Real Wedding – Chandler & Nick, Richmond VIC
Real Wedding – Chandler & Nick, Richmond VIC
Real Wedding – Chandler & Nick, Richmond VIC
Real Wedding – Chandler & Nick, Richmond VIC

Real Wedding – Chandler & Nick, Richmond VIC

 

An inner-city celebration with a timeless yet relaxed feel was the guiding philosophy for Chandler and Nick’s wedding planning. Cocktail style and an epic dance floor were superb add-ons to maximise mingling, dancing and general good vibes.

With Glasshaus Brucke providing the perfect backdrop, a chic black-and-white palette with accents of soft powder blue elevated the visual aspect, while Chandler brought contemporary elegance in her Rachel Gilbert gown.

For a couple who loves Melbourne and wanted to honour this connection, their first look and subsequent photo session with photographer ultra-talent Nikki McCrone were as much a part of the celebration as the time with the guests themselves. And when they arrived back at their venue, the energy was truly electric (so much so that the dance floor had to be expanded!) in the extraordinary hands of our friends, music legends Paper Hearts.

To see the magic moments, aesthetic details and infectious fun, scroll on.

 

 

The meeting.

We worked together teaching swimming and were friends for a couple of years before a New Year’s Eve party ended with a kiss – and the rest is history.

 

The ‘one’.

After six months of dating, Nick went on uni exchange to America. Fast forward another six months and we were traveling around the US together. This is now one of our favourite hobbies and I knew based on how well we travelled together that he was the one.

 

The proposal.

On theme with America, it was in New York. Nick had known he wanted to propose in New York since the first time we visited. He had the ring for three months but tried to throw me off saying we were still three-five years away. When we arrived in New York six years after our first trip I had a little bit of hope but when there were no signs I moved on. Completely to my surprise, on our last day, whilst walking on a beach looking at the Brooklyn bridge, Nick asked a stranger to take a photo (he never does that) and to my complete surprise he turned around with a ring. It was such an incredible surprise in our favourite place.

 

Planning process.

After arriving back from our America trip, we started searching for venues within inner-city Melbourne; we knew we wanted to get married in the area that we spend so much time.

Glasshaus Brucke was the first venue we looked at and loved the feel and atmosphere immediately, with the greenery, and the large space – we wanted to make sure there was space for a great dance floor. We looked at other venues in the area, but we quickly decided that Glasshaus was the one. From there things moved quickly, with a selection of dates available in the summer of 2024, they had the 27 of Jan available which just happened to be the anniversary of when Nick asked me to be is girlfriend – so we knew it was meant to be.

We had our eye on key vendors and quickly checked their availability. From there, the process was very relaxed, to the point where family members were concerned about how relaxed we were.

 

Style inspiration.

We knew we wanted an inner-city wedding that was timeless, though also relaxed in a way that meant we could celebrate with our family and friends. We opted for a stand-up event so that everyone could mingle and ultimately dance the night away.

Given the greenery within Glasshaus Brucke, we looked for classic colours when deciding on flowers and outfits. I spent hours trawling Instagram reels, Pinterest and almost every Melbourne wedding on Ivory Tribe. We finally landed on black and white with a touch of blue. Though the lovely team at Pomp and Splendour suggested a touch of red within my bouquet that turned out to be amazing.

Real wedding inspiration was the most useful when researching all aspects of the day, particularly seeing weddings in Melbourne. I spent many hours scrolling through the real weddings on Ivory Tribe, to the point that I made it through most of the weddings in Melbourne. From vendors to style, being able to visualise and recreate elements by booking the vendors we had seen and loved enabled the day to come together in the most perfect way.

 

The ceremony.

We knew we wanted the ceremony to be fun and relaxed. Stephanie, our celebrant, was incredible, she helped us feel so at ease in the lead-up to the wedding and on the day.

The ceremony was so much more special than I ever predicted, with readings from our friends, as well as our vows where we both managed to include a Friends TV show reference. We received so many compliments afterward on how amazing she was!

 

The outfits.

