Real Wedding – Kristin & Rob, Red Hill VIC
For Kristin and Rob, their wedding day was all about relaxed romance in the style of an epic family feast, with a dynamic dance floor, flowing wines and bountiful platters of food, all with an undertone of love and classic elegance. A sea of festoon lights overhanging the celebrations took the effect from stylish to stunning.
Kristin chose a planning path we truly recommend – focusing on the most important priorities and ensuring to create a sense of celebration along the way. The result was a day packed full of emotion and brimming over with aesthetic appeal.
The natural tones and textures of the florals by Hello Blossoms were emphasised perfectly in a palette of cool taupe, soft sage and burnt ash. Groomsmen in sharp black tuxes added a touch of old school charm, whilst we love the bridesmaids in simple sheaths of olive silk, accessorised with simple bouquets of crisp ivory white.
The look on Rob’s face as his wife to be stepped down the aisle towards him said it all – Kristin was an absolute vision in her Georgia Young Couture gown. A chic silhouette of buttery, clean lines with a sleekly flared train was equal parts elegance and modern style, and 100 per cent stunning.
The legend behind the lens, capturing every exquisite moment as it unfolded, was One Spoon Two Spoon. This one is a treat, so scroll on to enjoy!
Rob and I met out at a nightclub in Melbourne CBD on the dance floor in 2014. We were introduced by Rob’s cousin, who I knew growing up. One thing I remember from the night was that we did not stop talking and got on like a house on fire. It was like I had known him for years.
Rob worked interstate, FIFO, when we were dating, so we were doing a long-distance relationship. After some time dating, Rob decided he didn’t want to be apart and moved his life back to Melbourne full time for me, and gave up his job. He was committed to us and wanted to give it 100 per cent. This was when I knew how lucky I was and that I’d found the one.
Rob proposed in Mexico; we were staying at the most amazing resort in Tulum. We finished a beautiful dinner by the beach and then spent the night drinking wine on day beds on the beach. The surroundings could not have been more perfect; we were on the beach (my favourite place), under the stars, with a DJ mixing good tunes in the background. The resort had fairy lights and lanterns all set up around the day beds, and we were the only ones out there. It was just beautiful. Rob suggested we have a glass of wine, so he took off to the bar; instead he ran to our room to get the ring. I had no idea at this point. We were lying on the day bed when Rob started saying how happy he was and how he couldn’t imagine his life without me in it. As we were lying on our day beds, Rob grabbed my hands to stand me up, and all I could feel was his hands shaking. He is a confident guy, so at this point, I knew something was up. That’s when it crossed my mind that he could be about to propose. He was holding my hands, saying the most beautiful things and then dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him. We both couldn’t stop crying; it was a fairytale moment. It was perfect in every way possible. I will never forget it.
I loved every minute of planning our wedding. I didn’t find it stressful; I always said that I wanted the planning process to be enjoyable and part of the fun. We first decided on the location pretty quickly and the three main things that were important to us. Once we did that, Rob left the styling part to me. We booked the main vendors in the first few months, and after that, everything else fell into place.
Having a checklist and spreadsheet helped me stay organised and on top of everything. With our wedding parties, we both spent the day picking our wedding dress and suit; it was exciting and fun as this was the lead up to the big day – this made us look forward to the day even more.
The style we wanted for the wedding was elegant, romantic and relaxed. We both have European families, so we wanted the reception to feel like one big family affair with lots of food, drinks, music, dancing and laughter. We wanted the wedding to be classic, but we also wanted it to represent who we are as a couple, so we did our best to put our own spin on the day.
We went for classic white long steam roses. Rob and his groomsmen were all in black tuxedos. We had festoon mood lighting at our reception, with long tables spread across the venue and shared style food everywhere. To set the tone, we organised a saxophone player and DJ to keep people up out of their seats and dancing the night away.
My dress was an elegant, modern, tight white dress by Georgia Young Couture. As soon as I tried it on, I knew it was the one. It had beautiful thick fabric with strong lines that hugged my figure. It was a unique design but still classic. It had a low neckline, a band to highlight my waist and a beautiful train. I also had a veil to complete the outfit.
I loved every minute of the day, but my favourite moment would have to be when just the two of us were having our photos taken. This surprised us as we thought it was going to be a bit awkward sharing intimate moments with the photographer and videographer; however, we were on the biggest high from just saying ‘I do’ earlier on. It was the first moment during that day when we really soaked in what had just happen. It was just us, and we were in such a love bubble. It was a time in the day where we really soaked up being married and a time where we really felt all the emotions that had built up over the course of the day.
My second favourite moment would have to be dancing at the reception with all our closest family and friends, whilst the saxophone player was playing and navigating his way through the dance floor.
Meaning of marriage.
Marriage to me is trusting someone enough with your whole heart and being confident that they will protect it forever. It’s also a commitment you make to the love of your life and best friend. Marriage is being there for each other and supporting each other to the end. It is a lifelong partnership; it means letting go of selfishness and being a team. To me, it represents a foundation, a home; it means someone is always going to be there to have your back, every time!
Aisle: I Found You by Benny Blanco, Calvin Harris and Miguel.
Reception entry: Get Up Offa That Thing by James Brown
First dance: Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
Funny stories or near disasters.
Besides Rob almost arriving late to the wedding because he was driving in a 1927 Ford car that nearly broke down on the side of the road, fortunately, there were no near disasters. We had a bit of unexpected rain before the ceremony, so we had to alter where the ceremony was held at the winery vineyard. But with the rain and overcast weather, it wasn’t so bad as it made our photos look amazing!
Not really; I think we had a clear vision of what we wanted, so that helped.
Words of wisdom.
Don’t let the little things stress you out, try to focus on what’s important to you. Choose the three main things that you really want to be perfect, and the rest will all fall into place. I would also say don’t see the planning process as a stressful task; try and enjoy it; the lead up to the day should be just as enjoyable. Soak it all in with your partner and your wedding party.
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KRISTIN & ROB’S VENDORS:
Ceremony venue: Green Olive at Red Hill
Reception venue: The Epicurean Red Hill
Celebrant: Cassie Duncan, Marry Me Melbourne
Photography: Hailey Birch, One Spoon Two Spoon
Videography: Tom Wilkinson, Real Nice Films
Styling & florist: Hello Blossoms
Hair: Alarm hair studio
Make-up: Glamour Doll Makeovers
The dress & veil: Georgia Young Couture
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Rings: My Diamond Club
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Bec + Bridge
Groomsmen’s suits & bow ties: Institchu
Catering: The Epicurean Red Hill
Favours: A donation was made on behalf of each guest to a charity close to our hearts.
Cake: Miss Ladybird Cakes
Stationery / Signage: Wolf Studios
Entertainment: DJ Dan Martin, Rutherford Entertainment
Transport: Family car – 1927 Ford.
Guest transport: Hastings shuttle service
Hire: Festoon mood lighting
Honeymoon: Europe was planned but, due to Covid, was unable to happen.