Real Wedding – Grace & Sam, Cremorne VIC
Surrounded by gorgeous greenery, their family and friends and of course, those megawatt smiles – Grace and Sam’s I-do’s were fun-filled and fabulous, much like the couple themselves.
Inner-city elegance and the lush greenery of the Glasshaus, combined to create the perfect backdrop for the pair, who worked to create a relaxed vibe to celebrate their first hours as husband and wife.
There to capture the fun (and Grace’s downright gorgeous Rachel Gilbert gown!), was talented shutterbug It’s Beautiful Here.
In their words…
Grace: We met when a mutual friend used Sam to queue jump the line for a bar in Ballarat back in 2006. After spending a crazy summer together, Sam left for England and after a few months, I followed and that was that.
Grace: I can’t say that there was a “the one” moment, but from the moment we met we knew there was something special and over time our relationship was the most important thing to us.
Grace: Sam proposed on a weekend away down in Wilsons Prom with my mum’s engagement ring. The proposal was true to Sam’s style, low key and genuine. We celebrated with a can of fanta at the Tidal River general store and enjoyed the rest our weekend getaway.
Grace: We knew that we wanted a city venue that would allow us to bring in our own food and liquor, so we started looking at a variety of spaces from warehouses to artist studios, but got a little overwhelmed at the thought of turning a blank canvas into our wedding.
The moment we walked into Glasshaus Inside, it was a done deal. We loved that we were able to be married in amongst lush greenery in the heart of Cremorne.
We also chose to have our ceremony and cocktail reception at the one site so that we could move quickly from ceremony to reception and spend as much time with our guests as possible. It was all about great food, great drink, a few bad dance moves and questionable speeches.
Sam: Our wedding marked our 10 year anniversary. We wanted the day to act as a celebration of that milestone and a thank you to our friends and family who have supported us throughout our relationship. For us it was less about style or theme and more about creating a relaxed atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.
Grace: I was daunted rather than excited when it came to finding a dress because a lot of the traditional styles did not resonate with me. My mum did a lot of research and found Rachel Gilbert and I loved that she did a variety of gowns, both bridal and formal.
I never thought I would wear a white gown with a train, but I fell madly in love with a beautiful sequinned gown and it when it was tears all round from my mum and bridal party there was no turning back.
Grace: For our bridal party and family portraits we all met at the Cherry Tree Hotel prior to our ceremony and took photos in the local area. This allowed us to spend time with the people closest to us before the party began and there is no doubt that a few beers and laughs helped to calm our nerves and ensure we enjoyed every moment of our ceremony.
Grace: The ceremony was such an important part of the day for us, we wanted it to be contemporary and lighthearted, but still want to pay tribute to the traditions we all know. Sam and I chose to walk down the aisle together (we will never forget our guests clapped along as all of our bridal party and us walked down the aisle), wrote our own vows and asked all our guests to join Megan our celebrant in announcing us as husband and wife for the first time. These details were really important to us to ensure that the ceremony reflected us and our values.
We brewed a selection of beers at The Public Brewery for the wedding and then named each one after our parents and step-parents. We rummaged through old family albums to find some great pictures and created personalised labels for each brew – it was a great way to incorporate two things we are passionate about, our family and beer!
We also chose to forgo wedding favours, instead our wonderful caterer bought out rounds of ham and cheese toasties late in the night when our guests were in need of an energy boost.
Meaning of marriage.
Grace: Marriage for us is a commitment to support each other, to grow together and to create a life that is founded on the values we share.
Aisle – Higher and Higher by Jackie Wilson
Signing – Hallelujah I Love Her So by Ray Charles
First Dance – Baby I’m Yours covered by The Arctic Monkeys
Last song – Horses by Daryl Braithwaite
Funny stories (or near disasters).
Sam: No disasters, but we somehow managed to be running early and there was a very awkward 15 minutes where the entire bridal party were killing time in a mini van in the back streets of Cremorne.
Sam: We were very lucky as Grace’s sister is an event planner and she made sure we thought about the lead up to the wedding, the logistics on the day and the pack down.
Words of wisdom.
Grace: Make sure that you take time out from the planning to enjoy your engagement. Sam and I were so humbled by how happy and excited people were for us and I am so glad that we spent as much time as we could with our nearest and dearest in the final lead up.
Want to wow with your own inner-city celebration? Check out Brittany and Mat’s big day for more inspo here.
GRACE AND SAM’S TRIBE.
Ceremony reception location: Glasshaus Inside, Cremorne.
Celebrant/Officiant: Megan Watson of Marry Me Megan – We would recommend all of the vendors we used, but have to pay particular mention to Megan, our celebrant, who took a part of the day that mystified us and created the perfect ceremony.
Photography: Kat and Scout of It’s Beautiful Here – So many of our guests keep remarking how lucky we were to have two such genuine, warm and talented photographers as friends and that is because whilst we had only met Kat and Scout through our wedding, they put us all at ease and were part of the fun of the day.
Styling: Cassie Lukas at Firecracker Events – Our caterer/stylist/all round genius who took care of everything from the furniture, to the signage and the ceremony backdrop, whilst also creating food to die for.
Florist: Sam’s Mum – Susie Stroud
Hair and makeup: Vivian Ashworth
The dress: Rachel Gilbert
Veil / head wear: Grace’s Grandmother’s brooch
Accessories: Earrings by Poetry Jewelry
Shoes: Shoes of Prey
Rings: Lord Coconut
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Phase Eight
Groom’s suit: Briggins
Grooms Shoes: Briggins
Ties: Godwin Charli
Catering: Firecracker Events
Stationery / Signage: Cassie Lukas, Firecracker Events
Entertainment: Tim Nixon at Algorhythm Productions
Honeymoon: South East Asia