With themes of pink, gold and Art Deco, this celebration is full of inspiration. Phoebe and Kane share the details of their dreamy Melbourne city wedding…
How did Kane propose?
He proposed the night before my 30th birthday. It was a Sunday night and Kane left the house to run some errands, he then called me and told me he wasn’t actually running errands, and that I need to check under my pillow because there was a letter for me. I read the letter, from Kane, which told me to pack an overnight bag, dress up nicely and meet him at the Cullen Hotel. I then went to the Cullen and reception gave me a room key and told me my next note would be on the bed. I got to our room (still no Kane), and there was another note. It was such a beautiful message, and my heart started racing at this point. It then told me to meet Kane upstairs on the Cullen rooftop. I raced upstairs to find my handsome man standing on the rooftop with a bottle of champagne ready to pop. We had a glass of champagne and looked out over Chapel Street (where we had met 4 years back). He then said he wanted to give me my present. He brought over a huge square (meter by meter) gift which was all wrapped up, I opened it and realized it was a piece of art, it was graffiti art on a canvass frame, which read “Phoebe Wallace will you marry me?”, I then turned around and Kane was on one knee with the most beautiful ring in hand. The answer was most definitely YES.
How would you describe your wedding in one or two words?
Absolutely REAL and heart felt.
Tell us about your wedding invitations:
We got our invitations and matching cards, menus, welcome sign and seating chart all from Giant Invitations. We both love art deco design and wanted something timeless and elegant while being unique to us. We wanted to avoid the usual wedding floral, scripty fare and go with clean geometric lines and a colour palette that would inspire the wedding theme overall. We decided with rose gold foiling, blush pink and grey inks on a textured white. The design was inspired by a Gatsby theme on Pinterest and the effort and time to design it ourselves and get it right was well worth it. In our opinion the invite is critical for setting the benchmark for an amazing event. In this case, the most important event in our lives.
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I saw the gown in the window at Raffaele Ciuca in Brunswick. I thought it was stunning and so unique. I loved the halter neck and beading in the way of big flowers. I was with my Mum and decided to try it on. As soon as I put it on, I definitely knew. It was very me, I could also see my mum loved it and I very much trust her judgement. It was only the 6th or so dress I had tried on and I had lots of appointments scheduled for the next week with my bridesmaids but I cancelled them all after trying this dress on, as I just fell in love.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
To be honest we didn’t think about it too much, things sort of fell into place. We landed on the art deco vibe for our invites and that then steered the theme for our table settings and menus. We chose the bridesmaids dresses early on, which were a pale pink, so we wanted to incorporate the colour scheme throughout the wedding. Pink, gold, art deco vibe was where we landed, and it was made all the more beautiful by the stunning New York loft style layout of Panama Dining Room. The greenery and big arch windows just framed everything perfectly.
Describe the cake and cake topper:
We decided to go for a cheese wheel stacked cake instead of the traditional wedding cake. Kane and I both love cheese, and thought our guests might appreciate some savory deliciousness after their roving desserts. We love creamy cheese and goats cheese so we chose: 1 x Bay of Fires Cheddar, 1 x wheel Le Dauphin Double Crème, 1/2 x wheel Chevre Rambouillet Bleu, 1 x wheel Normandy Camembert.
What flowers did you use in the bouquet and at the venue?
Lucie from lulu bird did an absolutely phenomenal job with the flowers. She saw our vision and made it even more than we could’ve imagined. We wanted soft pinks, mauves and whites, and Lucie tied these colours in with some greenery. She selected the most beautiful orchids and roses, with hand-folded petals to make them appear so full and blossomed.
How did you choose your table décor?
We kept it simple with plain white table clothes and napkins. We wanted to carry the art deco vibe through to the table settings. We also wanted to compliment Panama’s brown glass water glasses, so we decided to go with some gold mirrored table numbers, which Make and Keep created for us. They were perfect and offset the place cards, glasses and flowers so well. Kane did an amazing job at designing the place cards and menus, in line with our invitations. They were simple, elegant and sophisticated.
What were your favorite moments from the day?
Phoebe – My dad walking me down the aisle and seeing Kane standing at the end looking sooo handsome! It appeased all my nerves seeing him.
Kane – Seeing Phoebe walking down the aisle towards me. I have never been so speechless with total happiness. Everybody was cheering and there was this electric atmosphere of support and genuine happiness which helped keep my emotions in check.
Name your wedding soundtrack:
Walking down the aisle: Van Morrison – Crazy Love
Signing the register: Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Walking back up the aisle: Florence and the Machine – You got the Love
Arrive at reception venue: Kool and the gang – Celebration
First dance: Curtis Mayfield- Move on Up
Any sentimental personal touches?
Phoebe – My brother was the MC and it made the day so special. He knows Kane and I so well, as well as our bridal party and made everyone feel at ease. He set the tone for the night with his warmth, humor and genuine love for Kane and I. He could not have done a better job, we were so grateful.
Kane – We had my 6-year-old son, Hunter, hold and handover the rings for us to include him in the ceremony and thought this would be a heartfelt and symbolic gesture.
How did you save on costs?
We didn’t really have an active approach to this, we just knew we didn’t want things to get out of hand so we capped it at a certain number of people, and we discussed rough estimates around what we were prepared to spend. Again, everything sort of fell into place and we were so lucky with our vendors as they were all absolutely fantastic and also provided their services at a reasonable cost, considering the quality! The most important things to us were music and photography. We were so lucky in that Luke and Eliza are our good friends and they are also phenomenal musicians. As a wedding gift to us they played at our wedding, and honestly, we couldn’t have asked for anything better. They are so talented and made sure the dancefloor was pumping at all times.
In hindsight, anything you would have done differently?
The only thing I would’ve tried to do more of would be seeking out my hubby! We were having far too much fun with friends and family that after the formalities, it was hard to get any time together!
Where did you go on honeymoon?
We went to Noosa for a week straight after the wedding, and then have our honeymoon in South Island New Zealand at the end of the year for 10 days.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Try to enjoy the planning process and the lead up to the big day, and of course, the big day itself, because it all goes so quickly! Don’t sweat the small stuff.
If you could sum up your wedding in one sentence, how would you describe it?
It was the most honest and fun representation of our love and one hell of a good party!
Wedding Date: 23 November 2019
Wedding Invitations: Giant Invitations https://giantinvitations.com.au/
Dress: Caleche Bridal https://caleche.com.au/
Makeup: Danielle Gardiner
Hair: Vittoria Boyle
Shoes: Edward Meller
Accessories: Head piece by Stephanie Browne
Bridesmaids Dresses: Rebecca Vallance
Groom’s Suit: Calibre
Groomsmen Suit: Joe Black
Cake: Harper & Blohm; we had cheese wheels instead of a cake
Food: Panama Dining Room
Flowers: Lulu bird
Photographer: Jeremy Blode https://www.jeremyblode.com/
Ceremony and reception venue: Panama Dining Room https://thepanama.com.au/
Entertainment: Pete Mitchell on Saxophone; Eliza Jacobs (DJ ELIZA) and Luke Martin as DJs
Celebrant: Shura Taft
Transport: Lachlan and Grant from Heritage funerals (family friends)
Wedding Day Management: The I Do Crew
Table numbers: Make and Keep