City Beach SLSC Wedding

Rachel + Matt were recently married at Ultimo’s brand new exclusive venue the City Beach Surf Life Saving Club on the 10th of December 2016. Rachel and Matt met at Mid Kent College in the UK when they were both 18. After a long while of dating the couple decided it was time to make a change and move to Perth where Matt was originally from.

A year after living in Perth Rachel’s parents were in town for their first visit. Matt had arranged what Rachel thought was a day trip to Rottnest however later found out Matt had booked for them to stay at Rottnest for the night even calling Rachel’s boss to arrange for her to have the Monday off work. Following a day of snorkeling, bike riding and exploring the island Matt took Rachel for an evening bike ride and once at the top of a beautiful cove edge overlooking one of the beautiful bays of Rottnest Island Matt got down on one knee at sunset and proposed. Rachel and Matt then return to the hotel to celebrate with Rachel’s parents over a champagne dinner.

The Ceremony

Everything that Rachel and Matt could have dreamed for – their ideal setting a beautiful summer’s day overlooking the ocean. Rachel and Matt love the beach life style having moved from the UK to Perth they love the outside life style and are always at the beach. Matt was fishing at City Beach when he first saw the venue and said – I found our venue! For them the wedding was always going to be a beach side location and when Rachel saw the rooftop setting at the City Beach Surf Club they knew this was the location for the big day. As Rachel is from the UK they had over 20 guests attending from overseas along with guests from the East Coast and closer to home here and Perth and all were mesmerized by the view and unique setting.

The Suppliers

The night was all about being – Relaxed, Fun and about the beach lifestyle!

Wedding Stylist: Phenomenon Creative Events, Magic by Design, Hospitality Accessories, Wedding Day Flair, Vintage Love letters

The Food

Cocktail Hour

Spiced lamb kofta, capsicum splash, mint chiffonnade

Pumpkin, feta and preserved lemon arancin, vinotto Mayo

Bread crumb or battered king prawn, wasabi mayo


Grilled snapper, sweet corn, zucchini, wood ear mushroom and squid ink

Herb lamb, smoked eggplant, yoghurt and pea


Braised beef cheek, French mash, roasted carrots, heirloom tomato

Seared chicken breast, pearly barley, asparagus, BBQ corn, lemon dressing

The first dance

Savage Garden – I new I loved you before I met you. Matt had written the words to this song in Rachel and Matt’s 6 month anniversary card.

Rachel’s Tips for other brides

Enjoy the planning stages – do not let the Wedding become bigger than it is … remember what the day is all about, marrying your best friend!

Trust the professional – let them take away the stress of planning, share your vision and let them deliver.

Think about exactly what you both want from your day – the atmosphere you want to set and make sure your day represents you both not what you think the day should be!

Make sure you have fun and enjoy every moment – it truly is the best day of your life!

The Special Touches

To create the ultimate beach wedding we added a Gelato Cart during pre-dinner drinks which was a hit with our guests. Along with an acoustic duo to set the mood and delicious canapés and signature cocktails for our guests to enjoy. Rachel and Matt felt extremely special to be the first ever wedding on the rooftop of the surf club and reception in the surf club.

The Cocktails

Pomegranate + Rosemary Gin Fizz – Tanqueray Gin, pomegranate juice, rosemary sugar syrup, lemon juice, soda

Autumn Absolut Gimlet – Absolut vodka, fresh lime juice, marmalade, basil leaves & soda


Congratulations,  Rachel + Matt we’re so glad we were able to cater your special day.



“West Australian Ballet’s partnership with Ultimo Catering and Events began in 2003 and is one of the company’s longest standing associations. We are extremely fortunate to be able to rely on Ultimo for the finest food and service at our events and consistently receive wonderful feedback from our patrons. Ultimo’s generosity and long term commitment to supporting the arts is invaluable and West Australian Ballet looks forward to celebrating many more milestones with Ultimo”.

Andrea Parkyn
Sponsorship and Events Coordinator

January 21, 2015