Real Wedding – Kate and Tim, Richmond VIC

Real Wedding – Kate and Tim, Richmond VIC


We couldn’t possibly love Kate’s advice to impending brides and grooms more: “Take the time to prepare for a great marriage, not just a great wedding”.

For this beautiful bride and her husband Tim, they seem to have managed both!

Their Richmond wedding was a gorgeous display of love and commitment, styled by Tori Allen Events and dotted with lots of love and laughter.

Captured by Shot From The Heart, this inner-city celebration is just darling.

In Kate’s words…


The meeting.

Tim and I are both a part of the same church and met there a number of years ago. At that stage, we weren’t really interested in each other. Then in 2012, we both arrived late to church a few weeks in a row, sat together, exchanged numbers, and that’s how it all started!


The ‘one’.

We knew pretty early on that we shared the same values, goals and brought out the best in each other. I think knowing Tim was ‘the one’ happened naturally as we grew to know and love each other more.


The proposal.

It was a few weeks before Christmas 2015, and Tim had organised a weekend for us to go down to his holiday house at Phillip Island to get away from all of the busy-ness. The house is in a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean, we just love it there. We had a lovely day on the beach and went on a boat cruise around the island at sunset. When we arrived back to the house after the cruise, it was completed decked out with fairy lights, candles, rose petals and photos of us (Tim had arranged for the ladies who lived next door to come and set it all up while we were out). He said a few words, got down on one knee and proposed! It was really beautiful!


The planning.

I am an event coordinator for work, so I think that helped me cope with planning of the day – although it is different planning your own event rather than someone else’s! I mostly used suppliers I personally knew or had been recommended. They all made the planning process much easier for me and I really enjoyed working with them all. It certainly did get hectic at times and I was quite indecisive on a few things, but our families were very supportive and helped a lot.


Style inspiration.

Tim left the styling side of things completely up to me, so I kind of drew on inspiration from previous weddings I’d attended, Pinterest / Instagram, wedding blogs etc. I think once we had chosen the venue and the florist, it set the tone of the day and everything else flowed on from there.


The dress.

It was quite a challenging process finding the dress – I was researching and shopping around for months but when I walked into One Day Bridal I had a feeling I would find something there – their range is stunning! I went with a made-to-measure white version of the Harper Dress in the Blessed are the Curious range. I liked it for the silk flowy skirt and diamante beaded lace top with v-neck and v-back.


Favourite moment/s.

It’s hard to pick one favourite moment but I particularly loved our reception, it was so nice being able to relax, enjoy the speeches and catch up with our family and friends.


Meaning of marriage. 

To us, marriage is commitment to choose love each other every day for the rest of our lives. It’s about doing life together, sharing all of the highs and lows and putting each other first.


Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: To Love Someone by Ben Abraham (performed live by our friend Deb Taylor who was just amazing).

Ceremony exit: Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevie Wonder

Reception entry: Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake (performed live)

We didn’t do a first dance, although Tim surprised me by singing me a song (John Legend, Stay With You). I was in complete shock because he is not usually a singer but he was awesome, it was very sweet!


Funny stories (or near disasters).

There were no near disasters, thankfully! I did nearly ruin Tim’s surprise song idea. We were looking at his emails and I saw an email from the lead singer of our band which I found really weird considering I was the one booking and dealing with the band. He brushed it off, so I thought he may have been trying to organise a first dance or something. It didn’t cross my mind that he would organise to sing me a song, so luckily it was still very much a surprise on the night.


Words of wisdom.

Take the time to prepare for a great marriage, not just a great wedding.



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Ceremony: Bridge Church, Richmond, Melbourne

Reception: Glasshouse, Olympic Park, Melbourne – I would highly recommend this venue, food and service is amazing.

Celebrant/Officiant: Nick Coombs – Nick is a good friend of ours, and also a pastor so it worked out really well.

Photography: Shot from the Heart – We just loved spending the day with El and Karen, they are a beautiful mother/daughter team who are just so creative and amazing at what they do! We were so happy with our photos!

Videography: Aaron Harvey – He is lovely and did such a good job of capturing our day.

Styling/ Florist: Tori Allen Events – I could not fault the flowers, I was SO happy with them – they absolutely nailed the brief and were so supportive in the lead up as well. Definitely recommend them.

Hair and makeup: Carlie Christie and Shara Roberts – We are friends with Carlie so knew she’d be amazing, and she got Shara on board to help with the bridesmaids. They both did such a beautiful job!

The Dress and veil: One Day Bridal

Shoes: Wittner 

Rings: Robert H Parker & Sons 

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Zimmermann 

Groom’s suit: Suit Shop

Groom’s shoes: Floresheim 

Catering: The Big Group 

Favours: Various T2 teas in small custom jars

Cake / Cake topper: Sweet Bakes – white chocolate & passionfruit flavour – it was so delicious!

Stationery: Mickey Loves Jacqui – Jacqui was a pleasure to work with and the invitations were just beautiful.

Entertainment: Fade to Black

Hire: Function Accessories – for the chairs for the ceremony.

Honeymoon: Hawaii – Kauai, Maui and Honolulu for 2 weeks. I’d recommend staying at the Andaz Maui – it’s stunning.