Real Wedding – Selma & Collis, Denver VIC
For Selma and Collis, it felt right to get married surrounded by nature in the sweetest bushland settings. The Burrow event space set the scene, against which they added simple, sleek styling choices to create a look that was the perfect balance of rustic elegance.
With a wedding party in classy black suits and warm pearl satin, the look was striking against the soft ashy tones of the tree-lined surrounds. Elevating the stylish aesthetic even further were arrangements by super accomplished floral artist Flowerqueen. Blossoms rich in textural layers bound in striking architectural structures made for a stunning effect. Hues of crisp ivory, velvety coffee and soft blush contrasted against the rich scarlet accents, adding delicately dramatic effect.
The centrepiece to it all was Selma’s gown, a vision of stunning simplicity in silhouette, in gorgeous geometric lace to add a touch of modern magic in true Kyha Studios style.
We love that Selma and Collis credit their talented team of vendors for holding them steady throughout the uncertainty of the pandemic. Choose a tribe you trust to surround you on your big day is the best way to ensure your day is as stress-free and wonder-filled as this crazy time will allow!
Selma and Collis’s smiles reflect the epic feel-good vibes as the sun went down over the gorgeous bushland backdrop, and their guests partied hard on the dancefloor to tunes by superstars Baker Boys Band. There to capture all of the intensity, the style and the sweet moments was one of our all-time faves, the fantastic Tess Follett Photography.
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We met over ten years ago while doing some altitude training in Falls Creek, Victoria (we were both professional runners at the time). I thought he was cute, and we became friends and kept in contact for a few years before giving things a go.
Pretty early on, for me anyway. Things just felt easy, and we got along really well. Once we had overcome the barriers of living in different states and our age difference (we are seven years apart), we haven’t looked back.
He popped the question one evening after coming from dinner where we were celebrating buying our first house together. I had already taken all my makeup off and gotten into some comfy pyjamas when he proposed in our kitchen. It was perfectly us – intimate and low key at home.
We had a long lead up, about 18 months from getting engaged to our original wedding date, so plenty of time to plan. Nonetheless, I was pretty keen to lock in our suppliers early. So, we started with our venue, The Burrow Eventspace – the one and only venue we viewed. We both fell in love with it instantly and slowly booked other things around that.
I really enjoyed the planning process for the most part. Of course, we were affected by COVID-19 lockdowns in Melbourne and decided to postpone our original November 2020 date, with the hope that the 2021 Summer would bring about safer circumstances. It was touch and go there for a bit, as my family and close friends were in Sydney, so the last few months were a bit stressful, but we were very lucky everything fell into place on the day, and we were able to have our dream wedding without any major restrictions in place.
I always liked the idea of being somewhat outdoors and surrounded by nature, which is why the Burrow was perfect for us. Being such an outdoorsy, rustic bush setting, I really liked the idea of contrasting this with a more formal black-tie look which I had seen across a few real weddings. So, that informed the look and feel for the day.
I found my dream dress at Kyha (formerly One Day Bridal). I went in thinking I wanted something long-sleeved, but after seeing the London gown, I fell in love with the contemporary style and the fabric, which was a lovely modern lace, unlike anything I had ever seen before. It helped that it fit like a glove and needed minimal alterations on me, so I got a good idea of the final look early on. It felt classic but a bit extra because of the geometric lace, so an absolute dream when I finally got to wear it.
All of it! But if I had to pick one, it would actually be our ceremony. During planning, we were very insistent on a short and sweet style ceremony, thinking that we’d keep formalities to a minimum and move on to the party asap. But in the end, it was such a brilliant and special part of the day. I think partly because, for a lot of us, it was the first time we were gathering with a lot of our family and friends in over a year, so that was really lovely. And to have them all there celebrating our love was just so special. It helped that we had such an amazing celebrant in Georgia Mills who kept things light and funny but also really heartfelt.
Meaning of marriage.
To me, it’s a lasting acknowledgement and commitment to the love and respect we have for one another.
Aisle: Sea of Love by Cat Power
First dance: Harvest Moon by Neil Young.
Funny stories or near disasters.
I think there were very minor things like me forgetting how steep the aisle was and my bridesmaid having a challenging but successful walk down – sorry girls!
How amazingly supportive the wedding industry is! This wasn’t a surprise per se, but so lovely to have such understanding and lovely vendors to lean on during some pretty grim times for couples and weddings.
Words of wisdom.
Don’t second guess your original choices, especially if you have a long planning period. From one indecisive person to another, you picked that colour, style, vendor for a reason; trust that decision.
Soak it all up! It really is the best day of your life with memories that will last a lifetime.
Like Selma, are you struck with the indecisive vibes? Best thing to do is get yourself a good planner, and set yourself some deadlines. We’d love to help you out via our baby, Bride Business – there to keep you on track, keep you smiling and look cute in your handbag!
SELMA & COLLIS’ VENDORS
Ceremony & reception venue: The Burrow
Celebrant: Georgia Mills Celebrant
Photography: Tess Follett Photography
Hair & make-up: Tonic Agency
The dress: Kyha (formerly One Day Bridal)
Veil / headwear: Self made
Shoes: Loeffler and Randall
Rings: Diamond Exchange
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Bec + Bridge
Groomsmen’s suits: MJ Bale
Bow ties / ties: Homme
Bar: The Burrow
Stationery / Signage: Frank and Bunny Love
Entertainment: Baker Boys Band
Transport: Little Coaches Daylesford
Décor & hire: The Burrow
Honeymoon: Palm Cove and Port Douglass, Queensland.