Cat & Celia
As seen in Geelong Wedding Guide Magazine
Once upon a time, two lovers met on Bumble. That’s how the modern romance story goes right? Well, it does for Celia and Cat. Connecting through their uncanny likeness in their profile photos, the couple bonded over a love of sport and four-legged best friends.
Spending their first few dates combining their interests against the backdrop of the great outdoors, their love for each other slowly grew alongside the bond of their dogs Tyson and Arthur. Taking a leap and moving to Geelong was the beginning of something big for Celia and Cat, and an extravagant lunch in their new hometown sparked what would be their most exciting adventure yet – planning their non-traditional, dream wedding.
Embracing the challenge, Cat ran with the idea of planning a day that would represent the couple and their love for each (and their fur babies) and engaged a team of incredible vendors that would bring their vision to life.
For their big day, Celia and Cat briefed their vendors on what mattered most to them when it came to officiating their love in front of their nearest and dearest: a non-typical, weekend extravaganza to showcase Geelong that had their guests' comfort and enjoyment at the forefront. Easy right?
Ditching tradition the couple started their day together and, with their dogs in tow, drove to their wedding to enjoy a pre-ceremony champagne with their guests. Their intimate family-only ceremony joined not only Celia and Cat in marriage, but was also a special moment to witness the adoption of their dogs. With their celebrant Kahani’s guidance, the bespoke ceremony included a rock paper scissors competition, poems written by their sister’s in the voice of their dogs, a rigged raffle and the married couple pronounced by their five-year-old niece. As an ode to their travels in Argentina, the newly married couple enjoyed lunch as Celia’s Opa playing the Masochism Tango on guitar.
Switching to party mode, Celia and Cat shimmied off to their reception with 100 of their family and friends. Ditching the traditional wedding cake for a six-tier champagne tower by Miss Fizz, the night was set with Bonza Booth’s greeting guests on arrival (and capturing the party as the night progressed!) while DJ Damo from Geelong Entertainment facilitated the formalities flawlessly.
Complete with a Star Wars themed speech, and a perfectly timed first dance to ‘Get on the Beers’ (Covid who?), Celia and Cat’s wedding will be remembered by their guests forevermore.
Delivering on their brief to showcase the very best of Geelong, Celia and Cat hosted a picnic the next day along the iconic waterfront. They set the scene with baked goods from The Local, a face-painter for the kids, a gin station with local gins from Anther, Bellarine and Queenscliff and beers brewed by a close friend. Living proof that your wedding day can be whatever you want, however you want it – Celia and Cat broke the mould with their celebration. And we have a feeling that if dog’s could talk, Tyson and Arthur would tell us themselves how special this day was.
Celebrant: Kahani Celebrant
Venue: The Beach House, Geelong (now Pavilion)
Furniture Hire: Elderberry Events
Champagne Tower: Miss Fizz
Photo Booth: Bonza Booths
Photos & Video: La Este film
Hair & Makeup: Crew Face
DJ: Geelong Entertainment Services
Flowers: Flowers in her hair
Neon Sign: Custom Neon
Dog Tags: Pet Barn
Recovery Food: The Local, Geelong
Recovery Drinks: Anther, Queenscliff Distillery, Bellarine Distillery, our friend
Nails: Total Relaxation (one of very few home-visiting ones in Geelong)
Rings: Chris Wood of Montal Jewellers
Cat's Dress: Carla Zampatti; Cat's shoes - Bared & Veja sneakers
Celia's Outfit- Elk; Celia's Shoes - Elk & Trenery sneakers