Lorissa & Andrew’s Beautiful Gold Perth Wedding

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Wedding portrait on stairs

Lorissa & Andrew

There is a beautiful sense of old world glamour when it comes to today’s wedding. Lorissa’s gold brocade wedding gown, the gold leaf details, the stunning flowers. But it isn’t that that drew me to this celebration, it’s the stories, the traditions that the couple kicked off for their families, the first dance to Moon River. It was that magical. They chose I Heart Weddings to photograph their day.

Lorissa tells the story of how they met. “We’re both public servants, broadly working in the urban and regional development and arts area. That’s how we met. We were in Margaret River for a food festival and staying in a lovely little place with big windows over a forest. We woke up one morning and Andrew asked me to marry him. I said ‘yes’, and we celebrated the day in Margaret River with amazing wine and lots of oysters and other yummy food. We love food, wine, and Margaret River, so it was a good spot for the proposal!”

Milla MakeupBride with oscar De La Renta Earrings

Lorissa wore a gold hairpiece by Oscar De La Renta, noting, “Lilla Corvaia (Trenz North Perth) is my long-time hairdresser extraordinaire! Lilla set my hair in pin curls the night before the wedding, and came to the hotel on the wedding day to create my wonderful ‘up-do’. The brief was old school regal glamour with a touch of modern – I think she aced it! ” Emma Schroeder of Milla Makeup styled the makeup for the day.

Mill makeup Bridal makeup

Gold Marchesa Dress

Lorissa wore a stunning gold brocade gown by Marchesa from Shopbop. She remarks, “The dress defined the style of our wedding in a lot of ways. I decided early on that I didn’t want to wear something traditional, my internal brief was probably modern glamour with a touch of old world sophistication. When I was younger, I always entertained the thought of wearing an ivory old world Chanel-style skirt suit ala` Madonna in the movie ‘Evita’! I’m also a big fan of online shopping, and one day, not long after our engagement, and not looking for a wedding dress, I came across a gold brocade Marchesa dress on Shopbop that I just loved. I couldn’t keep my eyes off it. I pondered it for a day, and then took the plunge and ordered it online. I reasoned that it was a no-risk move, as it was returnable! It arrived at work, I tried it on after hours and knew it was perfect.

Bridal boutiques are not my thing – buying online gives you access to every possible dress and designer in the world in the comfort of your own living room. It’s no contest! Once the dress was organised, the rest of the wedding fell into place. The brief was ‘Heritage Glamour’, and the warm gold colour of the dress, and the amazing fabric set the tone for the church and reception décor.”

Bride wearing MarchesaGroom waiting for first look

Groom waiting for first look at bottom of stairs

Bride in shimmering brocade gown

Lorissa and Andrew met before the ceremony for a first look and traveled to the ceremony together.

Bride walking down stairs for first look

Bride and groom first look

Wedding first look at stairsWedding first look Perth

Wedding portrait by I heart Weddings

Perth City wedding cars

Gold wedding dressBride in gold dress

Perth Traidtional church wedding

Bride awaiting her walk down the aisle

Bride walking down aisle in gold dress

Lorissa remembers “The ‘pre-song’ to walking down the aisle was Schubert’s Ave Maria, which my Mum also walked down the aisle to.”

Parents of bride blessing marriage

St Michael the Archangel Perth

St Michael the Archangel was chosen for the ceremony, the bride remarking “We were married in a beautiful Catholic Chapel in West Leederville, as Andrew and I have both been bought up as Catholics. I’m the first of five siblings to be married, so it’s about making our own traditions! I’m hoping my ‘crown’ will become somewhat of an heirloom!”

Wedding at St Michael the ArchangelBride in gold groom in black

Lorissa notes “We chose Lucy Mervik, an amazing Opera singer, to sing at the ceremony. Her voice filled the space – she caused some serious goosebumps!”

Bride in brocade wedding gownGroom in Hugo Boss Suit with gold tie

Ceremony at St Michael the Archangel

First kiss at church wedding

Laughter after first married kiss

Dramatic wedding portrait in black and white

Wedding portrait with mirror reflection

Of their photographer, Lorissa notes, “Natalija Brunovs was our photographer for the day, and we couldn’t be happier with the results of her gorgeous pics. Nat takes a unique approach to taking photographs, which results in timeless and elegant shots that captured our love!”

Bride in gold dress with train

Newlyweds in door wayBride wearing gold sequin wedding gown

Bride in gold brocade dressGold broacde wedding dress

Dramatic bridal portrait with fox and rabbit bouquetBride in gold dress with fur stole

Fox and Rabbit wedding flowers

Fox & Rabbit created the bridal bouquet and boutonniere for the day.

