Felicity and Simon

This modern classic Melbourne wedding is filled with beautiful imagery and elegant details. Instead of a netural colour palette, the bride was influenced by the tangerine bridesmaid’s gowns which made for such an incredible splash of colour.

Felicity explains how she and Simon met. “Simon & I met 13 years ago while working together for a clothing company. After more than three years catching up in bars gossiping about whoever each of us had been dating at the time, we finally got together!”

Making his Polka Dot Bride debut today is Melbourne photographer Joseph Koprek. I love Joseph’s artistic style and beautiful imagery.

Simon’s Tuxedo and French cuff shirt were from Arthur Galan. His tie and scull cufflinks were from Alexander McQueen.

Felicity’s hair was styled by Catarina Di Biase from Heading Out and her makeup by Will Costello. She remarks “Catarina did an amazing job transforming my shoulder length bob into an up-do that almost fooled the groom! Will, a gorgeous friend was a pleasure to work with on the day creating natural looks for the bridal party and helping to keep a great laid-back vibe to our wedding day prep.”

Felicity wore a gown by Pallas Couture. She explains “The first and only dress I tried on was from Pallas Couture, a Perth based bridal couturier that show once a month at the Lyall in South Yarra. After trawling the internet locally and overseas for ideas Pallas stood out and I loved their style. All their dresses are individual and I worked with Elena from Pallas to create a dress that felt right for me.”

She found stiletto heels from Sebastian, Italy to add a glamorous touch to her look and earrings from Baccini & Hill that tied back to the beaded belt on her gown. She remarks “After a fun day shopping with my Mum we came across some gorgeous crystal & chrome stilettos from Sebastian, Italy. So glad I paid a little extra for comfortable shoes after being on my feet for almost 12 hours.”

The luscious, fluffy bouquets were created by Whitemoss. Felicity says “Brooke and the talented team from Whitemoss created stunning floral arrangements of ivory and peach David Austin roses for the bouquets, pastel Hydrangeas, Lisianthus and Delphiniums for the church, and combinations of these together with deep red Dalias for the reception.”

Felicity’s bridesmaids wore a beautiful tangerine gown from Carla Zampatti. They paired it with nude suede and lace shoes from Peeptoe Shoes, jewels from Alannah Hill and stunning nude snakeskin & suede clutches from LadyFox Accessories.. Felicity explains, “We were originally having a classic black and white wedding until we came across these Carla Zampatti dresses in Tangerine.”

Felicity and Simon hired cars from Glamour Ride to transport them on the day. Felicity remarks “Simon and I both love black Chrysler 300cc’s so this was an easy decision and Margaret from Glamour Ride exceeded all expectations on the day going out of her way to make sure we had a great day. From calming our nerves on the way to the church, passing much needed bottles of water on a 30 degree day to straightening ties and veils for the many photos, Margaret felt like another member of the bridal party! ”

Felicity and Simon were married at St Mary’s Catholic Church, East St Kilda. Felicity notes “The church is across the road from the apartment Simon & I have shared for the last 6 years so this was a natural choice, and really easy following up details with Father Moran.”

Felicity was walked down the aisle by her brother. She recalls “My Father, a larger than life and much loved character passed away suddenly while on holidays four years ago in country New South Wales, so I was honoured to have my brother Rob walk me down the aisle in his place. This was the cause of  many tears early in the ceremony and everyone who knew him could feel him there with us that day.”

The stationery was beautiful letterpress. Felicity says “Our letterpress invitations were created by The Artisan Press in Byron Bay on 600gsm Ivory paper. Our order of service booklets were designed by Simon, printed by Sam from Yolk Print Media on Ivory 330gsm paper and stitched together using my 1980’s Bernina sewing machine.”

Felicity recalls one of her favourite moments of the ceremony “Simon asked Father Moran at the alter if he could say Yeeaa-uh instead of I do and Father Moran gave me permission to punch him.”

A string quartet provided the music for the ceremony with Felicity walking down the aisle to Suite No.3 Air by Bach. Felicity explains “String Musicians Australia provided a beautiful string quartet playing classics like Bach, Pachebel and Vivaldi. For a modern twist we chose The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony for the recessional.”

Felicity and Simon held their wedding reception at Circa, The Prince. Felicity explains “Circa was the first place that Simon took me out for dinner back in 2003. We love the mix of venues in the complex from the luxe Aurora day spa to the grungey Prince of Wales Bandroom which many of our guests know and love. John, the Operations Manager at Circa the night of our event did an outstanding job making sure our night ran smoothly. All our guests needs were politely and attentively taken care of making everyone’s night enjoyable. We couldn’t thank him enough!

Felicity and Simon hired a photo booth for the evening. Felicity remarks “Rather than favors we hired a photobooth with unlimited photos so our guests could take home great memories of the night. To lighten the mood we sourced props from all over the world on Ebay creating an eclectic mix of boxing gloves, Indian head dresses, a Polaroid picture frame and a selection of glasses & mustaches. A favourite photo is of my 80 year old uncle straight-faced wearing the Indian headdress.”

Felicity describes the wedding as “Modern and classic with laid-back St Kilda style.”

Felicity recalls “Having all our much loved friends and family share the day with us made the day so special.”

There were a few elements to the wedding which Felicity and Simon made themselves.  Felicity remembers, “We bought plain white cake bags on EBay and had a stamp made up by Adam’s Rubber Stamps in South Melbourne using the motif from our invitations to print on them. For the photobooth prop table we created a small candy bar using heavy square glass vases from IKEA and filled them with Allen’s candy from a confectionery wholesaler in Carrum Downs. Our black wooden birdcage wishing well was sourced from a Balinese homewares Importer in Berwick.”

Felicity and Simon made sure to keep the modern feel going into their reception. She says “We had a cocktail wedding so decided to keep the night relaxed and skip the first dance. I’m also a terrible dancer so happy we escaped that one! Frank Benedetto and the guys from Silkroad entertained our guests and got them up dancing to some great jazz music.”

Felicity and Simon’s cake was made by Felicity’s sister. She notes “My sister worked as a pastry chef in London so we were honoured when she made our amazing 3-tier cake on a stunning embossed metal cake stand. The cake, in two flavours; chocolate mud and coconut/pecan was served canapé-style at the reception.” The couple hired ‘snowball’ pendant lights from Harry The Hirer to highlight the wedding cake.

Felicity and Simon continued to party with guests until 5am.

Congratulations Felicity and Simon! Thank you for sharing your wedding with us today! Thank you also to Joseph Koprek for sharing today’s images!