An Australian Dinner Party Wedding: Lauren + Andrew

Today we have a lovely wedding all the way from Australia! Lauren + Andrew wanted a relaxed wedding that was heaps of fun, with great food + great wine – sounds perfect to me! The most important thing to them was that they both felt comfortable – neither of them wanted a super formal wedding. From Lauren, “We didn’t feel the need to have too many traditional elements – we had no wedding cake, and I didn’t carry a bouquet. We wanted it to feel like a dinner party, so we sat people on three long tables and we only sat for main course – we had a cocktail style entrée and roving dessert.” Thanks so much Lauren + Andrew and big thanks to photographer Jonathan Ong for sharing the photos!

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What song did you walk down the aisle to? Falling Slowly by The Swell Season

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Most memorable moment of your wedding day? There are too many to choose from – going for a run with my brother in the morning, watching my mum get her makeup done, having a champagne with my Dad and sister whilst waiting for the car to arrive to take us to the church, seeing my gorgeous new nieces dressed as flowergirl, spotting my new husband at the end of the aisle, burning up the dancefloor at the end of the evening.  If I had to pick one, it would be sitting in the bridal suite drinking champagne with my husband between the church and reception. It was so lovely to have that time together to talk about the ceremony and just be alone with each other!

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Any advice for those planning now? Don’t stress too much, and remember to enjoy the process. Once the big stuff is arranged (dress, venue, photographer) all the rest is just details – you’re the only one who will notice if it’s not absolutely perfect!  And get great people involved, whose opinion you trust – I had complete faith in our florist, Tara Wood, who was amazing, Erin, from Georgeous Events, who sourced the lights, did the seating chart and styled the room on the day and our photographer Jonathan Ong.

Photography: Jonathan Ong // Venue: Christ Church, St Kilda and The Harbour Room, St Kilda // Event Design: Erin Lilja at Georgeous // Floral Design: Tara Wood ([email protected]) // Wedding Dress: Aurelio Costarella // Hair: Daniella Ioannou, Makeup: Mary Panna // Shoes: Witchery // Bridesmaid Dress: Talulah // Groom Suit: Hugo Boss // Invitations/Paper Goods: Perch Papiers // Music: Top Dog Entertainment // Catering: Food & Desire