After rekindling their romance twelve years after going separate ways, it’s pretty obvious this Melbourne couple were always a sure thing. Mel, the more extroverted of the two, asked for shy-guy Dan’s number way back in 2006, only to find herself many years later asking if they should get married! Of course, Dan said yes, bringing us to their modern, minimal, and chic wedding in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Garden and Half Acre. With their YOMO (You only marry once) motto in mind, these two agreed to make room in their budget for everything deemed important – including a bounty of good food. Photographer Eric Ronald shares some stylish shots from the day (and we recommend taking a peek at the couple’s epic pre-wedding shoot too!)
Held at Nymphaea Lake in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Mel says she knew from the beginning she wanted an outdoor, garden ceremony. “The location was in the nook of the gardens and felt very intimate,” says Mel. No stylist necessary, decorations were kept minimal to compliment the garden with only flowers by Wildflos, white chairs and market umbrellas. “The way it looked, the vows – it was everything I imagined it would be,” says Mel.
Mel’s bridesmaid’s wore mustard-hued dresses, custom made by the bride’s own ethical fashion label ITA NIA. Being a total girl-boss has its perks!
Master of the drone and timeless portrait images, photographer Eric Ronald captured plenty of wall-worthy images for Mel and Dan.
Needing a venue that had a modern vibe whilst able to accommodate their 100 guests, event space Half Acre in South Melbourne was the perfect fit. “We loved the character of the place – the high ceilings, the timber and cream brick walls,” remembers Mel. Needing little in the way of styling, the couple kept things simple, only introducing a few essential elements like warm lighting. At the top of their priority list though, was ensuring there would be plenty of food. Leaving catering duties to Food and Desire, this was no problem. “We went with family style shared meals, roaming desserts and chips and popcorn chicken as late-night snacks,” says Mel. “It cost more, but we had friends and family raving about the food months after the wedding.”
Some final words of advice? “Budget for an On-the-Day Planner – having Judith (Toko Events) on board really allowed me to be completely present on the day of the wedding,” says Mel. “I can honestly say, there was not a single moment of stress that day, and it’s all credit to Judith and the role she played in the lead up and on the day of the wedding!”
Images Eric Ronald | Bride's Dress Chosen By One Day | Bride's Shoes Miu Miu | Bridesmaid's Dresses Custom Manhanaim | Groom's Suit Institchu | Groom's Shoes Aquila | Rings Natalie Marie Jewellery | Hair Andrea Takagi | Makeup Andrea Takagi | Ceremony Venue Nymphaea Lake | Reception Venue Half Acre | Flowers Wild Flos | Catering Food and Desire | Entertainment Heartbreak Booth | Transport Melbourne on the Move | Favours Kape Diem Coffee Lab | Prop Hire Harry the Hirer | Prop Hire Dan Event Hire | Prop Hire The Small Things Co | Celebrant Jowana Sautu | Planner Toko Events | Cake Nobody Hates Cake | Bride's Ceremony Earrings Cartier | Bride's Reception Earrings Sarah & Sebastian | Music Kore-an Band | Videographer Dear Vincent |