Looking for a dress was a journey. Right from the beginning I knew I wanted something simple and timeless though little did I know how many different styles were out there. My mum and my best friend joined me at various wedding dress shops across the city, as well as non-bridal boutiques. I found my dress at Rachel Gilbert. As soon as I tried it on, both my mum and best friend reacted in a way that they hadn’t to any other; that’s when I knew it was the one. The team at Rachel Gilbert on High St were also so lovely and accommodating.

Finding shoes I found surprisingly difficult, given my dress was so simple I needed shoes that were simple too. I had seen a pair of gold Tony Bianco shoes six months before the wedding though wasn’t sure if they were classic wedding shoes. After looking around, I kept coming back to them. I did change into sneakers after speeches so I could make the most of the dance floor.

Nick knew from the outset that he’d like a tux and found the perfect one at Peter Jackson.

 

Favourite moments.

It is so hard to choose just one!

The first look; seeing Nick for the first time was so special. It was amazing to have this moment just to ourselves, it really eased the nerves and set the mood for the rest of the day. After this, we did all our bridal party and immediate family photos. This was so special because we were able to laugh and cry together before the ceremony.

We also stepped out for photos at sunset, which was so nice to take a breath, enjoy each other’s company and really soak in the moment.

 

Meaning of marriage.

Marriage is about committing to love, be kind, support and laugh with each other through the next chapter of our lives.

 

Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: Only Wanna Be With You by Hootie and the Blowfish played by Ryan and Amelia from Paper Hearts.

Reception entry: Lil Boo Thang by Paul Russell

 

Funny stories (or near disasters).

At the last minute we decided to have a signing book and Polaroids, but given the public holiday before the wedding we were cutting it fine with delivery. The book arrived as the boys were getting in the vans to head to the wedding –  we figured it was meant to be then!

 

Planning surprises.

How many little things there were to organise in the week prior to the wedding, from run sheets, to snacks, to cards. These tasks sound quite small though they all added up.

 

Words of wisdom.

Cannot recommend a first look more highly. Also not getting to caught up in all the feedback you get about the wedding and really trying to do what makes you happy, not what everyone else wants.

Creating a shared email was also a great idea. It was really helpful keeping all comms in one place, also both having access to this meant that it was easier to share the information.

 

 

For an inner Melbourne wedding with a similar ethos to Chandler and Nick, we love Courtney and Mitch’s Brunswick celebration – big on vibrant style, with the party vibes to match.

 

 

CHANDLER & NICK’S VENDORS

Ceremony venue: Glasshaus Brucke – Downstairs

Reception location: Glasshaus Brucke – Upstairs

Celebrant: Stephanie Zolis. Stephanie made us feel so at ease and ensured the ceremony was fun and personal

Photography: Nikki McCrone. Nikki was seriously the best, she was so easy going and organised in the lead-up to the wedding and helped to make the day even more enjoyable with her jokes and confidence in us. The final pictures are better than we ever imagined.

Content creation: AM Socials, Abby, was so lovely and such a whiz and captured all our special moments that we will cherish forever.

Florist: Pomp and Splendour – our flowers were a highlight. Val and Asha, really helped to bring our classic vision to life, with a modern pop and a touch of something blue. The red roses particularly received so many compliments.

Hair: Jess Elizabeth Makeup

Make-up: Giuliana and Ellie from Tonic, were amazing, our make up was absolutely perfect, they also made getting ready so much fun.

The dress: Rachel Gilbert

Veil: Handmade

Shoes: Tony Bianco

Rings: Janai and Nick’s Grandmothers

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Bec + Bridge

Suits: Peter Jackson

Bow ties / ties: Anthony Squires

Catering: Essential Catering

Bar: Glasshaus Brucke

Cake: Fantasy Cakes, we didn’t have a cake topper though our dog Sadie made a surprise appearance.

Stationery / Signage: DIY printed at Officeworks and Vista print

Entertainment: Ryan and Amelia from Paper Hearts, we cannot express enough love for the music, having a stand up wedding it was vital in setting the tone, a great dance floor was also key to us. Ryan and Amelia bought the emotion throughout the ceremony and fun to the party – we had to move furniture out of the way to make more room. Everyone was on the dancefloor at least once, including my 99 year old great grandma!

Transport: Chaffuer Booking Melbourne mini vans.

Honeymoon: Mexico – the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation.




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