As featured on Harper’s BAZAAR
REAL BRIDE: ROSIE & BRENDON
Inside the couple’s luxe, industrial chic Melbourne nuptials.
OCT 13, 2017
Set against North Melbourne’s industrial backdrop with an unparalleled attention to detail, this is their fantastical affair.
The Bride’s Little Black Book
Ceremony Dress: Suzanne Harward
Reception Jumpsuit: Thurley for the reception
Rings: Michael Albrecht
Accessories: Samantha Wills
Cake: Burnt Butter Cakes
Flowers & Styling: Creating Beautiful
Location: Laurens Hall, North Melbourne
Catering: Ed Dixon Food Design
Cocktails: By The Glass
Photographer: Tess Follett
Videographer: Moon & Back
On how they met: We met through mutual friends over seven years ago. In March last year we welcomed our beautiful daughter Billie into the world and are about to have our second.
On the proposal: Brendon proposed in the local dog park when I was 39 weeks pregnant with our daughter Billie which, granted, isn’t the most romantic-sounding proposal. But it was typical of us, a bit of a laugh and the whole family was there, including our two dogs and unborn daughter.
On their vision for the day: We wanted it to be relaxed but classy, simple but elegant. More than anything, we just wanted to have all the people that are special to us in the one place at the one time.
On the location: We had both our ceremony and reception at the beautiful Laurens Hall in North Melbourne, an old, industrial style warehouse which was used to make furniture out of recycled timber. The ceremony was held outdoors before moving indoors for the reception.
On the significance of the location: We were initially attracted to the venue’s unique aesthetic. Given its industrial nature we chose to keep the styling quite modern and took a ‘less is more’ approach, decorating the space with white bentwood chairs and light grey linen. The area was then adorned with green foliage, white orchids and a large light installation as the hanging centrepiece.
How many guests attended: We had 200 guests in total.
On the food: To maintain the relaxed atmosphere, we opted for grazing boards and a shared menu. The drink options were aplenty with the cocktail bar run by the boys from ‘By The Glass.’ Aperol Spritz, vodka sodas, gin & tonics, gin sours and a rum cocktail were served throughout the day with espresso martinis also available later in the night.
On the cake: The fabulous team at ‘Burnt Butter Cakes’ made it easy for us to pick out a cake. We went with a grey and white marble-look cake made out of fondant, which looked perfect amongst the industrial setting. Inside was delicious chocolate mud with caramel sauce.
On the flowers: For the floral displays we wanted to keep it simple yet modern, opting for a combination of David Austin Roses, Phalaenopsis Orchids, Lisianthus, Pampas Grass and lush greenery.
On the highlight of the day: Having our little daughter Billie as part of the ceremony was very special for us and just having all our loved ones in the same room was surreal.
On the dress: I wore a strapless lace Suzanne Harward gown for the ceremony. It was the only place I went to. I’d just had my daughter and didn’t want to be messing around searching for a dress so this was perfect. It was classic but romantic lace and a modern edge.
On the favourite accessory: I went fairly minimal when it came to accessories, wearing a pair of silver drop earrings by Samantha Wills and, of course, rings from Michael Albrecht. My shoes were white Valentinos and in a bit of cute twist, Billie wore matching baby Valentinos.
On the outfit change: I changed in to a white lace Thurley jumpsuit half way through the reception. It was much easier to dance in!
On the photographer: Capturing our daughter Billie was really important to us, but we also wanted our photographer, Tess Follett, to capture the relaxed vibe, the love between us and all the love in the room. She did an amazing job of capturing all of it.
On the invitations: We did our invitations through Mixbook, keeping the design clean and simple so that all important information could be easily understood.
On their entrance and exit: I’d love to give some fancy answer here. But we actually arrived and left for the after party in Ubers!
On the entertainment: We had a DJ who played a range of genres from different eras. We had contemporary tunes but also songs that the older guests could enjoy listening and dancing to.
On their first dance: We got lifted onto the guests’ shoulders during Darryl Braithwaite’s ‘Horses’.
Her one tip for future brides: Take a relaxed approach. Give yourself time by organising things in advance and doing little bits at a time. It only has to be as stressful as you make it. And if something goes wrong on the day, it really doesn’t matter!
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