Real Wedding – Adam & Tempestt, South Melbourne VIC
Real Wedding – Adam & Tempestt, South Melbourne VIC
Real Wedding – Adam & Tempestt, South Melbourne VIC
Real Wedding – Adam & Tempestt, South Melbourne VIC

Real Wedding – Adam & Tempestt, South Melbourne VIC


“I love you higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean” was the quote framed in lights at Tempestt and Adam’s stunning soiree, setting the tone for this exquisite occasion. For absolutely nothing about this gorgeous gathering was traditional except the undercurrent of love and romance underpinning all the divine details, captured by photographers Joey & Jase with styling photos by Wild Romantic.

Shying away from white, Tempestt chose a Met Gala inspired gown by designer Oglia Loro. A strikingly stunning silhouette in a vision of rose gold and champagne honeycomb beading, this shimmering sheath epitomised Tempsett and Adam’s theme for the day; of edgy modern accents with a fun and forever feel. Florals by Ivy and Eve Flowers in velvety tones of deep vermillion, magenta and whispers of cornflower blue gave the illusion of melting into the floor, elevated further with bold contemporary decor in pastel pinks and baby blues.

Half Acre provided the perfect setting for this cocktail celebration, allowing Philoxi Styling to create aesthetic impact at every turn, from pastel candles to bold pink acrylic signage and lounge nooks of sumptuous velvet couches, all lit with neon pink and warm candlelight.

As the night cooled down and the dance floor heated up, the lighting faded from pink to azure blue to appropriately illuminate our gorgeous bride in her baby blue, boldly beautiful party dress by Roberta Einer.

To soak up every fabulous moment of this dream day, scroll on!


The meeting.

Adam and I had known each other for just over ten years before I finally said yes to a date. Rewind to our first meeting at a club through mutual friends, Adam was 18 years old and said to a mate, “one day, I am going to marry that girl”. He pushed through the crowd on the dance floor, grabbed my face, kissed me and slithered out through the crowd. You can imagine the shock on my face. Cheeky and determined!


The ‘one’.

Adam would consistently ask, “just give me one date”. After many declines, I finally said yes. He actually fell asleep on the first date and stood me up! Took some begging for me to agree on another date, but sure enough, I said yes, and the rest is history. We bought a house six months later. When you know, you know.


The proposal.

It was during a lockdown. I came home from work and noticed there were keys left in the door (someone was obviously a bit nervous). I could see a huge balloon in the kitchen as I walked in. I immediately knew something was up. Adam came out from his hiding spot, all dressed up. Not your usual attire in a lockdown. He got down on one knee, and we laughed so much that I forgot to say yes!


Planning process.

I knew what I wanted from the start. I was doing online customer service for work at the time, so I booked everything quite early on. We had been to so many weddings prior to the pandemic that I knew I wanted our wedding to be different and more like a big party than a traditional wedding. I met Vanessa from Philoxi Styling, and she helped bring my vision to life. We both had the craziest ideas, so it was a blast bouncing ideas off each other; she made the whole process stress-free and so much fun!

I loved looking at real weddings, especially on Ivory Tribe. I read countless amounts of words of wisdom from real couples.


Style inspiration. 

The brief for the wedding was modern and edgy but still fun and timeless. The colour palette was dark plum tones with a pop of baby blue for not only my something blue but to match my second dress. I wanted the florals to be really large, unusual shapes and to appear as if they were melting onto the ground. Vanessa came up with these mirrored puddles, which made such an impact, and the pink lighting created the most magical ambience. She also incorporated something very special on lightboxes that sat in front of the DJ. It was a favourite quote my grandfather said to me since I was a little girl, “I love you higher than the sky and deeper than the ocean”. He is no longer with us, so this honoured him in the most perfect way.

