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Having lived in the crazy, dusty and loud industrial suburb of West Melbourne for the past 6 years, the idea of finally using it as a backdrop for a wedding was pretty exciting. It’s an area that not too many people venture to unless your catching a V line, visiting the footy club or you’re simply on your way to somewhere else. But I’ve lived here for so long now that whenever I hear a semi trailer tearing past at 5am, it feels just like home. It’s seen the beginnings of Love Katie + Sarah, of becoming a grown up and seeing a whole new side of Melbourne that I didn’t know existed.

As of this week I’ve just started packing up my house to move to the other side of the city for a new change and a new chapter, so an industrial warehouse wedding in my hood was a perfect parting gift.

Lauren and Steve chose Gather + Tailor, a new warehouse style venue in West Melbourne as the backdrop to their epic wedding. The couple exchanged vows under a floral arbor before venturing out with me to some of the best trucking routes and shipping container yards the area had to offer for their portraits. The rest of the night was a whirlwind of great food, speeches, confetti canons and Mariah Carey remixes. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect West Melbourne send off.

I’ll definitely miss this neck of the woods. The noise, the dust, the chaos. Even the guy who kicks over my bin on bin night. It’s a gem of a spot and no doubt from time to time I’ll find myself driving over this way out of habit just to top up on some dust and noise. Ah the serenity.

Love Katie xo

| Scroll to the end of the post for a list of all the wonderful vendors |

Vendors:

Ceremony + Reception | Gather + Tailor

Celebrant | Damon Hughes

Styling + Planing | Dot Dot Dash

Florals | Cecilia Fox

Bride’s gown | Suzanne Harward

Groom’s Suit | Oscar Hunt

Catering | Pot + Pan

Cake table | The Dessert Parlour

Stationary | Month of June 

Thinking back now, I didn’t realise how much this wedding was going to mean to me. It wasn’t the warm summer morning, the stunning location or the super awesome bridesmaids dresses, although all three were excellent…

It was the people.

It was seeing the bride’s blended families coming back together, the siblings, the half siblings, the steps and the partners all being together in the one room. They were happy. Being a part of a blended family myself, I know full well the pain and the joy that this type of family unit can bring. And maybe in some way it made me feel like if we have enough love in our lives, it can all turn out fine.

It was also the first in a long time, that the couple, on their own wedding day amongst the chaos, the tears and crazy laughter (mainly from Carly), asked me about my life. Was I in love? Married? Do I have kids? They didn’t care that it was ‘their day’. They turned it into ‘our day’. So in the car on the way to take some portraits, we just became three friends talking about love, relationships and heartache. Suddenly I wasn’t their just wedding photographer, but someone who could help tell a part of their story while telling a part of mine too.

Once all their portraits were done and we all arrived at the local pub for a little after party, Drew’s mum sat me down and wanted to know everything about me. Where I had travelled, who I loved, my passion of photography, and the crazy property prices in Melbourne. She sat me down and gave me life advice about raising children, where the good schools were and at the end of it, told me I was going to be fine.

It was something I didn’t know I needed.

Just a stranger holding my hand and telling me things about the world and that everything was going to be fine.

Everything is going to be fine.

Love Katie xo

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So here’s a little wedding goodness for you all on this blustery Spring evening.

Back in September, Prue + Nick threw one hell of a party at Stones of the Yarra Valley. It started with a bit of competitive putting at the golf course in the morning with the boys. Then the second I walked into Prue’s family home, I was handed a glass of champagne and I knew it was going to be a pretty good day. All good days start with a glass of bubbly don’t they?

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, and some incredible vendors put on their best show, including One Day Bridal, Jo Betz as the celebrant and Moss Industry florists who constructed a pretty epic installation at the reception.

Love Katie xo

| Vendor credits at the end of the post |



Venue | Stones of the Yarra Valley

Bride’s dress | One Day Bridal 

Flowers | Moss Industry Florals

Celebrant | Jo Betz

Bridemaid’s Dresses | Carla Zampatti 

 

Annabel + Trent went about their day a little differently. Weddings should be a set of choices that you make that are special to you.

Keep the best, chuck out the rest.

Annabel did her own make up (as well as all her bridesmaids!) before doing a first look with Trent in their living room. Getting to share a little moment in time in their home together before going on a walking tour of Carlton + Fitzroy with their bridal party for some portraits.

And then they got married.

2 days after their 6 year anniversary at the super cool industrial chic venue, Two Ton Max. A room which Annabel + Trent filled with pastel coloured chairs, cherry blossom, smores, 30 litres of expresso martini mix, ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ as their exit song and their nearest and dearest. Let the fun begin.

Love Katie xo

| Full vendor credits at the end of the post |
Vendors

Venue | Two Ton Max

Bridal gown + veil | Georgia Young Couture

Groom’s Suit | MJ Bale

Flowers | Sugar Bee Flowers

Catering | Blake’s Feast

Bridesmaid’s Dresses | ‘Lissa’ dress by Saylor the label

Celebrant | John Higginson

Furniture Hire | Dann Event Hire