Real Wedding – Thi & Raph, Abbotsford VIC
Real Wedding – Thi & Raph, Abbotsford VIC
Real Wedding – Thi & Raph, Abbotsford VIC

Real Wedding – Thi & Raph, Abbotsford VIC


A chance meeting as bridesmaid and groomsman in a mutual friend’s wedding first brought Thi and Raph together, and life came full circle when they recently celebrated their own ever-after at the gorgeous Abbotsford Convent.

Absolutely beaming with happiness, the love Thi and Raph share is evident, and their dream day came complete with a personalised, humorous and heartfelt ceremony that really set the tone for celebrations to follow.

Glowing in gold, bride Thi was a vision, and Georgia Verrells was there to capture all the magic.


In Thi’s words…


The meeting.

Coupled as bridesmaid and groomsmen via a friend’s wedding.


The ‘one’.

He is patient, loving and forgiving!


The proposal.

Re-lived our first date. Dinner at South Wharf, gelato at St Kilda pier, and then he proposed!


Style inspiration.

Relaxed, rustic, fun.


The gown.

Simple yet elegant, fitted. I did not intend to wear gold on the day although when I saw the dress, I knew it was ‘the one’. Purchased it online via BHLDN.


Favourite moments.

The ceremony – personalised, funny and we officially got married!


Meaning of marriage.

The greatest aspect is choosing to commit to one another. Through good times there will be bad times. Remembering why you first got together and why you stayed together.


Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: Fallin’ by Jessica Mauboy

Reception entry: Angels by Chance the Rapper

First dance: If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys


Planning surprises. 

The amount of co-ordinating required to plan a wedding!


Words of wisdom.

Consider ideas and opinions from others – although at the end of the day – make decisions on what suits you both best.




Go for gold! Tradition white gown not your thang? Check out Ben and Hannah’s dreamy Fitzroy day for more out-of-the-box inspiration.



Ceremony venue / location: Abbotsford Convent

Celebrant/Officiant: Julianne Bambacas

Photography: Georgia Verrells

Videography: Burgess Video

Florist: Serenity Flowers

Hair and make-up: Bride

The Dress(es): BHLDN

Shoes: ASOS

Rings: Michael Parker Diamonds

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Gave the girls a budget – they chose their own dress. ASOS, Keepsake the Label, Lulu and Rose, Forever New.

Groomsmen’s suits: ASOS

Catering and Bar: Bursaria

Favours: Designer Candy

Cake / Cake topper: Krispy Kreme

Entertainment: Memory box DJ and photobooths

Transport: Uber

Hire: oneclick photobooth

Honeymoon: Ubud, Bali

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