They met playing roller derby and celebrated their love after seven years together in this super fun, rockabilly-esque wedding celebration.
Who are Jo & Meagan?
We’re both just two big nerds who are a little bit obsessed with each other. We love travelling abroad, but also adventuring around Victoria.
We’ve lived in St Kilda for about four years now with our fur baby, Mo (aka. The Tiny Demon), but our long-term dream is to move to the country and have an off-grid hobby farm where we can spend our days growing all the things.
We’ve been together a little over seven years now (time flies!). One of the biggest clichés’s ever – we met at roller derby practice. It was love at first hit!
Tell us about the proposal.
It all started with Bali, which will forever hold a special place in our hearts, as it was where we went on our first holiday together, and where Meagan basically “came out” to her friends by bringing Jo along to a mate’s wedding as her plus one.
On a subsequent trip back to Bali a couple of years in, Jo popped the question after we purchased, and set off, some illegal fireworks on the beach. Is there any other way to do it?!
We were engaged for about four and a half years (give or take). We weren’t in a great hurry to plan a wedding once we dipped our toes in and realised just how stressful it was! Once the marriage equality vote passed, we started getting harassed by friends and family, so that lit a fire under us.
What was the inspiration behind the wedding?
We wanted the day to reflect our personalities. Meagan loves a rockabilly vibe and is just a little bit extra, and Jo is just so casually cool with a penchant for pop-culture, so we went for a mishmash of all the above.
It was essential that everyone just had an absolute blast, so we tried to bring a sense of whimsy and fun throughout.
Meagan put together the temporary tattoo station from scratch, including self-designed and printed tattoos. By far, this was one of the biggest highlights of our reception, and the guests absolutely loved it! She also made a few small touches like the bouquets (with help from the bridal party) and the table décor. Jo provided the emotional support.
Talk to us about the big day! We want all the details.
Jo and her side of the bridal party stayed at the reception venue the night before the wedding, and Meagan stayed with her family and maid of honor. Where they stayed up far later than was ideal trying to sort out the bouquets – which was worth it in the end!
The morning of the wedding, we got primped and preened separately (and got a little pre-wedding buzz on) before meeting at the St Kilda Botanical Gardens for first looks and the most glorious confetti-covered bridal portraits. The gardens are one of our favourite places to spend time, so it was so lovely to see each other for the first time in such a familiar setting, and there were many waterworks when we first spotted each other.
We then had some downtime to shake out any remaining jitters with milkshakes at Soda Rock Diner before heading off to the ceremony at Glasshaus Inside.
Decked out with the most divine vintage furniture and neon by the fabulous Good Day Club, coupled with the existing lush greenery, Glasshaus was truly a sight to behold. Working together, they had brought our vision to life! This setting, combined with our fantastic celebrant, Nicola from Mrs. Jones, gave us the dream ceremony (which we still get comments on to this day!). It was warm, filled with love and laughter, and is truly a moment we won’t ever forget.
After what felt like a sea of hugs and well wishes, we were driven across the Yarra in an adorable red VW Beetle (aptly named Ruby) to really get the party started at the reception. Guests were welcomed with a donut wall, popcorn, and fairy floss upon entering the colour explosion that is Bobby McGees.
After two courses and an endless open bar, the dance floor was the place to be. Guests could alternate between cutting a rug, getting a temporary tattoo, and feeling like a starlet in the most glorious old Hollywood-style moon photo booth. For dessert, we had a gelato cart, which was definitely a guest favourite!
Tell us about the music.
Our aisle song was an acoustic cover of ‘A Thousand Years’ by Boyce Avenue (yes, we are ex-Twilight nerds, please don’t judge).
Our recessional song was ‘Stolen’ by Dashboard Confessional. At the reception, the bridal party also entered to ‘Hands Down’ by Dashboard Confessional (we are also both ex-emo kids – please don’t judge us even more). This is “our song,” so we wanted to include it somewhere, but it didn’t feel quite right for the aisle or first dance.
Our first dance was to “If My Heart Was a House” by Owl City, punctuated by the confetti cannon’s blasting.
Advice for other couples planning a wedding?
I’m sure it gets said a lot, but just plan your day to be whatever you want it to be! Don’t feel like you have to do something just because everyone else does it at their wedding. Also, try to set aside some time somewhere during the day/night where you get to spend some time together. It honestly goes so fast.
Photographer by One Spoon Two Spoon
Accessories Deer Arrow, Lovisa
Bridal Boutique The Dressing Rooms Bridal
Bridespeople Gifts Deer Arrow
Bridespeople Outfits Politix, Retrospec’d Clothing
Catering, Entertainment & Reception Venue Bobby McGees
Celebrant Mrs Jones
Ceremony Venue Glasshaus Inside
Gown Designer House of Mooshki
Gelato Cart Bianco Latte
H&MU The Distinctive Dame, Dana Leviston Makeup Artist
Photo Booth Cherish Photobooth
Pre-Ceremony Venue Soda Rock Diner
Rings Michael Hill
Robes Cotton On Body
Shoes Irregular Choice, Converse
Signage Jade Casey Creative
Stationery Minted, Paperless Post, Vista Print
Stylist Good Day Club
Suit Designer Politix
Transport Fisch & Co