Bride in gold dress with Autumn leavesAutumn wedding photo in Perth

Groom in Hugo Boss suit with metallic tieAutumn perth Wedding Photo

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Wedding photo in car by I Heart Weddings

Wedding welcome sign with flowersGold leaf wedding decor

Linton & Kay Gallery hosted the reception festivities, the bride telling “Once we had chosen the church, we began the search for a reception venue that would be available on the same day as our booking at St Michaels. My criteria was that the venue either needed to have city/river views, or be a heritage building, within the Perth CBD or close to it. Also, having great food was important to us.

We also knew we’d be having a cocktail style reception, for about 80 people, so that narrowed down the number of venues, as some were only suitable for sit down, and others had ‘minimum guest’ numbers of about 100. We were also looking for a venue with a point of difference, and wanted to steer away from hotels, or anything that felt too ‘corporate’. Also, given the mid-May date, I wanted everything to be indoors in case of rain, so there was no last minute panicking about marquees etc.

We visited quite a few venues, probably about 10 in total. We shortlisted down to two, and went with Linton & Kay because it was a beautiful heritage building, was a working art gallery (which has personal significance for the bride), and was perfectly suited to a cocktail style wedding. The fact you could bring your own alcohol was also a big plus given the exorbitant prices other wedding venues charge. It meant we could pick our own wine list, and afford to have some really nice wines and champagne for our guests.”

Hanging gold leaves at wedding

Koko Black Wedding Favors

Guests received boxes of Koko Black Chocolates as wedding favors.

Gokd glitter vase at weddingBlack table with gold at wedding

“I absolutely loved the framed and mounted historical family wedding pictures at the Gallery, it’s sobering to remember we’re just two of a long line of people that history has pulled together. Also, the long table with stools gave a strong focal point for the room, and made the space feel like a friendly small bar, it really encouraged guest mingling.”

Linton & Kay Gallery Wedding

Elephant wedding decor

Wedding programs in gold with black silhouette

Wedding at Linton & Kay GalleryGold and black table linens at wedding

Ebony Frost of Halycon Creative styled the wedding day in all of its Autumnal gold. The bride remembering “DIY isn’t my thing at all, that’s why I leave it to creative geniuses like Ebony at Halcyon! Ebony is a good friend of mine, and I was honoured that she agreed to come on board to help plan and put together our wedding day. Ebony has a great sense of style and an amazing array of skills, ranging from designs for invitations and save the dates, to being on the ground to make sure the day runs smoothly. She was a constant touchstone of calm in the busyness that comes with planning a wedding in less than six months from engagement to wedding day!”

Croquembouche wedding cakeWedding entrance in Perth

Bride with happy guests


The reception kicked off with an old world first dance, Lorissa explaining “I’m glad we learnt the basics of a waltz. Dancing to Frank Sinatra’s ‘Moon River’ was a special moment and felt very ‘old world’. In the weeks leading up to the wedding, we arranged for cha cha lessons for both sides of the family, which ended in a joint session before the wedding. After our first dance, both sides of the family hit the dance floor for an all-in cha cha! It was really fun, and a great way for everyone to get involved.”

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Modern urban Perth Wedding

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Modern wedding in perth

Congratulations on your marriage Lorissa and Andrew! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to I Heart Weddings for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: I Heart Weddings / Wedding Planner/ Stylist: Ebony Frost of Halycon Creative / Bride's Dress: Marchesa / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Oscar De La Renta / Getting Ready Robes: Love and Lustre / Bride's Shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti Copper Ankle Strap shoes / Bride's Jewellery: Oscar De La Renta (Earrings) / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Makeup Artist: Emma Schroeder Milla Makeup / Hairstylist: Lilla Corvaia at Trenz North Perth / Flowers (Bouquets & Buttonholes): Rebecca Const of Fox & Rabbit / Flowers (Chapel & Reception): Kate Paten, Bloom & Co / Invitations & Stationery: Ebony Frost of Halycon Creative / Stationery Printer: Imatec / Ceremony Venue: St Michael the Archangel / Ceremony Officiant: Father Joseph Tran / Ceremony Musicians: Lucy Mervik (WA Opera) / Reception Venue: Linton & Kay Gallery / Decorative Elements (Hanging Garlands etc): Ebony Frost of Halycon Creative / Prop or furniture hire (chairs, drink dispensers, tables, games etc): Hire Society / Lighting: Micktric / Wedding Cake: Catering Essentials / Catering: Catering Essentials / Favors: Koko Black Chocolates / Wedding Rings: Simon Henderson Simson Bespoke / Transport: So Cal Limos


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