Alice + Matteo – wedding at fortyfivedownstairs

Alice Matteo Melbourne Wedding

Alice + Matteo

Alice and Matteo’s gorgeous wedding ceremony was held at the Women’s Pioneer Memorial Garden in Kings Domain, Melbourne. The pair had shared their first date there, so it seemed only fitting that they go back to where sparks first flew to start their journey as husband and wife.

Their reception was held at Fortyfivedownstairs – one of our favourite venues! Guests enjoyed pre-dinner cocktails and canapés amongst the artwork, before heading downstairs to the theatre warehouse for the main event. The warehouse space was absolutely breathtaking – styled by the incredible team at Georgeous Occasions – with lush hanging foliage, white linen and candles as far as the eye could see, it was truly romantic.

“We wanted a really relaxed feast style dining experience,” Alice said in a recent interview with Vogue Magazine. “Matteo and I have a great love of food and we wanted to share that with our guests.

“Ed Dixon were incredible. They got our brief and executed it so well. Their attention to detail was fantastic.” (It really is music to our ears to hear that we’ve helped make someone’s wedding an event to remember!)

On long candle-lit tables, we served up an italian feast, starting with mixed olives, breads, antipasti and then a lasagne with rosemary garnish. For their main meal, guests enjoyed our slow cooked lamb shoulder on the bone with broad bean and parsley salad, and a roast barramundi fillet with cauliflower puree and roast cauliflower salad.

For dessert, we alternated lemon curd ice-cream pops, white chocolate and shredded coconut with chocolate fudge brownie, crème fraiche and honeycomb. And finally, to balance the sweet with something more savoury, we set up a grazing table of gorgeous cheeses – Reggiano, Fromage de Meau brie, Ewes Milk Hard Cheese – all served with quince paste, walnuts, fresh pear, red grapes, crusty bread, lavosh crisps. Delicious!

Alice and Matteo first met at Matteo’s restaurant, The Meatball and Wine Bar in Melbourne. Alice had been enjoying drinks with friends and eventually built up the courage to buy the gent sitting by the bar a drink. It turned out he owned the place, and, as Alice has said: “the rest is history!”

Thank you, Alice and Matteo, for letting Ed Dixon Food Design be a part of your beautiful story.


Catering: Ed Dixon Food Design
Wedding stylist: Georgeous Occasions
Venue: Fortyfivedownstairs
Photographer: Erin & Tara
Dress: Paolo Sebastian
Florist: Pollon
Cake: Ab Fab Cakes

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