How did you meet?
After a few too many drinks on a night out amongst mutual friends we caught up for quite some time before we dated romantically and built on this foundation for many years before tying the knot after eight years.
Tell us about the proposal…
Magical... Red rose petals on a white Santorini terrace, on the last leg of a Summer holiday in Europe. I (Kristina) had long forgotten about the prospect of a proposal given we were close to the end of our trip, however Nick had other ideas.
How would you describe your wedding day?
It’s hard to describe the feeling of your wedding day. The day itself was magical. The immense high of seeing all of our plans, ideas, personal touches and overall vision come to life, combined with the atmosphere of our family and friends smiling and becoming emotional witnessing our coming together, is truly the most sensational love of all. It truly felt like everything that reflected us as a couple came to light on the day, it was a true celebration of all that we are as a couple and there really is no warmer feeling.
Did you go for any particular vibe or theme?
We opted for a “modern classic” style Melbourne wedding, very quickly determining the three most important elements we wanted to showcase, these being, family and friends, food and drink, and ‘the feeling.’ We worked with a clean and elegant colour palette using only white Ecuadorian roses, white orchids and greenery, the stationary followed suit not steering from black, white and gold. Music and entertainment was also very important to us and we wanted it to incorporate something for everyone, which is what a live band is ideal for executing. By sunset we wanted the formalities to be over and the party to come to life.
The reception venue…
Given we both love the summer we searched for a venue that could incorporate water, city views and an option for an indoor/outdoor vibe. It was also important to us that there was minimal opportunity for our guests to break-away and be divided into different sections of the venue as we wanted everyone to enjoy the night together. Carousel was able to tick all of these boxes. We were lucky to have a balmy Melbourne night which allowed the indoor/outdoor set-up to come into full swing, with guests being able to enjoy the city view and a drink from the outdoor terrace but still feel like they were enjoying the party. The Albert Park location had us slightly out of the hustle and bustle of the CBD, giving guests easy access to the venue. The Food & Desire Group are well known for their food and beverage options which didn’t disappoint on the night.
The wedding dress…
The whole process from start to finish with Sonia Cappellazzo was seamless. From the very first appointment Sonia’s craftsmanship and unique style really shone through, giving me full trust that I was in the right hands. We created a custom gown that was modern yet timeless and really focused on the simplicity and power of incorporating bold shapes and structure with the most beautiful neoprene fabric. The asymmetrical sweet heart neck line was unique, a structured body was beautifully done and the royal train length finished the impact of the gown perfectly. The dress was the first thing that was completed for the wedding and I truly believe it set the tone for the styling and vision of the whole day. I wish I never had to take it off!
A unique part of your wedding/the best parts…
Nothing can beat the feeling of walking down the aisle to meet Nick and seeing each other for the first time. When I think back to these exact moments I get an overwhelming sense of love and joy sweep over me, something I won’t forget for as long as I live.
Our European culture plays a big part in our lives. Me being Croatian and Nick Italian, this was honoured in various small ways throughout the day and largely by a music set played by my father at one point in the night.
My sister Linda being a make-up artist was a real no-brainer when it came to picking an artist who would be responsible for making me up to the best version of myself. It was quite special having her do this for me.
Our “Just Married” getaway car sign complete with Italian beer cans was no coincidence. I ran around most of Melbourne to source Peroni cans (who knew they would be so tricky to find) and Nick was drilling and joining cans at the perfect intervals, what felt like moments before the big day.
Were there any standout wedding vendors?
Heart & Colour Photography, Cappellazzo Couture, Stasia Fox Events, Pro Light and Sound.
Any advice for couples planning their wedding?
Identify what elements you want to be the focus of your wedding to help and establish what to invest the most energy, emotion and money into. Excel is your best friend, make a spreadsheet and track your movements and investments.
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