Real Wedding – Hayley & Jack, North Melbourne VIC
Hayley and Jack wanted their celebration to capture the vibes of the city they love so much, Melbourne. Seeking a fun festive feel over a traditional wedding, they assembled a line up of superstar suppliers and let the magic begin.
Two Ton Max provided the perfect canvas for late-night party vibes, onto which Hayley and Jack chose striking natives in warm tones of rust and sage with pops of burgundy to embellish the warehouse setting. The bridesmaids completed the metro-modern look in stunning emerald green silk.
Hayley was equal part classic sophistication and fresh fun in her Luna gown by Jane Hill, with a smile that dazzles in every image.
We love scrolling through the incredible photos by Tribe friend Steph from Long Way Home. A true highlight is seeing the Groomsmen swap their traditional getting ready shots to instead enjoy a couple of beers at iconic Melbourne locale, Fitzroy Oval.
As the sun set over the city, the masters of the dance floor, Baker Boys Band, took the party to the next level as the guests joined Hayley and Jack celebrating their first hours as newlyweds.
Jack and I met eight years ago whilst both working in a call centre during uni. It was a fairly instant attraction, and we genuinely have never looked back. We are chalk and cheese, and our relationship felt very normal and natural from the beginning.
Hard to pinpoint a moment. I guess it happened over time without us even realising it. Lots of time spent together going through the motions of life and realising that you would not want to spend those moments with anyone else. Our relationship felt so normal and relaxed from the very beginning.
Jack is the most supportive, patient and kind person who genuinely makes my world a better place every single day.
After packing up our lives and moving to London in 2017, we went on a trip to Iceland, driving a campervan around for a week. Jack proposed at a gorgeous waterfall on the second last day. I was wearing 4-day-old braids in my hair and hiking boots. Certainly not glamorous but it was the absolute perfect moment.
We called our friends and family the next day from the van from the other side of the world. It genuinely felt like a dream.
I had shortlisted a few venues whilst we were still in London; our brief was inner city, warehouse wedding. We didn’t necessarily know exactly what we wanted, but we knew what we did not want. We didn’t want lots of formalities, traditional wedding music, people sitting down all night not dancing, and the lights coming on and the night ending abruptly at 10.30pm. Instead, we wanted a relaxed, fun party vibe with music, decor and an atmosphere that reflected both of us.
Two Ton Max was the first venue we physically went to see, and I knew it was the one. We went to about three more to be sure, and it was very clear to us that Two Ton was the clear winner. They were extremely flexible in terms of what we could do with the venue and given they are in an industrial area of Melbourne; there were no noise restrictions that would limit us to partying into the night!
We did not want a traditional wedding. We wanted to have all the people we love in one room for a party.
We both adore our home city of Melbourne so wanted to really bring the Melbourne vibes to the day. This was a big part of where we did our photos.
I planned a day with my mum, mother in law and bridesmaids to go to three different bridal stores in one day. Jane Hill was the second place we went, and the Luna gown was the first dress I tried on there. Importantly for me, the dress needed to be comfortable (to accommodate lots of dancing) and something that I would look back at in years to come and still love.
I also had an amazing experience at Jane Hill; the whole process from start to finish was extremely easy, and the girls working there were an absolute delight! I’m sure for me it was like selling ice to an Eskimo, but I was absolutely there for their amazing service and I have zero regrets with my dress choice!
For the bridesmaids, I also wanted something I knew would not date – the colour of the Bec + Bridge dresses in the different lights came up stunning, and all my bridesmaids look absolutely beautiful!!
The boys’ ties also teamed with the theme and looked fantastic with the florals from my amazing florist, and I think they really complimented the girls emerald dresses.
After the first dance almost every person at our wedding was dancing up there with us, it genuinely started the party off, and the Baker Boys did a phenomenal job of their song selection.
Jack and I managed to sneak out with our photographer Steph for a “golden hour” shoot and this was an amazing 15 or so minutes for us to spend together just us and take stock of what we had just done. The photos really show how happy we both were! Very glad Steph made us sneak out at this time – ladies, listen to your photographers!!
Meaning of marriage.
Marriage is accepting a person entirely for who they are and declaring in front of all your loved ones that you will stand by and love them for all your years to come!
Aisle (Bridesmaids): You’ve Got the Love by Florence & The Machine
Aisle (Hayley): Somebody to Love by Queen
First dance: Dreams by Fleetwood Mac
Funny stories or near disasters.
Our wedding was right before COVID19 took over the world. The morning of, the Grand Prix was cancelled in Melbourne at the last minute, and I was extremely (irrationally) convinced that the government was also going to ban weddings with only a few hours notice! Thankfully we were one of the luckiest ones and managed to sneak in right before.
We also feel extremely lucky as we had about 15 people (including Jack’s two brothers and groomsmen) fly in from overseas for the wedding that went absolutely fine – looking back it could have been absolute disaster.
