Penny & Hugh

For a couple who were as relaxed as they were awesome, Penny and Hugh used the back streets of Melbourne to their fullest and in an ultra Melbourne ceremony and reception, the tall ceiling of Two Ton Max provided the backdrop. It’s no accident we’ve also featured this sensational wedding for our first week of The Suit Issue as we can’t look past the eye-catching jumpsuit that adorned Penny for the day. Luckily, they entrusted Sally of Tori and Sal Photography to capture the laughter, love and positive vibes! Bride Penny shares their day and all the moments in between.

We didn’t have a theme or a particular style for our wedding day. We just wanted to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and we wanted the wedding to reflect that. Nothing over the top, nothing old-fashioned or traditional. We wanted lots of colour, beautiful lighting and amazing music.

I chose my jumpsuit from Georgia Young Couture. I only looked at two places and loved Georgia’s style immediately. Originally I was looking for a black dress because I just never imagined myself in a traditional, white dress. But when I tried on the jumpsuit I felt so comfortable and decided to go with it. I didn’t want to over think it. I found something that I loved, fitted well and felt extremely comfortable in.

When asked about the Groom’s attire, Hugh replied, I was doing a corporate wellbeing presentation for Politix and at the back of the room, they had a display of their new suits. I concluded my presentation by saying, “By the way, I’m getting married in two months and I haven’t got a suit, any chance you guys could help me out?”

We chose the wonderful florist, Little Lady Blooms who is based in Carlton. She was so easy to work with and did the most incredible job. We wanted the colour palette to be bold – dark reds, greens and purple and we were keen to have lots of native flowers. She completely nailed the brief. The bouquets were so stunning I wanted to hold mine the whole night!

Our bridal party was made up of, Jac, Em, Sal, Kirsty and the Groomsmen were Hugh’s brother Josh and friends Chris, Al, Tim and Elias!

We were lucky enough to have Sally Goodall from Tori & Sal. She was just the best. Such a pleasure to work with, so organised and most importantly, she takes incredible shots! It’s so hard to choose a favourite photo as Sal did such an exceptional job with the whole day! One of my favourite pictures is of Hugh and I on the dance floor. It’s blurred but you can see so much joy on our faces and it captured the energy and fun of the night.

We chose Two Ton Max because it was modern, it could fit the number of people we wanted and it also had a really cosy atmosphere. It was the perfect place for us.

We used an illustrator called Musings from the Moon to do our wedding invitations. We then used the same drawing of Hugh, Benji and myself on some of the signage on the day and it was one of my favourite details of the day.

We walked down the aisle together (along with our 2 year old son, Benji). Our good friend, Tom who is a musician, sung Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis with Hugh’s cousin James on piano. This was one of the most special parts of the whole wedding.

We wanted the ceremony to be quick, but also very heartfelt. We decided not to include any readings or extra formalities. We simply wanted to tell each other, in front of all our families and friends how much we loved each other.

We didn’t want it to be too serious, which is why it was so important for us to choose the right celebrant. When we met Lara we knew we had the perfect person to bring humour, light-heartedness and class to the ceremony. She did the most incredible job setting the tone for the whole night.

All of our vendors were outstanding. Our DJ Steve Lobo was so lovely and did an amazing job, and we were stoked with the bespoke arbour from The Arbourists. It was so fun and colourful.

We used wedding planners Will & Jac. Catherine and Claire were so delightful to work with and they made the whole process so seamless and fun. They are true wedding professionals and we would recommend them to anyone!

Neither of us are very good dancers so we decided to outsource the first dance to our friends who are professional dancers! We chose the song Ain’t Nobody by Felix Jaehn and started the dance together. Then we ducked into the hallway and our friends came out with masks of us on their faces and did the most hilariously over the top choreographed dance in our place.

We were so lucky to have Hugh’s brother, cousins and friend form a band for the night. They played around 8 songs and brought the house down.

When asked about any advice for future couples, Penny shares,

Don’t feel pressured to include things in your wedding that you don’t feel comfortable with. Do it your own way and don’t take it too seriously!

Ms Zebra Says: We are sending this fabulous couple the biggest of congratulations and well wishes for their lives together. We LOVED seeing this wedding in full and ogling that incredible jumpsuit!!