Well versed in playing host, Marah and Simon graduated from house party to epic warehouse party with all the trimmings for their Melbourne wedding. Their ‘Come Together’ theme was all about celebrating their gang of guests, who were treated to confetti cannons, live music, plentiful food truck fare and a Mariachi-led processional through the streets of Footscray. Photographer Jackson Grant came along for the ride, which kicked off at the Footscray Amphitheater and continued in a haze of coloured smoke, disco balls and neon at The Line. The blank canvas warehouse venue was the perfect spot to bring their vibrant vision to life, with Bangin Hangins streamer installations and quirky-meets-cosy styling by Good Day Club.
Marah wore an incredible long-sleeve, sequin gown from New Zealand based bridal designer, Boom Blush. She paired it with limited edition silver RM Williams boots and custom earrings by Susan Ewington, the Melbourne Jeweller who also crafted her wedding band.
“We liked the idea of having it outside in a space where everyone could see what was going on, so the Footscray Amphitheatre was perfect! Our celebrant Jam set the mood and made sure everyone was up for a party and not taking the formalities too seriously. Jam helped us so much in the lead up to the wedding and during, after all – this was all new to us!”
“We had dissolvable confetti guns and green smoke when we were announced husband and wife and while we were signing our certificate our surprise mariachi man (Alejandro) hid and maracas were handed out. Alejandro walked down the stairs of the amphitheater to the surprise of our 150 guests, playing Mexican style covers of 90s rock classics. Alejandro led us and our guests with maracas in hand in a dancing procession to a city-lookout spot for our group photo then into our reception where the first band was ready to strike the first chord!”
“We left everything to the experts. This was a conscious decision as we’d heard horror stories of couples ripping out their hair in the lead up to and on the day when they organised any of the details. Having said that, we did engage personal friends for makeup, invite design and music – but they’re all pros!”
Marah offers some sound advice – “Get a good photographer! Not just crazy talented but just a nice person who gets your style and can calm you down when things are getting crazy on the day. Jackson was our guy! After catching up for 5 mins we knew he would elevate our experience and have the goods to capture the event. He also didn’t mind a boogie with our guests while he roved around getting candid shots of lols and cartwheel attempts.”
“We knew we wanted a blank canvas warehouse that we could style to our liking so The Line was a no brainer for us. They helped us coordinate all the suppliers and within the same precinct was Back Alley Sally’s who provided us with late night dance floor dim sims to go with our Slice Girls Pizza. Throughout the night our guests were served easy-to-eat-with-one-hand serves of tasty morsels from Four Side Events. Their food was delicious and their servers made sure everyone ate enough and all the celiac, vegan, vegetarian, pescitarian, lactose intolerants were looked after!”
“What absolutely made the event was our stylist now friend, Kate from Good Day Club. Kate and her team just got us and our style. The venue looked inviting, picture-perfect and included some quirky accents to encourage curiosity and banter between guests.”
“We wanted to give our friends momentos of the night that reminded them of having a great night with friends – coming together. So we asked Candy Ng to come along and set up a little illustration area where guests could freely sit and sip while they were drawn in quick sketches. So many of our friends have these on display in their houses when we go over and it’s always a nice way to remember the night together.”
Images Jackson Grant | Bride's Dress Boom Blush | Bridesmaid's Dresses Anna Cordell | Hair Soul Scissors | Makeup Efi Tzagarakis | Ceremony Venue Footscray Amphitheatre | Celebrant Celebrant Jam | Reception Venue The Line | Flowers Miss Kiera Picked a Posie | Styling and prop hire Good Day Club | Installations Bangin Hangins | Catering Fourside Events | Back Ally Sally's |