Gather ‘round folks, we’re gushing over Rachel and Iain’s gorg day. There was candlelight, art deco details and lush greenery as far as the eye could see within the warm and welcoming walls of Glasshaus in Melbourne’s inner city. For a unique touch and with the support of their stellar celebrant Zee Scott, the couple ditched the tradish order of business for something more intimate, opting to exchange their vows in private prior to the ceremony. “It meant we could speak more authentically without worrying about the secondary audience. It also helped us to feel really calm and grounded for the rest of the day.”

The bride donned an oh-so-elegant number, with her bridesmaids by her side in Bec + Bridge, while Kinship by Kristy caught all the precious mems on camera and Melbourne Entertainment Co was in charge of the d-floor. Scroll on, lovers!

THE VENUE “We inspected a small handful of venues. We loved the plants and the art deco features at Glasshaus Brucke. There was scope to add details like candles, but the venue stood on its own without much styling.”

FAVE DETAILS “The candles were so romantic and warm, especially at the reception as it got darker outside. We also adored the cake because it is gorgeous in itself, but also because my mother made it.”

TALK ABOUT TRADITION “I wore my late grandmother Kath’s ring on my right hand. It is a beautiful art deco piece, which I’ve admired for many years. A few weeks before the ceremony, my mum gave me a handwritten card that my grandparents had given her before they passed. It contained an embroidered handkerchief for my wedding day, so that was also with me. I was very close with my grandparents, so these items helped me to maintain a connection to them on the day.”

LITTLE LOL “I decided the day before that I didn’t want to enter the ceremony via the staircase. Glasshaus Brucke has an absolutely gorgeous staircase, which many brides have walked down, but I was nervous about navigating it with my train in front of 120 people. So, after waiting upstairs, my bridesmaids and I took the elevator into the kitchen. My brother-in-law had to lift me out of the kitchen service entrance on to a picnic blanket he had placed in the alleyway. I entered via the front as if I had just gracefully arrived from elsewhere.”

STANDOUT VENDORSKristy, our photographer – her documentary-style allowed us to get some beautiful shots but also stay present on the day. We have had so many compliments on the images and how they tell a narrative rather than looking overly staged. Zee, our celebrant/MC, is also a star! She had done a few of our friends’ weddings, so we knew she was phenomenal at the job, but working with her in the lead-up to the wedding was also a joy.”

Who said a city wedding can’t be surrounded by nature? For more bustling inner-city location inspiration, click here. Or if you’re looking for a bright, bubbly celebrant who will help personalise your ceremony, Zee Scott is your person. Reach out here. Bridesmaid dresses your gals will ACTUALLY wear again? We got you. Browse Bec + Bridge frocks here. Finally, on the hunt for wedding day entertainers to keep the vibes high? Hit up Melbourne Entertainment Co right here.

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Kinship by Kristy Stationery & Signage Chicreative Venue & Florist Glasshaus Catering Essential Catering + Events Cake Maker & Other Desserts Anne Heard (family) Entertainment Four Seasons String Quartet & DJ Em via Melbourne Entertainment Co Celebrant Zee Scott Wedding Bands House of Emiliano THE BRIDE Bridal Gown & Veil Designer Mia Atelier Robes/Getting Ready Tees Chloe & Lola via Myer Shoes Be Mine Bridal via ASOS Earrings Christine Nicolaides Hair & Makeup Allie Borrett (family) Perfume Maison Margiela via MECCA  Bridesmaid Dresses Bec + Bridge Bridesmaid Shoes Pink Inc via ShoeHQ THE GROOM Suit, Jacket, Shirt, Pants, & Bow Tie Oscar Hunt Shoes yd. Barber/Grooming Mikey – Stags Barbershop Groomsmen Suits Oscar Hunt