One of the most common questions I got asked the weeks and days before my wedding was, are you nervous? I am naturally a nervy person but I was surprisingly so calm the weeks before, my girls thought I was too calm. Instead I felt a mixture of anticipation and excitement.
I’m sure you all remember the crazy heat wave we had in early February? I had my eye on the forecast like a crazy woman, it was predicted to be 42 degrees on our wedding day with scorches either side. Noo not on our special day! Seeing as our ceremony was outdoors I worried for our guests, I didn’t want them to be dripping waiting for me to walk down the aisle.
We organised these high-tech air conditioners for the marquee but lady luck was on our side as it ended up only reaching 30 degrees and seeing as we were located on a cliff top, there was a beautiful southerly wind. The weather could not have been more perfect.
Baie Wines was the venue of our dreams, we knew it was the one as soon as we laid eyes on it early last year. It had three elements we adored, it was vineyard meets country meets the coast, Jim and I also loved that it was right on our doorstep on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula. It was an extra bonus that the owners of the property were so accommodating and worked hard to make sure the day was perfect for us, they are such gorgeous people.
Jim proposed in Playa del Carmen in Mexico so we wanted to recreate that ‘getaway’ experience with a laid back holiday yet luxury feel that we felt on our holiday.
Our ceremony was styled with a classic elegant feel with a neutral colour palette that sat perfectly against the ripe green rolling vineyards and the luscious fields. To tell you the truth the ceremony was a bit of a blur, it felt like a dream. I do remember the big grin on Jim’s face as I walked down the aisle.
Post ceremony, it was time to drink, relax and get the party started. I love blooms, so the cocktail bar and the lounge bar were covered in big colourful arrangements. We had the catering expertise from the fab Tommy Collins team, it was an easy decision to pick Tommy’s team. There are so many great caterers in Melbourne but he stood out by a mile with his personal touch, 5 star gourmet food and creativity, it was exactly what we were after on the day.
Tommy’s team were decked out in stylish checked shirts, rolled chinos and canvas boat shoes while they served our canapés which consisted of Lobster tail brioche rolls, paprika fried calamari and compressed watermelon with feta & lime bites to name a few (see more on our wedding food here) We served fresh Mint & Lychee coolers, Pina Coladas and my favourite champayne Veuve Clicquot ( I needed to have something that I knew my girls would love)
The bridal party was off having photos so we missed out on trying them but luckily we had a taste testing a few months earlier.
Our closest friends and family were then ushered to our marquee for dinner. We created a glam resort feel with sea views to match. Our clear marquee had a floral installation on the roof that was cascading down and long tables filled with white and green florals. The Style Co girls did an extraordinary job, I was quite fussy with my styling as I knew exactly what look I wanted and the The Style Co team mastered it perfectly- they actually blew all my expectations out of the water.
As it hit 10pm we had the espresso martinis rolling, perfect to give everyone a little buzz. Whilst all my cousins and uncles couldn’t get enough of the cigar and scotch bar- we had to have a little Italian touch!
Our marquee and all our furniture was provided by Dann Event Hire, check out all their amazing furniture here. We chose pieces to suit our resort feel but I was torn when I looked on their site as they have so many cool options. Their pieces are edgy and modern which can be quite hard to find when you are hiring furniture. You can also purchase their incredible pieces at Space To Create if you love them so much.
Everyone partied the night away on our open-air dance floor under the stars and strung lights, without sounding cliché it was the most magical day of my entire life. We never wanted it to end.
This is part one of my wedding post, I still have my dress and makeup and hair to come.
Event Design + Styling | The Style Co
Location | The beautiful Baie Wines overlooking Port Phillip Bay.
Photographer| Kristen Cook
Videographer | Purple Ribbon Videography
Marquee + Furniture hire | Dann Events Hire- the team was amazing, working over and beyond to make the day special.
Caterer | Tommy Collins
Gift for Guests | Each guest received a hand made candle. We had three scents, two that were more feminine for the ladies and one scent more manly for the men. It was great working with Cveta from Wedding Paper Chic
Celebrant | Megan Watson- Marry Me Megan
Song walking down the aisle | Charlene Soraia- Wherever you will go (sang live)
Song when papers signed | Ellie Goulding- How long will I love you (sang live)
Song after married (recessional) | Beyonce- Love On Top (sang live)
Song for the first dance | John Legend- So High
DJ | Alex from Allego Music
Vocalist | Laura from Allego Music
Percussion and bongo player | Allego Music
Ceremony + Reception Flowers | Incredible work from The Style Co team
Bridal Shoes | Charlotte Olympia from Net-A-Porter
Engagement + wedding rings | Fabulous team at Cerrone
Groom’s + groomsmen attire | Custom made suit from Shoreditch London
Bridesmaid’s outfits | Dion Lee and Tony Bianco Shoes.
Invites | The amazing Tammy from Papyrus Designs
Stationery | The Style Co created individual menu’s for each guest on a wooden board that matched the seating plan that hung on the tree branches.
Cake | Possibly the best wedding cake I have ever tasted, we had three flavours, Choc Mint, White Choc Raspberry and Citrus and I decided to decorate it with real flowers, we were tossing and turning but I am glad we did. Jo is incredible! Splendid Servings
Photo Credit | Kristen Cook