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INSIDE A POOLSIDE COCKTAIL AFFAIR

Photography: Hello Chloe May

CHARLOTTE & JACK

 

Tell us.. how did you meet and what was the proposal like?’

Jack and I met back in 2008 at school! Jack was in year 8 and I was in year 9! Fast forward to 2011 and we began dating. We had 7 amazing years together before Jack proposed at Lindenderry in red hill on the 9th of March 2018. I did know it was coming at some stage but he did a great job at keeping me in the dark about his whole plan! He proposed with a picnic by the lake it was very romantic haha

What advice would you give to other couples leading up to their big day?

I have a few!

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff- if things don’t go to plan on the day don’t let it get to you or spoil your big day. 99% of the time none of your guests will even realise anything that didn’t go to plan. But make sure you have suppliers you can trust and know what they are doing! 
  • It is your day, block out all the multiple voices and opinions and do it how you want- at the end of the day it is about committing to one another and that is what truly matters.
  • Also- timesheets! They helped so much in getting organised!

You’re engaged! Now what? How did you go about planning the big day? Budget? First steps to take…

First step was venue, followed by photographer, videographer and then onto the guest lists!

We found the guest list was one of the hardest areas! So many people we could have invited but we had to draw the line which was difficult. 

Setting a budget was quite hard but we knew we wanted a cocktail style wedding which did cut down on a few expenses like flowers, table arrangements, etc

What was your beauty and fitness prep leading up to the wedding?

A few facials to help my skin prep before the big day.

I planned to get a fake tan but due to our wedding being towards the end of summer I didn’t end up getting one 🙂

I didn’t change my fitness prep at all for the wedding as I didn’t want to change anything but my beauty routine was lots of sleep (which is tricky when your nervous/excited) and looking after my skin pre wedding. 

 

What was the most expensive thing other than the venue that you had to pay for? 

The photographer, videographer and hiring of furniture were all on par with each other but due to the location of our wedding (a few hours out of Melbourne) and the quality of them all it was definitely worth it!

We decided these areas were so important to us that we didn’t mind spending a bit more on these and less in other areas.

How’d you go about stick to a budget? 

We did really well- we made a bit excel spreadsheet and mapped out roughly how much we wanted to spend in each area dividing up the budget. This really helped and getting multiple quotes from suppliers helped us fill in each area and amend certain ones based on priorities.

Ceremony song?

Bridesmaids aisle walk:

https://youtu.be/RGtLWCuSulo

Bride Aisle walk:

https://youtu.be/bi6KE1HThak

First dance song?

If I ain’t got you by Alicia keys

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1wR39htJlY

Regrets?

Literally the only regret I have (which is a small one) is taking my veil off too early! I forgot to put it in for photos after the ceremony haha but that is so tiny! Our day was perfect so no real regrets!

 

About my dress: 

A LOT of time and detail went into creating these bespoke gowns! We had a total of 5 fittings after our initial sit down and sketch meeting. My first gown was constructed with Italian silk faille and it was fully hand beaded with details in tiny mirror backed Swarovski crystals, thousands of both bugle and seed beads, hand embroidered floral stems using bullion thread and silk thread foliage. To add another dimension, cut outs were strategically placed throughout the gown adding more depth and a lightness to the overall look. My second gown was everything that I’d envisioned with Sam, it was classic at the top and modern/party at the bottom! I loved the unique shorts feature and being able to change into something for the reception that was fun and had amazing movement so we could dance all night! Jack and I had so much fun when we were taking our photos in my second gown, it was so windy where we were which played in our favour as we were able to create some beautiful memories with amazing photos from the wind shifting the skirt element of the dress in our photos! 

Ceremony:

Mitchelton Winery

Reception:

Mitchelton Winery (outdoors)

Cake:

A girlfriend view her instagram here

Photographer / Videographer:

Chloe May photographer

The White Tree Videographer

Flowers:

Ruby and James

Celebrant:

Lucy Janssen

Caterer:

Mitchelton Winery

Dress:

Sam Oglialoro 

Shoes:

Gianvito Rossi 

& for the reception Valentino

Bridesmaids:

Bec and Bridge

Accessories: 

Simon West

Event Hire:

Dann Event Hire

Hair:

Lks hair and Beauty

Makeup:

Dani Cousens 

Music:

Zac rose DJ

Groomsmen:

menzclub