Emitting luxe romance at every turn, Vivienne and Zoli’s painterly wedding was filled with details we’re simply living for. From her full ball gown silhouette to his classic white tux, this couple knows a thing or two about red carpet style. They wed in the gardens of an Australian mansion with a blooming backdrop that’s quite cosmopolitan if we do say so ourselves, and we know you’re going to be inspired by the creative touches in this one!
Again, this backdrop is everything. White grid panels overgrown with soft pink and cabernet roses, plus a whole lotta greenery, floral designer Candy Mountain created a definite show stopper.
From the bride, Vivienne: We wanted a ‘one stop’ event and we wanted to stay there as well so it felt like a mini getaway. Werribee Mansion was perfect because it ticked all the boxes with gorgeous grounds, a beautifully presented hotel and spa, and only being a 30 min drive from the city. So this set the tone for us. We wanted it to be romantic, timeless but have a bit of an edge.
We first met at a bar on a Friday night in July 2005. It was the ‘Original’ Alumbra that was held at southwarf docks. It was a tiny small little place that was between sheds. It was Zoltán’s hot spot for socializing every Friday night with his mates. I came late to the bar that night and was solo as I had work and was meeting up with my family (believe it or not) because my dad and auntie were celebrating a joint birthday. If you met Zoli (short for Zoltán) he is very charismatic, funny and doesn’t seem mind if he makes a fool out of himself in public and around strangers. So when he approached me on this squishiest dance floor, it was nothing but laughs, chats and conversation that seemed very innocent and friendly. When I noticed time went past and literally my family and cousins had disappeared, I explained I needed to leave as I’m not sure rocking our solo is my thing…to my surprise he asked for my number and the rest is history.
Contemporary and couture, this sexy wedding dress from Marianna Hardwick is totally timeless. We’ll be obsessing over that bodice for days in case you were wondering.
When people ask me when I knew he was the one, I can’t recall having a lightning bolt moment of ‘ohhh he will be the father of my children ‘ but we always had fun being together in our 20’s and I guess we all had moments where we could have chosen to go with someone else or go the other direction. But we never did. We always chose each other every time.
So let’s talk about these reception details, styled and planned by The Melbourne Planner. Grey linens and greenery garlands make for a stunning foundation for the watercolor painter’s palette menus and signage from Paper Jam Studios, and the dramatic draping with crystal chandeliers pulls it all together in a way that has us saying YAS.
My favorite moment of the day is when Zoli’s twin sister, Virag did a reading about us at the ceremony. I cannot describe how touching this was and I couldn’t even try to put it in better words. Here was her reading below:
She is a paintbrush and he is a calculator;
She adds a bit of artistry into everything she does; he measures twice and cuts once.
He’s obsessively neat while she is steadfastly nonchalant;
His handwriting looks like it has been sketched by Michelangelo;
Her handwriting looks like a perfect mess.
He does the research and she listens to the edited highlights; he stays up all night researching Japanese development of earthquake-proof technology and she sleeps soundly knowing that he has done so
She is fashion forward and he dresses for comfort; looking good comes effortlessly for her but for him, there is going to be time spent in the bathroom mirror.
Even though they have so many differences, they love each other and I think I know why.
He loves her because she is a good person to love
And because when he tells her something special, she knows it’s special
And both of them remember
When he thinks something is important
She thinks it’s important too
And she has good ideas
When he says something funny, she laughs
He knows how to be silly
And she loves being silly with him
She loves him because when she is feeling sad he always cheers her up
I can’t remember when he didn’t love her
It must have been a different world for him then
He would go on choosing her
And she would go on choosing him
Over and over again
And that’s how it would happen every time
Catch that Lovestoned backdrop? We always love couples who appreciate a good Justin Timberlake throwback.
We’re not entirely confident we’d be able to cut into this grey + gold masterpiece from Cakes of Distinction. It’s just so decadent!
Square cut engagement ring STUNNER from Charles Rose!
Katie Harmsworth never ceases to amaze us with the details and moments she captures. Vivienne and Zoli’s happiness practically jumps from the screen, and we’ll be enamored by their contempo luxe soiree forever.
Photography: Katie Harmsworth
Videography: Iconic Pictures
Venue and Catering: Werribee Mansion
Event Styling and Design: The Melbourne Planner
Florist: Candy Mountain
Dress and veil: Marianna Hardwick
Bride’s Shoes: No 21
Hair and Makeup: Renee Camilleri
Rings: Charles Rose & Intrinsic Diamonds
Bridesmaid Dresses: Rachel Gilbert
Groom’s Shoes: Jack London
Grooms Suit and Bow Ties: Bell & Barnett
Cake and Cake topper: Cakes of Distinction
Stationery: Paper Jam Studios