Real Wedding – Priya & Luke, Yarraville VIC
When a brass band leads you (and your guests!) through the streets from your ceremony to your reception, you know you’re in for one hell of a party.
Priya and Luke’s sweet celebration at Yarraville’s Sun Theatre was unique, love-filled and a whole lot of fun. They wanted their day to be unique and completely reflective of them as a couple, so they stuck to this every step of the way when planning.
Priya was a vision in a stunning art-deco gown that complemented their surrounds beautifully.
There to capture the beginning of their ever-after was the talented Georgia Verrells.
We met when we were both helping out with a scout group years ago. After falling out of touch for a couple of years, we started catching up for a fortnightly beer and chat. Our friends soon suspected that we were more than just friends, but it took a kiss at New Year’s Eve for us to figure that out!
We had our first kiss on New Year’s Eve and we both knew by January 2nd that we had found the one.
Priya proposed in Tromso, Norway, under the northern lights. It was a freezing night at about 3am, but the sky was filled with swirls of bright green light and it was an amazing setting for one of the most special and memorable moments of our life.
We knew that we wanted to get married in the inner west where we live. The Sun Theatre is such a landmark of Yarraville, and once Luke suggested we hold the wedding there the day took shape around that. Priya’s Art Deco style gown suited the venue, and we had a sun motif throughout our decorations and invitations.
Priya did not take long at all to find her dream dress on Still White. Once she tried it on, she knew! Coincidentally, our photographer Georgia also shot that dress’s first wedding!
We booked brass band “Horns of Leroy” to lead us from The Sun, onto the train and down the street to the Two Birds brewery. When we came out of the ceremony, the band was playing and it was the perfect sunny day. We danced down the street together with the band and it felt like a dream. It was just so much fun!
The band was a surprise for our guests and everyone had such a fun time. They played ‘Tequila’ when we were on the train and everyone in the carriage sang along.
Meaning of marriage.
Marriage means a lasting commitment to learning more about each other every day.
Entrance: Real Love Baby by Father John Misty
First dance: I Found You by Alabama Shakes’
Father John Misty is one of our favourites (we have been to 7 of his concerts) and I Found You has always been a special song for us, which Priya immortalised into a graphic drawing for Luke’s 30th birthday a few years ago.
Funny stories (or near disasters).
We had a remarkably smooth run up to the day (sorry to disappoint!). Priya used to work in events and was able to take the week off work before the day so everything was well organised.
One funny story from early in the planning process was that Priya’s mum and step-dad said that they wanted to surprise us by hiring a band to walk to lead everyone to the station but were concerned that we wouldn’t like the surprise. During this conversation it was revealed that Luke was planning to do this for Priya as a surprise, so we nearly had two bands turn up on the day! (Great minds think alike!)
It’s a bit boring and administrative, but there are so many little jobs and things to consider! It was really important to us to find a way to capture all of those things so that it wasn’t the responsibility of one person to remember them all. A budgeting spreadsheet and Trello were really helpful for us.
Words of wisdom.
A great starting place is thinking about what is important to you and what you want the day to mean. Consider what elements you care most about and what things you are flexible on and willing to compromise. Be up front with each other about these must haves and compromises from the beginning.
Find a way to make sure you have fun! Whether that be choosing the right venue, getting a wedding planner/coordinator so you can relax, having a small guest list or having a live band, make sure you choose things that will be fun for you! For us, the on the day coordinator was perfect, because we knew that everything was organised and if there were any hiccups we wouldn’t know about them!
On the day, make sure you have time to spend with each other. It all goes so fast, so make sure you take a couple of moments to check in and enjoy each other’s company.
Also, choose a photographer that you get along with as a person. You spend a lot of time with them on the day and they are part of this momentous occasion in your life – it’s important that you like them! Georgia was great for us. She was really clear with what she needed in the lead up to the wedding. On the day she was so efficient and organised and we had a great time hanging out with her. Plus, her photos are amazing and captured the day perfectly!
Sharon and Stuart hosted a country wedding that was simply sublime every step of the way, be sure to check it out.
PRIYA & LUKE’S TRIBE
Ceremony venue / location: Sun Theatre, Yarraville.
Reception venue / location: Two Birds Brewery, Spotswood.
Celebrant/Officiant: Linda Connor, Priya’s auntie.
Photography: Georgia Verrells
Florist: Birchbox flowers, Yarraville
Hair: Min. Studio, Yarraville
Make-up: Livia Milazzo
The Dress(es): Jenny Packham, “Eden”
Veil / headwear: Native floral comb, Birchbox
Bride’s shoes: Vintage
Groom’s shoes: Loacke from McCloud’s Shoes
Rings: Orion Joel, Aimee Sutanto and Emily Becher; all from Arbor, Brunswick.
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Review, Portmans and vintage.
Groomsmen’s suits: Joe Black
Bow ties / ties: That Dapper Chap
Catering: Two Birds’ in-house chef Mohan prepared a vegan menu for us (which was great! – thanks Mohan!).
Bar: Staff at Two Birds were pouring craft beers all night, as well as a few choice cocktails.
Cake: Cupcakes by Tidbit Cakes, Richmond
Stationery / Signage: Luke’s sister Sarah illustrated and lettered our invitations, which we printed at Officeworks and hand coloured.
Décor: Additional flowers from Torquay Flower Farm and home made bunting by friends.
Hire: Warehouse Sound, Fitzroy
Honeymoon: New Zealand (South Island)
Personal Trainer: Jeni Ragheb at Fernwood Yarraville