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Marina and Andy
A wedding of vintage splendor for you today- vintage fur coats, tea length dresses, sweet hats and bouquets made of brooches. A sparkly, splendid Melbourne affair!
Marina recalls how she met Andy. “We met snowboarding in Japan, Andrew (groom) made a lovely speech likening his bride to the snow – every time you think you know it all you rediscover it anew with each snowfall, a new, beautiful layer on top of the last, each one stunning you with complexity and variety. It brought us all to tears.”
Photos today are by Bayley and Moore who not only captured the vintage beauty of the day but also turned it into a stop motion video! I’m going to save that one for the end!
Candice DeVille styled the girl’s hair & makeup.
Marina and Andy used the Morris Minor Club of Victoria for transport.
Marina and Andy had a first look before the ceremony and were able to enjoy each other’s company .
Marina wore a gown made by Kristy Coakley at House of Snowball. Marina says “I made the brooch bouquets from brooches collected by the groom’s parents at UK flea markets. They inspired the colours for the vintage hats. The grooms boutonnière’s were also handmade.”
Of their photographer, Marina says “Sophia and Simon work seamlessly as an incredible team. Sophia is a great planner and attends to the details; she has a fantastic eye for style and beauty and creates really memorable pictures. Simon is outgoing and funny and makes people feel at ease bringing out their best. They are a breeze to work with prior to and on the day (see their PDF attached in the email, it’s all true!). Their work could best be described as storytelling. They do this through stills and stop motion movies, which is what they do better than anyone in the world in my opinion.”
Marina’s bridesmaids wore gowns bought on Etsy and at Lost and Found vintage clothing store in Fitzroy then altered in length and for fit by Victoria Ingram a friend and costume designer.
Marina and Andy wed at The Russian Cultural House in Fitzroy, Marina says “The Russian House was a perfect ceremony venue. Alex Abramoff was super lovely and really excited about having such a special event in his room. We were allowed to decorate it ourselves with whatever we wanted. Our friends and family helped with this. Here is what we wrote in our ceremony program “Andrew and Marina like the notions expressed in Alain de Botton’s Architecture of Happiness – that WHERE we are and the spaces we create for ourselves heavily influence who we can be, our aspirations and our happiness.
Fitzroy for Andrew and Marina represents a change in trajectory for both their lives. It was here that they spent their first week getting to know each other during the Easter break of 2008 and later when Andrew made trips down to Melbourne. It was here that Marina lived with Andrew’s cousin Ed for 2 years getting to know Andrew’s family and childhood stories.
Fitzroy with its rich history, colonial bluestone and old oak trees is also home to a bohemian, free-spirited, creative and very multi-cultural community. A community that is fostered by high density living, parks and easy access to public transport. These elements are what Marina and Andrew love about their soon to be new home, New York city. Over its 120 years of existence,Fitzroy has driven social change in Melbourne due to the pressures of housing ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’. For Andrew and Marina it represents open mindedness and accepting of difference. Qualities which lead to dynamic, exciting and harmonious relationships. It also represents forced adaptation and new beginnings.
The Russian House was built in 1884, and is a fine example of Victorian Boom-era architecture with its arched windows and classical features. It formerly housed The Collingwood and Fitzroy United Friendly Society Dispensary, which provided heath care and medicines. In 1968 it was occupied by Russian community groups. The Russian House came to mind when Andrew and Marina were looking for a place to get married because Marina had spent many a time sitting on its steps, which get the winter sun, to eat lunch and listen to piano recitals – “a lovely thinking space”.”
Marina describes the wedding as “A heartfelt and nostalgic vintage and handmade Melbourne wedding amongst close family and friends with oodles of love, elegance and frivolity.“
Marina walked down the aisle to “Lakme Flower Duet”. She recalls “It was sung by Hannah Pelva-Caven and Belinda Dalton, who are friends from Melbourne Uni.”
The wedding cake was made by Marina’s mother and grandmother. Marina put her own handmade touch on the reception “I made the table cloths from natural calico and the napkins which were rolled up with handmade napkin rings with a button. I became very intimate with my sewing machine!Having to sew 120!”
Marina and Andy held their reception at Fitzroy Town Hall. Marina recalls “The Fitzroy Town Hall was chosen based on it’s central city location as we wanted to keep transport to a minimum. It was big enough for a sit down dinner and dancing. An attractive blank canvas to style with our vintage furniture, DIY details and flowers. The staff were easy to work with and the costs were reasonable. It’s also a grand and nostalgic building on a village-like inner city suburb street, which is bike friendly and lacking in traffic. The steps made a perfect place to do family and group photos. The venue was hip, fun and vintage”
The flowers were styled by Mr Lincoln.
When asked what made the day special, Marina recalls “My brother singing, Andrew’s speech, friend’s and family helping out with decoration of the ceremony venue, brooch bouquets, OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS! They were amazing and have created such special memories for us and were so easy to work with in the lead up. A home-made photobooth. ”
The first dance was gorgeous to watch. Marina explains “We learnt a foxtrot combined with swing dance to Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra. It was great for showing off my dress. I loved our dance for the practice it required, it was a really special activity we could do together as a couple prior to the wedding and I learnt a lot about following the lead of my now husband in dance and in life.Good for all modern brides as wedding planning and the day can sometimes be a little too much about the bride. It’s the groom’s day too!”
The last treat.. Bayley & Moore put together this fun stop motion video of the day!
Congratulations Marina and Andy! Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us! Thank you also to Bayley & Moore for sharing the images and stop motion video today!