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.