Kathy & Derrick’s Style-centric Garden Wedding

Words by Amy Richardson / Images by Lover of Mine
October 2, 2017

For these Melbourne foodies, leaving the city to get married was out of the question. Kathy and Derrick sought out an urban venue that meant their guests wouldn’t have to leave town. Their colourful Botanic Garden wedding captured by Lover of Mine was all about keeping things local.

Derrick’s plan to propose to Kathy at the top of Machu Picchu went slightly awry. Kathy recalls “On the morning of our climb, we started lining up, then he suddenly told me that he lost a very import piece jewellery!” After informing Kathy that he had misplaced the necklace he was going to propose with, followed by some laughter, disbelief and searching, a call to the hotel revealed it had been left at breakfast that morning. “It turned out to be a very funny surprise, but it was definitely a surprise!”

They said their forevers within the lush grounds of Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens with plenty of vivid blooms by Botanics of Melbourne. Adorable honorary bridesmaid and groomsman pups Bailey and Bailey came along. “I loved the fact we could bring my dog to the ceremony location. My bridesmaid also has the same breed dog with same name and they look super cute together!”

The party was held just a stroll away in the garden’s restaurant Jardin Tan. Keen to offer their guests something different to the normal wedding spread, Kathy and Derrick were won over by the contemporary Vietnamese menu and modern meets rustic decor. Styled was focused around the botanicals, with plenty of greenery and colourful florals.

Sophia Webster winged heels
Chanel perfume
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The boys kept things fresh and bright in mixed blue M.J. Bale jackets with neutral chinos. Loving the groomsmens' cute floral bow ties!
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Kathy’s bridesmaids continued the theme of colour in bright floral dresses of varying styles all from ASOS, with vibrant fresh flowers in their hair.
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Kathy’s modern style included her a textured Jenny Packham dress and earrings, with a pair of seriously gorgeous Sophia Webster winged heels. Rounding off her look with a hairpiece and veil by Jeanette Marie.
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Kathy and Derrick’s favourite detail of the day was the show-stopping florals by Botanics of Melbourne. The arbor was the stand out for the newlyweds, but we can't get enough of this bouquet!
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Their wedding cake sounds about as luxe as it looks! Bakes by Jean was the talent behind the three tier chocolate cake with Nutella ganache filling and hazelnut buttercream. Cute cake topper by Alexis Mattox Design.
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In place of wedding favours, these two decided to donate to a cause close to their heart, opting for RSPCA donation pins.
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The decision to have a photo booth at their wedding wasn't a hard one! Kathy and Derrick own a photo booth hire business, Little Pixel Box.
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Credits

Images Lover of Mine | Bride's Dress Jenny Packham | Bride's Shoes Sophia Webster | Bridesmaid's Dresses ASOS | Groom's Suit M. J. Bale | Ceremony Venue Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria | Celebrant Megan Thompson | Reception Venue Jardin Tan | Flowers Botanics of Melbourne | Transport Samba Kombi Services | Hair & Makeup Meet Me in the Middle | Band Baker Boys | Cake Bakes by Jean |


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