Real Wedding – Chloe & Kristian, Curlewis VIC
Starting with a blind date, Kristian and Chloe instantly connected. So much so that they knew by the end of that first date that they’d found their one. And it’s undeniable that this love and surety is echoed in every moment of their wedding day, captured to perfection by one of our faves, Jess Nicholls Photography.
From the sun-drenched vows against the blissful country backdrop of Baie Wines to those first moments alone together as newlyweds, Kristian and Chloe can’t keep the emotion from their faces. Chloe, a true glam goddess in her Rime Ardoraky sheath illuminated by a stunning beaded bodice, was a vision of contemporary class. Together they cut a relaxed, striking silhouette against the vast ocean vista and magical sunset.
Superbly styling their reception marquee are legends Elderberry Events, curating a look of crisp, clean lines and bright pops of citrus-inspired colours contrasting with natural, soft textures. At the helm of the kitchen and bar, ensuring the guests were wined and dined in style, are Truffleduck – and as the celebration hit the dance floor, the enjoyment from everyone is truly evident!
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We were set up on a blind date by a friend of mine who worked with Kristian at the start of 2015 (I initially took seven months to agree to meet him!).
We both knew on the first date, and we both poured our hearts out, confirming the rest of our lives together on our second date (two days after our first date!).
Kristian planned a spontaneous, beautiful (but freezing) camping long weekend down at Cumberland Falls. He wrote me a beautiful card and proposed to me on the rocks of a waterfall (we almost dropped the ring in the waterfall!).
Our planning started fairly breezily, but then COVID hit, and everything we had booked suddenly became uncertain, stressful, and ever-changing with the rules and regulations. So, it became quite stressful, and we had to keep changing our numbers and dining styles etc. Everyone told us to postpone, but we stayed strong and manifested our wedding day to happen – and it did! All the rules dropped about a week before, and we were able to have a mostly normal wedding day (aside from a few international family and friends and a few guest numbers we had to reduce).
We were mostly just inspired by other weddings we had been to and mixed the parts we loved and just chose things which represented us and what is most important to us.
We were just so excited to be finally married and to celebrate our love and commitment to each other. It was six years of love and emotion built up into one day that we had spoken about since we met. We were also just so excited to see and celebrate with all our friends and family after such a tough year – some of who we hadn’t seen since March.
I had initially saved a cropped photo of the detail of this dress about a year or so before we got engaged, as I had a lot of embroidery and beading images pinned from when I studied Textile Design. After we got engaged, I saw a wedding photographer post a photo on Instagram of a wedding with this dress and the designer, Rime Arodaky, was tagged! I knew it was the one instantly and didn’t even need to go wedding dress shopping!
Seeing Kristian’s face when I walked out down the aisle, saying our vows to each other, and seeing how happy all our friends and family were dancing around after such a tough year!
Meaning of marriage.
Marriage means unconditional love, respect and commitment to each other. A mutual agreement to support, love, challenge, care, and laugh in life together as a family.
Aisle: Turning Page by Sleeping At Last (acoustic cover)
Recessional: First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes
Reception entry: Apache (Jump On It) by The Sugarhill Gang
First dance: I Love You Always Forever by Donna Lewis
Funny stories or near disasters.
Apart from changing the wedding venue three weeks prior to the day, the funniest part would have been when the Best Man and Maid of Honour did their reception entrance dance move squatting to the floor and ripped his pants from front to back, in front of everyone! The lovely owners of Baie were kind enough to overlock and sew them back up for him before he had to get up and make his speech!
We weren’t prepared for how much finalizing would need to be done at the end. All the vendors want details and information from you. I didn’t expect to have to write out a run sheet and plan when everything would happen, as we had no clue!
Words of wisdom.
Plan as much as you can ahead of time, so it doesn’t all catch up on you towards the end or so you don’t miss out on booking the vendors you want! Also, it’s useful to start paying off invoice balances a few months before, so you don’t have to pay them all at once in the last month before the day!
We just wanted to mention that we planned our wedding day based on the availability of our band, Like This, who we had fallen in love with a couple of years earlier at another wedding. Our wedding date was the only date they were available in 2020 as they are very popular, and so we booked it and arranged everything else around that! They are amazing!
We also originally had wanted our wedding at Baie, but they were booked out when we initially inquired about 18 months earlier, so instead, we arranged to have the wedding at a friend’s farm. But due to Covid restrictions affecting us three weeks before the day, we checked if we could move it all over to Baie as they were now available due to Covid cancellations. So, we ended up being able to have our wedding at our first choice venue!
Chloe’s gown is a show-stopper, combining elegance with a modern edge to truly delight. For more fashion to keep you feeling those butterfly in the stomach inspiration vibes, check out the latest collection from Australian icon Karen Willis Holmes.
CHLOE & KRISTIAN’S VENDORS:
We are so incredibly grateful for all of our vendors throughout the wedding planning process, as they were all so supportive, flexible and understanding in navigating a Covid wedding and the constant changes we had to make every couple of weeks. They were all amazing!
A very special thank you to those vendors who we had to make many last-minute changes and ensured we had the best day ever – especially Deb and Nicola from Truffleduck, Lauren at BAIE Weddings, Orla from Elderberry Events, and our beautiful friend Jess Nicholls for so perfectly capturing the magic of our day.
Ceremony & reception venue: Baie Weddings
Celebrant: Megan Watson
Photography: Jess Nicholls
Videography: Live Stream by Bottlebrush Films
Florist: Pomp & Splendour
Hair & make-up: Mr Almeda
The dress & veil: Rime Arodaky
Shoes: Dolce Vita
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Third Form
Catering & bar: Truffleduck
Cake: Cheese Wheel Tower by Harper & Blohm
Stationery / Signage: Personal friend (Jane Herbertson)
Entertainment: Like This Band
Transport: Christian’s Buses
Décor & hire: Elderberry Events
Honeymoon: Yet to come!