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Elly & Hayden’s Intimate Richmond Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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Elly & Hayden

Elly and Hayden’s intimate Richmond wedding is one of those days where you wish you could quietly knock on the door, they’d spy you and push you into the centre of the dance floor. It’s small and beautiful and it is so very heartfelt. Elly and Hayden chose Pierre Curry  to capture the magic of their day.

Elly recounts the story of how they came to be. “We are two political junkies, so of course, we met at Parliament House in Brisbane. Hayden remembers the first moment he saw me – concentrating hard as I prepared for a big speech. I have to admit I have no memory of him being there. It took a few more months of dedication on his behalf before I finally agreed (in the middle of a drag queen show) to go on a date!”

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These Are A Few created magnificent magenta floral arrangements. Elly telling, “The flowers – god, the flowers were just the most gorgeous, rich colours and the great things was, I had absolutely no idea what they were going to look like before they showed up on the day.”

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Elly chose a wedding gown by Carla Zampatti. She remembers, “My dress was bought in a mad scramble three days before we left for Melbourne. My original choice was custom made, but when I showed up to my final fitting, nothing looked right. As we left the store, I told my mum it didn’t matter – it wasn’t about the dress. At first, she agreed, but as we drove home, suddenly she had a change of heart, swinging the car around. “You have to love your wedding dress,” she said. “We’re not giving up that easily”. So we raced to the city with an hour to spare before the stores closed. Luckily, we went straight to Carla Zampatti. Not only was the store assistant fabulous and extremely helpful, but there were multiple choices, so I actually had to call a close friend who dashed straight over to help me decide. Talk about a close call!”

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The couple met before the ceremony for a first look and photographs.

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Of their photographer, Elly tells, “Ask anyone at our wedding what they remember about the day and most people will bring up Pierre. Pierre was the hit of the day. Firstly, he made Hayden and I feel so comfortable, to the point that we actually felt we had known him a long time. We never felt like taking photos was a chore – the complete opposite – it was the best part of the day! Roaming Melbourne with Hayden holding hands and just getting to be us. Secondly, when we got to the ceremony, I don’t even remember him being there! But when you look at the photos he was right up close capturing all the emotion and joy that we felt.

Thirdly, when it came to celebrating at ‘the reception’ Pierre was our 19th guest. While he still managed to take beautiful photos he also got along with my family – enjoying the night with everyone else. Finally, when we received the photos a few weeks after the wedding, both Hayden and I were blown away. Every photo is stunning. Every photo captures the feelings of the day and every photo we still love looking at – six months later!”

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“We’re from Brisbane, so we underestimated Melbourne afternoon traffic and terrible taxi services – big time! Hayden, Pierre and I ended up waiting in Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens for over an hour for our family to arrive for photos. Luckily, our wedding planners (again, thinking of everything) packed us a picnic basket. So I relaxed on a park bench with Pierre’s puffer jacket over my shoulders, a knitted blanket over my knees while eating doughnuts and drinking tea. While it was a mad rush to get family photos taken before the sun set, I loved having that extra hour with Hayden and we gained some hilarious photos of family members all dressed up dashing across the grass!”

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Elly and Hayden chose Bendigo Street Milk Bar, Richmond for their wedding, noting, “We only had 18 guests at our wedding, so we always knew we wanted a unique and cosy venue. When our wedding planners suggested looking at cafes, I instantly knew it was going to work. Hayden and I love long breakfasts on the weekend and there’s nothing better on a cold winter’s day than a snug cafe. Luckily, our wedding planners were regulars at the Bendigo Street Milk Bar so they were able to convince the owners to host their first wedding. The cafe was the perfect size to fit a long table to seat our guests for dinner and a cosy room out the back for the ceremony. Not only was it beautiful but the staff were lovely, helping everyone feel at ease. The food was delicious homemade Italian, cooked by the owners and their family.”

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“I loved how our wedding planners used the idea of the milk bar throughout the wedding, without making it look like a ‘theme’. The place settings on the table were made from paddle pop sticks, with beautiful calligraphy spelling out each guest’s name. On the two sides of the ceremony area, milk crates (spray painted white) were packed on top each other with flowers woven throughout. It made for a very unique backdrop and was just enough ‘milk bar’ to pay tribute to our fabulous venue! ”

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“We decided to take photos before the ceremony, which was such a joyous experience, so by the time we got to the venue, we had forgotten we hadn’t gotten married yet! So we held hands and rushed down the aisle together with no music just cheers.”

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Julia of Julia’s Celebrancy Services officiated the ceremony, Elly remarking, “The ceremony was short and filled with love – just what we wanted. We acknowledged the one key member of our family who couldn’t make it to Melbourne – Percy, our puppy! Our family (on pre-arranged instructions) booed loudly as the celebrant read the legally required text, including that marriage, is between a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others (boo!).

