick walls and leather banquettes accented with details of femininity (peonies and roses, a naturally layered cake) amidst the intimacy of friends and family dining together, a favourite restaurant and simply styled timber tables.
Captured by photographer Beck Rocchi, this story is told candidly, effortlessly and naturally…a beautiful extension of the day itself.
HOW WE MET: We met at a mutal friends 21st party. Josh invited me to go with him to see Coldplay live in concert, but I declined his advances at the start. Six months later we then stumbled (literally) across each other at the Summerdayze music festival and then didn’t leave each others side.
OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: We had been talking about having a weekend away together as life had been pretty hectic, so I wasn’t suspicious when Josh’s alarm went off at the crack of dawn to take me on a surprise weekend away. I had no idea where we were going until we got to the airport, when I saw we were flying to the Gold Coast. When we arrived in Queensland, Josh had hired a four wheel drive and we drove 2.5 hours to the most beautiful location in the mountains, Spicers Peak Lodge. Josh had hired one of the private lodges where he had champagne and a cheese plate on the balcony waiting, he invited me to sit on his knee where he said the most beautiful words to me that anyone has ever said and asked me to be his wife. Later on that evening Josh surprised me with the most beautiful dinner and the next day we had a private picnic on the side of the mountains. It was just the most perfect weekend.
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: Everything. It’s a celebration of our love.
WEDDING LOCATION: We wanted to select locations that reflected our personalities and that were a little unique. The ceremony was held at Siglo, a rooftop cigar and wine bar that overlooks Parliament House, and the reception help at Panama Dining Room in Fitzroy.
THEME/STYLE: I think you could describe both locations as having an urban and very Melbourne feel about them. The style was natural, simple and quite effortless with all the flowers we had scattered around the ceremony and reception.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Our photographer Beck Rocchi, who is absolutely incredible! It was really important for us to select a photographer who was not going to make us create the moment on our wedding day, but who would capture the moment. As soon as we saw Beck’s work and met her, we fell in love with her vibrant personality and energy for life. Beck loves love and loves people. We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect photographer and the end result exceeded our expectations.
BRIDE’S DRESS: I was lucky enough to have my dress designed and made by the beautiful designers at J’Aton Couture. They were just incredible. I knew that I wanted the dress to have a high neckline, and other than that, I allowed the designers to have creative licence and I was absolutely blown away with what they created. I felt like I had a dress that reflected who I was perfectly and that I will treasure forever.
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: I always wanted the girls to wear different shapes and was really drawn to the colour black as it is simple and quite minimilist to reflect the wedding. I purchased the dresses from Rodeo Show.
BRIDESMAID’S SHOES: I wanted the shoes to be simple and elegant. My twin sister doesn’t like wearing high heels, but I wanted the shoes to be similar, with a simple toe and ankle strap. Melsy wore Marc Jacobs flats and Emma wore Windsor Smith stilettos.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: I don’t usually wear jewellery and I just wanted something simple, so wore miniature stud earrings.
GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: The boys wanted to wear classic black tuxedo’s; we got them made from Traveller’s Apparell. Josh’s bow tie was from Goodwin & Charlie and the groomsmen’s were from MrsBowtie.com. All shirts were from Goodwin & Charlie.
MAKEUP: Again, I wanted to look like me. I love wearing a red lip and felt that it would make the dress pop, so we went with a blue red from Nars and natural eyes. I had the most incredible makeup artist who I have known for sometime, Kaysia Joy, and she did the most beautiful job on the bridesmaids and my mum.
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: We wanted to have a classic, minimalist style that would tie back with the wedding theme. The Artisian Press created the most beautiful stationary set, using a dark charcoal font on a thick white stock. The Artisian Press also did all our wedding day stationary, they were amazing.
FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: We had a flower wrapping station so the guests could not only enjoy the beautiful flowers at the wedding they could take them home. We also had all the left over cake boxed up for guests to take home.
FLOWERS & BOUQUETS: Simplicity is what we wanted, and as it was a black tie wedding, there is nothing more beautiful than white and green. The venues had so much character in the buildings that we wanted the flowers to be the only styling element for us, so we made this the feature. We didn’t want anything too structured, but slightly more wild and relaxed. We had the stairs and the railings lined with wild roses and dahlias with ivory, and the bar at The Panama was filled with so many flowers just like a florist! Our bouquets were all exactly the same, a combination of peonies and david austin roses, held together with twine, which matched back to the invitations and place settings. Sam, from The Fresh Flower Man executed everything exactly as I had imagined, we loved working with her.
VIDEOGRAPHY: As a wedding gift, a dear friend, Lachlan Dickie, who does music videos and TV commercials shot throughout the day and evening. We didn’t want a traditional wedding video, and we certainly didn’t get that! The end result is full of personality and laughter, exactly what we wanted.
PREPARATION: We had a beautiful suite at The Crown Metropol, where I stayed by myself the night before. My bridesmaids came and met me early and we went for a walk around The Tan and had breakfast at one of my favorite cafes in South Yarra. It was the most beautiful spring Melbourne morning, the sun was shining and there was no wind. Later in the morning my parents joined us. We ordered Miss Chu’s for lunch and listened to our favorite tunes whilst sipping on champagne. The boys all got ready at Josh’s family home in the morning where they had a hit of tennis to calm their nerves and were able to relax.
