In every wedding, there is a defining moment. A second that captivates and allures, defying the ephermerality of time to linger on in memories and photographs.
In Pheobe and Brett’s wedding, the moment was was more of a second, a fleeting shot of Brett’s face as he saw his bride for the first time. Cinematically captured by Lucas & Co in the couple’s wedding film (see the gallery below), this was a second that was synonymous with emotion, an expression that moved us and had us watching the film again and again and again.
It is moments like these that make us fall in love with weddings. Where styling and aesthetics are brought to life, renervated by an undercurrent of emotion and sentiment, tying the visuals to something so much more…
Photography and videography by Lucas & Co
NAMES: Phoebe and Brett
WEDDING DATE: March 11, 2017
GUEST NUMBERS: 150 people
HOW WE MET: The first time our paths crossed was at an 18th birthday party for a mutual friend. While nothing was said that night (neither of us had the guts!), it would be safe to say we both caught each others eye. We ran into each other again at the local pools where he had helped me open my jammed locker (chivalry is not dead people). Nothing eventuated from that situation, until about three months later when Brett got my number and made the first move. We have been together ever since.
OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY:
When I think back to the way Brett proposed I always laugh – because he pulled out all the bells and whistles, yet I still had no idea!
We had been together for seven years and were about to move into our first house together. Brett told me that he wanted to organise something to celebrate the occasion and that I was not to worry.
On July 4, 2015, a driver picked us up from our house and took us to the Essendon Airport. We flew via helicopter to De Bortoli Winery in the Yarra Valley.
Brett had arranged for a private gazebo set up with champagne and flowers. Once we had sat down, Brett made a toast to us and our lives together. He proceeded to get down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I sat there in complete shock and it wasn’t until he said to me ‘Phoebe, my knee is wet’, where I exclaimed ‘YES OF COURSE!’.
We then went inside De Bortoli and enjoyed a three-course lunch and celebrated with more champagne. So many happy tears were shed.
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: A life-long journey and commitment to the person we love without measure.
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WEDDING LOCATION: We decided early on that we wanted to get married in a church. We both view it as a sacred and holy setting and believed that a church wedding emphasised our level of commitment to one another. After some sneaky drive-bys and online searching, we came across St Luke’s Anglican Church in South Melbourne. We fell in love with its English Gothic features and blue stone exterior. Our minister, Daniel Gerbert, was warm and inviting and really personalised our ceremony.
When looking for a reception venue, Encore St. Kilda was a no-brainer. The venue’s space (and huge dance floor), atmosphere, exceptional food and panoramic ocean views ticked all of our boxes. I highly recommend attending Encore’s open days to get a better feel. Our event manager Nell and the team at Encore were exceptional.
THEME/STYLE: Polished, simple and a fusion of modern meets tradition.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Looking for a photographer and videographer was probably one of the harder tasks when planning the wedding. We wanted to find someone who best represented us, and who was able to capture raw emotion and detail effortlessly. After discussing my lack of success with Elly (Sofocli), she led me to Sarah, Jason and Jarod of Lucas & Co. After reading about them and looking at their work, we knew that we had to have them. They have this magnificent ability to capture the atmosphere, mood and emotion in its most authentic form.
BRIDE’S DRESS: Elly Sofocli. I met Elly through one of my closest girlfriends roughly seven years ago. I count Elly as a close and dear friend of mine, so having her design and create this gown for me was extremely special.
After playing with a few ideas, we opted for a strapless silk crepe gown with a centre front split, intricate design lines and detachable cuffs that allowed me to let my hair down (literally!) and dance the night away. We loved the idea of transforming my look for the night and this gown truly allowed for this to happen. When I told Elly that I was happy to take a risk with the gown, she created something a little cheeky and totally fun by creating an exposed back with some side cut outs.
BRIDE'S SHOES: The Mode Collective – Tori heel in Nude Suede. I loved the wrap around suede feature and its clear strap detailing across the toes. Super comfortable and a shoe that can be worn time and time again.