We chose Half Acre because of its rustic but modern interior, arched doors and the most magical courtyard garden. It was a cocktail wedding, so we had a mixture of lounge nooks, high bar tables and chairs, as well as a few long tables. Vanessa strategically placed velvet couches to match the colour palette and rattan furniture to compliment the venue’s existing aesthetic, and everywhere you looked, there was a wow factor!


The ceremony.

Our ceremony turned out to be so much fun. We were both very nervous. Adam was sure he was going to cry, and I was dreading walking down the aisle. The minute I started walking out, I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face, and everyone started cheering. Not your average entrance. The second Adam and I could see each other, we started laughing. Also, my Dad was very nervous and didn’t stop talking the whole way down the aisle, so there was a lot to laugh about.

Sarah Durso was our celebrant, which was really special, as she is a friend. She told our story so perfectly. I had to tell Adam to be quiet because he couldn’t stop telling me how amazing I looked during Sarah’s speech.


The outfit. 

I knew I didn’t want to be your average traditional bride wearing white. My inspiration was a Versace dress I had seen someone wear to the Met Gala, which had honeycomb rose gold and champagne beading. The minute I met Sam from Oglia Loro, I knew he was the man to design and make my dress. He just understood my vision perfectly and turned it into the most stunning Grecian goddess gown.

My bridesmaids all wore a different style of dresses from different brands, in shades of chocolate brown. I wanted them to have their own individual style. They all looked incredible and complemented my dress perfectly.

For my party dress, I changed into a Roberta Einer baby blue knitted dress that was backless. When I came out, the lighting in the venue changed from pink to blue to really enhance the colour palette of the styling and my dress!


Meaning of marriage.

Marriage is happily ever after with your best friend.


Wedding soundtrack.

I walked down the aisle to my friend Kayla singing Can’t Help Falling in Love by Kina Grannis/Elvis.

Our first dance was to Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) by Felix Jaehn ft Jasmine Thompson.


Funny stories or near disasters.

We were one week out from the wedding and realized we had forgotten to get Adam’s wedding band. We had to rush to a local shopping centre and find one. PSA: don’t be like us, be organized.


Planning surprises.

We actually had to postpone our original wedding date due to one of the many lockdowns here in Melbourne. Now when I say the stars aligned, everything worked out perfectly with every vendor – it was almost too good to be true. Way easier than planning the original wedding, which is like having a second full-time job.


Words of wisdom.

Wedding planning can be very overwhelming. Definitely be organized and start with the important things like venue, florals, dress, invites etc. But also get yourself an event stylist like Philoxi styling – she helped with a lot of liaising with vendors too! When it starts to get very stressful, just remember, it will all work out. I heard this saying so much during the lead-up, and let me tell you, it really does all work out. On the day, try to be present as much as you can because it is over in the blink of an eye and it’s true what they say, it really is the best day of your life!

Don’t worry about what everyone will think; stay true to yourself and remember that the day is about you and your husband!




One of the best things about weddings these days is that they span the entire spectrum of style. But this makes it hard when choosing an outfit, or deciding on the brief for your own sweet celebration. We’ve made it easier for you by de-coding the dress code, here.




Ceremony & reception venue: Half Acre

Celebrant: Sarah Durso

Videography & photography: Joey & Jase

Styling Photography: Wild Romantic

Event design & styling: Philoxi Styling

Florist: Ivy & Eve Flowers

Hair: Gabrielle Roccuzzo

Make-up: Stephanie Piazza & Renee DiQuattro

The dresses: Oglia Loro. Party dress – Roberta Einer

Shoes: Bride – Aquazurra. Party shoes – Mach & Mach

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Camilla & Marc, L’idee Woman, Van Der Kooij, Bec & Bridge

Suits: Groom – Dyonsu. Groomsmen – Menz Club

Caterering: Food & Desire

Favours: My Custom Candy x One Mimosa Please

Cake: Sweet Essence Desserts

Stationery: One Mimosa Please

Signage: Studio Silva & Smada Print

Entertainment: Lana Gadzhis

Lighting, production & furniture: Harry the Hirer

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