Real Wedding – Tegan & Jake, Melbourne VIC
Tegan and Jake’s inner city elopement is a sweet, stylish dream from days gone by. Leaning in to a classic, vintage theme makes for a uniquely gorgeous unfolding of pared-back, old-world romance and picture-perfect moments.
These two classy lovers let photographer Tahnee Jade lead them on an ambling wander through the historic streetscape of inner city Melbourne. Against this backdrop of divine detailing, their love comes to life in a truly timeless montage of incredible images.
Tegan is the epitome of classic beauty in the sweetest of soft tweed skirt suits, contemporised with a powder blue purse and perfectly on-point heels. Her bouquet by Pollon Flowers weaves traditional and modern in balanced symmetry in shades of muted lilac, cornflower blue and soft peach. And with Jake by her side in his dapper three-piece suit, they look every bit the charmed couple.
This elegant elopement proves that a more intimate day can create such epic emotions. Scroll on to see every blissed-out moment as it happened.
We actually met when we were young, working together at a burger shop, years before we started dating.
There was no specific occasion of knowing. Over time I think we just realised we would be together forever. We always say we’re the only ones who don’t decrease each other’s energy, we don’t get sick of each other!
Jake proposed on Christmas Eve of 2021. He had organised a picnic with champagne and flowers at a private lookout overlooking the ocean, just near where we live.
We always knew we wanted a smaller wedding and many different ideas had come to mind. After circling through all the ideas one too many times, we decided to do what was most us and get married in winter in Melbourne. We booked our ceremony in April, so we only had a couple of months to organise everything. One of the first things we locked in was our photographer, Tahnee, who we knew would capture our day perfectly! We were lucky that all our first choices for vendors were available on the day, and everything came together without too much stress.
We definitely went for a city elopement style, and our outfits were influenced by classic and vintage-style weddings. The locations for getting ready, the ceremony and post-ceremony photos were an important part of creating our wedding style. The heritage buildings on Spring Street added the character and charm that made our photos feel timeless.
Our ceremony was short and simple; what made it so special were the people in attendance. We had our immediate family and our grandparents.
I took a lot of inspiration from vintage brides and city elopements for my look. I saw the tweed set I wore in an engagement photo shoot online and just adored it! It was perfect! My friend Brittney made my beautiful veil, and it was exactly what my outfit needed. I wanted to make the look a bit more fun, so I chose the pale blue bag.
Jake went with a classic black and white three-piece suit.
Our favourite moment was after the ceremony when we cut the cake and had our first dance in the hotel room. The first part of the day is so busy and goes so quickly, it was nice after the ceremony to feel calm and to be alone. It was an intimate moment to feel present with each other.
Meaning of marriage.
Getting to spend the rest of your life together.
Entry song: Lover – First dance remix by Taylor Swift
First dance: Baby I’m-a Want You by Bread
Funny stories (or near disasters).
When sending off the Notice of Intended Marriage, Jake had decided that this was the one and only form to change his signature on despite my warnings. It, of course, didn’t match any of the supporting documents and was sent back, needing to be completed again.
Words of wisdom.
This is probably obvious but do what you want; it’s your day!
For an alternate take on elopement perfection, check out Laura and Josh’s sweet Melbourne soiree here on the blog. This one is all low-stress, bright, bold style and brilliantly blissed-out emotion.
TEGAN AND JAKE’S VENDORS
Ceremony venue: Old Treasury Building
Celebrant/Officiant: Chantelle Langanke
Photography: Tahnee Jade Photography
Groom’s outfit: Pitstop Menswear
Florist: Pollon Flowers
Hair: The Blow
Make-up: Bella Lewis
The dress: Rebecca Taylor
Veil: Brittney Paige Couture
Shoes: Mi Piaci
Rings: Natalie Marie Jewellery
Cake: Miss Trixie