Epitomising Melbourne cool, Emma and Steve wanted a venue with its own character but that would also reflect their personal style – enter Newport Substation. Needing little decoration, the chic industrial space spoke for itself, and It’s Beautiful Here took the snaps to prove it.
Em always said that she would marry Steve, even if he proposed with a Burger Ring. So in true ‘Steve’ style, this goofy groom hunted high and low for a shop that sold the tasty morsels, slipped one on Em’s finger and made it official. Em confesses she still has the chip packet stowed a way in a drawer at home! What a sweetheart.
Both Em and Steve are proud of their roots, so in homage to their heritage they incorporated things from both their backgrounds. Steve the Italian stallion had his mum Bruna on refreshment duty with her homemade Limoncello, a take-home gift for guests, while everyone enjoyed wine from both Italy and New Zealand. Em’s brother (and Bridesman) read a beautiful Welsh poem, and the couple tore up the dance-floor to some classic NZ and Italian tunes.
Quite the creatives, Em and Steve embarked on many a DIY project in the lead-up to their wedding. In fact, they dig DIY so much that their spare-room became a makeshift DIY den. One of the star props of the night was the enormous Vegas style neon lights spelling out KISS. Em is quick to clarify, this was not a romantic gesture – “Steve is a massive fan of the band KISS and we had joked with friends and family about having a KISS cover band play at the wedding”. Thankfully they didn’t go quite that far, but the letters were the next best thing!
Most brides spend months searching for the perfect dress, but when you’re as well connected as Em, you may be lucky enough to have a talented designer create a bespoke gown just for you. That’s exactly how it when down for this bride, who received an offer from good friend Jason Hewitt. Em says “I had a very clear idea of what I wanted from the beginning and had a number of photos that we used as inspiration.” Em’s vision, coupled with Jason’s creative genius resulted in a figure-hugging, long sleeved, slinky number. It was a dress that was truly made for this babe of a bride, both literally and figuratively.
Steve was suited-up by Soho Workshop and he and his gang of groomsmen looked very dapper indeed. The hair and makeup guru’s at Miss Gertrude pampered the ladies for the day, and had Em’s platinum blonde crop looking pristine under a flower crown. Speaking of flowers, this couple chose to have one statement piece at the reception – one of the most stunning suspended floral installations we’ve seen! Pomp & Splendour crafted the nine-metre canopy of flowers and foliage, lending an understated rustic touch to the otherwise urban space.
After their ceremony this loved-up couple took a detour with It’s Beautiful Here, stopping by the kitsch Newport Bowls Club with a couple of club members making a cameo appearance. While they posed up a storm it started to rain, so Em and Steve had to take shelter for a little longer than they had planned – but all was well. The bowls club cracked open the champers, and it was champagne showers for this this perfect pair.
Photography: It’s Beautiful Here | Bride’s dress: Jason Hewitt | Bride’s shoes: Filippo Raphael | Bridesmaids dresses: Juliette Hogan | Groom’s suit: Soho Workshop | Groom’s shoes: Soho Workshop | Rings: Krista McRae | Accessories: Calvin Klein | Hair: Miss Gertrude | Makeup: Miss Gertrude | Venue: The Newport Substation | Celebrant: Dominic Lococo | Flowers: Pomp & Splendour | Catering: Cookes Food | Transport: Impressive Car Hire | Furniture/Kitchen hire: Harry the Hirer