alana & tristan: dashing wedding

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When you hear brands such as Tiffany & Co, Jane Hill Bridal  and Christian Louboutin spouted in reference to a wedding, you know you’re in for a beautiful day… and that’s exactly what Alana & Tristan created! Their gorgeous ceremony and reception were the height of sophistication, with all elements, down to the littlest flower of the bouquets, screaming elegance. Read on to find out more about this classic wedding (captured by Maho & Pea) from the very bride herself.

The relationship
Tristan and I
worked together for about 4 years before we went on our first date. Neither of us would have ever believed we would end up together after our first meeting at work one day. We were both retail buyers for a department store and sat only a few desks away from each other. A friendship developed one year on a buying trip when we realized we actually liked each other outside of work and a few months later we went on our first date. We later confessed to both having secret crushes on each other since we met…

The proposal
After almost 2 years together we were planning an amazing holiday to Italy. Friends and family hinted at an upcoming proposal however Tristan really surprised me one night by proposing before we even left for Italy on the balcony at Vue du Monde overlooking the gorgeous city of Melbourne at night. It was extremely romantic and I was totally surprised – he’d even chosen the ring himself without any idea of what I might like. Luckily, I loved it!

The Wedding
Our wedding took place at the Prince of Wales Hotel, St Kilda. It was the first venue we looked at and we booked it on the spot. It was perfect.

My dress was by Jane Hill. I had been to so many places looking for a dress – I even had fittings at Bergdorf Goodman in New York where I tried on the most incredible dresses, but nothing was right. It was about 8 months before the wedding and I was starting to worry. My now mother-in-law had always talked about the gorgeous dresses in the window in a toorak boutique she drove past everyday so I made an appointment and in we went. The minute I met Jane she put me at ease and told me she just knew I was a Jane Hill bride and she had a dress for me. The first one I tried on was my dress. She was an incredible woman who I was blessed to have known & had a few fittings with before she sadly passed away. Her daughter Jasmine and talented team were incredible beyond words in keeping Jane’s vision alive, true professionals and I couldn’t have been happier with my dress. My shoes on the other hand were a very stressful last minute purchase on the way to London airport after months of searching! I had 10 minutes and kept the taxi waiting whilst I went to Browns Bridal and begged them to let me in (it is usually appointment only). The first pair of shoes I tried on were the ones – they were perfect!

For our gift registry we used Not Another Toaster. We loved the way we were able to personalise every single gift so that although our guests were contributing money, they knew what it was buying. We listed amazing honeymoon experiences, board games, books, art and Fenton & Fenton vouchers for our new home.

Our wedding was very classically themed, all white décor and flowers with the only colour being a soft blue seen in the bridesmaids dresses and on the menus. All styling was done by the gorgeous Elaine Tiong of Style and Discourse. Classic, white décor for the ceremony – white chairs, and a custom-made altar draped in tulle and fresh orchids. The reception was all about candles – there were over 500, some floating in the pool – and lots of fresh white mixed blooms with the most incredible floral chandelier that took 6 people to hang! There were individually hand-painted watercolour menus, guests’ names handwritten on to porcelain tiles which doubled as drink coasters, our bridal table had hand-stitched monogrammed napkins for all the bridal party and we made gift boxes for the 7 children (the 5 youngest in the bridal party and the 2 eldest did readings at the ceremony) containing a disposable camera, colouring books, balloons and toys which kept them entertained all night.
Our thank you gifts to guests were a pair of personalised pillowcases from Adairs printed with sayings such as Mr&Mrs, always&forever, king&queen and lo-ve wrapped in tissue and gift boxed.

We were lucky enough to have Father Bob Macguire as our celebrant. He kept us guessing up until the day on if he would even turn up, which really was just his sense of humour I later realised. He kept guests entertained while they waited for the bridal party who were running about 20 minutes late (due to a case of last minute tears from the bride that were very hard to control!)

Being able to include all our nieces and nephews in the bridal party and ceremony was truly magical. The youngest, Teague at just over 1 was a little gentleman and walked down the aisle all by himself, loving the attention!

We also displayed photos of all our grandparents on their wedding day in gorgeous vintage frames – our way of acknowledging their love even though they couldn’t all be there with us. We were blessed to have two of our beautiful nana’s there – we toasted them and made sure they knew they were our guests of honour because we are so lucky to still have them in our lives.

 

Carly Tia
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