Being massive foodies, Kat & Ton knew that serving a fantastic meal was high on their list of wedding day priorities. So for their reception venue they selected their favourite French restaurant in Brisbane, Montrachet. “In my opinion Montrachet is the best French restaurant in the city, and has been a family favourite for years”, Kat told me. “Feeding our families and friends good food and wine was very important to us. The staff, both kitchen and front of house, made sure the night was perfect with superb food and exceptional service.”
They kept their reception decor simple, arranging their own flowers bought from the flower market with little clusters of jars and tea lights. “I didn’t want to clutter the tables up too much”, she continued, “so the Thursday before the wedding my parents and I went to the Brisbane Flower Markets and pretty much winged what we bought. Along with the baby succulents, I ordered some larger rosettes from The Succulent Garden a month before. We were up until midnight putting together two bouquets – one to carry and one as decoration in the restaurant. To finish off my bouquet I used leftover fabric from my dress and petticoat, and tied a Lapis Lazuli silver pendant onto it. The pendant was an engagement gift from my grandmother’s husband who does silversmithing as a hobby and made the pendant himself.”
“We are a very non-traditional couple, so people expected us to completely throw tradition to the wind, I think”, Kat explained. “My mum was very surprised when I told her I was going to wear white. But the white dress and the exchange of rings were the only traditions we used. Like all Rock n Roll Brides and grooms we just wanted the day to be very ‘us’. We went away to write our vows individually and when we compared notes saw we both made mention of the zombie apocalypse – to some raised eyebrows and much laughter on the day! We didn’t have a DJ or dance floor which worked out very well because people mingled around the bar and typewriter, just chatting away and sampling some nice single malts.”
“The theme was ‘no-stress’ which I almost accomplished in the lead up. Having something with our family involved was another big one. Ton’s aunt, who he had never met, flew in from Vietnam for the wedding, which was very special. Family and friends flying in and coming together in general was just amazing and definitely one of our favourite things about the day.”
Oh I just love a low key and family-central wedding. That’s what it’s all about after all! Thank you to Kat & Ton and their wedding photographer Natalie McComas for sharing with us today.