When Cat + Zane invited us to shoot their wedding on the Bellarine Peninsula we were beyond thrilled. Two years ago we didn’t even know the Bellarine existed…but photography leads you to all sorts of weird and wonderful places, and it’s hands down one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever been in Australia – a cross between Cape Cod and those gorgeous rugged coastal areas you see scattered around the bay in Melbourne.
Cat and Zane were married in the Geelong Botanical Gardens (seriously Geelong, you are full of surprises!) and held their intimate reception at Jack Rabbit Winery, and as you’ll soon see, they are both beautiful people inside and out.
So much so, that at times it felt like we were shooting the wedding of a Hemsworth brother to a supermodel…so it brought tears to our eyes when we were chatting to Zane’s mum during the reception who confided that when he still lived at home, Zane would never come home from a night out with friends without coming into her room first for a cuddle and to tell her all the goss from the evening.
And Cat, all elegance and class, admitted to us she kept waiting for Zane to show a rougher or less sensitive side – yet it never appeared. They are two of the biggest sweethearts we have ever met, and we couldn’t have been more blessed to capture their picture perfect day. Oh, and their dog also blew our minds! Seriously, is that dog real?!!
We didn’t think anything could top Cat’s flawless Collette Dinnigan gown…until a helicopter pilot friend of the couple organised a chopper to fly them into their reception! It was SO Hollywood! I don’t think any of us will ever forget the roar of the chopper as it came into view and looped over the venue with Cat and Zane waving from the window. The looks on their guest’s faces was priceless…
We couldn’t think of a more perfect wedding to end the year on, and we hope it gets you in the mood for a spectacular festive season wherever and however you may be spending it.
We cannot wait to see you all back in 2014, where our most exciting year at Love Katie + Sarah awaits. It will be a thrill to share it with you all.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support this year, and the hugest of thanks especially to all our beautiful 2013 couples who rocked our world and thanked us with gestures from mentioning us in their speeches to sending us home with anything from hand made preserves to cases of beer (we’re looking at you, Dave!). It truly has touched our hearts and we will be remembering these acts of kindness as we see in the new year.
Love Katie + Sarah xo
Three years ago, Justin and I moved to Belgrave after finding the most perfect little cottage. It was cosy, cute and…underground. The second we saw it, we were in love. I still remember the inspection. Prospective buyers were walking in, giving funny looks to one another, and then leaving seconds after. Were we honestly the only people to find the underground architecture totally AWESOME?! At the time, we were living in a converted warehouse apartment at Pentridge Prison (a story for another day) so going underground didn’t feel like such a stretch. We put in an offer, and a week later it was ours.
Fast forward to a couple of months ago when we realised we had one (one!) weekend off for the rest of the year, and we decided to finally throw a Christmas party…on the garden roof!
We are so happy we did!
You can’t see the street from roof level and you can’t see the roof from street level, so it’s like being in The Secret Garden. I can’t believe we haven’t thrown a hundred parties up there already, but now that we have we are so in love. It was the best thing ever seeing all our friend’s kids running around, collecting butchy boys, finding secret paths and making floral garlands together.
We had a ‘Make Your own Taco/Nacho’ bar where guests could just help themselves. Cornutopia supplied all our corn chips and tortillas and I highly recommend using them if you ever want to undertake a nacho bar of your own! It was so much fun for our guests and I loved seeing people’s plates stacked high with colour, Mexican is the perfect party food I think!
Through our work with Love Katie and Sarah we have been so fortunate to work with some highly creative people, and I was so honoured when Rita from Blooming Brides offered to put together flowers to brighten up the entire party. “Colour spreads quickly” Rita warned me, so I basically put flowers from the entrance to the roof garden right up the stairs, along the first roof, and up onto the second…and she was totally right – even though the flowers were really spread out, they welcomed everyone, and gave the party such a kick! All our guests commented on her genius arrangements, and they doubled as take home gifts at the end of the party. Rita also supplied about a thousand carnation heads for all the little ones to make floral garlands and they LOVED it.
Amber from Sweetpea Darlingheart made a (nothing short of extraordinary) Pina Colada Cake! There were actual moans coming from the roof after it was served, which made the party sound like it had taken on a different direction. People are still talking about the taste, it was just incredible. If I could eat Sweetpea Darlingheart cakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner it would still not be enough.
As we didn’t want to constantly fill glasses we had three drink urns which worked so well. In the urns we had Grapefruit Lemonade, a delicious Pimms cocktail Justin whipped up which he named The Roof Raiser, and our dear friends who run the tea company High Tea With Harriet provided a Christmas Tea which we served chilled and people went nuts over! It tasted just like Christmas pudding and finally felt like Christmas was around the corner! (a heads up for anyone getting married, High Tea With Harriet are launching a Wedding Tea in 2014!!)
The party was capped off perfectly when our magician friend Alex arrived. The poor guy never gets to enjoy an appearance in public (seriously) because the second he arrives everyone is like IT’S THE MAGICIAN!!!!!! But as he graciously performed on our little roof garden, it became a hundred times more magical up there, and we felt so lucky we had a weekend off to enjoy the festive season with our nearest and dearest and totally talented friends and family.
Our house has been warmed so much by everyone’s beautiful energy, and also by the tonnes of flowers still left over from the party (evidence towards the end of the post!)
To our wonderful couples of 2013, our future couples of 2014 and anyone else who is reading, we hope you have a super Christmas and wonderful New Year. Katie and I both feel like 2014 is going to be a good one, don’t you?!
Love Sarah xo
We absolutely LOVE when people involve their pets or have animals as part of their wedding.
We’ve seen dogs as ring bearers and brides riding into their ceremony on horseback. Either way, it’s wonderful (and not just because Katie is crazy for puppies!) when couples involve their fur babies as part of their big day.
Katie + Sarah xo