When Lisa Washington and Heath Moore celebrated their marriage on a late-afternoon in December, they knew that it was also a celebration of the people and places that they love.

A series of chance encounters allowed Lisa and Heath to meet. The pair hit if off straight away, and a beachside date of Mexican food and Coronas saw them quickly discover a romance amid their shared interests.
So when it came to planning the wedding, Lisa wanted their special day to be an injection of personality and playfulness, a culmination of what truly makes them happy. A dramatically gorgeous lake-side position in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens would be the venue for the ceremony with a purpose-built marquee set to showcase the reception. Everything in between would be a symbol of Lisa and Heath’s relationship, not just with each other but with their beloved family and friends.

“We named our tables after our special places…where we first fell in love, where we went on our first date, where we spent our childhood years. We included a black and white photo with a little description about why the place was special to us.” Lisa explained.

Some of the other poignant touches included the couple serving their favourite wines from South Australia’s Barossa Valley and displaying the wine crates around the venue. Lisa and Heath used their bite-sized cookie wedding favours as place cards, “We tied a place card with the nickname of each of our guests on the rim. This made it really personal, the favours were a real hit”, recalled Lisa. Creating an even more unique experience for their guests was the classic photo booth as well as some delightful ‘dancing slippers’ for the girls to throw on to ease their inevitably sore feet!
But for Lisa it was an unexpected effect that really took her breath away, “We weren’t allowed to throw rice or petals, so bubbles were handed out at the end of the ceremony. As we walked back down the aisle to U2’s “Beautiful Day”, there were bubbles absolutely everywhere. I felt like I was walking through a glass of champagne. It was a moment I will never forget.”

So as their guests, both girls and guys, padded home in the kindly provided fluffy pink and white ‘dancing shoes’, Lisa and Heath had thrown the party of their lives and it would be one not soon forgotten, for all the right reasons.

The iconic Carousel overlooking Albert Park Lake was the perfect venue for the high-profile nuptials, with a unique mix of glamorous indoor and outdoor spaces created by The Style Co. And while Rebecca had been with Chris for more than seven years, she admitted to an attack of the nerves as she prepared to make her entrance at the ceremony.

“I didn’t know how I’d go seeing Chris when I walked down the aisle, so I snuck a few peeks at him through a crack in the door while my bridesmaids were walking in and it really settled me seeing him there,” she said.

As Rebecca walked in, it was Chris’s turn to catch his breath, with his bride looking breathtakingly beautiful in her tight beaded corset which cascaded into a layered skirt containing 1000 metres of fabric. The gown was made by Rebecca’s best friends, Jacob and Anthony, at J’Aton Couture. “I originally wanted one sparkly wedding dress but the boys insisted that I needed a white princess dress for the ceremony and could have the sparkly dress for the reception. If you can’t wear a big white dress on your wedding day then when can you?” she laughed.

Rebecca’s bridesmaids also wore J’Aton Couture floor length gowns in shades of dove grey, lilac and white. “The skirts were sheer and sexy which was aimed at accommodating the hot summer weather and the fact that the wedding was more of a party vibe than a traditional, conservative wedding,” Rebecca explained.

Following a heartfelt ceremony, guests milled on the deck enjoying oysters and Veuve Clicquot. While she adored wearing her wedding gown, Rebecca was relieved to change into her sexy, mermaid cut evening dress and jewelled Jimmy Choo flats after the official photographs. “Being 10 weeks pregnant in a 30 kilogram, corseted wedding dress in 40 degrees, my lower back was aching and I had to take the ceremony dress off earlier than originally planned.”

After a formal dinner indoors catered by food&desire, curtains were opened to reveal a room transformation; the outside deck of Carousel had become an open-air candlelit night club complete with white lounges, mirrored plinths and spectacular white flower arrangements. “The foyer contained a circular mirrored open cocktail bar with a massive dance floor where Chris was waiting for me for our first dance,” Rebecca explained.

The couple danced to their favourite song, Bob Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady Lay’, beneath a striking fresh floral chandelier centrepiece. This chic decoration had been at the top of Rebecca’s wish list when planning her wedding. “All of the guests commented on how original and amazing it was with its white hydrangeas, LED lights and hanging crystals,” Rebecca said.

“The reception was everything we wanted it to be- the room looked amazing, the food and beverages were first class, the music was pumping and our guests had an absolute ball. We loved how we really embraced the New Years Eve party vibe and the wedding wasn’t too traditional – we have had so many comments from our guests saying that it was the best wedding they have ever been to!”

“Rebecca came to us with a clear vision… I loved it”, said Marie Cruz from The Style Co. “We decided upon a ‘White and Chic’ theme and changed the decorations on the Carousel deck three times throughout the night to add an element of suprise. My favourite was the last deck change – a beautiful outdoor lounge area with flickering candles, large floral arrangements and mirrored tables, set against the New Year’s Eve fireworks. I loved working with Rebecca, not only was she so easy going but she knew what she wanted and trusted our style,” said Marie.