Love blossomed in simplicity on Kate and Jack’s special day. Their dreamy Panama Dining Room wedding was a delightful blend of ease and joy. The couple’s goal was clear: to keep things relaxed and enjoyable. Imagine a gorgeous venue adorned with vibrant spring flowers, setting the stage for a day filled with laughter and warmth. Surrounded by their favorite people, the celebration was a feast for the senses, featuring delicious food and unforgettable moments. It was a day that unfolded just as they had envisioned.
The floor-to-ceiling florals gracefully framing the large arch windows, created an enchanting atmosphere within the loft-style interior. This picturesque setting served as the backdrop for the most romantic moment of the day, the exchange of vows. After the heartfelt union, the celebration continued with a classic restaurant reception that centered around two essential elements: delicious food and pure fun. It was a seamless transition from the heartfelt ceremony to an evening filled with culinary delights and joyous festivities.
Kate and Jack
Panama Dining Room, Melbourne, Australia
How Their Relaxed Panama Dining Room Wedding Day Unfolded
Our focus for the day was for it to be relaxed and fun. We wanted to enjoy great food, drinks, and music with our favorite people, and the day definitely delivered on that. In terms of the style, we didn’t overthink it too much. Neither of us has the most artistic eye, so we thought it would be hard to go wrong if you kept things pretty classic. The venue itself was beautiful as it was so we chose bright spring flowers to complement it.
From Fitzroy Streets to Dance Floor Beats: Their Wedding Day Highlights
We enjoyed getting photos of our wedding party before the ceremony. We roamed the streets of Fitzroy and grabbed a margarita (thank you to our photographer for that idea!). Neither of us loves being the center of attention, so it definitely took us by surprise that the ceremony was also one of our highlights, thanks to our celebrant, who kept things light and fun. And, of course, the dance floor is up there as well.
Crafting a Relaxed Day Focused on Food and Fun
It’s easy to get carried away when planning a wedding, so with each decision we made, we asked ourselves, “Will this make the day less stressful and more enjoyable?” and if the answer was yes, we went for it. This meant we chose an indoor venue (to avoid any obsessing over the weather) and skimped on other things so we could do after-dinner cocktails. At the end of our night, we gave out Stubbie coolers with photos of our beloved dogs and cats on them (they had to be part of the day somehow).
The Simple Path to Their Celebration: Fun Over Stress
We kept things very “us,” I would also like to think our guests enjoyed themselves! It was a spontaneous decision to have our wedding in Melbourne as we aren’t locals. It’s just where we love to go for a weekend away. So we were very grateful to our guests for traveling to celebrate with us and wanted them to have a great time. Most of our decisions were based on more fun and less stress. I knew trying to do anything DIY would stress me out because I’m an absolute procrastinator, so we outsourced what we could and kept things simple. We didn’t DIY anything, but my talented mum made the wedding cake herself.
How They Fell In Love With the Panama Dining Room
We stumbled across The Panama Dining Room on a wedding website and loved the venue so much that we ended up having our wedding in Melbourne. The space is beautiful, with huge floor-to-ceiling arched windows and plenty of space for the ceremony, canapés, dinner, and dancing in one spot. Plus, it had a late curfew, which was essential to us as we knew we wouldn’t want the party to end.
Creating a Personal Ceremony with the Help of Their Officiant
We left personalizing the ceremony up to our lovely celebrant. We each filled out her questionnaire individually and left what the other had said to be a surprise on the day, which was so fun. We had a crack writing our vows, but it just wasn’t for us, so we let Wendy tell our story, and it was perfect. We signed our wedding certificate at the bar after the ceremony to get straight into the celebration.
The Wedding Team:
Photography – Nikki McCrone
Ceremony + Reception Venue – Panama Dining Room
Floral Design – Pomp and Splendor
Officiant – Wendy Does Weddings
DJ – Logan Entertainment
Invitation Design – Mila and May
Makeup Artist – Tash via Tonic Agency
Hair Styling – Olivia via Tonic Agency
Wedding Dress – Savannah Miller Bridal
Bridal Accessories – Karen Willis Holmes + Forever Soles
Groom’s Apparel – Institchu
Opting for a relaxed wedding like this one is a one-of-a-kind way to say “I do,” but don’t let the easygoing vibes fool you—it still requires some logistical finesse. Entrust your team of pros with their expertise to make sure your celebration is not just stress-free but also an unforgettable chapter in your love story.