With emerging trends and a continuous desire to be unique, black tie weddings aren’t as common as they once were.
This is exactly why Olivia Jones, 28, and Rob Skillington, 26, chose a classic black tie theme for their Melbourne wedding on November 23, 2013. “We wanted to buck the vintage wedding trend and have a lavish affair that people could dress up for and always remember,” says bride Olivia of her 150 guests. “Somehow we also achieved wonderful intimacy.”
Elegant touches could be seen everywhere on their wedding day; a 1970s Rolls Royce stretch limousine, table numbers with hand written quotes from love stories and a song performed by Olivia herself, just to name a few.
The couple met while studying at Melbourne University and things progressed to romance thanks to a bold move by Rob. “After two years of being close friends Rob walked me home one night and gave me a huge shock when he kissed me,” recalls Olivia. “It was like someone had switched on a light and suddenly my whole world made sense.”
The pair are planning a move to San Francisco where they will work for some time before settling back in Melbourne. “Rob is so incredibly loyal and generous that I can hardly believe I get to be his person,” says Olivia.
“My beautiful friend Jas did the flowers – peonies,” praises Olivia.
Rob and his groomsmen wore tuxedos by Prinzi Collections and Hugo Boss cufflinks.
Olivia’s Amaline Vitale gown was customised with lace. “The feature of the dress was the Swarovski crystal.”
“When we sat back in the car after photos in the chapel’s beautiful spring garden, rain started to fall and Rob rearranged my rings so they were the right way around,” smiles Olivia.
Photos courtesy of Simon L. King Photography.
Brides Accessories: Swarovski / Brides Gown: Amaline Vitale / Brides Shoes: Kelly & Katie / Bridesmaids Accessories: Tiffany & Co / Bridesmaids Dresses: Charlie Brown / Ceremony Music: String quartet by Baker Boys Band / Ceremony Venue: Trinity College Chapel / Entertainment: Baker Boys Band / Flowers: Jasmine Hulme / Gift Registry: DIY / Grooms Attire: Prinzi Collections / Grooms Shoes: Prinzi Collections / Groomsmen Attire: Prinzi Collections / Groomsmen Shoes: Prinzi Collections / Hair: Tony & Guy / Honeymoon: USA / Invitations: DIY / Makeup: via Tony & Guy / Photobooth: Quirky Photobooths / Reception Venue: The Hotel Windsor / Rings: Catanach's / Transport: Melbourne Classic Car Hire / Venue Decor: The Hotel Windsor / Wedding Night Accommodation: The Hotel Windsor