Happy 5th Birthday Ivory Tribe – Jo, Nat and Stef share their top 5 real weddings
We turn 5 today. That’s right, five whole years of bringing beautiful love stories and talented Tribe’s of suppliers to the forefront.
It’s been a big week in our headquarters as we navigate the ongoing COVID-19 crisis together. While everything feels like it’s changing, one thing that has remained is our passion for love and our Tribe, and that will never change.
We pondered whether we should be celebrating this milestone, but after some thought we knew now more than ever, everyone needs a good dose of love – so we have decided to press on. We also feel so proud of what we have created for brides and grooms and of course, our Tribe.
Tonight we (Jo, Nat and Stef, the co-founders of Ivory Tribe) share with you our favourite weddings that have appeared on Ivory Tribe since its inception five joyous years ago.
I adore this playful and fun classic Melbourne wedding shot so beautifully by SB & Co. Taking place in the Royal Botanical Gardens with a chic city reception following at Alto, Claire and Berin’s magical Melbourne day certainly stood out to me.
This seaside soiree had me hooked as soon as it hit our desk. The dreamy hues of blue and Sari’s soft tulle gown were glorious in my opinion. Captured perfectly by Katie Harmsworth, this Sorrento sensation complete with a poolside marquee reception filled with fun and style is certainly one that stays top of mind.
This gorgeous modern rustic day is as dreamy as they get. Taking place at the breathtaking Trentham Estate, this country celebration oozed charm and style. With a sensational setting like this creating the ultimate backdrop for fabulous photos Marnie Hawson certainly documented the day darn well.
This Port Phillip Estate celebration boasting moody hues and one seriously sleek sleeved dress totally tickled my fancy. Photographed by the talented Jai of Free The Bird Weddings, the luxe yet laid back vibes of this day turned into some professional partying with a sensational sparker send off which I always love.
Another urban delight, Lauren and Tom’s glorious garden ceremony at Glasshaus followed by a sensational St Kilda soiree at The George Ballroom combined two of my all time favourite venues. Boasting bangin’ backdrops for spot on snaps by Katie Harmsworth, a chic Cappellazzo Couture gown and lush long stemmed roses, this one was a show stopper for me.
Since this wedding landed on our desks I have loved it, even though in wedding years, it feels like a lifetime ago. Jayde and Brock were wed in beautiful Ballarat, and despite a last minute venue change, they celebrated like they never have before. From the gown, to the black tie elegance, Jayde and Brock’s wedding day is a timeless classic captured so beautifully by one of my photography favourites Katie Harmsworth.
I’m a sucker for a bride with a stunning smile and a city wedding also. There’s something so magical about Melbourne. Jess and Nick certainly celebrated in style, yet it felt understated and a true reflection of them. Once again, the gown wowed me and of course Sabine Legrand’s photography always makes me a little weak at the knees. It’s worth getting caught up in this cosmopolitan affair.
Once again, I’ve gone a little deep into the archives and remember when Anna and Tom’s arrived in our inbox and we all immediately said ‘hell yes’. It was refreshing to see a couple buck many traditions (including ditching the white dress) and boy did they make it look cooler than cool. Photographer, Tony Evans is such a talent, ultimate great guy and I’ll always remember this wedding for bringing the feel good vibes.
Anna and Jake’s seaside soirée on the beautiful Bellarine Peninsula was timeless, elegant but also screamed fun! I loved that Anna went barefoot, that her gorgeous gals were dressed in white and that their smiles honestly say it all. Jess of Elk & Willow was the woman behind the lens and I’ve loved watching her talent grow over the years and she sure knows how to capture a stunning shot!
I was in danger of my top 5 weddings being all of Katie Harmsworth’s work, it was hard to whittle it down – but that just proves her talent. Nathan and Emma’s surprise elopement in Tuscany actually makes me teary. There’s something about an intimate celebration, with only the couple and nearest and dearest that makes my heart feel warm and emotional. So should I find myself in the situation I’m eloping to Tuscany, Katie will you come with me?
Full disclosure here – I not only had the honour of being Stacey and Semi’s celebrant, but also a bridesmaid at their impeccable city celebration. Stacey is my younger sister. Although I am slightly biased, I know that even if I wasn’t emotionally attached to this day – it would feature among my top five! Elegant, emotional and really considered styling – it had all the makings of the perfect wedding celebration. Bek Smith and our very own Annette and Dani Films made up their dream team.
It seems I am a sucker for a city celebration! Sally and Andrew’s day was quintessentially Melbourne, and they celebrated their love, over the course of a whole weekend, with the people they love. Sally’s Rebecca Vallance gown oozed sophisticated elegance – (not to mention the sleek up ‘do and statement earrings, yes please!) and the overall look – from their chic, monochrome-clad bridal party, to the cosy, romantic atmosphere of their reception dinner, it just makes me wish I was there. My favourite part of a wedding day would have to be speeches – and from all reports, Sally and Andrew’s were second to none. Perfection. Cam of Anchor and Hope worked the lens on this one.
From the moment Susie and Elliot’s wedding landed at our desks I was all over it. Captured by The White Tree, Susie’s infectious smile speaks volumes, and their day – celebrated at stunning Jakalope, was all about honouring their love and throwing one big party for their favourite people. Of course, to look at it was glamorous and gorgeous but yet again – some stellar speeches get a mention as one of their favourite moments. Emotion and elegance – the two key ingredients to a winning wedding.
Chloe and Daniel’s dream day was captured by one of my favourite photography talents, Chloe May. An emotion-charged ceremony, impeccable florals by Poppy Culture and just an all over elegant display of their love – it remains a firm favourite among my top five. I love the simplicity of Chloe’s look and the pure joy in their faces as they celebrate their past, present and future. It’s definitely worth a look.
Nat and Mark’s incredible destination wedding is a showstopper. If this one isn’t enough to have you dreaming of a romantic Italian escape, then I don’t know what is. Carefully considered in every detail – the location, the couple, the GOWN. Nat and Mark poured their hearts and souls into planning this day and boy does it show. 11/10 from every angle. Shot by Bek Smith.
It’s been a wild ride and a wonderful five years filled with so many amazing couples and their A-team. Selecting just a handful of real weddings was tough! See our full gallery of gorgeous celebrations by clicking here.