Some parts are certainly more enjoyable than others. We naively didn’t anticipate how long it all takes. Lots of nights sitting down after work on the laptop going through guest lists, celebrant, band and photographer questionnaires, vows, speeches, organising logistics – we certainly underestimated the time it all took. On the day, however, it was all absolutely worth it. Everything came together exactly how we planned.
We also were shocked how many people were willing and wanting to help us out – it’s important to not take absolutely everything on yourselves, and we are so grateful for all of our friends and family who helped us with things leading up to and on the day. It is such a significant help.
Words of wisdom.
It is so important the day is a reflection of both your personalities. Ensure both can have a say and let each opinion count. Jack spent the day before the wedding putting together a welcome sign made out of skateboards!! I was initially mortified by the idea, but in classic Jack style he pulled it together at the last minute and everyone commented on what a great, unique idea it was.
He also wasn’t keen on getting the traditional “getting ready photos,” so he met the photographer at a footy ground in Fitzroy with his groomsmen – the photos are incredible, and they look so much more natural and relaxed.
We had a “first look” and photos done prior to the wedding. This idea is not for everyone, but it was genuinely one of the best decisions we made. It saved us so much time; I would really have not wanted to finish our ceremony, seeing everyone there and then have to leave for an hour to go and get photos taken. It meant we were able to literally start the party right away. Also, it meant we could get more variety in the pics as we did some around a few blocks of Fitzroy/in a pub and then at Royal Park for some greenery.
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HAYLEY & JACK’S VENDORS
Ceremony and reception venue: Two Ton Max. A perfect blank canvas venue that literally lets you do whatever you want.
Celebrant: Nicola Garrad, Mrs Jones Celebrant. Gorgeous celebrant with a calm energy who wrote a beautiful story of us to include in our ceremony. Many of our guests commented on how great she was!
Photography: Steph, Long Way Home. Steph was an absolute superstar photographer. Our photos are so much more than we could ever have imagined and we cannot thank her enough for making the most out of every second of our day so we could get tonnes of photos at a few different locations. We feel so lucky to have had Steph as our photographer.
Videography: I made the video myself via VideoLeap app – I 100% recommend to save some money. I got certain guests to film particular moments on the day/night and then used the app to combine it all. It is lovely and authentic and really captures the mood. We couldn’t have been happier with this decision.
Florist: The amazing Megs from Good Grace and Humour. She is a floral genius, and the flowers were absolutely stunning! I have dried out my bouquet and kept it in a vase – hopefully it lasts forever! You can see from the photos how absolutely stunning the flowers were.
Hair: Vicky Bridal Hair & Makeup. Vicky was amazing and I genuinely couldn’t have loved my hair anymore. My bridesmaids’ curls lasted until Tuesday; they couldn’t believe it!
Make-up: Pavita Hair & Makeup. Pavita is one of my close friends who does wedding make up on the side. She is an absolute superstar at what she does, and I cannot recommend her enough. She gave us all an amazing, glowy-yet-natural look on the day and the makeup stayed on after hours of sweating on the dance floor.
The dress and veil: Jane Hill Bridal. The Jane Hill ladies are so kind and sweet.
Shoes: Bared Footwear
Rings: Pilkington Jewellers. Jack got my engagement ring from Pilkingtons, which is his grandparents’ family jeweller. They are absolutely lovely and their rings are stunning.
Groomsmen’s suits: Asos. Most were living overseas so this was definitely the easiest option.
Groom’s Suit: Cecil
Bow ties / ties: Peggy and Finn. Gorgeous, colourful and unique ties that I think really add a lot of character. The groomsmen had bow ties whilst Jack had a tie to mix it up.
Catering and bar: Refresh Hospitality. The food was lovely and service excellent. Cannot fault them. The venue also allowed us to provide our own welcome drinks to enjoy before the ceremony, which was a great win for us – it meant everyone was in a party mood right away!
Cake: Daniel’s Donuts. We got 100 donuts from Daniel’s Donuts – 100% recommend, it was a fun way to do a dessert and we did not want to do a traditional cake cutting.
Stationery / Signage: Wedding Invites from Pinnance Print. This is a lovely family ran business, cannot recommend enough for all stationery/signage.
Entertainment: Baker Boys Band. Amazing to deal with and they absolutely exceeded our expectations. They had everybody up dancing from the beginning of the night!
Transport: We were super lucky enough to have a friend who owns an amazing 1960s Kombi drive us around for the day.
Décor: Mostly provided by Two Ton Max.
Hire: Couches, wine barrels and rugs from One Big Day Event Hire. This company was absolutely delightful to deal with and all their furniture is lovely and reasonably priced.
Honeymoon: We were supposed to go to Hawaii right after the wedding but coronavirus obviously ruined this. Hopefully, we can head there very soon!