Photos by:

Louisa Bailey

I could easily build an entire feature around Catherine and Julian’s reception tables — they’re just that incredible — but the beauty in this wedding from Louisa Bailey doesn’t stop there. It continues with Catherine’s incredible gown and accessories from Johanna Johnson, Julian’s participation in the reception music, and the lush floral arrangements from Cecilia Fox. I promise you’re going to fall in love!

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From the bride, Catherine: We wanted our wedding to be fun and relaxed with a mix of glamour and elegance. There was no theme as such but when making decisions in regard to the type of wedding we wanted, we focused on things important to us such a wonderful food and great music. We both love to dance so it was critical everyone was up on the dance floor early in the evening!

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When it came to the actual décor and colour theme, we had had a fabulous florist in Cecilia Fox who used white creams and green winter blooms with accents of rich burgundy and violet. Julian’s Dad made the square wooden boxes used for our centerpieces which were filled and overflowing with winter blooms and foliage and berries.

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newlyweds during ceremony

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Ensure you take the time to choose a wedding photographer that you connect with and who has shot previous weddings that make you smile!

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Julian’s Dad played a selection of bluegrass songs on Mandolin during the welcoming and ceremony. As for the first dance, one of my friends choreographed a routine that we attempted to perform to Icehouse’s Electric Blue. Julian plays saxophone, so halfway through the dance jumped up on stage and played the sax solo!

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Pre-ceremony Venue: Chrysalis Gallery / Wedding Venue: The Substation / Wedding Flowers: Cecilia Fox / Wedding Dress, Veil, and Headpiece: Johanna Johnson / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Makeup: Karen Burton / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nicolangela / Groom’s Suit: Harrolds Melbourne / Wedding Caterer: Artistic Catering / Wedding Cake: Chocolate Rose / Wedding Music: The Harpoons / DJ: Rainbow Connection / Wedding Invitations: printed by Taylor’d Press

  • How stunning! I just adore her embellishments on her shoulders of her gown! They even made a paper bag look gorgeous! =)

  • Love the table settings and the purple flowers…

  • Lovin the style of this one … very glam :)


  • The details are lovely and those table arrangements are stunning! The photographer did a fantastic job capturing their day.

  • super stylish and elegant!

  • Those reception tables are stunning. Beautiful arrangements and elegant details. Such a modern, glam wedding.

  • Really elegant wedding, love the table layout. Really well styled and captured.

  • Sam

    Oh my goodness! I love the substation! Its such an amazing venue. A real gem in the West!! This wedding is amazing!

  • Love this couples style!

  • wow really awesome blog site you have post lots of picture i like your all picture. thank you for sharing :)

  • kate

    Gorgeous Wedding! Was the ceremony held at the same place?

  • Rose Nemeth

    What a gorgeous setting – love the flowers, table settings, and chairs. This is a design masterpiece. Love that kitty cat too!

  • Bernice Makeup Artist

    Wow, where in Melbourne is this location? It looks amazing.