Real Wedding – Camilla & Nick, Prahran VIC
Echoing the interior of their stunning venue, Nick and Camilla’s dreamy vision of a day encapsulated old-world glamour with a hint of understated romance. With the elegant decor of Sophia at Prahan Arcade as a backdrop, hues of muted lilac, powered pink and lashings of vanilla against deep sage greenery sung, providing an air of refined opulence for the perfect party to unfold.
With our very own Natalie Drum at the helm, the ceremony was light-hearted sophistication and pared-back eloquence, setting the tone for the celebrations to follow. Nick could not take his eyes off his breathtaking bride, wearing a contemporary princess gown by Vera Wang and simply glowing. As the night kicked on, Camilla switched out her full skirts for a sleekly elegant Stella McCartney sheath before getting dance floor ready in a simple mini dress with floral motifs.
Nick and Camilla’s wedding is a tastefully exquisite epitome of carefully curated style and unforced feels, creating a day as aesthetically artful as it is emotionally impactful.
Scroll on to see it all through the talented lens of Evia Zachariah.
Nick and I first met seven years ago through mutual friends, just around the corner from our wedding venue!
I remember the moment when I first met Nick. There was an instant connection between us that I had never experienced before. We didn’t get together until years later, but from the moment we started dating, it was clear that we were meant to be together. It wasn’t long before we both knew that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with each other.
We were fortunate to have escaped to Hamilton Island in between the gruelling lockdowns. While we were there, we were watching the sunset and listening to John Legend. Suddenly, Nick got down on one knee and proposed to me. I was impressed that he had set up a camera to capture the moment!
We initially chose the venue as we knew it would impact many of our decisions going forward. Even though I had always pictured myself getting married outside of Melbourne, it became clear to both of us that we wanted to make it as easy as possible for our guests, especially those travelling from other parts of Australia and overseas. We didn’t hire a wedding planner because we were confident in our ability to decide on vendors ourselves and bring everything together.
We were able to determine what resonated with us (or not) by researching other weddings online. In the lead-up to our own wedding, we were guilty of analysing weddings we attended, but now I’m so glad that we don’t do that anymore! Since we had our own special day, I have a newfound appreciation for the effort and emotion (and cost!) it takes to host such a significant event. It’s not about what we would or wouldn’t do ourselves; it’s only about the people who are getting married and celebrating their love!
The ballroom at Sophia brought to life our dream of a glamorous old Hollywood affair.
We made the call to move the ceremony indoors a few days before the wedding, and while it wasn’t the garden soiree that we had imagined, it was still perfect. My brothers walked me down the aisle on behalf of my late father, which was a moment that I’ll always cherish.
I spotted my ceremony dress while walking down High Street Armadale and instantly fell in love. It was the only dress I tried on!
For the reception, I slipped into a long-sleeved lace gown by Stella McCartney, which felt perfect for our black-tie sit-down dinner. I snuck off after the speeches and changed into a white mini-dress for our first dance.
Surprisingly, my Jimmy Choo’s worked perfectly with all three dresses!
As we entered the reception, Love is in the Air by John Paul Young was blasting, and we poured a champagne tower, setting a euphoric mood. The vibes were HIGH, and locking eyes with Nick at that moment was pure joy! It brings the biggest smile to my face just thinking about it.
Aisle: Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole
Reception entry: Love Is In The Air by John Paul Young
First dance: Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli
Funny stories or near disasters.
Before the reception began, we took a moment just for the two of us to soak it all in (I highly recommend doing this!). As we looked over the tables, we noticed green candles that we hadn’t ordered. I failed to check the box of candles prior to delivering it to the venue the day before. Although they didn’t look terrible, it was a classic example of what I had been told – to expect things to go wrong because they will!
I was surprised by my own decisiveness in all aspects! I think this came from a place of trusting all the vendors and suppliers we had chosen.
Words of wisdom.
Everyone has their own preference and opinions on everything when it comes to weddings, whether it’s about cocktails vs seated or short speeches vs long speeches. So, my best advice would be to block out the outside noise and go with what feels right for you and your partner. We also found that keeping the finer details between us created an element of anticipation and excitement for our guests.
Compromise is key! There were certain parts of the day that were really important to Nick, and there were some that I didn’t care much for, and vice versa. We allowed each other to take the lead on the things that meant a lot to us individually, and, in turn, this made us both happy.
Love Camilla and Nick’s stunning choice of venue, Sophia at The Prahan Arcade? For more styling inspiration against this sophisticated backdrop, check out Ridley & Cassie’s gorgeous soiree.
CAMILLA & NICK’S VENDORS
Ceremony & reception venue: Sophia at The Prahran Arcade
Celebrant: Natalie Drum
Photography: Evia Zachariah
Videography: Four By Four Films
Hair: Alex Vass
Make-up: Sophia Pafitis
The dresses: Vera Wang and Stella McCartney
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Hexie
Suits: YSG Tailors
Bow ties / ties: Hugo Boss
Catering & bar: The Atlantic Group and Pommery Champagne
Cake / Cake topper: Get Caked By Lisa
Entertainment: Mikey Cahill