Real Wedding – Amy & Ariel, Richmond VIC
The stunning wedding celebration of Amy and Ariel was all about the people they love, in the city they love.
Their romantic Richmond day was classic, relaxed and less about formalities, with lots more of the fun stuff!
In fact, choosing to get ready together, groom Ariel walking down the aisle with his mother and a fun pre-planned first dance, meant they shunned tradition in many ways, and the results couldn’t have been more fitting.
A perfect party such as theirs meant that choosing a single favourite moment was near impossible, and when you see the stunning imagery from Alex Motta, we think you’ll see why.
In their words…
We met five years ago at Laneway Festival in Melbourne. Ariel got one of his friends to go and grab me from the crowd because he was too nervous. We shook hands, shared a peck on the lips and then added each other on Instagram. We moved in together after six months and here we are.
Ariel – I knew there was a very strong chance of her being the one as soon as I met her. After our first date I was blown away by her attitude to life and her terrifying but hilarious idiosyncrasies, so probably then.
Amy – I had an inkling on our first date. A couple days later I went away to Fiji for a week with friends and felt pretty certain on that trip that we were going to start something special when I got home.
Ariel – We were hiking in the Otways National Park. I got Amy to take a photo of something far away so that she would zoom in and lose her peripheral vision. I got down on one knee in front of her and when she finished taking the photo I was there waiting.
We booked in all the main things within the first month of being engaged so that we could relax after that. Ariel works full time as a legal assistant and I work full time shift work as a paramedic so finding the time together to plan things was tricky at times but we really enjoyed the process – you CAN do it without a planner if you’re organised. My best friend and bridesmaid Court is a wedding photographer – she was a super helpful and endless supply of advice and ideas.
We pictured our wedding to be a big party in the city we love – pretty cruisy and in a classy setting without being too formal. I designed the invitations, menus and signage, our beautiful friend Mel made our cake, a close friend was the MC and we chose vendors that were easygoing and fit in with our style.
Ariel – MJ Bale – the first suit shop I went into – all of their suits have a great fit and are quality.
Amy – Like many brides, I ended up wearing something pretty different to what I had imagined. I thought I wanted something boho and lacy, but I found that style didn’t suit me after all. Mum pointed out a dress from Lover’s Society at the Bridal Atelier, it was comfy and I felt like me in it.
Can we have lots?
Getting ready together, Amy’s brother’s surprise reading and sharing our own vows, walking back down the aisle, greeting everyone, the speeches, the drinking game our MC planned, sneaking away around sunset for some photos, our first dance, seeing our parents dancing together, everyone getting involved with the Indian dance moves when our DJ played “Jai Ho” and our sparkler exit.
Meaning of marriage.
Ariel – marriage for me is making a lasting commitment to the other person, so I feel like I’ve really been married to Amy for years. The wedding was just a very fun exclamation point on this idea.
Amy – committing to the person who will be there for all of the light and dark days, grow old with you and love you despite your flaws.
Aisle: Stand By Me by Ben E. King (sung live by guitarist Timmy Knowles)
Signing: Give Me Tonight by Dustin Tebbutt (also live)
Reception entry: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell
First dance: World Of Our Love by Client Liaison
Funny stories (or near disasters).
One of Ariel’s groomsmen messaged him three days before the wedding asking if it was okay if he dyed his hair peroxide blonde. Ariel said yes, he would welcome it, and Hal wrote back “good cause I’ve already done it”. The wedding week was hectic and Ariel somehow found himself without any jocks on the day. He went shopping with the boys and came back grinning with a pair that had a sloth on them.
We really stuffed up the cutting of the cake which our videographer captured perfectly.
Ariel – how much work goes into it.
Amy – how excited other people were to get involved and help.
Words of wisdom.
Try not to take it all too seriously and remind yourselves what the day is about. Don’t be afraid to do things a bit differently – we got ready together, had our photos beforehand so that we could spend time with everyone during cocktail hour, Ariel walked down the aisle with his mother and we made up a first dance which was probably so goofy that people felt embarrassed for us and obligated to join in. Ask for help and enjoy it – I had a bit of a meltdown right before I walked down the aisle which was silly because we had already spent the day together. Ariel’s groomsman Hal looked me in the eye and said “Amy, enjoy this – you’re only going to do this once,” and I snapped out of it after that. It really is so incredible to be surrounded by everyone you love in the one place, it felt like a dream.
Thank you so much to all of our beautiful family, friends and suppliers, we had an unforgettable day!
This dreamy day has us reminiscing about the special Fitzroy celebration of Ellie and Jamie. Check it out here.
ARIEL & AMY’S TRIBE
Ceremony and reception: Butler Lane, Richmond – Amazing green wall and courtyard with a modern warehouse attached, fantastic service and delicious food.
Celebrant/Officiant: Pete the Celebrant – We really enjoyed our meetings with Pete. He was warm, genuine and quirky and understood us well.
Photography: Alex Motta of Motta Weddings – Alex was a legend. He was very relaxed and captured so many tiny and big moments on the day. We absolutely love our photos. 10/10 would recommend.
Videography: Ryan Lee – Ryan was unobtrusive and chilled – his only request was that we pretend he wasn’t there. A close friend recommended him to us – we initially weren’t sure whether to invest in a videographer and are so happy we did.
Florist: Raven and the Rose – Ame and her team did such a great job, we loved what they created.
Make-up: Zoe Karlis – Zoe is very talented, kind and professional. Everyone looked gorgeous!
Menswear: MJ Bale
Catering: Peter Rowland at Butler Lane
Cake / Cake topper: My friend Mel made our cake, with flowers by Raven and the Rose
Honeymoon: Lord Howe Island
Other: Jewellery – Earrings from One Day Bridal