Kate + Lars’ Chateau Doré Wedding

Kate and Lars’ first meeting in Spain was one of those real ‘sliding door’ moments in life, when Kate stopped in Spain at the beginning of a 12 month world trip to join a Spanish language class, and met Lars a few days into her extended stay.

Kate thought Lars looked like a school boy swinging on the back of his chair in the Library, and Lars thought the same thing about Kate after spotting her strolling through the streets with her cute little backpack on! But when they were both invited to join a mutual friend for lunch, they hit it off immediately, and Kate cancelled her other travel plans to spend as much time in Spain with Lars as possible.

Six weeks later, Kate was obliged to continue on her world tour, but both she and Lars knew that their time together was so much more than just a summer romance, and Kate made arrangements to meet Lars on his home ground in Hamburg on December 12th 2009 – six years exactly before they married at the beautiful Chateau Doré in country Victoria.

As family & friends gathered from as far as Germany, Kate & Lars’s ADORABLE baby boy Sebastian arrived dressed in the cutest traditional ‘Lederhosen’ to the absolute delight of every guest, staff member, photographer & celebrant present!!

Grateful for my mother’s Austrian heritage, I was thrilled to be able to welcome Lar’s family in their mother tongue as well as incorporate a few German words into the ceremony itself!

Kate said that she loved Lars’s “genuine & pure love of life and that he sees the very best in every person he meets”, and Lars said that Kate “makes everything you do, feel & experience together absolutely amazing”.

After exchanging rings with a mixture of both German & English vows, Kate & Lars shared one of the most passionate first kisses that I have ever seen to the loudest of cheers!

And one of my favourite industry pros, Alli Oughtred, was there to capture it all xx

 

Kate + Lars | 12.12.2015

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Ceremony & Reception Location: Chateau Dore
Photography: Alli Oughtred Wedding Photography
Flowers: The Eternal Vase

Tran and Damon’s Grand Hyatt Wedding

Tran and Damon connected quite randomly online one lazy Sunday afternoon about three years ago, and within two days, they were having their first meeting over dinner.

Tran loved Damon’s patient & calm manner, and Damon loved Tran’s energy & confidence, so not long after, Tran very considerately helped Damon pick out her engagement ring, and on the 29th March they married in spectacular style at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in a Vietnamese/Australian fusion ceremony.

These gorgeous photos by the super talented Alli Oughtred have captured all the love & joy of their day perfectly x

 

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Tran & Damon provided their guests with an Order of Service titled “So You’re Going To Sit Through A Wedding
– A practical guide to not falling asleep and figuring out just what exactly is going on”.
It included interesting facts & past world events pertaining to their wedding date, a Sudoku challenge, the story behind the Tea Ceremony, all the details involving the wedding planning (ie. Dresses tried on = 2 & messages to bridesmaid = 900+) and of course, the names & titles of everyone involved in the wedding day!

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Tran promised “to live by and protect what we build together”, before Damon vowed “to love you in good times and in bad, with all I have to give and all that I am, in the only way I know how – completely and forever.”

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

“You my kiss your bride!”

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

In keeping with an ancient Vietnamese custom, Tran and Damon chose to incorporate a traditional Tea Ceremony into their celebration, to serve as a formal introduction into each other’s families. This ceremony is usually performed at home before the wedding takes place – sometimes with a cast of thousands! – but as Tran & Damon planned to include only their parents,  it was truly special to witness it as part of official proceedings, as it allowed all their guests (and me!) to experience it too. So beautiful.

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

These gorgeous shots were taken in ACDC lane in Melbourne’s CBD

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Beautiful family photos were placed at the reception as a reminder of Tran & Damon’s younger days
and of the days their own parents became husband & wife x

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

Some of the best behaved children I’ve seen at a wedding – and they had a great time too x

Melbourne Wedding Celebrant Meriki Comito | Tran & Damon's Grand Hyatt Melbourne Wedding | Photo:www.allioughtredweddings.com

 

Tran & Damon | 29.03.2015

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Ceremony & Reception Location: The Grand Hyatt Melbourne
Photography: Alli Oughtred Weddings
Florals: Balwyn Events
DJ/MC: Bruce Harrison

 

Catherine & Steve’s Rippon Lea Estate Wedding

Catherine met Steve about three years ago when she embarked on a match making campaign for a friend and somehow ended up attending a dinner for four where she met her future husband! And yesterday, on the magnificent sweeping lawns of the Rippon Lea Estate, Catherine married her Steve in a sensational Greek/Irish fusion ceremony.

After receiving an Irish Blessing from Steve’s gorgeous 90+ grandfather, we incorporated a traditional crowning, or “Stefana” to honour Catherine’s Greek heritage, and with their first kiss as husband & wife eliciting ecstatic cheers & applause, Steve performed his army regiment’s traditional “Sabrage”, sabering the top off a champagne bottle, to the absolute delight of his cavalry colleagues and guests alike!

And seriously, could Catherine BE any more beautiful? Her smile is so contagious!
Photographer Alli Oughtred has captured the joy of this day just perfectly x
Make sure you check out Timothy Marriage’s video at the bottom of the page too!!

 Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Melbourne Marriage Celebrant Meriki Comito | Catherine & Steve's Rippon Lea Estate Wedding | Photo: www.allioughtredweddings.com

Highlights video by Timothy Marriage

 

Catherine & Steve | 27.11..2014

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Ceremony Location: Rippon Lea Estate
Reception Venue: Quat Quatta
Photography: Alli Oughtred Photography
Bridal Gown: Luci DiBella
Ceremony Styling: Weddings of Distinction
Ceremony Music: Four Seasons

Min & Kristian’s Melbourne Trunk Bar Wedding

“Aside from the fact that Min & Kristian share many of the same values and morals in life, that they are extremely like minded, creative and seriously easy going, they are soul mates. Two free spirits who operate together and work better as a team than they ever have as individuals”.

These two beautiful and super cool people married at Melbourne CBD’s Trunk Bar in March, six years after Kristian first laid eyes on Min and had no doubt whatsoever that they would have a future together.

After a close friend of the couple entertained us all with an absolutely brilliant, self composed reading that had everyone in fits of laughter, Min & Kristian exchanged their beautifully written and deeply moving vows.

Min, looking like a goddess in a stunning Anna Campbell gown, declared that Kristian was her inspiration and that “I never thought someone like you existed in this world”, after which Kristian revealed that in Min, he saw his happiness personified and vowed he would “never forget how special you are and I will remind you of that fact every day”.

Their first kiss as husband & wife was received with thunderous applause, cheers & whistles before they partied the night away with their delighted family, friends and equally as cool (and fun!) bridal party.

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

Melbourne Celebrant | Meriki Comito | Trunk Bar Wedding | Photo: www.allio.co

 

Min & Kristian | 29th March 2014

Celebrant: Meriki Comito
Venue: Trunk Bar
Photography: Alli Oughtred Photography
Bridal Gown: Anna Campbell