After 12 years together already, Jay and Raks were well-aware that marriage wasn’t going to change much and, instead, was going to be their final declaration of commitment to one another and (of course) throw one heck of a party. Both originally from Auckland, New Zealand, this duo set out to create a “Melbourne experience” for all their guests. (Jay and Raks wedding was first featured in our issue 17).

“The majority of our guests were travelling from all over the world, so Raks and I really wanted to find a venue that showcased how we liked to live in Melbourne. We wanted them to experience what Melbourne meant to us and why we love it so much here so we narrowed down our venues to rooftops, gardens and warehouses,” says the couple, who stumbled Laurens Hall and instantly fell in love.

“We thought it was perfect. The large open space, high ceilings , timber stacks and various racks full of objects all created a unique space that we knew everyone would love. So many of Melbourne’s gems are found in storage locations inside a converted warehouse. Our wedding venue had an industrial feel which we based our styling around. We used natural materials such as metal, concrete and timber for decorations and just let the sheer beauty of Lauren’s hall be the main feature. That venue has so much going on without needing to ‘dress’ it up too much,” they tell us, adding that their favourite detail from the day was a surprise they’d planned for their loved ones.

“We decided not to do wedding favours for our guests. Raks and I have been to numerous weddings where the favours have been left at the end of the night. Instead of this we opted to have a whiskey bar and espresso martinis for everyone to enjoy on the night. We revealed them for everyone after we cut the cake. No one expected it and the look on everyone’s face as we opened the sliding doors was priceless.”

Admitting they were very selective when choosing their vendors, these newlyweds put together a real A-Team of suppliers like Jai of Free the Bird Weddings and Blakes Feast. “Each of our vendors had to reflect us as a couple. In this process we did axe a few as we just didn’t get along. The more relaxed the vendor is the less stressed the marrying couple are. Each of them made our lives easy and the day was a breeze. There was nothing too big or small and there was never we cannot do that.”

Another standout, Jay confirms was Rocky of Glasshaus– a Melbourne based florist who undoubtedly had the bride’s back. “Rocky was great from the start. She understood our budget and worked with us to create what we wanted within our range. My bridesmaids forgot their bouquets in the excitement of leaving our house. Luckily we were heading to Glasshaus for some sneaky snaps and to pick up my bridal bouquet so Rocky and her amazing team quickly whipped up two more.”

CREDITS Photographer Jai Long Free the Bird // Florist Rocky at Glasshaus // Printer Paper Point and Print on Wood // Ceremony and Reception Venue Laurens Hall // Catering Blakes Feast // Cake Bills Farm // Prop and Furniture Hire Danns Event Hire Co. // Entertainment Melbourne Ultimate Mobile DJ’s / Celebrant Sally Hayes // Bride and Groom’s Wedding Bands Uniform Black // Bridal Gown Designer Rachel Gilbert // Hair Piece Amber Sceats // Lingerie ASOS // Shoes Sportsgirl // Hair UVA Salon // Makeup Meggie Mapper Makeup // Bridesmaid Dress Shona Joy // Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits Paul Smith // Tie OTAA // Shoes Bared Shoes // Socks Happy Socks // Barber Beefs Barbers.

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We love a good DIY family affair here at Hello May and that’s exactly what Natalie and Martin’s day was all about. Held on the family farm the morning of the wedding a huge tree fell down and nearly took out their entire reception set up but Natalie says “luckily my dad was on hand with the tractor and was able to move it without anyone knowing any different. He also thankfully didn’t tell me this until the next day which was very wise”

But it wasn’t just Nat’s Dad who lent a helping hand as she goes on to explain “the entire week before my parents, bridesmaids and I were running around like mad chooks trying to get everything set up and looking perfect. While we were doing this Martin was still putting the finishing touches on the cars” which he restored himself in time for their special day which was photographed by Queensland faves Trent and Jessie Photographers.

Speaking of Nat and Martin can not speak highly enough of their choice of photographer, recalling the weather that day Natalie explains “They managed to make the chaos work for us and our photos and weren’t afraid to get a little wet. It’s really the small things that you notice that allow things to run smoother on the day.” We couldn’t agree more hiring awesome vendors like Trent and Jessie and Caterers Bluebird Kitchen makes all of the difference.

To see more from Trent and Jessie click here and here. We’re sure you’ll fall in love with their beautiful work just like Nat and Martin! You’ll also find their handy work in our third annual Real Wedding Special, available for purchase via our online store. Happy shopping!

