When we opened our inbox to find this wedding, our jaws positively dropped to the floor. It has everything we just love: an incredible vintage wedding dress, a quirky, unexpected venue, and a couple so beautiful they make us undeniably green with envy. The stellar Julian Beattie of Kariz-Matik wisely chose to do a mini-photoshoot with the couple at the cafe where the two had their first date. Whatever you do, be absolutely sure to check out all pictures in the photo gallery!

vintage indie australian wedding

From the bride, Chiara: Being old sentimental fools, it was important to Andris and me to have our wedding at a venue we would be able to visit time and time again without any hassle or fuss: having spent many a long, Sunday lunch (as well as numerous Oktoberfests!) with our family and friends at the Concordia Club in Sydney, it was the natural choice for our wedding. Our styling for the wedding was thus bounded by the opportunities afforded by the venue, and so it was decided we would celebrate our marriage on a sunny Saturday afternoon, as this is when the Concordia Club is really at its best: long, lazy afternoons on croquet greens, enjoying steins of German beer and homemade pretzels. Once a (hopefully) sun-filled lunch was decided, the colour scheme and details flowed from there, with a lot of input from our family and friends. The only other point from which design and styling decisions were made was that it was important for us that our guests felt relaxed and welcomed throughout the day.

vintage indie australian wedding

vintage indie australian wedding

A lot of the design elements ended up being DIY, however, this was determined more by economic reasons than a love of craft: Sydney is a ridiculously expensive city, which is compounded when anything “wedding” is involved. All of the tablecloths were hand made by my mum, whilst the table numbers, name cards and bomboniere were made during a ‘crafternoon’ with my the help of my close girlfriends.

vintage indie australian wedding

As we really wanted flowers to almost “overwhelm” the tables, we purchased 2 cars full at Sydney Markets and spent the day before the wedding arranging them with the help of some very talented family members, with the overall effect turning out a million times better than we had expected. As a thank you to all our guests, we invited them to take home their favourite flower arrangements and vases as a gift.

vintage indie australian wedding

Chiara’s advice for future brides: Don’t be afraid to delegate. Rest assured everyone around you will want to lend a hand: giving up the reins and handing over the control really makes for a stress free lead up to the big day. Think of the day as a group effort!

vintage indie australian wedding

Don’t be afraid to try a ‘quirky’ venue. To be honest, our family and friends were slightly horrified we had chosen the Concordia Club as they saw it as no more than a glorified bowling club, however, we stuck to our guns: let me tell you, apologies abounded on the big day, with many guests noting they had never been to a more relaxed, fun and “genuine” wedding.

vintage indie australian wedding

vintage indie australian wedding

vintage indie australian wedding

Kariz-Matik wisely chose to do a mini-photoshoot with the couple at the cafe where the two had their first date. Whatever you do, be absolutely sure to check out all pictures in the View all wedding photos here

Wedding Music:
First dance: “Everything I Do” by Bryan Adams

Wedding Vendors (Sydney, Australia):

Ceremony venue: Latvian Lutheran Evangelical Church, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia / Reception venue: Concordia Club / Flowers: wholesale and Floral Design, Roselands, Sydney / Wedding Photographer: Julian Beattie / Wedding Dress: Steven Khalil / Wedding shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Make-up: Emma-Lee Court / Bridesmaids dresses: bespoke and Exclusively Bridesmaids / Groom’s suit: bespoke by Joe Cutrone Sydney / Wedding music: Tyrolean Echoes / Catering: Concordia Club / Wedding cake: 2 Bites / Wedding invitations: Hello Lucky / Transportation: Sydney Splitscreens and Classic Wedding Cars Sydney


Comments (21):

  • olivia ingersoll on April 16, 2012

    im looking for your dress! where can i find i? so amazing
  • Alicia on August 1, 2011

    Very Nice :) LOVE the white sunglasses
  • Kristen on July 3, 2011

    Absolutely stunning dress! The bride wouldn't happen to be interested in selling it would she? :)
  • Nadine on June 7, 2011

    The dress is gorgeous. Beautiful bride, beautiful wedding.
  • Haylee on April 5, 2011

    Ok that dress? FREAKING INCREDIBLE. Seriously I am so obsessed right now, ha. Dear Steven Khalil, you should make me one thanks. ;)
  • Tear Stained Wedding Napkin on April 5, 2011

    pretty! i love vintage weddings and photoshoots... love.love.love this!
  • kelsey {las vegas wedding photographer} on April 5, 2011

    Beautiful! Love the details!
  • Clarity on April 5, 2011

    That dress is amazing!
  • ann wedding favors on April 5, 2011

    Love is in the air. The photos were perfect and the couple really did their part. Every inch of an angle of the pictures truly speak thousands of words.
  • Custom silicone wristbands on April 4, 2011

    Oh my gosh, this is absolutely gorgeous. I love that you were able to completely customize your wedding. I second Lydia - I love the sunglasses pictures!
  • lydia {ever ours} on April 4, 2011

    oh my goodness! love that one where they are both wearing sunglasses!
  • Amanda Thorson on April 4, 2011

    amazing dress...the lace is beautiful!
  • Orlando Wedding Videographer on April 4, 2011

    Beautiful wedding! Love the photo in front of the warehouse door! So much color!
  • David Robertson on April 4, 2011

    Awesome stuff julian! You absolutely killed it bro!!
  • Katie | Invitations by Ajalon on April 4, 2011

    i absolutely love this couple!
  • Erica Ann Photography on April 4, 2011

    Wow, love the bride's dress! What a classy couple and a beautiful day.
  • Anne Markey- Charlotte Wedding Planner on April 4, 2011

    Ahh-- so beautiful! How amazing are the photos {and how cute is that couple?!?}
  • Weddzilla.com on April 4, 2011

    Stunning, indeed! Very inspirational, as well! I love the efforts from family & friends to help, and the originality of it all. You can tell from these photos that it was a romantic and special occasion. Congratulations!
  • the Perfect Palette on April 4, 2011

    She looks stunning in that dress. wish I could pull off something like that. love the vintage feel
  • blue elephant photography on April 4, 2011

    oh lovely!!! she is so stunning and i love these photos =)
  • jordyn on April 4, 2011

    oh my word; this is so incredibly stunning. i love this wedding.


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