“I wasn’t walked down the aisle by my father,” says Kat. “Rather, Terry and I met on the pathway and walked into the ceremony together, as a strong reflection of what we had built together in our relationship.” The Melbourne couple married under the giant oaks of Clifton Hills’ Darling Gardens, in a ceremony filled with personal touches and handmade wares.
In Rachel Gilbert’s Art Deco ‘Evita’ gown and a vintage fur shrug courtesy of Smith Street Bazaar, the red-lipped Kat was a picture of Old Hollywood Perfection. An elegant cloche veil, cut from her mother’s own wedding veil completed the look and doubled as her ‘something old’. The team at Cream Melbourne took care of the bride’s tresses, while Terry’s neat side sweep and sharp Jack London suit had the groom looking very dapper indeed.
One of Kat’s non-negotiables was ensuring they had a beautiful photographic record of the day. “We chose Steph Tout of Long Way Home for her whimsical and artistic approach” says the bride, who was delighted with the stunning snaps of their vintage affair.
Nestled in Flinders Lane, with its chesterfield couches and vintage-style bar, Bluestone Restaurant had the perfect oldworld the feel the pair were after. A fabulous meal was followed by cakes from their local bakehouse, Cavallini – a combination of pear and almond flan, lemon tart and chocolate cake. We wouldn’t mind a slice of that action!
Quite the creatives, Kat and Terry dabbled in some DIY, decorating the tables with burlap and vintage doilies, and designing all of their stationery by hand. Terry crafted the benches and trestle table from the reception out of recycled timber, along with the platform where they stood to say I do.
The pair danced their first dance as husband and wife to an acoustic rendition of Elvis Presley’s ‘I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You’. Fitting really, for a couple who met sitting opposite one another on an outdoor table at a local bar. They really couldn’t help themselves.
Photography: Long Way Home | Bride’s dress: Rachel Gilbert | Vintage shrug: Smith Street Bazaar | Bride’s shoes: Jo Mercer | Groom’s suit: Jack London | Groom’s shoes: Peter Werth | Rings: Katherine Bowman, Studio Ingot | Accessories: Della Bella Boutique, Barron Design Studio | Hair: Cream Melbourne | Ceremony venue: Darling Gardens | Celebrant: Joan Audino | Reception venue and catering Bluestone Restaurant | Cakes: Cavallini