LOVE // Ally & George
TELL US YOUR LOVE STORY
How did you meet? My partner and I were fortunate enough to go to the same high school. However, we only began to date once he had graduated. We began dating in 2011.
HOW DID HE PUT A RING ON IT?
My partner and I choose to go away each year for Christmas as an alternative to giving a gift. During this time of year, things get pretty crazy with work and life, so we like to spend quality time together. We checked into Crown Metropol for a couple of nights and decided to have a low key dinner. I previously owned a clutch with my initials on it, and always wanted the handbag. When arriving back for dinner, I could see a box with the bag brand. I opened it up and my ‘new’ initials with his surname were engraved. As I place the bag back on the table behind me, I turned around and he was on one knee. AN to AR.
WHERE DID YOU DRAW INSPIRATION FROM?
I’m quite a decisive person, so for me I knew what I liked. I think this is half the problem and why people get soo stressed out. I’ve always loved moody, dark, romantic vibes…That has always been my inspiration. I wanted to re-create that feeling throughout the day and reception. I wanted everything to be timeliness and classic, yet modern. If I was to look back in 30 years, I still wanted to love everything about it. That’s why it’s super important to select everything you and only you and your husband love... Because at the end of the day if YOU love it, that’s all that matters.
WHAT WAS YOUR WEDDING THEME & STYLE?
Romantic, moody, modern yet timeless was my theme.
Kept things very monochrome (black roses, black stands, black stationary, black candles) but with hints of blush throughout including napkins, neon signage, seating chart. This tied in perfectly with the gold chandeliers, candle pillars and bars. Flowers are my all-time favourite. I always tell my husband, instead of a gift just get me flowers. I love black, and open, full, long stem roses. I decided to go a white long stem rose bouquet for the church, and the exact same in black for the reception.
The girls carried a mix of white black and gold bouquets. All bouquets were wrapped in thick leather ribbon. The reception had to be filled with flowers. I wanted an abundance of black, blush and white roses, mixed amongst green and gold foliage. The impact opening each rose up has, is incredible… very time consuming but incredible. The colours suited the overall moody theme perfectly. Tash from Levian (florist) was a god sent. She put in an extreme amount of effort during the planning phase to support this look. It was magical.
WHAT MADE THE WEDDING PERSONAL TO YOU?
Our loved ones. It can be very difficult to get to every guest on the night, so with that said, George and I hand wrote a personalise note to each and every guest behind their place card. The reaction from our guests, tears, laughter, was worth the time and effort of doing this. I love how all our guests’ have kept our messages, placed them on their bedsides, fridge, work desk….. We wanted to make sure they were appreciated and knew how honoured we were to have them by our sides. This was a perfect touch. George and I also wrote one for one another, it was super sweet to read on the night and keep.
WHAT WERE YOU MOST NERVOUS OR EXCITED ABOUT?
I wasn’t nervous – I was super excited. For me personally, George and I always felt ‘married’… We were ready and wanted to share these special moments with our closest family and friends. In terms of the event, I was most excited for George speech. I knew he would have me in fits of laughter, tears and all sorts of emotions… and he didn’t disappoint. I think it was the highlight of the night for most of our guests.
DID YOU DIY ANY ELEMENTS?
Hand written notes behind each guest’s place card.
NOW, THE MOST IMPORTANT PART - THE DRESS!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR DRESS? WHO WAS THE DESIGNER?
I always wanted Sonia Cappellazzo to create my dress. I felt like her style was exactly what I wanted the whole wedding to represent. Just timeless, elegant, but modern and fun. I wanted something that I had never seen before. She was a dream to work with. My dress had long sleeves, with a beautiful opening to show my décolletage area. The main area of detail was around my shoulders, with a fitted, halter neck. I’m not the tallest person, so having a split and draping was perfect. Being small, Sonia also kept it quite fitted around the bodice area. It was simple to the eye but extremely detailed in each area. The back had a diamond opening. The back and sleeves were finished off with silk covered buttons. I also wanted a really long veil.
WHERE WERE YOUR BRIDESMAID DRESSES FROM?
Michelle De Lacy (Custom made dresses)
The girls were always really important for me. Bridesmaids are always a reflection of the bride and groom in my eyes. I wanted them all in different dresses, to represent their difference in personality, figure etc. I wanted them to feel unique. The 5 looks consisted of a low v-cut, razor one side with a very low back, high neck low back, one armed long sleeve and an off the shoulder look.
The fabric was a stunning silk, in a very deep midnight navy tone. They all had the same side split and wore a black suede and gold heel shoe.
WHERE WERE THE GROOM & GROOMSMEN SUITS FROM?
Groom – Harvey Specter Suits / Groomsman - Men’s Club South Yarra
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR DAY?
We had Melbourne fireworks show set up all across the balcony overseeing the city views. At the right time during our bridal dance, George and I joined the fireworks and got incredible footage/photos. All our guests stood up and took out their phones to capture the scene. The whole venue was lit up – it was magical.
Walking down the aisle – I didn’t plan to not have my veil over my face (things just got crazy in the last minute and we all forgot). However, if I did, you wouldn’t have been able to see my face and smile. I was beaming from ear to ear, and because of this mishap I was able to kiss my grandmother and George before we stepped onto the alter. Unfortunately, my grandmother died a couple of days after my wedding. So having these images is a priceless memory. Sometimes things happen for a reason... And this was one of them.
WHAT DOES MARRIAGE MEAN TO YOU?
To do life with your best friend.. with endless support, love and commitment.
ANYV WORDS OF WISDOM YOU CAN PASS INTO FUTURE BRIDES & GROOMS?
Always pick things that you love. Otherwise you will regret it. I personally wanted to go alone to my fittings, but that’s just me. Look for advice and opinions, but make sure the decision is yours. There will always be things that go wrong, that’s inevitable. Just try to ignore it – Make sure you let it all go, enjoy the party absorb it as much as you can.