Nic & Angus Doing a Muso Wedding Just Right!
Nicole & Angus met way back in 2004! Nicole was finishing up her final year of Speech Pathology, and Angus his Masters of Music.
Nicole moved in next door to Angus, both living in share houses on Carlton’s Rathdowne St. Nicole caught sight of the cute and scruffy boy next door coming home from teaching each afternoon, guitar in hand.
Angus first learnt of Nicole by hearing her belting out the Etta James classic ‘At Last’ in the shower, her voice wafting through the old bathroom walls, over the fence and into his kitchen window.
It was a wild and wonderful year of parties and new friendships, and they bonded over their love of music (Fleetwood Mac was playing the moment they met) and crazy costume parties.
Once things moved from friendship territory to their first kiss, they never looked back!
15 years later they have traveled the world together, survived long stretches living apart on opposite sides of the globe, spent two years living in NYC, and then moved home to their beloved Melbourne to settle down with a cat, dog, and their beautiful boy Gilbert.
Enjoy the ride of this beautiful wedding of Nicole and Angus.
Angus wanted a vintage look – a nod to the formal tweed suits of the Deco era. He met the team at Tolley Saville Row in South Yarra and knew their traditional tailoring was the perfect fit.
The Dress & Hair
“I had walked past Gwendolynne’s boutique hundreds of times over the years having lived in Carlton and Collingwood for a decade or so. I always peered inside at the Art Deco wonders and hoped I might one day get to wear one. The process of constructing the heavenly gown, the fittings and spending time chatting with Gwendolynne was one of my favourite things about our wedding preparations. I received so many lovely compliments on the day, and for weeks and now months after. Many friends commented just how perfect the dress was for me and my style. It fit like a glove and I loved every glamourous, 1930s movie star moment in it.”
“Hair styling superstar Frank Cannataro and his team at HDC hairdressing in Fitzroy did an incredible job with all our hair. He sculpted Nicole’s dream 1930s waves, and complimented the Gwendolynne gown to perfection.”
“We decided to have a relaxed, music festival kind of vibe throughout the day.
We served drinks on arrival and throughout our ceremony. The ceremony blended into a couple of hours of friends playing songs out in the paddock at the children’s farm – it was heaven for us as musicians to have a selection of our all time favourite love songs played by our talented friends! From jazz standards and musical theatre, to classic rock and Angus’ all time favourite band – Toto. We really felt the love. Our 2 year old son Bertie even jumped on the drum set and did an impromptu cover of ‘Old MacDonald’ much to everyone’s delight.
“We brought in a mix of furniture for the ceremony – a couple of old church pews we bought years ago, and a selection of fabulous vintage chairs, sofas and rugs from Good Day Rentals. It helped establish a relaxed vibe against the stunning green backdrop of the trees along the yarra.”
“Our beautiful friends built a double pyramid arbor for our ceremony, representing the two of us. It was magical to get married in front it.
“We chose Aga Jones to do the flowers for our arbor, and for the reception. Her work in eco floristry is inspiring.”
“Our gorgeous son, Bertie, and his friend Sidney had starring roles as our flower boys.”
Walking Down The Aisle
“Our very talented friends played music throughout our ceremony – we had a trio of guitar, violin and vocals perform one of our favourite songs – ‘Moon River’ as we walked down the aisle.”
“We wanted to honor both of our families in our ceremony, so chose to have both sets of parents lead the walk down the aisle and to make speeches in the ceremony”.
Singing during the Vows never looked or sounded so good!
“Our whole bridal party did backup vocals when we sang part of our vows to the song ‘You Got It’, and a dixie land brass marching band kicked off the party by leading the way back down the aisle at the end of the ceremony.”
Stand Out Moment
“Singing Roy Orbison’s ‘You Got It’ as a part of our vows – accompanied by a killer band made up of friends, and backup vocals by our self-professed non-singer bridal party. We were both laughing and beaming at each other having a ball.”
“We wanted an outdoor venue, but something close to the city. Many of our friends have young children, and we had friends flying in from interstate, and from Europe and the USA for our celebration – we wanted to make it as easy as we could for all our favourite people to be there.”
“When we were on the hunt for our perfect venue we knew we wanted somewhere we could have live music throughout the day, and that allowed us flexibility with our schedule. We have always loved the Children’s Farm and Convent, and spent many lazy afternoons by the Yarra in Abbotsford. When we had our son, we spent even more time at the farm. Once we had a tour with the fabulous farm café team, and it was clear that all our zany ideas would be catered for it was an easy choice!”
Including the peeing possum!
“The catering by the farm café was outstanding – our guests have continued to compliment the menu for months afterwards. They served our delicious appetizers out in the paddock while all our guests were dancing, jamming and relaxing. We then had a beautiful and abundant buffet style main meal. Our wedding was in the middle of a hot Melbourne summer, so we also chose an ice-cream cart over a cake – this was so fun, and meant our guests could easily stay on the dancefloor.”
The Best Bit
“Looking back on the day – we are so glad we truly went our own way. The day and night felt so authentically ours. We involved our family and friends through the day, with speeches, songs and stories shared throughout the ceremony and reception. We decided to keep formalities to a minimum or ditch them all together, and focus on the things most important to us – music, dancing, laughter and seeing our loved one enjoying themselves.”
“We began our day with a brekky just the 3 of us (Nicole, Angus, and Gilbert) at our favourite local cafe, before heading in to meet our pals. Relaxing with champagne and getting ready with our bridal party at the gorgeous Windsor Hotel for a few hours was a real treat. It meant we got to spend as much time together as possible, and still do a ‘first look’ just the two of us before heading to the ceremony.”
“Our celebration was so relaxed – we loved having it all at the one venue, and that our guests could drink and eat right through the afternoon and evening.”
“And finally having so much beautiful music throughout the day was just perfect. Live music through the ceremony was beautiful, and our amazing band at the reception kept everyone on their feet dancing their hearts out – exactly what we hoped for!”
- Photographer: It's Beautiful Here
- Venue: Collingwood's Childrens Farm
- Celebrant: Married By Mietta
- Furniture Hire: Good Day Club
- Flowers: Aga Jones
- Nic's Dress: Gwendolynne
- Veil: The Eternal Headonist
- Hair: Frank Cannataro
- Makeup: Makeup By Julia
- Angus Suit: Tolley Savilerow
- Barber: HDC Hairdressing