THE VENDORS Photographer Trent & Jessie // Stationery Home made // Printer Vistaprint // Ceremony River-Run Gardens // Reception Private property Catering Bluebird Kitchen Warwick // Cake Whipped up // Hire items Tooowoomba Party Hire // Entertainment Dave Elwood // Priest Father Jamie Collins // Engagement ring Antique // Wedding bands Warwick Jewellers THE BRIDE // Bridal gown Judy Copley Couture  // Veil Madame Tulle // Robes Homebodii // Shoes Tony Bianco // Accessories Lovisa // Makeup Serena Wyllie Make Up Bridesmaid dresses ASOS  THE GROOM Suit ASOS.


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Tina and Nick, both software engineers, wanted a stress free wedding that was only about the two of them as Tina explains “We originally started going down the path of a large formal wedding in Los Angeles, but found ourselves stressed instead of enjoying the process so we threw our hands up and decided to “run away” to somewhere beautiful and remote and we’ve both never been before–Fiji fit the bill”.

Enter Kama Catch Me, Fiji’s premiere wedding photography duo, who just so happen to specialise in organising and shooting off the beaten path weddings and elopements. Wearing a BHLDN gown Tina and Nick said I do on the shores of the stunning white-sand Lavena beach with what they thought was their photographers and celebrant as their only witness however Tina explains “after we both said “I do” and kissed, we heard clapping and turned around to see several locals sitting on the beach and enjoying the show.”

Immediately after tying the knot, and with a little help from The Remote Resort, Tina and Nick took off on their first adventure as husband and wife – hiking up to not one but two beautiful waterfalls, the second of which they decided to leap off last minute into the waters below. Not a bad start to married life if you ask us.

For more destination elopements click here and here. Still on the hunt for some inspo? Pick up our 2017 Real Wedding Special whilst stocks last.

THE VENDORS Photographer Kama Catch Me // Event planner, florist, celebrant and transport The Remote Resort // Ceremony Lavena Coastal Walk THE BRIDE Bridal gown BHLDN // Flower crown The Remote ResortTHE GROOM Suit custom made,


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After getting engaged in beautiful Daylesford it was only natural that these two want to keep those low key country vibes rolling when it came to their wedding day, although this time they headed south to The Barn in Wallington, situated on Victorias stunning Bellarine Peninsula.

Of the day Chloe tells us “we were pretty chilled, planning from London made us put all our faith in our incredible event designers Short & Spook with many late night/ early morning Skype sessions and random thoughts sent throughout the day.” And judging by these beautiful photos by Beck Rocchi Photography, those cross continental Skype sessions really paid off.

Living in London really paid off too when it came to dress shopping as Chloe (who looked stunning in Victoria Beckham) tells us “It was the first day I went shopping, I was wandering through the beautiful Harrods admiring the glamorous dresses, thoroughly distracted by the copious amounts of designer treats. I tried on a handful of dresses just to get an idea of the shape and silhouette and my wonderful friends pushed me into trying on a dress that I never would have considered, but as soon as I had it on I knew it was the one. It fit light a glove and I immediately saw myself getting married in it. A rather painless process considering it was day one!”

Moving on to the big day the festivities went off with out a hitch, except for one small exception as Chloe painfully recalls “during our photo sesh I was attacked by a swarm (ok maybe one) of bull ants. I mean literally only in Australia could that happen. Beck did capture the moment perfectly, the face is absolutely priceless. We certainly didn’t let it stop us, a champagne and quick breather and we were back at it!!” Now that’s our kind of bride.

To check out more of Beck Rocchi’s gorgeous work click here and here. Keen to lay eyes on her own gorgeous Byron Bay wedding? Well you can check that out right here. Still champing at the bit for more inspiration shop online for issue 18 and back issues of Hello May.

VENDOR CREDITS Photos Beck Rocchi Photography // Event planner and Stylist Short & Spook // Ceremony and reception The Barn Wallington // Food trucks The Baravan // Entertainment Geelong Entertainment // Celebrant Chloe Jetson // Rings Melbourne Diamond Importers, B2C JewelsWedding Rings Direct  BRIDES CREDITS Bridal gown Victoria Beckham // Reception dress Aje // Veil Madam Tulle // Robes Boohoo // Shoes Dune // Hair Ben Martin // Makeup Shev Kelly // Bridesmaid dresses Alice McCall // Bridesmaid shoes Betts GROOMS CREDITS Jacket Topshop // Shirt TM Lewin // Pants ASOS // Bow tie The Trend Tailor via eBay.

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