Real Wedding – Rachel & Tim, St Kilda VIC
Real Wedding – Rachel & Tim, St Kilda VIC

Real Wedding – Rachel & Tim, St Kilda VIC


Rachel and Tim were set on keeping their wedding simple, yet sentimental and wanted to bring a local feel to their St Kilda celebrations.

Finding The George Ballroom and having some unique family connections to this historical event space, it was a no brainer that they would let this incredible wedding venue play host to their day.

Puling together a talented group of local suppliers, talented Tess Follett was there to capture this elegant and loving affair.

In Tim and Rachel’s words…

The meeting.

We met at work July 2010 in Melbourne Australia- we became friends over the months and continued to stay friends even when Rachel moved to New York for work with the same company in 2012. We continue to keep in contact miles apart.

The ‘one’.

I moved back to Australia to finish my Masters in 2013 and Tim asked me on a date. It wasn’t long after, we became an official couple.  Two years later he asked me to marry him.

The proposal.

Tim had been trying to contact my parents all weekend and couldn’t reach them since they were at a family event in the United States. He waited to pop the question until he spoke with my father.

It was on a Sunday afternoon in November 2015, we were on the St Kilda beach, watching our dog play in the bay while the sun was setting.

The planning process.

There was lots of planning, we tried to manage most of the larger items venue, wedding and music right away- but it took time trying to find things that were our style.

Style inspiration.

The inspiration for the wedding was to be local, part of our past memories and our journey as a couple.  The wedding was held at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens, it is our closest park where we have picnics on the weekend and it’s a beautiful location. It is a part of us as a couple and a memory our times together as a couple.

We decided to be as minimal as possible and let the locations and music be the focal point for the wedding.

One night in 2015, Tim and I went for a drink at The George on Fitzroy Street in St Kilda. Tim told me a story of how his father had his first pint with his grandfather there. His great aunt used to live in the building as well. As we were talking we remembered hearing of a ballroom in The George. We found a link to the George Ballroom and contacted them right away. It was a perfect fit for us. It tells a story of Tim’s family and our connection with our ceremony.

We matched the music to the memory of the old Ballroom during dinner. Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone…the classics for a beautiful ballroom.

The cake was cheese sourced from the local market at our favorite cheese shop at South Melbourne Market.

The dress.

This dress was vintage and found locally with a few additions tailored into the hem and additional beading to the top.  I absolutely fell in love with the dress and that it was a nude colour under the lace, it accentuated the lace and beads.

The moment I tried on the dress, I loved that the beads shined in the sun but it wasn’t too extravagant. It was fitted but comfortable and allowed me to dance the night away.

Favourite moment.

My father walking me down the aisle to my future husband. I remember trying to stay calm right before walking down the aisle and having my father by my side. I was so excited to walk down the aisle and to Tim.

Meaning of marriage.

Marriage is a symbol of our journey together, our love for each other and commitment to our future.

Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: All of Me, (Violin Cover) Daniel Jang, La Vie En Rose, Louis Armstrong

Reception Entry: Feelin’ Alright, Joe Cocker

First Dance: Georgia on My Mind, Ray Charles

Funny stories (or near disasters).

My florist added in some deep red flowers into the bouquets. I remember talking to them about it but as we were closer to the day we decided on donating to Breast Cancer Foundation as the reception gift as many family and friends have been affected by breast cancer. A week before the wedding my husband decided to purchase pink ties in coordination with the pink ribbons. I thought the colours would be a disaster but at the end of the day the colours all worked well together.

Planning surprises.

We probably didn’t realise how many discussions would be held around music.  We both wanted to make sure that the reception had the right tone of music throughout the night.

Planning tables and sitting people correctly took time and effort to make sure that it was a good mix on the night. With two long tables, we wanted to make sure that the mix was right to keep the conversation flowing through the night. In the end, it was a fantastic discussion.

Words of wisdom.

Don’t waste money on unnecessary items. Focus on particular items that make your wedding unique for you and your partner.  Also, remember to enjoy the night and relax.


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Rachel and Tim’s Tribe.

Ceremony  location: St Kilda Botanical Gardens

Reception venue: The George Ballroom

Celebrant: Christine Castle

Photography: Tess Follett

Music: Miss Rosie – Weddings and Events

Florist: Botanics

The Dress: Wendy Makin

Shoes: Nina Shoes

Rings: Vintage

Catering: Damm Fine Foods Catering

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