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Choosing the right dress for the girls was essential. When the girls tried on the ‘Valerie’ dress by Elle Zeitoune, it was pure magic. Courtney, Rachael, Isabelle and Veronica all have different body shapes, so to find a dress that accentuated all of their assets and made them feel like a million dollars was a big win. The dress itself was a thick, stretchy off the shoulder v-neck dress. After the formalities, the girls were able to slip their arms out of the cuffs and dance the night away without the dress falling down. Double points.
WEDDING RINGS: Brett consulted with Avi from Crown Jewellers to design and create my engagement ring. With a round shape, the diamond is surrounded with a halo cluster consisting of another 18 diamonds. It was only natural for us to revisit Avi again to create our wedding rings. My wedding ring is a slim band consisting of 15 brilliant cut diamonds which compliments the engagement ring, with Brett choosing a wide, white gold simple band with comfort fitting.
JEWELRY/ ACCESSORIES: For the ceremony, I chose to wear a simple pearl jacket earring. I chose to keep my accessories minimal as I felt my veil and gown made a large impact alone. My ‘something borrowed’ was a delicate sapphire ring my nanna had passed on to me, and as she is no longer with us, it was a fitting occasion to have something in memory of her. To compliment my reception look I went for some funky, gold drop hoops by Quella Collection.
GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE: Brett and his groomsmen were fitted out by Ferrari - Formalwear & Bridal. They decided upon a three-piece black suit by Zenetti with a crisp white shirt. For a point of difference, Brett wore a black bow tie with a white pocket square, and the groomsmen wore a black tie and black pocket square. Brett wanted a formal look with an element of sophistication. Tucked away, Brett also wore his grandfathers fob watch. It has been a heirloom in their family and the wedding marked the perfect occasion to wear it. Their shoes were from Aquila.
HAIR: I wouldn’t trust anyone other that the incredibly talented Kate Guy, owner of HBK & Co. Kate and the girls at HBK & Co. have been doing my hair for years and it made complete sense to have someone who I love and trust to style my hair. For the ceremony we went with something a little more traditional and subtle with a mid-part low pony tail with soft waves throughout. This allowed for the night-time transition where I could let my hair down.
MAKEUP: Janice Wu. Janice understood the overall look I was going for an executed it perfectly. I wanted more of a statement eye with a soft lip. She used a mix of golden and bronze tones and incorporated highlight to get that soft dewy look I was going for.
INVITATIONS: We consulted with the ladies at The Right Invite who created our wedding invitations. We took in a couple of images we had found online via Pinterest to help us articulate our vision and look. We chose to go with the a simple yet dignified invitation with raised lettering.
FAVORS: We chose to go with a candle, because what woman does not love a good candle. Luscious Scents has such a wide variety of fragrances for us to choose from. We went with Bamboo and White Lily due to its crisp, clean and soft blend. The labels were printed by The Right Invite.
FLOWERS & BOUQUETS: Melton Florist – Kim & Gary Moore, who happen to be my wonderful new in-laws. When we say this wedding was made with love, it truly was. Aesthetically, the brief we had provided Kim with was ‘lush greenery with bursts of white’. Our bouquets featured David Austin roses, cottage roses, white freesias, white lissianths, matched with ivy berry, ruskus leaves, peppercorn and jasmine. Brett and our fathers wore a simple boutonnière on their lapel. For consistency, we chose to carry out this similar look throughout our reception. We wanted out florals to be a WOW factor, and Kim and Gary really understood what we were after.
PREPARATION: Brett and I decided to get ready separately. Brett and the boys stayed at our house, and the girls and I arranged to stay at a small apartment looking out into the St Kilda Botanical Gardens. It was a very relaxed morning (with a definite buzz in the air), in which we made and ate breakfast together, and exchanged gifts.
CEREMONY DÉCOR/ RECEPTION DÉCOR: While we wanted consistency across the two venues, we wanted a shift from ‘traditional’ to ‘modern’ between the ceremony and reception. With luscious floral arrangements flowing from each pew, we wanted the rest of the styling at the church to be quite simple to accentuate the grand features of the space, particularly with the stained-glassed windows and dark timber throughout.
