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!”
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.
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.”
Lorissa and Andrew met before the ceremony for a first look and traveled to the ceremony together.
Lorissa remembers “The ‘pre-song’ to walking down the aisle was Schubert’s Ave Maria, which my Mum also walked down the aisle to.”
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!”
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!”
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!”
Fox & Rabbit created the bridal bouquet and boutonniere for the day.
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.”
Guests received boxes of Koko Black Chocolates as wedding favors.
“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.”
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!”
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.”
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!