Modern vintage New York laneway wedding
“Kate and the team at Good Day Rentals brought so much colour, style, professionalism and fun to our laneway wedding!! Kate designed some amazing perspex shapes, offset them with coloured festoons brought the whole vision together by complementing the design with some of their funky vintage furniture ! We could not have imagined it any better :)”
Rachel + Matt’s wedding
Trattoria Emilia, Melbourne
When gorgeous couple Rachel + Matt asked us to do the event design and styling for their February 2017 wedding, we were like HELLS YES! After all, they wanted us to come on board to transform the laneway that leads up to the entrance of fabulous Italian eatery, Trattoria Emilia, to create a wedding reception like no other. Because even though us Melbourians love a laneway, holding a wedding in one is definitely not the norm, but that’s the sort of job that we love – non-traditional, fun, interesting with a scope to do some cool stuff!
We embarked on our design process, meeting with Matt and Rachel at the venue to talk about how they wanted their guests to feel, and the experience they wanted them to have at their wedding. Unsurprisingly, they wanted something really different and unlike other people’s weddings, but they also felt really overwhelmed with how to achieve it. Their Pinterest boards were a mish-mash of 454 styles of wedding inspiration that would make their wedding look like Pinterest had thrown up on it, so they called in the experts!
Rachel + Matt really wanted a big party. And they’d been really conscious with their planning and decisions to make this happen. For instance, they planned to have speeches post-ceremony at that venue, so that once guests reached the wedding reception, it would be all about fun and enjoyment.
So we took our cues from this – one of the things Matt told us is that he loves going to pubs and having great chats with friends over a nice beer. He enjoys sitting at high bar tables and wanted that to be part of the design. Both Rachel and Matt loved festoon lighting so wanted that to be part of the design – plus the laneway was lit only by very old school industrial (but not in a good way) street lamp with a very yellow tinge. The laneway is bluestone on one side, and full of huge air grates on the other, which screamed New York City to me, and so the concept was starting to take shape. Being a laneway too, it had it share of graffiti and large bins.
We opted to replace about 1/3 of the white festoon bulbs with coloured bulbs which really created a fun and different look. The laser cut geometric acrylic shape installation brought the modern to the space and created a arty, cool space at the entrance that the guests just loved.