Real Wedding – Robbie & Alex, Teesdale VIC
A wedding celebration that feels like a glammed-up family holiday, complete with chic style and big feels? Alex and Robbie’s weekend-long micro-wedding absolutely nails the brief.
Their banter-filled romance is captured to total perfection in the details of this dreamy day. From games night and pool swims in the lead-up to a sweetly intimate ceremony and darling reception setting, Alex and Robbie have created epic moments to always remember.
Woolbrook Homestead was the ultimate venue to set the tone for the occasion. Stunningly multi-faceted spaces allowed the couple and their guests to kick back and enjoy time together while bringing an overarching sense of occasion and timelessness. Florals by Peony and Weasel enhance the natural surrounding in arrangements reminiscent of a wild summery field, whimsical yet chic in a softly vibrant colour palette.
Clutching her beautiful blooms, Alex looks incredible in her Karen Willis Holmes gown. Perfectly puffed sleeves, nipped-in bodice and a flowing skirt coalesce to a fresh, modern silhouette with nods to tradition and glamour. Her radiant glow is only matched by Robbie’s emotion-filled gaze.
This is one to revel in, so enjoy every dynamic image by superstar photographer Smith + Archer.
Matched on Hinge in Feb 2021. Talked all things confectionary and compared our persuasive writing skills by penning draft essays to Connoisseur over their discontinued Honeycomb flavoured ice-creams.
Robbie got home late from work on a Tuesday night, and I was reading on the couch whilst streaming Leon Bridges. Robbie didn’t know this, but two months prior, I had declared to my best friend that I knew I was meant to be with somebody who would slow dance with me to Leon Bridges in the kitchen on a weeknight, someone who could be a complete and utter romantic without it feeling cheesy or insincere. As I put my book down to give him a hug, he put one hand on my waist and another in my other hand and began to slow dance me in the kitchen to Beyond – the song I walked down the aisle to.
A walk in the rain on our favourite dog beach with our goldies, followed by a surprise dinner with friends and family AND a surprise trip to New Zealand the next day!
We knew we wanted something fairly intimate, and Robbie is the ultimate organiser, so why not plan a micro-wedding in three months?! Once I shared my favourite wedding venue with him, he was across booking a tour, finding the best date and then sharing lists and spreadsheets.
We wanted our wedding to feel like a family holiday, so we had a games night and dinner the night prior and during the day, we had all of our guests enjoy the Homestead (even the pool!) whilst I got ready in the front room. After getting engaged, we had a vision of waking up on our wedding day together and spending the morning having breakfast with all of our nearest and dearest whilst staying together. As soon as I saw the kitchen at Woolbrook Homestead, I knew that this was our place to do that.
So intimate. We knew that the words we would share with one another would be incredibly special, and we didn’t want that shared with a large group of people. Our celebrant totally understood just how special this was and ensured that our whole ceremony was incredibly personal and curated for us.
Robbie’s suit was made by Institchu. He went in with a good friend and enjoyed the whole bespoke process, like selecting the design and fabric.
My dress was the Taryn Camille dress with bubble sleeves by Karen Willis Holmes. I went shopping in January for our April wedding and was under the impression that I’d find a dress and then have to find it second-hand. So, I tried on the dress and my sister and I were in tears, we just knew it was it! Whilst trying on a couple more, my sister called Karen Willis Holmes head office, and they were AMAZING. They said that there was no need to find second hand, they would make my dress and it would be ready in time!
Walking to Robbie at the start of our ceremony. Followed closely by me, my best friends and my sisters, and mum getting ready in the front room, watching all of our family members and friends in the pool, playing lawn games and tennis. Knowing that my vision of the day had absolutely come true.
Meaning of marriage.
Commitment to one another through every up and down, and that you will always do right by that person and honour the connection you share.
Aisle: Beyond by Leon Bridges
Recessional: Everywhere by Fleetwood Mac
First dance: Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader
All were performed live acoustically by our good friend and his dad.
Funny stories or near disasters.
Robbie somehow had it in his mind that we were getting married at 4pm and told the guests who were enjoying the Homestead that they had until then to be ready. Our ceremony started at 3:30pm, and at 3:15pm I was ready and waiting. In some sort of miracle, every person and my groom were ready and at the ceremony location by 3:20pm!
How enjoyable the process is when you are doing it with your person! Knowing we had the same vision and were both highly organised made the three months of planning heaps of fun!
Words of wisdom.
The day flies, and your cheeks will hurt from smiling, savour every moment. And give you and your beloved a nice morning together before getting ready – you’ll feel like a kid at Christmas!
Your venue can impact every element of your wedding day. So with that much pressure, and so many factors at play, how do couples make the right decision? We chatted to some industry experts to find out where to begin when choosing your dream day venue, here on the blog.
ALEX & ROBBIE’S VENDORS
Our vendors were INCREDIBLE. We had every guest comment on how great the food and music was, how amazing our celebrant and ceremony was and how awesome our photographer was. Every vendor understood what our vision was and helped us in having the best day of our lives. I could not recommend these vendors to engaged couples enough!
Ceremony & reception venue: Woolbrook Homestead
Celebrant: Kahani Motiani
Photography: Ali Bant, Smith + Archer
Florist: Peony and Weasel Flower Co
Hair: Amelia Rose Hairstylist
Make-up: Nikizsha Lyons
The dress: Karen Willis Holmes
Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Rings: Natalie Marie Jewellery
Suits & bow ties: Institchu
Catering: Eddie Basich
Cake: Homemade by the mother of the groom!
Stationery / Signage: DIY
Entertainment: Our best friend and his dad!
Hire: Memphis Hire
Honeymoon: Europe 2024 plus a minimoon to Ocean Grove (doggo friendly, of course)