Sunday, May 23, 2010

Portobello Bride Real Wedding - Emily & Chris

I may be biased but I love Melbourne weddings and today's wedding captured by Lisa Atkinson from 'Who's a clever girl?' would have to have my favourite bride that I have seen this year. The entire wedding is resplendent of old Hollywood glamour, taking inspiration from art deco designs and themes. 

Emily and Chris met through mutual friends whilst Chris was working in Melbourne and Emily was studying medicine. Their friendship blossomed into a romance on NYE 04/05 with Chris popping the question on what would have been their anniversary in 2009. Emily actually sabotaged the proposal by falling asleep on the couch when Chris wanted to take a walk on the beach and propose. Luckily he kept his original plan and asked her the following day. 

What a beautiful shot. The wedding dress material is exquisite.
The lead up to Emily and Chris' stylish wedding was just as elegant as the day itself. I love the way they celebrated with their friends. 
Emily's girlfriends held a Mad Hatter tea party for her, complete with hats for everyone to wear, and Emily as 'Alice'. Chris and his mates won't forget their day in a hurry; celebrating at Flemington Races on the day Melbourne experienced the worst storm in its history. 
The night before their wedding, Emily spent the night at The Royce South Yarra with her bridesmaids and celebrated with her parents with dinner at Baccash, South Yarra.  Chris and the boys relaxed at The Hotel Lindrum, South Yarra playing poker and pool.  

Emily included Paloma's Nest charm on her bouquet from White Moss.
Emily reminds me so much of a favourite style icon, Audrey Hepburn. Emily said she absolutely adored her dress and felt like a 1950's movie star. She certainly looks like one, with Chris a very dapper leading man.  
Love the bridal party outfits. Superb!
Emily and Chris planned their entire wedding themselves, deciding on an Art deco theme from the artwork and decor at their wedding reception venue, Church Street Enoteca.  The couple incorporated the elegant and classic style throughout every detail, from the black mustang cars to Emily's stunning dress by Amaline Vitale and her stylish hat by Ann Shoebridge. Emily and Chris also took dance lessons to perform a choreographed dance to Michael Buble's version of "Crazy little thing called love". They had so much fun and their guests loved it! 

There were a few handmade details to the day as well; a favourite at Portobello Bride.  The couple made beautiful fans for the guests to use at their garden ceremony. They designed their invitations, which were printed professionally and made badges with hand tied ribbons. I loved the vintage typewriter set up at the reception for their guests to type the newlyweds little notes of love for them to keep forever, a really simple but memorable touch. 

You can see again, why I love Melbourne weddings so much. They seem to have a very simple, classic elegance to them, with a twist. Maybe it is because so many of our beautiful restaurants and venues have a classic, artistic feel to them allowing couples to really make the most of the style and incorporate it into their design.  Emily and Chris have done this with perfection. 

Love the Vintage  Photobooth set up at the reception.

Thank you Lisa Atkinson from 'Who's a clever girl?' for sharing your beautiful photography with us. Your timeless style has complimented Emily and Chris' day perfectly.
Emily, thank you for sharing your story with us. We wish you and Chris all the happiness in your life together as husband and wife.  Enjoy!    

The Wedding Team:-
Wedding Dress: Ameline Vitale
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Jewellery: Swarovski
Flowers: White Moss
Fragrance: Emily forgot her Georgio Armani Mania and wore her bridesmaids Lovely by SJP instead
Grooms Attire: Suits by Browse, Geelong and Ties from Tied Up
Ceremony Venue: Pioneer Women's Memorial Garden, Kings Domain
Reception Venue: Church St. Enoteca
Function Hire: Complete Function Hire 
Celebrant: Denise Martin
Photographer: Lisa Atkinson -'Who's a clever girl?' 
Photo Booth- Vintage Photobooths 
Dance Instructor: A Signature Wedding Dance
 First Dance Song: Crazy Little Thing Called Love-Michael Buble' version


  1. finally found your new home! YAY! I was wondering if you have photos of brides wearing glasses? I'm getting married November 2011 and undecided whether to wear my glasses or not.... you don't see (excuse the pun) many brides with glasses, guess I better start this trend huh?

  2. Absolutely! I will find you some brides and post later this week. x