Liam and Megan
Stepping into this vintage venue in Brisbane, Vieille Branche, feels like you’ve been transported into a French antique-inspired old world. Vieille Branche proved to be the perfect match for Liam, who is an old soul, and his wonderful bride Megan. Enjoying music is an important part of this couple’s relationship, so they ensured the dance floor was buzzing all night and even gifted their guests with a CD complete with all of the best tunes from the wedding. The special moments and unique details of this beautiful day were captured by Peppermint Photography.
Megan looks back on how she met the love of her life… We met on Tinder, thankfully we both swiped right, after talking for a few weeks we met in person. Our first date was the The Elephant Hotel in the Fortitude Valley. Liam went away on a trip overseas before we were “official”. We spoke every day and I think it was then that we realised that we had something pretty special. I don’t think there was a moment, so to speak, it was a feeling from the very beginning.
Our inspiration behind the wedding was eclectic vintage. Liam is an old soul and his love of things older and antique has rubbed off. We wanted a place that we didn’t need to do much to. Fairy lights here and there. We wanted a cosy vibe that everyone could mingle and dance and just have a great time.
We actually were given the lead on the venue by our photographer Amanda from Peppermint Photography. We had already asked her to be our photographer and because she knew what it was that we were looking for she gave us a few names of places that she thought we might like. We settled on Vieille Branche.
The dress! It was from this amazing lady Yvonne who has a dress shop from her house. I made an appointment and off we went. I took my sister and my bridesmaid along for help. I think I tried on maybe six dresses in total. When I put my dress on I knew straight away that it was for me possibly because I burst into tears when looking in the mirror. I also think the fact that no one else had tried the dress on before me was a great omen. I found the process amazing Yvonne was honestly what every bride needs when they go looking for dresses. I sing her praises to everyone who asks. She was calming, honest and gave you time to just be in the dress before pushing you into something else. She understands budgets and wants. And also gives you a wild card that you would never think of.
The groom looked dashing in his Politix suit and fresh floral boutonnière.
The moment that we walked into Vieille Branche we fell in love with it!! It’s cosy, it’s warm and oh so pretty and so perfectly us. I think it’s hard to find a venue that is the perfect mix of the bride and groom but this was us to a tee.
The song that we walked down the aisle to was ‘What A Difference a Day Makes’ by Dinah Washington. Back down the aisle after the business was done was ‘Young at Heart’ by Jimmy Durante. Our first dance song was ‘Unforgettable’ by Nat King Cole.
Here’s a peek at some of the catering highlights of the night made by Wine and Dine M Catering.
Take a look at this three-tiered cake adorned with fresh blooms made by The Sweetest Dreams.
We did make our own wedding gifts. Liam I think had been waiting his whole life to create his wedding playlist. So of course we would naturally give out something to do with music. So we (he with no help) created a playlist, sourced cd covers. Created a sticker for the front and back of the cd and sat there for night on end to create that perfect something from us that our guests could take way and remember our special day.
When we asked Megan to share her favourite part of the day with us, she replied “Can we say the whole day? But I guess if we had to pick a few possibly being on the dance floor halfway through the night and looking down and everyone was on it, that is definitely a great moment knowing that everyone is having such a great time.”
The only tradition that we participated in during the day was actually the night before- we didn’t stay in the same place, I stayed at our house and Liam stayed in a hotel. We aren’t traditional in to many senses when it comes to things like throwing the bouquet and removing of the garter and we wouldn’t change that if we were to do it over.
Megan and Liam share some pearls of wisdom for all the engaged couples reading this.
We would say make sure you keep true to what it is that you want. You will have people telling you what they think you should do. Take a deep breathe, maybe have a wine and/or beer and stick to your guns. The day is about you and your partner, you want to keep it true to you. We would also recommend taking a few minutes after the ceremony to just have you time with your new bride/groom. We were given this advice by friends it definitely was the best advice.
Ms Zigzag says: Thank you Liam and Megan and the lovely folks at Peppermint Photography for sharing this gorgeous day with us. We wish Liam and Megan nothing but the best!