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➳ KIMBERLEY + ANTHONY | ELEGANT BEACHSIDE REAL WEDDING FEATURE | {MELBOURNE}

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"Marriage for me is committing to my husband that I’ll forever be his little weirdo. Yep, FOREVER. And by him saying ‘I do’ he accepts me as I am." -  Kimberley, Bride

Marrying at Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Middle Park, Victoria, Kimberley and Anthony had been together for 7 wonderful years when Anthony proposed in September 2016. "We had our hearts set on a March Wedding so we waited until 2018. Many places were booked for Spring and Summer, so we started looking at venues pretty early on so we could secure a warm month."
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Tell us a little bit about the proposal:
The proposal was a total surprise, I had no idea what Anthony had been planning. It was a Friday evening and I just came home from work, Anthony answered the door with a concerned look on his face and told me our dog Ben had seriously messed up the backyard. He then grabbed my hand and led me out to the outdoor deck and I was searching around for damage. I was looking around and when I turned to Anthony, he had a smile on his face and a ring in his hand. It was such a beautiful moment, I actually burst out laughing and then quickly said yes! So I guess his approach was to make me really mad and then really happy, one extreme to the other!


What led you to decide on your Wedding venue?
Anthony’s brother Rocky is a Wedding singer, so has been to many Wedding venues all over Melbourne. It was after his recommendation that we decided to take a look at Encore. Encore was the first place we visited, and we fell in love with it. It was just very us, and it had a good vibe.
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What was the inspiration behind your Wedding theme? The look was clean, chic and romantic. We worked closely with all of our vendors to bring our vision to life. The colour scheme was white, green and touches of gold were incorporated into just about everything from our guests place cards right to the sugar flowers on our wedding cake.

Tell us about your dress! My Wedding dress was the first one I saw and went to try on. It was love! I went to Bluebell Bridal in the Melbourne CBD. There were so many amazing dresses, but I gravitated to the ‘Stevie’ dress made by Made with Love Bridal. Stevie is made of Ivory French Lace with an embroidered floral pattern with a slightly sheer upper bodice with a deep V neckline. I also had a matching Karen Willis Holmes cathedral veil, which my lovely bridesmaids gifted me.

What resources did you find helped you the most whilst planning your Wedding? Hands down, my girlfriends were my main source of information. They had gone through the whole process of researching and booking, so I ended up using many of the same suppliers. Researching is not my strongest forte, it can be so overwhelming with how many different parts there are to book. So other couples spreadsheets and vendor lists came in very handy!

What was your favourite detail from the day? I absolutely loved my bridal crown, it made me feel like a Queen.

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➳ What does marriage mean to you? Marriage for me is committing to my husband that I’ll forever be his little weirdo. Yep, FOREVER. And by him saying ‘I do’ he accepts me as I am. Anthony and I are pretty much laughing all the time, as can be seen in many of our wedding pictures and our wedding highlight video. I guess marriage for us means balance, he is the Ying to my Yang.

➳ You favourite moment of the day: I’ll be honest, the day was a bit of a blur. We had a tight run sheet to ensure everything ran smoothly, so it was all systems go. But one memory that did stick out was me throwing the bridal bouquet and my maid of honour catching it (knocking a couple of other girls out the way) and then proceeding to do a victory lap around the dance floor. You go girl! Celebrate your victory!
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What Wedding songs did you choose?
When Anthony and I first started dating, he made me a mix CD of his favourite songs. I decided if we made it to the alter that one of those songs would be our first dance, and sure enough ‘Lost without you’ by Robin Thicke was it. There was no other song but that one.


What advice would you offer to other couples who are planning their Wedding?
If you have your heart set on a particular venue or vendor in mind, book them early! Organisation is the key and with the wedding industry, you can book months, even sometimes years in advance.

Did you have any favourite vendors?
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Iconic Pictures and Perspectives by MC. They were incredibly easy to work with and the images they captured were just magical. 
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Credits: Stationery and wedding board: Mazii Collection // Photography: Perspectives By MC // Videography: Iconic Pictures Melbourne // Wedding Dress: Made with Love Bridal // Bridal Crown and Earrings: Stephanie Browne // Cake & Cookie favours: Bella & Peony // Veil: Karen Willis Holmes // Venues: Our Lady of Mt Carmel | Encore St Kilda // Flower Wall: Melbourne Flower Walls

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