Real Wedding – Elly & Ed, Sailors Falls VIC
Real Wedding – Elly & Ed, Sailors Falls VIC
Real Wedding – Elly & Ed, Sailors Falls VIC
Real Wedding – Elly & Ed, Sailors Falls VIC

Real Wedding – Elly & Ed, Sailors Falls VIC


What we adore about Elly and Ed’s sensational Sailors Falls wedding is that they set about making it as ‘Elly and Ed-ish’ as possible.

Old souls at heart, they wanted a day that reflected classic romance, a true representation of who they are as a couple and as individuals. They added many personal and sentimental touches to highlight this and their guests were gifted personalised notes on the day.

Both agreed that seeing each other as Elly made her way down the aisle was such an incredible moment, as it was the beginning of their happily-ever-after.

A little downpour later did nothing to dampen this darling duo’s spirits, knowing they had planned an indoor ceremony and reception. However, they did adventure to a forest for their portraits, and because of this, they ended up with some of the most incredible images. Free The Bird was behind the lens and we think you’ll agree this is romance at its best!


In Elly’s words…

The meeting.

Ed and I met at university when we were 18. We were living in the same unit at the university student accommodation together. Once we realised that we were studying the same course, we became “study buddies” and started going to classes together.


The one.

After 4 years of study and friendship, we realised that what we had was much more than “just friends”. We were celebrating the AFL grand final at a pub in Geelong with a big group of friends. Ed walked up and kissed me, the rest is history!


The proposal.

Ed woke me up one Sunday morning full of beans and wanting to go for a hike. It was 2 degrees in Ballarat, so we rugged up and off we went to Mount Buninyong. On our adventure, we stumbled across an old volcanic crater. The crater was surrounded by huge gum trees and the ground had grass up to your knees. Ed and I walked into the middle of the crater and I sat on a tree stump. Ed took a photo of me and said, “what’s that behind you!”. I immediately panicked and assumed there was some type of animal or scary insect behind me! Next thing I knew, Ed was on one knee pulling an engagement ring box out from behind my back.


Planning process.

We found most of our inspiration online, especially through Instagram. We spent a lot of time looking through magazines and online wedding websites.


Style inspiration.

Ed and I are old souls. We love old furniture, cars, clothing, houses. Ed spends his weekends restoring pianolas, vintage motorbikes and renovating our 1930’s home. I love the colour blue and writing letters to friends and family. We also love being in nature. We have so much fun exploring national parks and going on adventures together.

We wanted the style of our wedding to be a true representation of who we are as individuals and as a couple. Our style was classic romance. We went with classic colour palettes for our wedding outfits. We hired a 1920’s car for the day and I gave Ed a vintage pocket watch as his wedding gift. There were hints of blue in our flowers, the rose petal confetti and in the forget me knot flowers that lined the floor of the forest during our wedding portraits. We made it so our place cards doubled as mini-envelopes, with a personalised message inside for each guest. We wanted the style of our wedding to be as “Elly and Ed-ish” as possible.


The dress.

I had always envisioned wearing a long-sleeved wedding dress, so that helped narrow down the search. I went to many different wedding dress shops in Melbourne and Geelong, however I wasn’t having much luck. One Saturday, I went to Mariana Hardwick in South Melbourne and saw a beautiful long-sleeved wedding dress on the mannequin in the window. I tried it on and knew instantly that I had found my dream dress!


Favourite moment.

Elly: Walking down the aisle and seeing Ed for the first time that day – it was the happiest moment of my life.

Ed: Too hard to pick. The ceremony and spending time together afterwards were definitely highlights!


Meaning of marriage.

Everything. To marry your soulmate is the most incredible, joyous, magical feeling in the world!


Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros

Exiting the barn: Let It Happen – Tame Impala

First dance songs: I Wanna Be Yours – Arctic Monkeys


Funny stories (or near disasters).

It rained on and off on our wedding day. This wasn’t a worry for the ceremony or reception, as we had organised for everything to be inside, but we were hoping the rain would stop for our portraits in the forest. In the car on the way to our portrait location, it was pouring rain so we had numerous umbrellas ready to go. When we arrived at the carpark, our photographer Jai was so excited to tell us that he could see a rainbow in the distance! After a few minutes, the rain completely stopped, and we were fortunate enough to get portraits with a beautiful rainbow. We were also very lucky to get photos in front of the waterfall, which only runs when the area receives heavy rain. It was absolutely incredible, and we are so thankful to our amazing photographer Jai and wonderful videographer David for braving the weather with us and shooting our day perfectly. They are both amazing professionals (and people!).


