Real Wedding – Alice & Ash, South Melbourne VIC
Bathed in the sunset, against the stunning streetscapes of inner-city Melbourne, Alice & Ash are a vision of contemporary chic, glowing with blissed-up newlywed vibes. We all love a glimpse into a sumptuously stylish affair, and this celebration does not disappoint.
Bountiful alabaster blossoms, layers of classic roses juxtaposed against modern orchids, were draped across lush greenery by Botanica Fresh Flowers to create focal points to delight across the gorgeous reception space at Half Acre. Tables dressed in soft bone linens accented with sage and elevated with glass encased candles enhanced the aesthetic appeal.
Surrounded by their wedding party in sharp black and white, Alice and Ash cut a striking silhouette. Ash looks every inch the dapper gent in his black tux, while Alice is nothing short of jaw-dropping in her gown by Suzanne Harward; all clean lines, gracefully high neckline and Grace Kelly style swept-back hair. Add in the turquoise, gold embellished statement earrings, and it’s a look to wow!
There to capture every exquisite moment were visual poets and dream makers Kirra Jaye Hansen and Gunvor Eline for Lou Lou Memphis.
Ash and I met in 2017 while we were both working at Country Road.
I think we both knew early on in our relationship. Everything was very easy between us, and we were completely ourselves around one another. We both slotted into each other’s families with ease, and things seemed to happen naturally.
Ash popped the question very early one Saturday morning while we were staying at my parent’s house in Red Hill. He asked me to meet him in one of the paddocks where he was waiting for me. I had no idea, so I was wearing my PJ’s and gumboots, and it was the best surprise!
We had organized lunch with both of our parent’s months earlier, so it was the perfect time to propose because we were able to celebrate with them afterwards.
We were organized and got the planning process moving pretty quickly. We were originally supposed to get married in October 2020 but obviously, due to covid, that did not happen. We had some stressful months in the lead up to changing our date, but once we made the decision to move our date, it was a massive relief, and after that, we had a little break in the planning process.
Ash was great in helping me make decisions and not letting me ponder on things too long. Once a decision was made, I ticked it off our list and moved on. We also trusted the suppliers we had booked, so we asked them for their judgement along the way.
I loved reading all of the real weddings on Ivory Tribe in the early days of planning. Reading what other couples had done and their experiences throughout the planning process helped me know what to expect and gave me some ideas to use on our day.
Our wedding was very classic but definitely had a modern element to it. We wanted it to reflect us as a couple so that we could look back at our wedding in years to come and still love what we chose. We wanted to include special elements for our guests throughout the day to express how special they are to us.
Our ceremony was very traditional (we got married in a church). I never realized how special saying our vows to one another would be until we were in the moment. It was also incredibly special for both of us to have all of our friends and family there to witness it.
My dress was very classic, simple, and modern. Suzanne Harward was the second place I went to, and I always knew I would wear something along the lines of what I chose. When I put the Dahlia gown on, I knew it was pretty much the dress I would wear. But it wasn’t perfect yet, so I worked with the amazing Liv and Tina to make a few changes, and the dress was everything I thought it would be.
We had the best day ever, so it’s hard to pick only one moment! After the ceremony, the bridal party went to a nearby park to have some photos and a couple of drinks. We had about an hour, and it was such a fun time with just our bridal party. It also gave us a moment to reflect on what just happened before the party kicked off.
Meaning of marriage.
Marriage to us is about being a team and building a life together. It is also about loving one another unconditionally and supporting each other through life’s ups and downs.
Aisle: For You by Roses and Frey
Recessional: Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher by Jackie Wilson
Reception Entry: Sing Hallelujah by Dr Alban (Bridal Party), Higher Love by Kygo & Whitney Houston (Ash & Alice)
First Dance: Rhythm Of My Heart by Rod Stewart
Funny stories or near disasters.
When I arrived at the church, the priest was running late and hadn’t turned up yet! He turned up about 10 – 15 minutes late. Other than that, I think most things went to plan!
I was very shocked when I first started enquiring with suppliers how far in advance they book out. It really made me start to make some decisions quickly to lock in the suppliers we wanted to use on the day.
Words of wisdom.
Make sure you enjoy the process because you only get to do it once. Trust in your suppliers because they have done it all before! Make sure you are organized so that on the day, there is nothing else to do but enjoy it.
Loving Alice’s glam gown? We’re calling it – the ballgown is back, and we are loving the modern take on this stunningly stylish, romantic, and oh so flattering look. Check out our favourites on the blog, here.
ALICE & ASH’S VENDORS:
Ceremony venue: St Peter and Pauls Church South Melbourne
Reception venue: Half Acre, South Melbourne
Photography: Kirra Jaye Hansen and Gunvor Eline for Lou Lou Memphis.
Styling: Wanderlust Creative
Bouquets: Pomp & Splendour
Reception florist: Botanica Fresh Flowers
Hair: RL Hairstyling
Make-up: Amelia Webb
The dress: Suzanne Harward
Veil: Borrowed from my Sister in Law
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Rings: All diamonds Elsternwick
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Manning Cartell
Cake: Emelia Jackson
Stationery / Signage: Rebel Reflect
Entertainment: Unplugged Entertainment
Honeymoon: Byron Bay