Kim & Adrian’s Cozy Wedding in a Melbourne Brewery
Kim is a talented pastry chef (you’ll see her work later) and Adrian is a musician. He sang Kim down the aisle — very romantic — and even played songs for her at the reception. Their first dance was a self-choreographed waltz and swing number to Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet”. These two lovely creative folk wed in an intimate ceremony in Florida where Adrian’s parents are, and then had a DIY celebration of marriage in one of their favorite breweries in Melbourne where Kim is from (and where they met and currently reside).
I just love how sweet, cozy, and personal this celebration is and we have no other than photographer Lakshal “Lucky” Perera (whom you might remember from his previously featured work + Behind the Lens q&a… and that incredible milky way wedding photo that went viral some weeks ago) to thank for the GORGEOUS eye candy. Here we go.
These photos are just breathtaking, aren’t they? Let’s get to know the beautiful twosome a bit better. Here’s Kim with the deets:
I am a 29 year old dietitian-turned-pastry chef born in Melbourne, Australia, to Malaysian parents. I met Adrian at a Halloween charity party about 2 years prior to our wedding where he was dressed in a bunny suit and I was dressed as the corpse bride. Adrian (who is a month older than me) had moved to Melbourne from Tampa, Florida, a few years before to work and live in Australia as a child care worker. His mother is a Canadian of British background and his father is African American. Like a lot of couples we are quite different in personalities but share the same important values and many interests.
Adrian is a musician and relates to the bygone era of tweed jackets, suspenders and slow-cooked meals. I tend to be more fast-paced but have a strong interest in all things vintage and sustainable living. We lived together for a year before our wedding and Adrian was welcomed into my family (mum, dad and 2 sisters) and I into his (mum and dad in Florida, sister in Melbourne).
Don’t you just love this shot of them? So you can get a feel for their celebration better, from this point on I’ll let Kim tell you more about their day in her own words:
Our wedding was a DIY affair that focused on great company, delicious food and drink and awesome music. Our decisions were mostly based on what we wanted that reflected our personalities and the desire for the event to be enjoyable for everyone, including ourselves! We had already officially been married in Florida in March 2012 in a small ceremony followed by a party with mostly Adrian’s family and friends. So our Melbourne wedding was called a “celebration of marriage” and we were on a deliberately small budget. We had no theme but ended up looking very vintage!
We didn’t really do any research for how to plan a wedding so we ad libbed, were pretty laid-back and things generally went smoothly. We didn’t feel too pressured to conform to expectations (societal or cultural) that come with weddings, apart from inviting a few long-lost relatives, so nearly everything was purely what we wanted. I think our venue was perfect for us and helped us in making smaller decisions. It was a small microbrewery with a slight industrial feel that was a good size for 80 guests, and it was a fairly unusual wedding venue.
Because we were on a budget, we asked family and friends for help with things like decorations (originally white drapes in a beach rotunda for the ceremony but this wasn’t used due to poor weather), flowers, scooping mini ice cream cones as part of the dessert buffet, invitations, and my makeup. We were recommended Lucky by a mutual friend which was lucky (I couldn’t really think of another word) as we weren’t planning on having a professional photographer.
Our budget meant we had to prioritize and I don’t regret the things we didn’t have, such as a fancy car or the previous night in a hotel etc, because in the end we just remembered the people who were there. As a bonboneire, we decided to share our love of brewing and brew an alcoholic ginger beer that we also bottled and labelled with labels Adrian’s sister designed for us. Our “Ball and Chain Ginger Beer” was personal and had a sense of fun about it that we wanted reflected in our wedding.
Since Adrian is a musician, we thought it was perfect for him to sing me down the aisle to The Avett Brothers’ “Living of Love”, which was very romantic.
We spent most of our budget on gourmet finger food and I catered the dessert buffet and made our wedding cake, which was not as stressful as I expected.
(Yes our talented bride made that lovely cake! See more of her delightful work here)
I think the part of the wedding we spent the most time on was our dance to Bjork’s “It’s Oh So Quiet”, which was a combination of waltz and swing.
We are both ameteur swing dancers and knew we had to do a swing dance to show off just a little bit, and it gave our wedding some energy right from the start. The best memories I have of the night are our dance, getting applause after our personalized vows and my dad’s speech.
Kim shared a lot of really great advice so please read what she had to say (and do take notes!):
We only had 3 months to plan our wedding in Florida, with an extra two months to plan the Melbourne wedding. This was a blessing and a curse. It meant we didn’t have much time to plan but then we had to be much more efficient with our decisions, which probably saved a lot of time. Six months to plan would have been perfect. I would also recommend a cocktail style reception, meaning guests are standing with roaming food and drinks (plus limited seating).
We knew we wanted a casual wedding and this allowed for more people to mingle and chat to other guests. If you are on a tight budget, find out from friends, who is able to help with smaller details and where you can, limit numbers to the point where you think you will be able to have a good chat with all your guests. Write your own vows, as this is probably the only time in public you can say how you feel about each other, and finally make sure that the main focus is on how much you love each other and how much fun you want everybody to have.
Huge thanks to Lucky for sending his absolutely ravishing images of this sweet wedding my way, and congratulations to Kim & Adrian! Thank you for allowing us an intimate peek into your special day.
Photography: Lakshal Perera
Venue: Two Brothers Brewery, Moorabbin, Melbourne, Australia
Dress: a linen masterpiece Kim found in her mum’s clothing storage collection from the 70s. Dancing dress from Review
Adrian’s outfit: tie and hat hand made by Otis James Nashville, suit and vest from Hawkings Mcgill and pants from Gentlemans Emporium
Flowers: by a friend
Invitations: by a friend, PartyPai Paper Crafts
Catering: Advanced Catering Concepts
Cake and desserts: by the bride (www.flickr.com/photos/cakesbykimc)
Tags: alternative wedding venues, budget, colored wedding dress, DIY weddings, non-traditional weddings, short wedding dresses