From the bride arriving at the serene Fitzroy Gardens on the back of a tandem bicycle, to a surprise Bollywood dance at the conclusion of the bridal waltz, the unique, joy-filled and vintage inspired wedding of Elly and Suman proved there are no wedding rules other than to have fun!
The laughter and love felt by all who attended this wedding is simply brimming from these gorgeous photos taken by local favourite, Farrah Allan, and the film (found below) captured by Moment Seeker Films.
Having decided upon a garden party wedding with a vintage feel, Elly soon had her heart set on the stunning Adelaide gown, explaining that: ‘glamourous, sophisticated, fun, vintage-inspired but still modern and incredibly comfortable, the Adelaide was the dress for me!’ Paired perfectly with the Georgia comb, the delicate hand beading and the bone colour of this gown was set off against the luscious greenery of the Fitzroy Gardens, and the dress sparkled in the sun of a hot summer’s day in Melbourne.
With a focus on good food, wine, friends and family, this gorgeous inner-Melbourne couple knew they wanted to keep their celebration as personal and relaxed as possible, and the stylish, converted warehouse of East Elevation provided them with the perfect venue. With exposed red brick and barn-style wooden entranceways the venue, coupled with a buffet of fresh antipasto and decadent cheeses, created a warm, party atmosphere. East Elevation, which doubles as Elly and Suman’s favourite weekend brunch destination, also came with one distinct advantage: a functioning chocolate factory, allowing the happy couple to ceremoniously smash several stacked sheets of chocolate with a rolling pin in lieu of cutting the cake!
Can you share with us your proposal story?
It was a true surprise and super romantic! Suman arranged a holiday in Croatia for a week prior to travelling to the UK to visit his family. Before my arrival, Suman arranged a beautiful hotel overlooking the sea, and decorated the balcony with red rose petals, arranging a bottle of champagne and a table and chairs on a private beach overlooking the city of Dubrovnik. When I arrived, Suman proposed on the balcony with his mother’s ring, timing it perfectly so we then went down to our table on the beach and watched the sun set over the sea – absolutely amazing!
What was your inspiration for the day?
We wanted a beautiful, relaxed wedding with a vintage feel. A cheese and wine garden party with lawn games after the ceremony was a part of our vision for the day. We wanted to have an element that reflected Suman’s Indian culture and the strong ties to his background, so we used the photos I took in India for the wedding invitations, incorporated an Indian poetry reading into our ceremony, and also broke into a surprise Bollywood dance following a short traditional bridal waltz! We also both love bike riding, and my arrival with my brother on a tandem bike was a fun way of celebrating our shared passions.
How did you feel wearing your dress on the day?
I loved every minute! The way the dress sparkled in the sun and draped so beautifully made it a dream to wear. I was always comfortable – even riding the bike! The weather was also quite warm – a late summer’s day in Melbourne – but the dress was so lightweight and well fitted that it was never too hot.
Any advice for future Anna Campbell brides?
Friends and family love getting involved on the day – don’t be shy about asking guests to help with small parts of the wedding, like making sure everyone has flower petals or putting together a playlist – we found everyone really enjoyed contributing to our celebrations. Also, relax and enjoy the day! It’s such a special time with all your family and friends coming to support your love, everyone says time flies and it truly does.
Photography: Farrah Allan | Videographer: Moment Seeker Films | Bridal gowns: Anna Campbell | Mens' suiting: Suitsupply | Bridal hair accessories: Anna Campbell | Makeup: Danni McDowell Hair and Makeup | Hair: Candi Brown, 58 Cambridge Hair Salon | Flowers: Babylon Flowers | Dessert: Monsieur Truffle | Coordinator: Steph from The Eventurer