Real Wedding – Sally & Andrew, East Melbourne VIC
Real Wedding – Sally & Andrew, East Melbourne VIC
Real Wedding – Sally & Andrew, East Melbourne VIC
Real Wedding – Sally & Andrew, East Melbourne VIC

Real Wedding – Sally & Andrew, East Melbourne VIC


Sally and Andrew’s city celebration was quintessential Melbourne, at its very best!

With only a handful of guests coming from Melbourne, they planned their wedding around a long weekend to ensure all their family and friends could spend some quality time in the city they love.

They kept the day simple and relaxed. Wed at St. Pat’s Cathedral, their guests were able to wander the city and take in the sights as they made their way to reception. In the meantime, Sally and Andrew went on a walkathon with their photographer where they were swept up in some city magic of their own.

A groomsmen’s speech brought the house down as they partied on into the night and Cam of Anchor & Hope is the man responsible for these fabulous captures of the day.


In Sally’s words…

The meeting.

AJ and I first met in Hong Kong whilst taking a marketing course as part of our Masters degrees. AJ was living in Sydney and I had just moved to Melbourne (from Sydney) and so the long-distance romance began.


The one.

We both knew we were in trouble straight away. 10 days in a classroom in Hong Kong and a night out at Happy Valley was a great accelerator for a relationship!


The proposal.

AJ “popped the question” by leaving a ring in a bowl of popcorn we were eating in bed on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I was completely surprised thinking for a moment that someone had lost their ring! It was exactly how I would have also hoped to be proposed to.


Planning process.

We knew we wanted to showcase Melbourne, the home we had made together.

Of the 130 guests coming to our wedding only 12 were from Melbourne so we decided to plan our wedding around a long weekend to ensure all our family and friends could spend some quality time in the city we love.

We chose the Friday after ANZAC Day which meant we only had 6 months to plan!

We fell in love with the first venue we visited (and were so lucky they were free on the day we had chosen), after that everything else seemed to fall into place.


Style inspiration.

In one word it would have to be Melbourne.

The day prior we had 60 of our guests attend the ANZAC Day Footy match at the MCG, we all sat together, and the sun was shining! It was a really moving and memorable experience to share in.

On the day the church was just a 10-minute walk to the reception down Spring Street to Flinders Lane, this meant that our guests could take in some city sights whilst we took photos.


The dress.

We of course did the appointment and tried on ALL the dresses at David Jones in Sydney with Mum, my sister and best friend one afternoon in early January, it’s a must and lots of fun! But I always knew I wanted something off-the-rack from a designer I love.

After DJ’s we went straight to Rebecca Vallance in The Strand, I tried on the Billie Gown and fell in love with it, they didn’t have my size so I ordered it in and picked it up from the lovely girls in Armadale a few weeks later. It was that simple really!


Favourite moment.

Three stand out for us:

Wandering the streets of Chinatown with our wonderful photographer Cam and stopping to have a drink at Lily Black’s whilst the rain passed! It was so special to have some ‘time-out’ together (all dressed up!)

AJ’s best men re-wrote the words to Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Go Your Own Way’ as part of their speech and had all the guests singing along with lyrics in hand – it was outstanding!

At the end of the evening friends lifted us on to their shoulders for the last song of the night which was “Don’t look back in anger” by Oasis.


Meaning of marriage.

The opportunity for someone to be a witness to your journey of life and for you to be a witness to theirs. And to make a journey together.


Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: Canon in D – Johann Pachelbel

Reception entry: One More Time – Daft Punk

First Dance: Never Tear us apart – INXS


Words of wisdom.

Enjoy being engaged, it a beautiful time and there are so many bubbles to drink!



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Ceremony location: St Patrick’s Cathedral, East Melbourne

Reception venue: 45 Downstairs, Flinders Lane

After Party: GoGo Bar

Celebrant/Officiant: Sally’s Uncle, Ian.

Photography: Anchor & Hope – Cam is incredible! Last minute booking but it couldn’t have worked out better

Styling: Leah Downey – our good friend and insanely talented, Leah made every decoration by hand, it was a massive project but the affect was unforgettable!

Florist: Flower Jar & Prahran Markets

Hair: Salon Mace – Felicity and Chloe are the best and were so accommodating

Make Up: Jack Cail – So talented, made us all feel beautiful and we had such a fun morning together

The Dress(es): Rebecca Vallance

Veil / headwear: Daphne Newman

Shoes: Halston Heritage

Rings: Soho Jewlers,  Georg Jensen

Bridesmaid’s dresses: The brief was “A black dress that you feel beautiful in”

Groomsmen’s suits: Groomsmens own suits, MJ Bale tuxedo shirt

Bow ties / ties: MJ Bale

Catering: Ed Dixon Food Design – Alison was a pleasure to work with and the food was outstanding

Dessert: Roaming affogatos

Favors: Sally’s sister – Erin’s Rocky Road – delicious!

Cake / Cake topper: Cheese cake by Jack Peacock

Stationery / Signage: Paperlust, Ivory & Ink Weddings

Entertainment: Saxophonist and DJ from Verve Agency

Décor: Betty May Vintage Hire

Honeymoon: Tassie

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