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Art Deco Wedding St Kilda Botanical Gardens and Ormond Hall

It all came together perfectly for Nat and Toby on their wedding day. The sun was shinning, they were happy and relaxed, and Marta, Nat’s dear friend and bridesmaid who had only just given birth earlier that week was able to make it with her very tiny new born, Pia. It was just lovely to see how happy Nat was to have Marta there and playing a special role in the wedding.

It was obvious that Nat and Toby felt honoured and loved by all of the people who helped bring the day together. Lots of people pitched in and helped them make the day uniquely theirs. Cars were restored, invitations were specially designed, illustrated and sewn together, songs were sung by friends and family and people came from all over to celebrate. In fact, Nat’s bridesmaids all came from different states!

The ceremony in the Rose Garden of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens was spectacular, with lots of colour thanks to the roses being in bloom. Nat outshone all of the flowers though!

As a big fan of the Art Deco era I couldn’t help but notice how Nat and Toby seamlessly integrated many Art Deco elements into the their wedding, including holding their wedding reception at the magnificent Ormond Hall, a glorious old Art Deco styled theatre. Nat’s wedding dress featured beautiful Art Deco stitching, which was reminiscent of the famous Chrysler Building in New York City. Even their wedding invitation included a stunning Art Deco border, which resembled the doorways of St Kilda’s Palais Theatre that Nat and Toby both adore.

Ormond Hall holds a special place in my heart, as my husband and I were married there just over four years ago. It was really lovely to go back there with such a special couple so close to my own wedding anniversary.

Wedding Details:

Ceremony: The Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden, St Kilda Botanical Gardens
Ceremony Hire Furniture: Dalgarnos
Reception: Ormond Hall
Table Decorations: Décor It
Ceremony Official: Lee Burgemeestre
Bridal gown: The ‘Natalie II’ gown from Amaline Vitale
Grooms attire: The ‘Oscar’ from Black Tie Classics
Groomsmen: The ‘London’ from Black Tie Classics
Bridesmaids: Given the bridesmaids all live in different states, the bride sent them the fabric and they each designed their own gowns and sourced a dressmaker in their home state. We tied the dresses together by featuring a beautiful lace trim on each dress which the bride’s very talented Mum hand beaded.
Bride’s shoes: Alan Pinkus
Makeup/hair: Antoinette Bekos
Flowers: Bouquet Melbourne
The bouquets included a selection of lysianthus, peonies, freesias, sweet peas, hyacinths, dusty miller and green privet berry
Jewellery: Lamia Bridal & Fashion Accessories
Cars:  The bride’s step-father and his friend are vintage car enthusiasts and they worked tirelessly in the months leading up to the wedding to carefully restore the bride and groom’s car from an old rusty shell! The car is a Riley 1950 Drophead. The two other bridal cars were supplied by friends of the family and include a Riley 1950 Saloon and a 1936 Kestrel Riley (blue).
Cake:  Forbidden Cupcakes. This business is run by a  friend and work colleague of the bride. A chocolate sponge with choc ganache filling
Music: 9 piece band from Melbourne Hit Parade
Invitations: Designed and made by the bride and groom with a lot of help from the bride’s dear friend Rachel Gresswell who is a very talented artist. She hand-drew all the illustrations. The bride’s mum sewed the wedding invites together…all 80 of them….
Wedding Rings: Melbourne Diamond Importers
First night: The Lyall Hotel and Spa
Honeymoon: El Nido (Lagen and Pangulasian Island Resorts) and Boracay (Discovery Shores) in the Philippines


Comments (1)

  1. KateK says:

    Stunning photos, Lizzy!

    What an amazing record of a beautiful, beautiful celebration of love!

    So delighted to have been a part of it!