Evoking her heritage, Alicia dazzled in a show-stopping Spanish lace dress (complete with very, very long veil) and married her man in a flurry of flamenco-style fun. It’s Beautiful Here captured timeless scenes from their sunny St Vincent Gardens wedding, referencing the style of 20th century European photographers.
This bride is a professional dancer, and handmade her traditional gown with the seamstress at the National Ballet Theatre where she teaches. Her students also “bumped in and bumped out” the stage and decorations at the gardens (all care of some handy access to the props storeroom).
She fell in love with restaurateur Ollie the second they met and astonishingly moved in with him that very day, “to the horror of most people!” she admits. But five years on here they are, getting hitched. “We wanted an outdoor ceremony,” they tell me, “and St Vincent Gardens is a delightful garden time capsule – it could be anywhere in the world, Paris, London…” They went with a traditional Spanish vibe, “think romantic garden, traditional Seville village style.”
And as if the gardens weren’t romantic enough, a horse and carriage delivered the newlyweds to Port Melbourne’s The Pier – their reception venue kindly plating up a range of Spanish delicacies (handpicked by the bride from South Melbourne Market) to kick off the catering.
With live music a must, soulful sounds from The Nudist Funk Orchestra perfectly fit the bill. And of course the question on everyone’s mind… what did the twinkle-toed twosome bust out for their first spin around the dance floor as man and wife? An Argentinian tango, that’s what, with a saucy little costume change for the bride.
Photography: It’s Beautiful Here | Bride’s dress: the bride and National Ballet Theatre seamstress | Bride’s shoes: Wittner | Groom’s suit: Jack London | Groom’s shoes: Julius Marlow | Rings: Larsen Jewellery | Accessories: Diva hair flower, Alibaba fans | Hair: Nylon Hair Salon Ripponlea | Makeup: Livia Milazzo | Ceremony venue: St Vincent Gardens | Celebrant: Meriki Comito | Reception venue/catering: The Pier Port Melbourne | Flowers: Port Melbourne Flowers and Unreal Flowers | Cake: bride’s friend | Entertainment: The Nudist Funk Orchestra | Prop Hire: Celebrate Party Hire | Transport: Peninsula Horse and Carriage Hire | Dance lessons: Tango Australia