#rcrealbride Shelly married the love of her life Balan in our Zulani wedding gown by Maggie Sottero, as featured in Polka Dot Bride.
The lovebirds chose a classic Melbourne wedding to celebrate their I do’s, a modern twist making the most of the cityscapes – from urban gardens to city skylines – and Steph Wallis behind the camera.
THE FIRST SIGHT
I was Balan’s HR Manager and developed a crush on him very quickly. He was not too sure about me at the beginning but I slowly chipped away and eventually won him over. We first got together at our company’s mid year ball, I was dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and he was Aladdin. I guess it was the red cape that sealed the deal.
We wanted to get married outdoors, ideally in a garden, and living in East Melbourne, Fitzroy Gardens seemed like a no brainer to us. We used to walk together to work most days and we would walk past the Plane Trees Walk and admire how beautiful the setting was through the seasons. Our wedding was very romantic with lots of love. We wanted our guests to know how much we appreciated them and loved them, so we were sure to call that out in the ceremony and throughout the reception. We are both from big colourful families so our wedding was vibrant and diverse.
We had quite a list of challenging criteria. It needed to be big enough to hold a sit down reception for 160 people, we wanted it near the CBD as we had quite a few guests from out of town, so central was key, and we wanted something that showcased the awesome city that is Melbourne. We stumbled across Tommy Collins by chance, who had run really unique and special reception venues across Melbourne before. They had a pop-up venue on North Wharf in the Docklands, called the Secret Garden. It was a glass marquee, right out on the water, over looking the city and the water.
Shelley chose the Maggie Sottero Zulani gown from Raffaele Ciuca, telling “I had been shopping a few times, and thought I had found THE dress at another store. Because I already had my appointment set up at Raffaele Cuica I thought I had better go. Surprise surprise, it was there that I found the dress. I chopped and changed between two very different styles, one being more vintage and figure hugging, the other being a sassy and flirty number which highlighted my figure but was not skin tight. In the end, I decided to go with the dress that on the day I thought would be the most comfortable but still was a reflection of my personality.”
THE FAVOURITE MOMENT
The speeches were the best speeches I have ever heard (I’m sure every bride says that)! We were blown away by how much love and laughter had been put into them. My best friend and maid of honour had done her speech in the style of a mixed tape, complete with rap and mic drop. Our parent’s words were so kind and thoughtful and the best man speech was hilarious. Honestly, I loved them all. The flowers and styling were just sensational, my make up artist (Je Da Vu) did a stunning job of mine and the bridal party’s hair and makeup. Our photographer was awesome, Tommy Collins was great…we also had a friend of ours do the invitations and she killed it! And our videographer captured our wedding so perfectly. We must have watched the highlights reel 30 times.
Photographer: Steph Wallis / Cinematographer: Tom Swinburn / Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridal Salon: Raffaele Ciuca / Hairstylist: Jenny Dang / Makeup Artist: Jenny Dang / Flowers: North Street Botanical / Ceremony Venue: Fitzroy Gardens / Ceremony Officiant: Sharon Palmeiri / Reception Venue: The Secret Garden By Tommy Collins / Catering: Tommy Collins Catering