Encore’s event space is light and open (complimenting its environment), so to have it come to life with fairy lights across the ceiling, extravagant flower arrangements and burning mis-matched candles was perfect. White linen covered each table complimenting the modern seating provided by Encore. Online sources such as The Lane really helped make this vision a reality. Melton Florist collaborated with Table Top Towers to add the elements of height and texture to the reception and really fill the space out. The menus were white with black print which really complimented the bonbonniere, place cards and wishing well.
CAKE: Christine Wilkins – My beautiful aunty. Christine was able to create a magnificent 14 inch four tier barrel cake (aka HUGE!). It was coated with white fondant with gold leaf adorning it. We chose 2 flavours, red velvet and nutella. After we cut the cake, Encore boxed pieces to ensure our guests had something to nibble on for their journey home or the morning after!
Walking down the aisle: “Stay” - J Rice and Erin Rice
Recessional: “What if I go?” - Mura Masa
First Dance: “Favourite Part” - Mac Miller
Bridal Party Entrance: “Don’t Wait” - Brynny
ENTERTAINMENT: To set the tone we sourced out the brilliant Lewis Pidutti. Lewis played a two hour set of his covers and interpretations of music from today and the past. His talent is one like no other.
Dance has been a big part of my life so having a dancefloor full of people was an essential. We looked at the pros and cons of having a DJ and a live band and we were super confused. It wasn’t until we attended Encore’s Open Day where we came across Top Dog Entertainment (Jack Newman) who offers the Old El Paso option ‘why don’t we have both?’ And what an excellent choice! Throughout the night we were entertained (and mesmerized) by so much talent - a saxophonist, percussionist, DJ and vocalist (Kat is actually a rock star). The dance floor was pumping! When people reflect on our wedding, the entertainment is something that people just can’t stop talking about.
FOOD & BEVERAGES: We chose a sit down menu with alternating entrée, main and dessert with roaming canapes on arrival. This included kingfish tartare, sweet tomato tarts and a cheeky mac ‘n’ cheese croquette (crowd favourite!). For mains, guests either had a slow cooked salmon or lamb shoulder option. Dessert was a choice between white chocolate mousse or a chocolate tart. In addition, guests were able to choose from a selection of beers, wines and spirits.
HONEYMOON: Brett and I are currently planning our honeymoon and are escaping Australia’s winter to head to the likes of Spain and Morocco for 4 weeks. Bring on a natural tan!
GIFT REGISTRY: We decided to go with the Wishing Well option. This has contributed to our honeymoon.
READINGS: We chose to go down the traditional route when it came to our vows. The ceremony was extremely emotional for both Brett and I, and to think about incorporating another layer of emotion through personally written vows, we both would have been a mess! Well done ‘past Phoebe’ on that move. Instead, my brother Rex read aloud a beautiful song from the book of Corinithians.
SOURCES OF INSPIRATION: A lot of our inspiration was drawn from The LANE. Social platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram were great for saving images we liked to create a ‘digital mood board’.
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: Brett and I were able to sneak away with Lucas and Co just before the sun set. It was a good opportunity for us to be in the moment with one another.
IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE: Everything happens for a reason. I defintiely had to say it aloud during some testing times throughout the planning process, but if it’s meant to be, it will be. Also, local and small businesses rock. Don’t be scared to approach a small business with your big day. They will exceed your expectations, and then some.
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PHOTOGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY: Lucas & Co
BRIDE'S DRESS: Elly Sofocli
BRIDE’S SHOES: The Mode Collective
BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Elle Zeitoune
BRIDESMAIDS’ SHOES: Novo Shoes
GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR: Ferrari – Formal Wear and Bridal
WEDDING RINGS: Crown Jewellers
JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES: Quella Collection
HAIR: HBK & Co Hairdressing
MAKEUP: Janice Wu
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: The Right Invite
CAKE: Christine Wilkins
CATERING: Encore St Kilda
CELEBRANT: Daniel Gerbert
WEDDING VENUE: Encore St Kilda
ENTERTAINMENT: Top Dog Entertainment
BONBONNIERE: Luscious Scents