We wrote our own vows. As Hayden is the shy one in our relationship, I think the expectations for his vows were lower, but man did he blow it out of the water. I don’t think anyone took a breath as he spoke. And before we knew it, the whole thing was over. I have, to be honest, I never felt nervous – the whole ceremony we were surrounded by our dearest and closest friends and family, so how could we not feel safe and loved?”

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Short and Spook not only created the stationery for the day but also planned and styled the wedding, Elly remembering, “The entire wedding was planned and executed in less than 10 weeks. The original plan was to wait until the end of the year, however, after a month in the hospital, my doctors recommended I move the date forward. Regardless of the date, we were under strict doctors orders that we had to hire a wedding planner and they had to do all the work. So that’s exactly what we did and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

The ladies at Short and Spook were the heart and soul of this wedding. I don’t think it would have happened without them. It certainly wouldn’t have been so beautiful. Their style and dedication are unquestionable. But more importantly than the luxurious table linens and pretty invitations they put together – Courtney and Steph supported me throughout the entire planning experience. They made it fun, effortless and no stress. At a time when I was still quite unwell, their phone calls and hilarious texts were just the interruptions I needed. They are remarkable, creative and talented human beings that I will never be able to thank enough for giving us a lifetime of great memories.”

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Of the first dance, the bride remembers, “Al Green – Let’s Stay Together had a special place in our hearts ever since Barack Obama belted out some lines during a campaign rally. Apparently, he likes singing it to Michelle! Did we mention we are political tragics?”

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Congratulations on your marriage Elly and Hayden! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Pierre Curry  for sharing today’s celebration!







Photographer: Pierre Curry / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Short and Spook / Styling: Short and Spook / Bride’s Dress: Carla Zampatti / Bride’s Shoes: Country Road / Groom’s Attire: Uberstone / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim / Hairstylist: Foo Concept Hairdressers / Makeup Artist: Zara Make-up / Flowers: These Are A Few / Invitations & Stationery: Short and Spook / Venue: Bendigo Street Milk Bar, Richmond / Ceremony Officiant: Julia's Celebrancy Services / Linens: Table Art / Cake Baker: The Dessert Parlour / Wedding Rings: Custom Jewellery Co. / Hotel: The Blackman

Branka and Adam’s Perth Waterside Wedding

by | Inspired Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Weddings,



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Our love story is by no means perfect. Each chapter of our lives has had its ups and downs but will never conclude without the two of us hand in hand, smiling. It began with a proposal under the stars in Dubai, leading to wedding day that began with rain but ended with a rainbow!




We met by chance at a time in our lives where neither of us were looking for any kind of commitment and when each of us had future travel plans. Adam was setting off to Greece just a few weeks in and I was off to the USA for six weeks not long after. But the love which grew between us almost instantaneously meant that no distance or individual plans could keep us from making a commitment to each other which four years on led to us become husband and wife.




We had an unplugged intimate wedding (well as intimate as an Italian and Serbian couple can have hehehe!) at St Mary’s in Leederville. I must admit I wasn’t fond of the idea of marrying in a church as I am not very religious but looking back on the day and our exchanging of vows was such a sacred moment which was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined! I even allowed a tear to drop from my eye.




I wore a Pallas Couture wedding gown. One which I saw in a magazine not long after we got engaged that I lusted over for months on end as my budget was not quite as high as the asking price of the gown. However, after countless disappointing dress try ons and never-ending bridal stores my Dad (bless him) sat me down and said “it’s not often that you get to see your only daughter get married. I want my girl to feel as beautiful as I think she is, no price tag should ever be able to take that away from her.” I will never forget the joy, excitement and appreciation I felt in that moment. Needless to say the dress was a dream come true, pure perfection and one in which I felt like an absolute princess, just like every girl should.



Every one of our suppliers did an incredible job but our photographer Angela Higgins stole our hearts like no other. From the first conversation to the very last, she made us feel comfortable which allowed us to be ourselves and to express the love we share for each other in front of her.





Our reception was held at Acqua Viva. As we wanted an intimate wedding, we felt that there was something about a venue on the water which had a soothing feel to it. The venue held up to 120 people which for us was perfect as we didn’t want to have anywhere near as many (even though we ended up with just under 100 guests) and it meant that the room wouldn’t feel empty. It was everything we wanted and we are so glad that we chose it as the staff and service were impeccable – we had so many positive comments from our guests.






The speech which touched my heart, and I believe it did the same for most of our guests too, was Adam’s. Never had I known him to be able to write anything as beautiful, nor did I ever believe that he could express such kind and loving words for me publicly.




Our wedding day was everything we ever wanted and more! But what no one tells you is that THE BEST part is the ride home where you get to enjoy being in each other’s arms. Whilst no one is watching, you can reminisce about the blissful memories you created and share each and every second worth of detail that you were not together for.

We will forever be each other’s everything.



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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Branka and Adam; your pretty soft pink and white colour scheme was so perfect for your intimate waterside celebrations!

