Rochelle and Nathan, a couple from Melbourne – Australia, had known each other since their early twenties, however didn’t get together until a few years later. They had worked for the same company out of university and would always chat (even though Rochelle remembers him being so nervous around her!). However at that time, she was in a long-term relationship with a guy from high school, who she was certain that she’d marry. When that didn’t pan out, they broke up, which mean Nathan and Rochelle spent more time together and started getting a lot closer.
“Being the hopeless romantic that he is, I don’t think Nathan could help himself with going all out on the proposal.
Nathan said that he had a work conference at Melbourne’s Crown Towers (If you know Crown Towers, you’d know that it’s the most glamorous building in the city!) So he recommended that we book a hotel room and go stay over for the night. I remember we were sitting in the hotel room about to get ready for dinner when he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. As it turns out, there was of course no conference and we woke up the next day to a gorgeous brunch on the waters of Southbank and later just dawdled around the city in pure bliss.”
We got married on 15th July at Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and Crown Towers.
Tell me about the dress
“Every bridal gown I’ve ever seen at a wedding that had made my jaw drop was a Jason Grech design, so I knew that as soon it was my turn, I’d know exactly which designer to turn to! All of his pieces are so elegant and classic, and when I saw my gown – I knew it was the one. I couldn’t believe how well it fit me even before alterations, and because it was silk, it was so comfortable to wear all day. It also had gorgeous embellished detailing’s down the sides which matched with a stunning Capulet that could be removed. So comfortable and functional!”
And the groom’s outfit
“A beautifully tailored tuxedo from SOHO Workshop in South Yarra, Melbourne.”
Wedding theme or colours if any
All white with hints of steel grey
Tell me about the flowers
White roses in the bridal and bridesmaids bouquet and a gorgeous breed of hydrangeas on the tables at the reception.
Favourite part of the day
Definitely the partying at the end of the day! Greeks really do know how to get down and celebrate. Our DJ was so much fun and it was so lovely having all of our families and friends together under one roof.
Easiest part of wedding planning
Honestly, it would have to be picking my dress! It was the first store that I visited and one of the first gowns that I tried on. I hardly had to have any alterations done as well.
Hardest part of wedding planning
The guest list. We had so many guests on Nathan’s side of the family that we didn’t know how to fit them all! Also the seating arrangements were a bit tricky too with so many guests from all over the place. I remember staying up one night trying to get this all done with Nathan and I thought I’d lose my mind before the wedding!
Is it harder to plan a wedding when the couples are from different faiths/culture etc
Honestly, I’m sure it would be when both sides have such strong religious or cultural values, but my family and I aren’t religious in the slightest, so I was happy to compromise for Nathan and his family seeing as their cultural values are so important to them! The church where we had our ceremony and the traditions that we did were simply stunning, so it wasn’t a problem at all! In a way, it also made our planning process easier in the sense that we narrowed down venues quite drastically.
Advice to give to other multicultural couples
Embrace your partners cultural and religious traditions if there are any. I know these issues can sometimes cause friction between couples during the wedding planning process, but it’s so important to both compensate. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your partner’s culture and values and to truly be involved.
Dress: Jason Grech
Bridesmaids Dresses: Swish
Accessories: Just Me Jewellery
Photography: Eye to Eye Photography
Wedding Movie: C2 Films
Stationery: Adorn Wedding Invitations
Ceremony Venue: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia
Reception Venue: Crown Towers
Hair: Hue’s Hair
Flowers: Kitsa’s Flowers
Cake: Abfab Cakes