Blair is an English Fashion Designer and moved to Melbourne 9 years ago. David a Studio Manager and Photographer moved to Melbourne 12 years ago from NSW. The couple got married in a stunning location in Victoria in January during the bushfire crisis that affected Australia. Their wedding was a great reminder of appreciating our beautiful landscape and how important it is to celebrate love during hard times. The couple had 100 guests who travelled from all over Australia, as well as Birmingham, London, New York, Basel & Berlin. Their photographer Arianna Leggiero loved being part of and capturing Blair and David's beautiful day.
Tell us a little about yourselves!
Blair: We met 5 years ago after I ‘liked’ a strangers photo on Instagram of the same lightening bolt tattoo on the palm of a hand that I had, and David sent me a message. We met for a Sunday afternoon drink and after just 1 week together we both knew this was ‘it’. We live in Collingwood, Melbourne and live a happy, creative life together. David proposed with a hand-made Peta Armstrong tea cup because I drink so much Tea (English of course!) and we then commissioned my engagement ring - a stunning diamond pinkie ring by Seb Brown.
Why did you decide to get married where you did?
David : Knowing that Blair’s family were coming over from the UK for the wedding, it was really important to me that we have our wedding somewhere truly Australian. We both wanted a venue with a clean and minimal aesthetic that we could style ourselves. We looked at just two venues and when we visited The Burrow in Daylesford, it was exactly what we wanted - a luxury bush setting with a stunning barn to hold a reception.
How did you decide on your outfits?
Blair: I always new I would wear Cecilie Bahnsen. Her hyper-girly silhouettes mixed with tomboy styling is my perfect aesthetic. My dress had big pouffy sleeves and polka dots, with delicate bow detailing at the back.
Three weeks after we got engaged I ordered the dress online and got it delivered to David’s studio. He called me and said : “A big box has arrived at work for you”. I asked him not to open it and he carried it home for me. I tried the dress on in our room, whilst David was downstairs. It was all pretty easy and I knew it was perfect for me! I wore Miu Miu satin bow mules (very Marie Antoinette) with dreamy pearl accessories - earrings by Simone Rocha and a cute pearl bag by Shrimps. When the music started at our reception, I changed into my dancing shoes - white satin sneakers by Commes Des Garçons X Nike.
David: I knew I wanted a bespoke suit by P Johnson, as I love their easy take on tailoring. I referenced a black 1980’s double breasted suit with pleat front pants. The guys there made literally the most comfortable suit ever. With it I wore a crisp white grandad shirt without a tie and chunky Prada shoes.
What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?
Good Food - A friend recommended Firecracker Events and the food was completely delicious. They helped us with pretty much everything and Cassie is an amazing lady.
Flowers - I am obsessed with flowers and I’ll admit I spent many hours mood-boarding and saving Flower inspiration. It was important to have a white space and be able to fill it with joy and colour. I was a huge fan of the incredible Flowers by Brett Matthew John - he is a genuine talent and he blew us away with his creations.
Music - We love to dance and good music is important to us. David’s friend Levins got everyone dancing and the energy was amazing. We both danced all night long and loved that the dance floor was packed from first to last song!
And of course our beautiful Family and Friends. Blair’s father sadly passed away earlier in the year. It makes you put everything into perspective and not sweat the silly things that are trivial and unimportant. The main thing is you are with people that you love and can come together and celebrate.
Were any wedding traditions important for you to incorporate?
Blair : I wanted to honour my Dad in an uplifting and positive way with lots of laughter, which we did throughout the day. My brother also gave me away in honour of Dad. David didn't want to see my dress before I walked down the aisle, which was the only real traditional thing he was set on. I arrived in a Black London Cab which looked pretty cute driving through the Aussie Bush! We didn't have a cake or a Bridal Waltz, but we did play Drake as our first dance and everyone joined us on the dance floor.
Any tips for couples getting married?
ENJOY IT! Do it your way and if anyone sends you a spreadsheet with all the things you should be doing - ignore it and just do what makes you happy! We genuinely had so much fun organising and planning our wedding and working with such amazing and talented people!
Photographer : Arianna Leggiero @harryports
Planning, Styling and Catering : Cassie @ Firecracker Events @firecrackerevent
Ceremony and Reception location : The Burrow @theburroweventspace
Videographer : Cyan Wolves @cyanwolves
Celebrant : Mietta Zaetta-Thomas @marriedbymietta
Entertainment: Levins @levdawg
Flora : Flowers by Brett Matthew John @flowersbybrettmatthewjohn
Beverages : Wombat Forest Wines @wombatforestwines
HMUA : Stella Tu @stellatumakeup
Bride's Gown : Cecilie Bahnsen @ceciliebahnsen
Brides’s Ring : Suzanne Kalan at Dover Street Market @suzannekalan
Bride's Ceremony Shoes : Miu Miu @miumiu
Bride's Reception Sneakers : Commes Des Garçons x Nike @commesdesgarcons
Earrings : Simone Rocha @simonerocha
Bag : Shrimps @shrimps
Groom's Suit : P Johnson @pjohnsontailors
Groom's Ring: Hamish Munro @hamish.munro
Groom's Shoes : Prada @prada
Groom's Hair : Rowan at Parker @parker_melbourne
Bridemaids Dresses : & other stories @andotherstories
Flower Girl Dress : BHLDN @bhldn
Flower Girl Shoes : Nike @nike
Groomsmen's Suits : Asos @asos