Real Wedding – Elly & Emmanuel, Collingwood VIC
Real Wedding – Elly & Emmanuel, Collingwood VIC
Real Wedding – Elly & Emmanuel, Collingwood VIC
Real Wedding – Elly & Emmanuel, Collingwood VIC

Real Wedding – Elly & Emmanuel, Collingwood VIC


High school sweethearts Elly and Emmanuel secretly eloped in their second home, New York, almost three years ago. However they always knew they wanted to have a glamorous gathering to officially let the cat out of the bag.

From overseas they organised their celebration with a modern touch, using email, Skype, WhatsApp to organise all the bits and pieces. What resulted was a relaxed yet romantic party at Melbourne’s urban venue Rupert on Rupert.

Elly wowed her guests in a stunning sequinned gown and when they finally shared with their guests that they were already hitched, it was met with rapturous applause and smiles aplenty.

I Got You Babe Weddings captured this heartfelt day, so happy scrolling these sensational sweethearts.


In their words…


The meeting.

We meet in High School when Elly was dateless for her school formal. Her friend kindly offered her cousin to accompany Elly, and Emmanuel was said cousin. Emmanuel reciprocated and asked Elly to his formal not long after, and we haven’t stopped accompanying each other since!


The ‘one’.

There wasn’t any particular moment – it’s the little things every day that make you know, and the moments that strike you all the time where you think ‘I couldn’t be, and don’t want to be, without this person’.


The proposal.

It was a very modern “proposal”. We were living in New York and together decided over dinner one night at Izakaya, a Japanese restaurant in the East Village, to elope. We wanted to have a party at some point to celebrate, so we took advantage earlier this year to do so – and to finally let the cat out of the bag that we’d been officially hitched for the past three years.


The process.

We had always wanted to have a party with family and friends without pomp and dramas, a relaxed night where we could enjoy spending time with a lot of important people. Three years later, we decided in January to have it in May (of the same year) back in Australia, so we started to enquire with some of our favorite Melbourne eateries. Purely by Google Image Search chance, we found Rupert on Rupert and a few days later, it was confirmed. Soon after that, we started organising everything else that was needed all via email, Skype and WhatsApp.

We arrived from New York (our second home) the week before, and it was a lot of fun. We both went to Rupert on Rupert for a drink and meal and to get a sense of the place exactly one week before (the first time Elly had seen the place in person!). Everything was very relaxed and fun, we got to spend time with our friends and family, exactly how we wanted it.


Style inspiration.

When we saw photos of Rupert on Rupert and had a chat to Mali, we realised it had the style that we wanted – relaxed, inviting, a whole lot of fun, and of course, with style.


The outfits.

Elly: I have never been the big white wedding dress type of girl, and I’ve always had a thing for metallics. I was having a look on Etsy for sequin dresses that I could get made up (I was initially going to go silver) and came across Braxae, an amazing vintage sequin gown seller. I saved about 20 gowns that I loved, but when I came across my final dress, I fell hard. The fact that it matched my measurements (pretty much exactly!) just made it seem like it was meant to be. Because the dress was the main attraction I kept things pretty simple, some white mules, white tassel earrings, and relaxed curls. A few days before I got worried about the cold, so I popped into Cue and grabbed myself a pink Faux Fur coat, which happened to complement the dress perfectly.

Emmanuel: When we decided to do something in May and we knew how we wanted it to look and feel, I knew a traditional suit and tie wasn’t going to work and it wasn’t my style. So I gave it one Saturday afternoon of shopping in NYC to sort it out.


Favourite moments.

Two moments:

Finally revealing to everyone that we had actually married three years ago – and just catching up with everyone

When we met the whole family outside of Danny’s Burgers in between starts and stops of rain for some family photos.


Meaning of marriage.

“Marriage” has never been hugely important to us – it always been much more about the partnership, love and support for each other and having fun along the way. Truth be told, the marriage part just helps make things easier (especially in the USA where there are pretty much no de-facto rights), but it’s about always being there for each other.


Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle/reception entry: As we walked in (our family’s walked in first followed by us) Digital Love by Daft Punk was played.

In lieu of vows, Elly read lyrics from “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes.

After this, it flowed straight to the reception (no first dance)


Funny stories (or near disasters).

Elly’s best friend Ange graciously drove us around in her Mum’s new car for photos. We had joked that we would have to get the car in the photos as a thank you for her Mum – as dusk settled, the car, purely by chance, ended up becoming a light source, and we got some pretty amazing laneway photos thanks to those headlights!


Planning surprises.

How easy it was to plan from overseas.


Words of wisdom.

Do it your way. Remember – it should be fun!



Inner city sweethearts, Chantelle and John, celebrated in style, be sure to check it out.



Reception venue / location: Rupert on Rupert

Photography: Lilli Waters, I Got You Babe

Florist: Brontë Gale, Blonde Floral Design

Hair: Bride

Make-up: Sarah Jobson, Making Pretty

The Dress(es): Braxae on Etsy

Menswear: TopMan, Happy Socks, Only NY “New Y❤️rk” pin

Favours: Made ourselves in the days before – “Midnight Snacks” (Tim Tams in a brown paper bag – like the canteen used to give out – for people to eat on the way home) and “Treats for Monday Morning” (a take-away coffee up filled with Natural Confectionary Party Mix and a bag of T2 New York Breakfast Tea).

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