CEREMONY DÉCOR/ RECEPTION DÉCOR: Florals, florals and florals! The venues didn’t need anything else, both had beautiful exposed bricks and sensational city views.
WEDDING PLANNER/ WEDDING STYLIST: We planned everything ourselves and loved every minute of it. In the last couple of weeks we were worried about executing the minute details on the day, so we hired Sharon from Wedding Day PA to help with the resturaunt set up, she did a wonderful job.
CAKE: Our cake was a naked cake that fit the overall theme really well. Jo from Splendid Servings makes the most delicious cakes, it was difficult to select the flavours! We went for Bachi, Cherry Ripe and Chocolate Mud.
Ceremony: Van Morrison, 'Someone Like You'
Signing: Ottis Redding, 'That’s How Strong My Love is' and Van Morrison, 'Crazy Love'
Recessional: Stevie Wonder, 'Signed Sealed Delivered'
Entrance Song: Hall & Oates, 'You Make My Dreams Come True'
First Dance: Earth Wind Fire, ‘September’ mixed into Michael Jackson, ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’
ENTERTAINMENT: We wanted to
create a great vibe at Siglo, and as it has quite a European feel about it,
it was a perfect place to have a jazz band. A highschool
friend has a wonderful band called Mr Boutique, and
Tom and his band sang a mixture of Jazz, Blues and Soul for the
hour of canapes and drinks post the ceremony. The saxaphone was
perfect for when they played Stevie Wonder’s song
‘Signed Sealed Delivered’!
For the reception, as we wanted the night to be more of a party vibe, so we had a highschool friend from Josh’s school DJ.
FOOD & BEVERAGES: When we were deciding on locations to celebrate our wedding, we deliberately wanted to select venues with beautiful wine and food. At Siglo we had a selection of European canapes, and at The Panama Dining Room, we had a shared 3 course meal. As Panama is usually a European resturaunt, the food was just delicious. After the first dance, we had expresso martini’s for everyone which really started the party!
TRANSPORT: We hired black town cars.
HONEYMOON: We both love beautiful food and wine, so straight after the wedding we had our mini honeymoon in Margaret River which was divine. We will celebrate our actual honeymoon in Europe in June for 5 weeks.
GIFT REGISTRY: Josh’s mum sadly passed away in May from cancer so our guests could donate to cancer research at Everyday Hero, and/or guests could contribute to our honeymoon through, Not Another Toaster.
CELEBRANT: As with all our suppliers, we wanted to try and use people who we knew so that it would be more personable. A family friend of Josh’s, Jenny Georgiadis, is the chaplin of a local college, and was the perfect choice for us. It meant so much to have someone that we both knew and who cared for us to guide us through the ceremony. It was geninuley moving.
READINGS: We had two dear friends who selected readings themselves to share with us on the day. Nicole read, ‘I Promise’ by Dorothy R Colgan and Caroline read, ‘Captain Corelli's Mandolin’ by Louis de Bernieres. Jenny helped us to create vowels that were unique to us.
ANY OTHER SPECIAL DETAILS: One of my suppliers from work spoilt me by getting me a customised Giorgio Armani Prive fragrance, so that I would always remember our wedding day when I wear this scent.
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION: The LANE, Pintrest, and Instagram
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: Seeing each other for the
first time at the ceremony. The rooftop was full of people but it
just felt like it was just the two of us.
Equally, when we stood together later in the evening reading our speeches, we were so overwhelmed by how lucky we were to have all our friends and family there with us.
Getting more diamonds was also pretty special!
ONE THING I WISH I KNEW BEFORE I STARTED MY WEDDING
Even though everyone warned us that the day and the lead up would go by in a blink of an eye, it really does. Try and enjoy every moment, and if possible, have a wedding that spans over 10 days!
IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF
Create a day that truly reflects who you both are as a couple. Be original and don’t be scared to do something that hasn’t been done before.
KATE & JOSH’S CONTACTS:
PHOTOGRAPHY: Beck Rocchi
BRIDE'S DRESS: J’Aton Couture
BRIDE’S SHOES: Scanlan and Theodore
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Rodeo Show
BRIDESMAIDS SHOES: Marc Jacobs from Shopbop & Windsor Smith
GROOMS FORMAL WEAR: Suits by Travellers Apparell, Shirts by Godwin & Charli and Bow Ties by Mrs Bow Tie
WEDDING RINGS: Janai Jewellery
JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Purchased from Myers
HAIR: Raymond Charles (Edwards & Co)
MAKEUP: Kaysia Joy
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: The Artisan Press
FLORIST: Sam from The Fresh Flower Man
CAKE: Jo from Splendid Servings
WEDDING STYLIST: Wedding Day PA
CELEBRANT: Jenny Georgiadis
WEDDING VENUE: Siglo by The European
RECEPTION VENUE: The Panama Dining Room
HONEMOON DESTINATION: Margaret River & Europe
ENTERTAINMENT: Tom Barton & Mr Boutique
VIDEOGRAPHER: Lachlan Dickie
GIFT REGISTRY: Everyday Hero and Not Another Toaster