Cool couple Anna and Manisha nailed their styling to reflect their fun-loving relationship against the moody yet picturesque backdrop of Melbourne CBD. As far as city weddings go, this one certainly caught and held our attention.
Names: Anna Delaney + Manisha Karunaratne
Wedding date: 11 February 2017
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Siglo, Melbourne + Two Ton Max, North Melbourne
How we met and the marriage proposal:
Manisha and I met through a mutual friend and were together for almost nine years before we got engaged at home on 26 January 2016.
About our wedding day:
We wanted our wedding to be a big celebration with lots of our own special touches woven throughout. We had guests travelling from near and far to attend our big day – the UK, Sri Lanka, Western Australia and country NSW – and we wanted to make sure they had a great time from minute they arrived until the minute they left! We also wanted to show them some of our favourite parts of Melbourne, which is why we started the day with drinks and canapés on the roof at Siglo, and ended it dancing the night away in the backstreets of North Melbourne!
We also wanted to involve our family and friends in the day as much as possible. Our close friends were in our bridal party, my brother drove the bridal car and my mum and dad both walked me down the aisle. We asked both our mums to do readings at the ceremony. Manisha’s family is Sinhalese Buddhist, so we asked his mum to do a reading by the Dalai Lama in both Sinhalese and in English. My family are Catholic, so my mum did a reading from the Book of the Corinthians. It was a really nice way to involve our families and nod to our respective religious backgrounds.
Our wedding style:
We wanted our city wedding to be modern yet timeless and with little ‘Anna & Manisha’ touches woven throughout. Styling-wise, I kept the colour palette fairly neutral, with greys, white and navy blue and accents of gold and blush pink, and kept each element simple. At the reception we sat with our guests on two long dining tables, with lush green foliage running down the length of each one. One of my favourite things about the reception was the two balloon installations, which added an element of surprise for guests and worked really well in the space (and made for some great photo opportunities for guests!)
Manisha and I had a pretty clear vision of what we wanted on our wedding day, and we decided early on that we didn’t want a stylist or event planner – so I guess you could say the entire day was ‘DIY’ in a sense! Manisha and I selected all the vendors ourselves and worked through each and every detail with them directly, which we both really enjoyed doing. We were lucky that the group of suppliers we selected were total pros and understood exactly what we were trying to achieve – they completely over-delivered on the day!
Finding my wedding gown:
Mum and I set off on a day of dress shopping, starting at Suzanne Harward in Collingwood. While I was there, I tried on quite a few dresses that I loved, but there was one that stood out in particular for me. After visiting a few other bridal boutiques and designers, I couldn’t get this one particular dress out of my head. I took one of my bridesmaids back to have a second look at it and we both decided it was ‘the one’. I loved how simple and modern it was, and the style and silhouette was very me. It was very important that I looked and felt like myself on the big day. Plus, the raised hem at the front gave me an excellent excuse to buy a fabulous pair of shoes!
Manisha and I aren’t the slow dancing type, we’re both hip-hop fans and we’re love a bit of karaoke, so rather than a first dance we opted for a rap battle! Manisha did ‘Encore’ by Jay-Z and ‘Juicy’ by Notorious BIG, and I did ‘Ice Ice Baby’ by Vanilla Ice and ‘Gangster’s Paradise’ by Coolio. It was so much fun and very ‘us’ – and it definitely got the dance floor started!
Advice for future couples:
Share the load! It goes without saying that weddings are a huge thing to organise, especially on top of work and social lives, so Manisha and I handled half our vendors each and it made things so much easier and far less stressful. Also, make your day unique by adding your own special touches where it feels right (and don’t be afraid to ignore tradition in the process!). It’s those special touches you and your guests will remember for many years to come.
Couture experience at Suzanne Harward:
I loved every minute of my Suzanne Harward experience, from my very first appointment to my final fitting. Carly understood my style and what I was looking for and helped me find my perfect wedding dress. I felt incredible in it on my wedding day. Thank you!
Book an appointment today to find your dream wedding gown at Suzanne Harward.
Gown – Suzanne Harward // Bride’s shoes – Valentino // Grooms’ attire – Oscar Hunt // Hair – Chantelle Cowcher from Telleish Hair Studio // Makeup – Jade Kisnorbo // Stationary – Caterina Martino (friend) // Accessories – Celine , Amber Sceats, Reliquia Jewellery, Tiffany & Co, Kalfin Jewellery, Hardy Brothers Jewellers // Bridesmaids’ attire – Scanlan Theodore // Groomsmen’s attire – T.M Lewin // Music – Lauren Mac from Verve Agency // Photograoher – Katie Harmsworth // Catering – Fred & Ginger // Balloon Garlands – Belle Balloons // Furniture – Dann Event Hire // Cake – Fig & Salt // Florist – Cecilia Fox
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