When a wedding involves a vintage tram, you know it’s going to be a really good one! This gorgeous couple, Scarlett and Zac, wanted their day to be super relaxed and lovely, and we think they achieved that in spades! While not all their loved ones could be there on the day (do we even need to explain why, anymore?), these two still created a heartfelt & romantic wedding day they’ll never forget. Sit back and enjoy Scarlett & Zac’s Timeless Wedding With A Vintage Tram, captured by Nik Tribhuvan Photography. Scarlett tells us their story…
We were on separate holidays in Salzburg, Austria in 2016. Our groups met in our hostel bar one night, we got talking as I (Scarlett) was moving from England to Australia the next year. We met back up in London a couple of weeks later before Zac flew home and then kept in contact until Scarlett moved over. We were in a long-distance relationship until March 2020.
We had discussed wanting to get married in October 2020 (before COVID ruined this idea!) so there wasn’t a big proposal as I was expecting it; it was a small proposal at home with the two of us. At the time we were still long distance so we really appreciated the time together.
Zac wore a suit from Peter Jackson. We chose a navy suit with a burgundy bow tie to match the bridesmaid’s dress. Zac was originally going to wear a waistcoat as a point of difference to his groomsmen but didn’t end up liking the style and so matched with the boys instead.
I choose a piano cover of ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” by Pianocole to walk down the aisle. Zac’s dad Phil walked me as my dad lives in England and wasn’t able to attend.
We both agreed that we wanted a nice, light and casual ceremony and our celebrant, Margaret Borozan, did just that. Our ceremony matched us perfectly; it was full of laughs and good memories.
Honestly, I didn’t enjoy planning at all. We had to postpone twice due to COVID and hoping that my family could attend. Planning a wedding through that year was so stressful and I was just so happy to finally get to the day and enjoy it! My advice for other couples planning their weddings would be to do it your way and don’t let others overpower your choices.
Take the time to savor and enjoy the moments, they go past so fast!
The theme for the day was slightly rustic, very relaxed & easy. Our flowers were from Ballarat Wedding Flowers, Linda was so helpful as I really haven’t got much knowledge about flowers! I went for a rustic looking package which included decorative arrangements as well as our bouquets and buttonholes. The arrangements made both of our spaces look gorgeous and I loved both the bouquets.
Nik Tribhuvan was the only photographer I contacted for our wedding. Nik did Cassie’s wedding a few years ago and I remember thinking what a great job he was doing. I was so happy that Nik was available! Nik is so nice and so friendly and great at keeping in control of the group. He has such an amazing eye for stunning shots and we couldn’t be happier with the outcome! We have had so many comments from friends and family complimenting Nik’s attitude and work. All of our vendors were amazing and we’re so grateful, and Nik was too – absolutely!
My dress was from Melissa E Bridal in Ballarat. The ladies there were so helpful and nice and the dress selections were stunning! Before I began dress shopping, I had said that a strapless dress was something that I absolutely didn’t want, but ended up being the only style that I liked. I fell in love with the dress shape, neckline, train, and gorgeous fabric details.
We had our ceremony at the Mercure Ballarat, and we chose this venue as we loved their ceremony locations and the grounds had great spots for more photo opportunities. It was also handy to be able to stay at the venue and our guests were able to go to the bar to fill time in between our reception.
Our reception venue was Piper’s by the Lake, and I loved this venue before we even got there. It’s a beautiful building in a great spot on Lake Wendouree – the inside is lovely and spacious. As they are on the tram line, they also have their own vintage tram that the wedding party can take a trip on before they enter the reception.
I was really looking forward to the tram ride and it didn’t disappoint. Along with our wedding party were the photographer and a guitarist from our band! It was a great moment with us all relaxing, having some drinks and singing to the music.
Trying to pick our favourite photograph from the day – this is a tough one! I love the photo of our wedding party in front of the tram with the champagne. I also really love the shots of me and Zac on the little bridge across the creek, the trees and lighting make it so beautiful.
We entered the reception to Elton John’s “Rocketman” but we choose not to do the first dance as we had a cocktail-style reception and danced with everyone else. Luckily we didn’t have to do much DIY for the day! Our vendors were so good and helpful and offered us so much that we didn’t have to worry about much. For our reception, I did make a selection of photo frames that included pictures of both me and Zac as kids and then us as a couple.
My dad, Pat, couldn’t make it to our wedding, so he recorded a speech to be played instead. It was really nice to hear his voice and for him to still be a part of our day. Lots of our guests made comments to us praising my dad’s speech and how good they all thought it was! It made me feel better hearing people’s thoughts on his speech and that without even being there, he still made a big impact on our night.
From Zac: Of everything, I think the speeches were most memorable. Scarlett’s dad did a special speech and members of my family also had really nice words for us. Our best man and bridesmaid also made great speeches that made us all laugh!
Thank you to Scarlett & Zac for sharing their gorgeous day with us, and to Nik Tribhuvan Photography for the use of their stunning images!