Wedding Dress : Mariana Hardwick
Shoes : Shoes of Prey
Reception Bolero : Hayley Paige Bridal
Stationary : Adorn Invitations
Photography : OnThree Photography
Ceremony : Flagstaff Hill – Maritime Museum
Reception Venue: Lighthouse Theatre Warnambool
Entertainment : Andrew Vedulla Melbourne
MC : Dean Sindoni
Flowers : Functions 2 Flowers
Cake : Maria’s Creative Cakes
Hair and Makeup : Megan Everett
Groomsmen Attire : Mens Suit Warehouse
Bridesmaid Attire : Chi Chi London
Jewelry : Just Me Jewellery
Bags : Olga Berg
Wedding favours : Royal Daulton
How Ailsa and Phil met : The two both shared a love for the Tile Industry (where both of the couples work in) and spent time in front of their workplaces coffee machine. One Saturday night however, Ailsa decided to ring Phil and say hi where four hours later – the conversation finally ended. After their first date – they were doing everything together and as Phil would add, “she stayed over one night and never really left.”
The Proposal: The couple both travelled to Thailand together in October 2014. After one beautiful dinner together and completely unbeknown to Ailsa, Phil got down knee in front of the entire restaurant and proposed.
Could you sum up your wedding day in a couple of sentences: Their wedding was completely relaxed, comfortable and just a little bit quirky – coincidentally, the perfect description of the couple themselves. A lot of the décor elements were sourced from vintage shops or were DIY projects which really added to the weddings unique theme.
Any DIY Elements: Ailsa, being the creative individual that she is, couldn’t wait to create the elements and décor in the wedding. All of the décor featured at the reception was actually sourced from department stores such as Myer including the vases and hanging geometric shapes. Ailsa actually painted the materials in copper. She also sourced small jars where the flowers from the ceremony were then moved into and her and Phil hand crafted the table numbers by cutting marble slabs in half and hand painting numbers onto them.
What advice would you give to brides and grooms planning their day?
Honestly to the other brides out there – the best advice that I can give would be to really focus on saving and cutting costs where you can! All it takes is a little bit of effort but it makes the world of difference. For example, a lot of the décor elements I actually found or created myself. This saved us a ton of money that could be better spent on other elements (such as the dress!) Our rug for the ceremony and seat covers we actually hired from a vintage shop for $1.50 per cover where normally seat covers would have cost us $8.00 and the ceramic plates for our wedding favours were stunning designs from Royal Daulton that I managed to find on ebay. The plates were originally $400 each in store and I found them all for under $100! Also, we made sure to reuse our ceremony flowers from the arch and reuse them on our bridal table at the reception. Even after reception – my sisters and I bottled them up in tiny jars to use as décor at our own places. Although these things may seem small, they really do add up!
Your favorite part of the day?
Can I say the whole day? If I can’t – I’d have to say the photoshoot in the old town. It was so fun being with our good friends and getting such fantastic shots! We were just having a laugh the whole time.
Anything you weren’t expecting?
The weather! Our wedding was at the start of an Australian Summer, so of course we knew it would be hot but not THAT hot. The temperature climbed up to 41c degrees (105 Fahrenheit) and I just remember my makeup artist slathering on the foundation to make sure my makeup stayed in place. However true to Victorian weather – the clouds rolled in and half way through the ceremony it started pouring! It was a welcome relief but my hair wasn’t totally loving it!