Real Wedding – Kelly and Ben, Cremorne VIC
Kelly and Ben’s epic Easter celebration was a feast for the senses.
With the beautiful bride in an incredible feathered silk and embroidered gown, coloured confetti by the bucket load, and an air of cool and calm, this wedding has all the makings of a modern day fairy-tale.
True to their own style, Kelly and Ben chose to do things a little differently, and executed it to perfection.
See all the magic captured by Mavis Jean Photography.
IN KELLY’S WORDS…
We met four years ago at a ‘gender bender’ party. Ben came late and was dressed as himself, Kelly was dressed as a dapper young man complete with bow tie, braces and a moustache.
Pretty early on. We are always laughing with and at each other I think that’s a good sign.
Ben organised a weekend away in a little beach shack down in the coastal town of Wye River. He had champagne flowing, Al Green playing and a little green box in his pocket. I should have known it was coming. He whipped out the box and before I could open it he said “wanna get married?”.
Ben took care of the catering side of things, I took care of the styling.
Easter weekend! We had a lot of guests coming from interstate and overseas so it made sense to give them a few extra days off from work to make the trip. We had a giant Easter bunny decal, lots of Easter eggs and other Easter themed sweets. These pops of colour clashed nicely with the grungy warehouse location.
My dress was a blonde feathered silk and embroidered backless gown. It was such a pleasure to wear. I didn’t want a traditional dress so I searched old editorial imagery for inspiration in the hopes of getting something made if I found the right designer. My designers name is By Weave and from the moment I spoke to her all my fears vanished. I showed her a feathered dress that I’d found in an old editorial online and her passion and enthusiasm to create it with me was so incredible – she filled me with confidence and excitement. Weave worked day and night towards the end; hand sewing all those feathers into place. She is a true artist and a complete perfectionist. It was such an amazing experience creating something so beautiful with such a beautiful person.
Towards the end of the night Ben and I were dancing together and one of our wonderful photographers and friends, Alice Foulcher, grabbed 2 kilos of confetti and started throwing it madly at us. Soon everyone joined in throwing the confetti all over us and it was pure magic!
We created a new tradition “the smashing of the pigs”. We had giant chocolate pigs in lieu of a cake. We plan to do this every Easter from now on.
Kelly walked down the aisle to Foxy Lady by Jimi Hendrix
First dance was Good Luck Charm by Elvis
Funny stories/near disasters.
Ben and his best man Andy did a lot of running around on the morning of the wedding. They delivered food, picked up platters, moved furniture, they did an amazing job. On their last run in the hire truck on the way to the wedding they realised that Ben didn’t have socks and Andy didn’t have a shirt! They pulled the truck up out the front of Diesel on Chapel Street while Andy ran in and grabbed both a white shirt for himself and black socks for Ben.
Words of wisdom.
Be yourselves. I see so many wedding photos from different weddings and they could all be the same one! Do something different. Step outside the box and throw tradition out the window. It’s so much more fun for you and your guests.
We are also so glad we invited everyone we wanted and had a huge party. The love we felt in the room was incredible and the party that followed was epic. One thing I wish I didn’t do was worry about how many people we invited in the lead up to the wedding!
Kelly and Ben’s Tribe.
Ceremony and reception venue: The Gent Factory, Cremorne
Celebrant: Jake Avent – friend of the bride and groom
Photography: Mavis Jean Photography
Videography: Graham Cheung – friend of the bride and groom
Bouquet: Sarah Curtis
Hair and Make Up: Bernadette Fisers at Coco Productions
The Dress: By Weave
Shoes: Rachel Zoe
Bride’s ring: Natalia Milosz-Piekarska
Groom’s ring: Katherine Bowman (both designers at e.g.etal)
Groom’s attire: Briggins
Catering: Nick Sawle of The Royston Hotel
Stationery / Signage: Online Invites: Kelly Lennon (bride)
Entertainment: Nathan Lovejoy Singer: Richard Piper Double Bass: David Bramble Guitar: Rohan Nichol DJ: Jason Goodman