Kate and Mike are THOSE kids. They’re stylish, they’re smart, they’re hard working, they’re fabulously fit, they’re far too good-looking for their own good AND they’re sweet-natured sweethearts. Trust us. If you meet them, you’ll want to pinch their adorable cheeks. Hard. Just to see if they do actually exist.
They met whilst working at the Australian Institute of Fitness. Kate said, “The attraction was there and as we spent more time together, we learned a lot about one another.” From that initial attraction deep love grew, but it is that early impression of themselves they chose for their wedding invitations – a custom illustration of the couple in shorts and sneakers. “Mitchell & Dent got everything right, from the height difference to the tattoos.”
Kate and Mike chose Caves House in Yallingup for their wedding, as couples have for over a century. This grand old dame of an art deco hotel overlooks immaculate gardens, but it was when they found a hidden footpath to the beach that Kate said, “we knew we were in luck and had found our wedding venue.”
Just like their venue, their whole wedding day was the perfect mix of traditional elegance combined with a little relaxed, outdoorsy, off-the-beaten-path playfulness. See? Adorable.
| Venue: Caves House in Yallingup | Celebrant: Diane Moore of The Owl and the Pussy-cat Celebrations | Photography: Nicolle Versteeg Photography | Wearables: Kate wears gown by Donna Tobin Couture. Mike and the groomsmen wear suits by Paul Smith, socks by Happy Socks. The bridesmaids wear gowns by Little Gracie. | Blooms: Zest Flowers | Stationery and fans: Mitchell & Dent | Wedding favours: homemade berry jam by the bride’s sister | Wedding cakes: Celebration Cupcakes | Cake topper: Melabo Wed | Entertainment: Ziggy Atwell, the groom’s father David Chandler & DJ Mandy B.
Emily Dickinson wrote, “Where thou art, that is home…” and the loveliness of that line is writ large throughout Hanny and Michael’s big day. Having moved back to Perth exactly a year before their wedding and with an inclination to live as ‘local’ as possible, they walked from their beautiful church ceremony home to an intimate backyard reception in order to “really invite friends and family into our lives.” You can’t get more local than that!
Michael said, “I am from Perth but my gorgeous wife Hanny isn’t, so this was important for me, to make sure my lovely bride fell in love with our new home and felt as secure here as I do – so as we create our lives for ourselves here, we have a fantastic wedding and long-lasting memories to build on.” Not even thunderstorms could dampen spirits as guests danced on undeterred into the wee hours, fueled by a late-night icecream van visit. Memory-makers extraordinaire, these two.
We thank them for sharing. And photographer Fiona Vail for snapping the happy too.
| Venue: St Mary Star of the Sea in Cottesloe followed by a backyard reception. | Celebrant: Father Wilson | Photography: Fiona Vail Photography | Wearables: Hanny wears gown and veil by Elvi Design, shoes by Tony Bianco, hair by Shae at Studio Black and makeup by Danielle Terribile Make Up Artistry. Michael wears suit by P. Johnson Tailors, custom shoes by Rocco’s and 1970s vintage tie by By Rodney. Bridesmaids gowns by Zimmerman. | Blooms: Fox and Rabbit | Styling: Flights of Fancy by Kristy and the bride. | For hire: Furniture, props and partywares by PrettyWillow, Hire Society, Flights of Fancy by Kristy and the couple. Lighting by Micktric Events and the groom. | Eats and drinks: Eats by Wrap n Rice Thai Cafe, drinks by Grants of Cottesloe – The Wine Specialists, wedding cake by Red Bird Cake Company and late night gelato by Miss Tartufo. | Entertainment: The Morning Night, DJ Moogy and DJ Jezz. | Vehicles: Shuttle bus by Hidden deTours and the groom’s Vespa.
We would love to say a hearty thank you to everyone who came out to play at First Comes Love Fair on the weekend. Our venue The Oxford was glorious as always and their functions coordinator Henriette a dream to work with. Not to mention their super team of staff.
We think that the fair itself looked just incredible and we’re always blown away by how wonderful First Comes Love people are to work with. Amazing exhibitors, each and every one. So friendly AND frickin’ talented. We think of them like those gals and guys at school who were smart AND sporty AND good-looking AND played in the band AND were head prefect. We’d hate them all if they weren’t so darn awesome.
SO. The weather didn’t play fair on fair day as you know, so we salute you dedicated punters who came out in the pelting rain to come meet the amazing creative companies working in Perth’s pledge and party industries. You all deserve gold stars and wedded bliss and parties that people talk about for decades!
And as always, we thank our little team of FCL worker bees. We owe you foot rubs and pints of gin.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. Yay, you guys!
Angela & Leah xx
Colour and comics and cutting a rug to some classic ska tunes. Even though they may look like the romantic leads from a classic black and white Hollywood film, rest assured that Erin and Gareth’s big day was a celebration of a colourful life together!
Lovers of old movies and vintage Hollywood glamour, the couple made merry and married in indisputable style – with a myriad of special touches unique to them. A groom and his love of comic books cannot be separated; so they were woven into the entire wedding, popping up in the pinwheels in their spectacular ceremony backdrop, ceremony booklets and reception table signs. And the bride may have easily been mistaken for an elegant siren of the screen – with her impeccable do, flirty frock, 40s-style cape and show-stopping ‘something blue’ heels. Even their wedding cake was rainbow-coloured and served personally to the guests by the couple.
Any words of advice from the bride? “Start with the things you really want, and go from there,” Erin laughs, “it’s not a wedding by democracy!” We love colourful one-of-a-kind people (or should that be two-of-a-kind people?!) like these kids, and we thank them and their photographer Ilkka K for sharing and brightening our day.
| Venue: Victoria Hall, followed by a reception at Little Creatures, Fremantle | Photography: Ilkka K Photography | Celebrant: Laura McGann | Wearables: Erin wears gown by BHLDN, hair and makeup by Doo-Wop Hair. Gareth wears suit by M.J. Bale. | Blooms: A Festival of Flowers | Stationery, ceremony backdrop and reception styling: Erin & Gareth | Entertainment: Special Brew | Wedding cake bar: made by the MC’s Mum and served to guests personally by the bride and groom themselves!