Bride’s Dress: Pallas Couture / Bride's Hairstylist: Charlotte Pownall / Bride's Makeup: Renata Jovev Makeup Artistry / Bridesmaids' Hairstylist: Simone Restifo / Bridesmaids' Makeup: Teya Tomic / Wedding Rings: Cara Jewellers / Ceremony Venue: St Mary's Leederville / Reception Venue: Acqua Viva / Photographer: Angela Higgins / Flowers: Natural Art by Rebecca Grace / Favours and Stationery: Nestle and Porter / Cake Baker: De La Rosa Cupcakes / Transport: Bellagio Limousines / DJ: Rob Sharp from Simply Entertainment / Videographer: Orriss Films

Ally & Steve’s Graceful Melbourne Wedding

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


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There were not many more words appropriate for Ally and Steve’s graceful Melbourne wedding than elegant and sophisticated, and for a couple who wanted a modern day of urban simplicity well I think they nailed it. Ally and Steve worked with Clarisse Photography to capture their wedding.

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Ally chose a strapless gown by Karen Willis Holmes, noting, “I saw a photo of a girl in the Prea gown and I was hooked from the moment I saw it. It was the only gown for me. It matched my theme and style. Simple, modern and sleek. The Prea gown, from the Karen Willis Holmes Bespoke Collection, features a bustier bra cup bodice with top stitching detail and panelled fishtail skirt. I loved EVERYTHING about the gown. It’s timeless and beautiful.”

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Ally and Steve were married at St Ignatius, Richmond. Ally explaining, “We live close by to the church, St Ignatius. I’ve walked passed it a thousand times but had never been inside. When we decided on a church wedding I popped my head to have a look one afternoon and my jaw dropped to the ground. The inside was amazing, dramatic, romantic and had the longest aisle ever! My mum has always told me to the longer the aisle the better!”

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Ally walked down the aisle to Joshua Kadison’s “Beautiful In My Eyes”.

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“I wanted the ceremony to be pretty traditional but still relaxed. I tried to involve as many loved ones as I could. My mother in law, Aunty and sister in law all did readings. Steve’s parents walked down the aisle first, followed by my mum who had my two brothers by her side, the bridesmaids and myself and my dad. We walked out of the church to Florence + The Machine, You’ve Got The Love.”

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“I’m from Sydney, Steve’s from Melbourne and yet we met in Canada. We had a really close circle of friends in Canada who came over for our wedding. Being from different States it’s a rare occasion that our families or friends are ever together. Having both our families, friends and our special Canadian family all in the same room together was definitely the highlight!”

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Of their photographer, Ally notes, “Our photographer was amazing! We first met with Mark from Clarisse Photography for a consultation in a cafe in Richmond, he was super friendly and knowledgeable. We decided to book him for our big day about 5 minutes into the consultation. On the day he worked for over 13 hrs and his smile was ear to ear the whole time! We love our wedding album!”

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Ally and Steve chose  The Terrace at the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne for their reception, Ally noting, “The Terrace in the Royal Botanic Gardens is such a beautiful venue! Cocktails and canapes on the patio overlooking the lake with the city skyline as the backdrop. It’s a huge open venue but still feels very private and intimate! The weather on the day was a little overcast, but pretty much perfect! No rain, no wind. The night was warm enough for everyone to stay outside.”

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“We made honey jars as the bonbonniere. Pouring super sticky honey into 140 tiny glass jars was tricky! Finished off with a customised sticker. I did a DIY photo booth and had a life-size Instagram frame for guest to pose for photos.” Burnt Butter Cakes  created a decadent wedding cake and customised biscuits.

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For their first dance, Ally and Steve chose “Latch” by Sam Smith.

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Ice cream cart Bianco Latte surprised guests as they left the reception, Ally remembering, “I was all about the little details and special touches. We gave gifts to our parents during the speeches to say thank you. We had a gelato cart arrive for dessert and we had McDonalds deliver 100 cheeseburgers at the end of the night for guests to eat as they headed home.”

Congratulations Ally and Steve. Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to Clarisse Photography and Karen Willis Holmes for sharing today’s celebration!





Photographer: Clarisse Photography / Cinematographer: Video Boutique / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Wanted Shoes / Groom’s Attire: Bossini Menswear / Groom’s Shoes: Florsheim Shoes / Groomsmen Attire: Bossini Menswear / Groomsmen’s Shoes: Florsheim Shoes / Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever New / Bridesmaid Shoes: Wanted Shoes / Hairstylist: Zoe Karlis / Makeup Artist: Makeup by Rhilee / Flowers: Flowers by M.E.L / Invitations & Stationery: Jenn Shenn / Ceremony Venue: St Ignatius, Richmond / Reception Venue: The Terrace at the Royal Botanical Gardens Melbourne / Reception Music: James Leroy / Cake Baker: Burnt Butter Cakes / Biscuits: Burnt Butter Cakes / Gelato Cart: Bianco Latte
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