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Marissa + Adrian’s Vintage Australian Wedding

Marissa + Adrian’s Vintage Australian Wedding

I’m on my way to Washington D.C as we speak headed to the B-List this weekend, but wanted to leave you with a vintage chic wedding from Australia. Trish from Tealily Photography sent me these photos a little while ago, but Marissa, the bride was kind enough to share a little bit about her wedding day after she and her husband came back from their honeymoon. It was worth the wait! You may recognize her Johanna Johnson gown from this post I did a few months ago on Art Deco wedding dresses.

Vintage Aussie Wedding in Sydney Johanna Johnson vintage Art Deco dress
Vintage Australian Wedding Art Deco
Vintage Australian Wedding Art Deco
Vintage Australian Wedding Art Deco
Vintage Australian Wedding Art Deco

From Marissa, the bride:
I LOVE all things vintage, but my particular style takes a modern twist on vintage, with clean lines and vintage features. My inspiration was a print advertisement for a major perfume campaign, and I decided to tie the wedding colour palette in with that. I feel that vintage styling exudes absolute elegance and has a classic, ethereal feel to it, which I really wanted to capture for our day, throughout every detail.

Given the vintage theme, we were married in a beautiful sandstone church I had selected which had amazing stained glass throughout and was quite old (for Australia) – it was built in the 1860’s. The dress, headpiece and veil were all chosen to reflect the vintage theme, but my necklace (which I had custom made from gold and smoky quartz) added a slightly modern touch. I also wore my great grandmother’s engagement ring to cover the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”.

We selected The Museum of Contemporary Art for our reception venue given the fact it was in a really impressive building right on Sydney Harbour, whilst essentially being a blank canvas inside which gave me the ability to put my mark on the wedding and really make it my own. I wanted to make the night unforgettable for the both of us, and also for everyone there.

It was really fun going through what I wanted to create for the wedding with the events company and looking at all they could provide – one of my favourite pieces was the 10 foot tall framed vintage mirror at the door with guests names and table settings printed on the glass as opposed to using escort cards. I had small birdcages on each table with large David Austin blooms wired around the cage with candles inside to create something secret garden-esque.

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The MCA has a large terrace looking directly over Sydney Harbour which was fantastic – French doors from our room opened out on to the terrace and guests were flowing in and out all night, with guests upon entry being served cocktails and canape’s on the terrace prior to starting on their 3 course dinner.

We love music and so we had cello, violin and bass players at the church to create a lovely, emotional atmosphere, and a jazz band at the reception which was great and which everyone really enjoyed – people were dancing the entire night.

For me the definite highlights of the day were being pronounced as husband and wife of course, as well as the really beautiful speeches that my father and sisters gave about us at the reception, and my husband’s speech. I also chose to give a speech at the reception and seeing the happiness on the faces of my husband and parents when I spoke about what they mean to me and how loved they are will stay with me forever.

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