Held at Studley Grounds, Lucy and James wanted a wedding that was relaxed and vibrant. What made it even more special, was that their 10-month-old son was able to see his parents get married.
In the hustle of modern life, Lucy and James discovered something beautifully real. It all started back in December 2019, thanks to a little nudge from a dating app. Who knew that their connection would become the anchor they needed when the world turned topsy-turvy with the arrival of COVID? Fast forward to August 2021, amidst Melbourne’s lockdowns. With his heart set on a special moment, James transformed their courtyard into a personal haven. Picture flowers, a picnic, and him down on one knee. It wasn’t just a proposal but a promise of forever.
Captured beautifully by Georgia Verrells, this love story proves real love remains unshaken, no matter the circumstances.
Lucy chose a gorgeous Rebecca Vallance gown to complete her wedding day look. “I chose a Rebecca Vallance dress which was off the shoulder and a sixties veil by Tania Stokes Design. Complimented by Loeffler Randall platinum-coloured heels.”
Describing the beautiful flowers, Lucy tells us “The bride and bridesmaids had beautiful pink English garden roses by Rosa Rose Flor. We had lots of pop on the tables with a mix of bright vibrant flowers including hydrangeas, dahlias, tulips and roses. The groom and groomsmen also wore rose buttonholes.”
Wanting her bridal party to feel comfortable, Lucy allowed her beautiful bridesmaids to choose a dress that they would fee comfortable in. “The bridesmaids were able to choose their own pink dress to complement their body shape.”
Looking like the dashing groom he was, James chose a sand colour MJ Bale jacket and navy tie with white poker dots, complimented by navy chinos.
Lucy and James chose celebrant Hannah May Weddings to help seal their love.
Lucy’s favourite part of the whole wedding planning process was working through their wedding vows with their celebrant.
Talking about some of her favourite moments of the day Lucy said “Dried rose petals for the newlywed aisle exit as part of the ceremony and sparklers as part of our exit at the end of the evening.”
Choosing Studley Grounds for the special day, Lucy said “We loved that Studley Grounds had beautiful native gum trees, city views and a great deck.”
Lucy gushes about the photographer she and James chose to capture their gorgeous day. “Georgia Verrells’s photography was wonderful. From pre-event briefing to on-the-day management, she did a beautiful job capturing many special moments. She has a beautifully candid and ‘in the moment’ style. She was quick too which allowed us to get back to our celebrations!”
Imparting some wisdom for couples getting married, Lucy says “Don’t sweat the small stuff! As long as your day is surrounded by love, everything else is a bonus! Have really clear table allocations and settings so guests know where they will be seated (including name tags, a seating chart and staff going around and informing guests during cocktail hour).”
The five favourite things that made their day special? “We loved having three long tables with the bridal party included on the second table. We found this set-up really inclusive. We loved the pink theme (bridesmaids’ dresses, flowers, linen and ceremony chair bows etc). I had my sister say a few words in the ceremony (in addition to readings from close friends). This made it even more personal and special. The wedding party entrance. The energy was unbelievable. Bride and groom danced into ‘Sweet Lovin’ by Sigala, and in honour of my husband’s favourite food, we had a Bianco Latte gelato cart.”
Only choosing the best, De Luxe Limousines were there to ensure that the bridal party were transported in style.
Jame and Lucy’s beautiful cake was made by Millstone Patisserie.
Remembering the day he married the love of his life, James describes his favourite moments. “Smiling the entire time, feeling all the love in the room from family and friends and the energetic dance floor!”
Lucy and James enlisted the help of Dance with Gen to perfect their first dance Choosing something cheerful, Lucy tells us the song they chose “Make my dreams come true. A very fun and upbeat choice!”
No wedding celebrations is complete without a little music and Lucy and James went all out, hiring DJ Leon Duncan, and musicians We are Paper Hearts and Harry Couper Music to make sure that music was a big part of their day.
A big congratulations to Lucy and James and thank you to Georgia Verrells, for sharing this gorgeous wedding with us.