Planning surprises.

The week leading up to the wedding is so full! I thought I was well enough prepared but there were so many things that popped up unexpectedly. I was so glad that I took the week off work so I could focus solely on wedding preparations.


Words of wisdom.

Try not to worry if it rains on your wedding day (difficult I know!) Be prepared with indoor options and look out for a silver lining. Who knows, you may even spot a rainbow!



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Ceremony/Reception venue: Sault – Daylesford. Jodi, Damien and the incredible team at Sault were absolutely amazing! They coordinated the day seamlessly. Even with the weather changing as much as it did, we knew they had everything covered and we are so grateful for that. They helped keep us calm and relaxed throughout the entire planning process. All of the details were perfect, from the delicious food and drink, professional and attentive service, gorgeous chapel/reception space and beautiful gardens, just to name a few. We can’t wait to return to Sault to celebrate our first wedding anniversary next year.

Celebrant: Tracey Patterson – Tracey is an amazing celebrant. She was warm, caring, calm, organised and professional every step of the way. From the moment we met her, we knew we had met a truly special soul. We couldn’t have asked for a better celebrant!

Photography: Jai Long – Free The Bird Photography. Where do we start! Jai is the most amazing photographer (and person!) you will ever meet. The best decision we ever made was to book Jai to shoot our wedding and we are still pinching ourselves that we were lucky enough to book him! We are absolutely in love with our photographs and get goosebumps every time we look through them. Jai is such an incredible artist and his photographs evoke all of the indescribable feelings of the day. He is so genuine, professional, calming, kind and talented! We will be forever grateful to Jai for capturing our day so perfectly. Honestly, if you are getting married you should definitely book Jai for your photographs. He is absolutely amazing and it will be the best decision you make, ever!

Videography: David Josue – We were lucky enough to have David from Josue Films shoot our wedding day and he was absolutely incredible! David brought such a warm, friendly, positive and professional energy to the day. He is so extremely talented at what he does and this translates directly into the quality of his films. We fell in love with the style of David’s work when we were researching videographers and we were so happy to book him. We couldn’t recommend David highly enough!

Florist: Zara Nicholls, Wooton and Nicholls – Daylesford. Zara from Wooton and Nicholls is such a talented florist (and beautiful person!). Our floral arrangements were absolutely stunning and were exactly what we had pictured them to be. We loved that Zara incorporated my favourite colour (blue) into our arrangements so beautifully. We are so grateful for everything Zara did to help make our day so special.

Hair: Gabbie Ward – Gabbie is such a professional and talented hairdresser (and gorgeous person!). My bridesmaids and I were so happy with our hair on the day. We couldn’t recommend Gabbie highly enough!

Make Up: Adriana Rose Makeup Artist – Adriana is amazing! She is such a beautiful person inside and out and an extremely talented make-up artist. We were all so happy with our makeup on the day. Highly, highly recommend this beautiful lady and her makeup services.

The Dress: Mariana Hardwick – The team at Mariana Hardwick in South Melbourne were amazing. From day one, they were so lovely, caring and professional. Their gorgeous personalities and warm approach made me feel so calm and supported every step of the way.

Veil: Mariana Hardwick

Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

Rings: Brilliant Earth

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Shona Joy

Groomsmen’s suits: Ferrari Bridal & Formal – Ballarat

Bow ties: Ferrari Bridal & Formal – Ballarat

Catering: Sault Restaurant

Bar: Sault Restaurant

Favors: The Little Press – Emily from The Little Press is such a beautiful soul and her stationary is absolutely stunning! She made our beautiful letter-pressed invitations and on the day stationary, including gorgeous place cards that doubled as little envelopes for personalised notes. Emily is such a kind, caring and talented person and these qualities really shine through in her beautiful work and the way she communicates with you during the planning process. We loved our stationary so much and couldn’t recommend Emily and her services highly enough!

Cake: Blackbird Cakes – Woodend. Shaz from Blackbird Cakes is such a talented, professional and passionate cake-maker (and such a lovely lady!). Our cake was delicious and it was wonderful getting to know Shaz throughout the wedding planning process. We highly recommend Shaz and her cakes!

Stationery / Signage: The Little Press

Entertainment: Luke Joseph Sounds – Solo singer/guitarist & DJ! Luke is a very talented musician and legend of a guy! We loved that he was not only a solo singer/guitarist but a DJ too! We danced all night thanks to Luke and his amazing setlist. The music really helped set the mood for the night and the dance floor was so much fun!

Transport: Automobiles of Yesteryear

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