The industrial backdrop of Laurens Hall in North Melbourne set the scene for Libby and Gianni’s quirky lovefest, captured by Pierre Curry and capped off with a dessert table of epic proportions.
The duo first bonded over their mutual love of Volkswagen Kombis so it made sense that they arrived to the ceremony in their 1975 van before exchanging “I dos” in front of a rustic wooden backdrop. Libby shares an excerpt from their unique vows: “Marriage means…eating breakfast on the balcony, never being able to agree on a movie to watch, and hours spent planning our next adventure. Marriage means that I get to wake up next to the most amazing, caring, handsome and frustratingly forgetful person I have ever met.”
Colourful confetti from Pompom Lovers declared the pair husband and wife and they later let their hair down to the smooth beats of Nick Karasavvidis and the Melbourne Soul Collective. But it was the three-metre long chocolate landscape that had the guests most enthralled, made by the couple’s friend and pastry chef, Robert Erskine, who once worked at Buckingham Palace! “What he created was something that we could never, ever have imagined,” Libby says. “It was a fully edible ‘rocky road’ made of mousse, honey comb, spun sugar and chocolate dust that lead up to the main cake which was an orange and chocolate mud cake.
This bride always knew she wouldn't wear white. Instead, she opted for an incredible embellished gold gown custom made by a family friend. She later changed into an equally glittering pink number from Duchess Boutique for the reception.
Raven & the Rose created a verdant floral backdrop for the ceremony and used a combination of mustard, violet and deep pink blooms for the bridal bouquet.
The couple's beloved pup Henry was present at their engagement, so it was only fitting that he should be there to watch them tie the knot.
Photographer Pierre Curry's candid method of storytelling was just what the couple had envisaged. "He was able to document our day so that it was a true representation of us," Libby says. "It was less about posing and more about him observing and being just a quiet and constant presence that created amazingly relaxed and organic images."
Libby says she and Gianni were "absolutely blown away by how perfect a venue Laurens Hall was" and it's easy to see why. The industrial, stripped-back warehouse had so much charm, they barely needed to supply any additional decor.
Excited guests used pieces of chocolate to scoop up all the elements of the amazing chocolate landscape by pastry chef, Robert Erskine. "Both Gianni and my jaws hit the floor when we saw the cake and I think half of the guests missed our first dance because they were too busy at the dessert table!," Libby says.