Real Wedding – Elaine & Mathew, Albert Park VIC
It was lakeside elegance at its finest when Elaine and Mathew wed in Albert Park, Melbourne.
This couple were after a grand and sophisticated affair that was also full of heart and they created this by researching real weddings and their suppliers carefully to bring this vision to life.
Elaine’s father doubled as not only the person that walked her down the aisle and gave her away, but he was also the celebrant! What a sweet moment for this perfect pair as well as their loved ones.
So many highlights and favourite moments so perfectly captured by Blossom Daisy Creative.
In Elaine’s words…
We met when I (Elaine) was 12 years old, and Mathew was 15 – at our local aquatic pools. He was the cool guy sitting on the steps with his friends, and I immediately fell in love. We exchanged numbers, and immediately began many “secret” phone calls under the covers late at night, hiding it from our parents. We completely fell in love and spent hours talking to each other, finding ways to go on secretive dates. After a 9-month relationship, our puppy love romance ended. After many years of lost contact, exactly 8 years later, we bumped into each other at the beach on a hot summer’s day. Since December 1st, 2013, we knew it wasn’t coincidence that our lives collided again – and have never looked back.
Definitely the day I bumped back into him, after 8 long years of unfortunate and testing relationships, life experiences and adventures. The moment we saw each other again, we sat for hours on the sand talking and laughing about our younger memories. Immediately, we felt such a strong connection. It was truly a moment in life where you find that person and it finally makes sense why all other brief relationships didn’t succeed.
Mathew and I were travelling across Europe, it was about 5 weeks into our travels. We were in Positano, and it was our last night on the beautiful coast. We had just finished a romantic dinner and he asked our taxi driver to drop us in the middle of town for our last visit before checking out of our hotel in the morning.
While walking along the beach, Mathew stopped me and told me he’d always love me until the day he dies. He got down on his knee on the sand and asked me to be his number one girl forever. In the lead up to this moment, I always thought I’d be emotional and cry… but I was in complete fits of laughter from the nerves. I said ‘of course’, and we laughed together for so long. We both couldn’t believe how nervous we were, even though we completely knew I’d say yes! He grabbed his ring and put it on my finger. We walked to the closest petrol station, bought a 1 Euro Peroni and walked back to our hotel, on cloud nine.
I began looking through many real wedding posts on Instagram, Pinterest and Etsy. From there, I began to put together mood boards. My inspiration was mainly from a wedding in 2016 which was grand and sophisticated. I tried to achieve a similar look, with a few touches that made it my own.
It was actually such an easy process. Considering how much of a perfectionist I am, I assumed it would be a long process for me. But I actually came across the dress on an Instagram post – on one of the bridal blogger Instagram’s I was following. I kept an opened mind when looking for a dress, but I knew I wanted lace and fitted. That was the first dress that stood out to me, and the one I ended up getting custom made.
My dress was fitted, sheer, long sleeve, open back, buttoned down back and forearms, and a beautiful 2-meter train.
Two main moments.
Pre-ceremony – waking up, knowing all the planning was done and it was my time to sit back and be present. Walking down the aisle – standing there holding my man’s hand after a few days of not seeing each other. Our day was finally here, after all the stress and busy year.
Meaning of marriage.
A bond and vow of commitment between two people, that is unbreakable. A promise to not give up on one another, when times get tough. Allowing someone into every area of your life, heart and mind.
Aisle – Home by Chantal Kreviazuk
Reception entry – Trade It All by Jagged Edge
First dance – This I Promise You by NSYNC
Funny stories (or near disasters).
The night before the wedding, the girls and I opened the packaging to their earrings, and all the earrings were broken! It was 2am, the night before the wedding. We couldn’t stop laughing. We all jumped on our phones and started searching online for earrings at our closest shopping center. Considering the time frame, we did well!
Definitely the entire process as a whole. Women tell you wedding planning is busy, but I don’t think they explain how detailed it is. Unless you have a wedding planner, it is truly up to the bride to look at every single aspect of the day and liaise with every supplier to ensure nothing is missed. For example, when booking a venue, its truly the space and catering you’re booking. Before going into planning, I assumed some form of centerpieces come with venues etc. I knew it was going to be a busy time, but the amount of planning and attention to detail that was needed surprised me.
Words of wisdom.
Help each other as much as possible. It can be hard to get your man involved and eager to help plan the day but try to get him excited enough to help out. If your man isn’t the type to be interested or involved, get help from a friend or family member. It’s a huge task so share the load as much as possible! Remember to have a life outside of wedding planning and keep up your usual hobbies.
The last bit of advice I have – once the wedding week arrives, you have truly done everything you can to plan and organize the day of dreams. So, let your hair down. Get your spray tans, get them nails done, and enjoy those bridal appointments. Enjoy your day most of all, be present and step back on the night and look around you! All these people are here for you and your partner. Take it all in!
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ELAINE AND MATHEW’S TRIBE
Ceremony + Reception venue / location: Carousel, Albert Park
Celebrant/Officiant: My dad! – Silvano Moscatelli (This was a surprise to all guests. He walked me down the aisle, and gave me away..literally)
Photography: Blossom Daisy Creative – Cassandra
Videography: C2 Films
Styling: Floral Empire Melbourne
Florist: SHOW it with flowers
Hair: Ellas Bridal Hair – Ella Martinez
Make Up: Katie Winkler Make up
The Dress + Veil / head wear: Nektaria
Bridesmaids dresses: Sheike
Grooms suit: Prinzi Collections
Grooms Shoes: House of Hounds (via ASOS)
Bow ties: ASOS
Catering: Food and Desire
Favors: Etsy – Personalized Disposable Cameras by a business on Etsy
Cake / Cake topper: Eiffel Tower Cakes
Entertainment: DJ Springs (Sean Peters)
Décor: Melbourne Event Florals (Ceiling Installation, Entrance Floral, Letter floral stands), Floral Empire Melbourne (Centrepieces, Candles and artificial floral), Neon Garden Event Hire (Bridal Table Neon Sign)
Hire: Valiant Furniture Hire (Chair + Furniture hire)
Honeymoon: Bali, Seminyak