Ilsa and Nathan

I can’t look at photos of Ilsa and Nathan’s wedding without a little sigh of happiness escaping. A couple so very in love, their dear baby boy and all the people who love them. I can’t think of anything better.

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They met in a bar one night when Ilsa made her way across the room to Nathan. He was so surprised that this beautiful woman had singled him out that he had trouble believing she was serious! Luckily, she was – they both were – and they fell in love almost on the spot. Fast-forward a few years and they got engaged, had their so-cute-it-hurts son, Oscar, and eight months later, married.

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Their wedding took place at the ultra-chic Church 364 in Richmond, late on a Saturday afternoon. The rear courtyard was decorated with dozens of candles, flickering in glass, and an incredible floral display that needs to be seen to be believed.

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Oscar, looking adorable in his little outfit complete with buttonhole, happily waved at everyone from his Dad’s arms until Ilsa arrived. She walked down the aisle with her Mum to Coldplay’s Green Eyes and both Nathan and Oscar’s faces lit up at the sight of her.

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Ilsa and Nathan wrote their vows themselves and the first line still makes my breath catch. They began,

‘You have already given me the two greatest gifts of my life – your love, and our beautiful child, Oscar.’

I’ve got goosebumps just typing that.

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There was so much love and joy in that room. Love for one another, love for Oscar, love for family, love for friends.

When we were discussing what would go into the ceremony, both of them made it clear to me that they wanted each other’s unwavering love for Oscar acknowledged. Nathan told me that his strongest and happiest memory of Ilsa was how ‘amazing’ she was on the day Oscar was born and Ilsa told me proudly that there is nothing Nathan wouldn’t do for their son.

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Ilsa and Nathan are such a genuine, friendly couple that it’s impossible not to fall a little bit in love with them. And as for Oscar – Ilsa, I’m volunteering for babysitting duty right here!

They are a living embodiment of everything family and love should be and it was an honour to share this day with them.

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Thank you for the pleasure, Ilsa and Nathan. xx Koren

(Mel from Milk Photography took so many beautiful photos I couldn’t narrow them down, so below are a few more for you to enjoy!)

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Ilsa and Nathan, 10 March 2012
Venue: Church 364, Richmond
Photos: Milk Photography (you can see more of Mel’s beautiful shots here)
Styling: Weddings of Desire
Flowers: Peony Blooms
Ilsa’s dress: Anna Campbell 
Celebrant: Koren Harvey

Julia and Michael

Do you remember that day in March that poured? I do, but not for the rain. I remember it because it was the day when two best friends got married.

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Julia and Michael have been inseparable for longer than anyone can remember. They were friends first – best friends. It wasn’t until Michael moved to the UK  that each began to acknowledge the feelings they had for one another went somewhat deeper than just friendship.

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That Christmas, Michael took a gamble and arranged for a shiny present from Tiffany’s for Jules back in Melbourne. Just in case Jules hadn’t got the hint, her sister informed her that ‘friends don’t give friends heart shaped necklaces’. Michael, meanwhile, was holidaying in the Austrian alps and endured a nervous wait until he was back in the reach of mobile reception to find out what Jules thought of his gift! (It’s safe to say she liked it).

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Michael returned home the following year and they set about building a life together. Some time later, he arranged for Jules to be picked up from work one day in a chauffeured car. Thinking that Michael had arranged this as a birthday surprise, Jules was driven around Melbourne and given instructions to go into various stores and ask if there was anything there for her.

After stopping to pick up a CD of their favourite songs, a bunch of flowers and a bottle of bubbles she was taken to a Yarra Valley vineyard, where her best friend was waiting to ask her to be his wife. Michael had been scouting venues for the two weekends prior, and Jules had no idea until she came across him amongst the vines. When they told me this story at our first meeting, I was like a nodding dog in the back of a car. ‘And then? And then?’ I couldn’t believe the amount of thought and romance that had gone into it.

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They approached their wedding with the same thoughtfulness, planning a ceremony that included their family and friends and showed off their sense of fun. After a rehearsal in 40 degree heat the week before, the heavens opened on their wedding day but I don’t think either of them really noticed. I certainly didn’t. My memories are of the applause that filled the marquee when Jules and her Dad entered, the beaming grin on Michael’s face and endless applause when they embraced for the first time as husband and wife.

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From my first meeting with Julia and Michael it felt like we’d been hanging out for years. We chatted and laughed for well over an hour and every subsequent meeting we had felt like a social catch up.

Congratulations to you both, you gorgeous things. You truly made this the best job in the world and I can’t wait for our next catch up over a glass of vino or two! xx Koren

Julia and Michael, 3 March 2012
Venue: Rippon Lea, Elsternwick
Photos: Andrea Colvin Photography 
Celebrant: Koren Harvey