SOPHIE + DAVID

25th February 2017

 

WHEN AND HOW WE MET

Despite living on the same street, it took a friend to introduce us almost 10 years ago, at a Melbourne Uni football club ball.

 

OUR WEDDING LOCATION

We got married in the gardens of a private club on Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD under a huge plane tree. We had our reception in their main dining room, which is a magnificent room with mahogany wood detailing, amazingly high ceilings and beautiful chandeliers overlooking Collins Street.

THE DRESS

It is a bit of an overwhelming experience, so I wanted to go somewhere that was relaxed, fun and didn’t put any pressure on me to do anything other than what I was comfortable with.

I looked in a handful of stores with my sister, my nana and my mum, which really helped me find the styles that suited me best. I didn’t want to go with a huge crowd – you have so many eyes staring at you, I would have been uncomfortable with lots of people critiquing me in every dress I tried! It didn’t take long before narrowing it down to two dresses that I really loved.

 

YOUR WEDDING PARTY

The boys were all in black tie dinner suits.

The girls were all in white, but different dresses. My sister, who was my maid of honour, was also in a One Day gown, and the others wore Zimmermann, Camilla and Marc and Manning Cartell.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR NON NEGOTIABLE FOR THE DAY?

There were a few things that we were pretty picky about – the food and drinks had to be delicious, the music had to get everyone on the dance floor and we wanted a photographer who was relaxed and wouldn’t make us pose awkwardly. So, we locked all of them in pretty quickly so that we could get what we wanted for those things.

 

HENS DAY

We started at The Stables of Como, with a flower crown making class, which was so much fun, followed by a gorgeous lunch and some games in the gardens. My bridesmaids had also made me a beautiful book, with lovely messages and photos from all my girlfriends, which they gave to me at the lunch – it is such a special keepsake from the day. They had literally thought of everything – we had a special snapchat filter, had made a playlist of all my favourite songs, and ordered litres of Messina ice cream (which is my most favourite indulgence).

After lunch we went back to my mum’s house for more games, drinking and eating, and a Beyonce dance class! We learned the Crazy in Love dance, which was so much fun because everyone could still remember it the following week at the wedding, so we’ve got some great footage of it in our video and some brilliant photos.

 

• PHOTOGRAPHER • Tony Evans Photography • VIDEO Drew Dunlop • HAIR & MAKE UP Renee Camilleri • SHOES Yves Saint Laurent • STYLING + FLOWERS  Tori Allen •

YOUR ADVICE FOR FUTURE BRIDES

Enjoy every minute of the planning – it’s just not worth getting stressed over. On the day, everyone is so happy and they are there to celebrate you and your husband.

Everyone had told us how fast the day goes by – fortunately for us, with my hens the weekend prior, our rehearsal dinner and drinks that week, mani’s, pedi’s, spray tans etc. in a couple of days earlier, it felt like we were celebrating the whole week!  So if you have the opportunity to kick off the party before the big day itself, I think it’s totally worth it.