A day that genuinely reflected their personalities and ‘broke the mould’ is how Sophie and Logan describe their intimate Melbourne wedding, planned in just 2 months! After numerous postponements due to COVID restrictions, their big day was a far cry from what they had originally planned. The initial 80-strong guest list and crisp white gown was flipped to 20 guests and a purple butterfly dress! But their micro guest list ultimately gave the pair total autonomy to plan their day at The Altar Electric/The Espy just how they wanted, with far less pressure to adhere to tradition. Photographer Tahnee Jade snapped all the beautiful moments.
From the outset Sophie toyed with the idea of wearing a Zimmermann dress – unique, original, quirky and non-traditional. Being 5 months pregnant with their second bub however, Sophie knew it would be almost impossible to purchase off the rack. As fate would have it, just 2 days out from the big day, Sophie managed to squeeze herself into her dream dress – a purple butterfly Zimmermann number. Paired with Steve Madden glitter boots, Sophie says her wedding day look screamed personality and tied in perfectly with the fun vibe of the ceremony/reception.
Taking inspiration from soft rainbow colour palettes popular on bridesmaids in the 60s and 70s, Sophie says she wanted her flowers to pay homage to having a bridal party, without actually having one. Bloom Boy definitely followed through on this brief, with a bouquet featuring a mix of pastels that fit seamlessly with Sophie’s dress.
While many vendors they had originally planned to work with had to be cut, Tahnee Jade Photography was one they had chosen and kept from the very beginning. Capturing their infectious, electric energy, the couple were so glad to have Tahnee on their special day. “She was an absolute dream to work with and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the photos she captured,” says Sophie.
While it was unfortunate that travel restrictions meant none of the couple’s family from New Zealand would be able to make the wedding, it did relieve some of the pressure to go traditional. After stumbling across The Altar Electric (TAE) late one night on Instagram, Sophie knew instantly she wanted to be married there. “TAE was the perfect balance of drama, romance and practicality all rolled into a great big ball of peach walls and mirrored disco balls,” says Sophie. Despite already postponing their wedding to October 2021, with Sophie’s heart set on TAE, the couple decided to change their date one last time. “We hadn’t planned on getting married in February, however when I found TAE I knew it was destiny – it literally spoke to me,” says Sophie. “From that night I reshuffled everything and planned it in 2 months.”
Once the ceremony at TAE was secured, the couple say they struggled to find somewhere to cater to such a small guest list. After a friend suggested one of the function rooms at The Espy, there was no hesitation to book the Mya Greenroom – its vintage deco space paired perfectly with the ceremony’s quirky fit out. “The beauty of the space required no styling – which made it so stress free,” says Sophie. An added bonus? The venue’s open cocktail bar meant Espresso Martinis for everyone, yes please!
Looking back, Sophie and Logan are so grateful that they didn’t have their original wedding and instead stayed true to who they are as a couple. “This is your day, make it a reflection and celebration of you,” advises Sophie. “Don’t be scared to let your personality shine!”
Images Tahnee Jade Photography | Bride's Dress Zimmermann | Bride's Shoes Steve Madden | Groom's Suit Institchu | Rings MDT Design | Makeup Makeup by Lorie | Ceremony Venue The Altar Electric | Celebrant The Wedding Anarchist | Reception Venue The Esplanade Hotel | Flowers Bloom Boy | Catering The Esplanade Hotel | Stationery/Invitations Married AF Club | Transport Dluxe Claasic Car Tours | Bride's Sunglasses AM Eyewear | Groom's Sunglasses Epokhe | Stationery Minted | Bride's Clutch YSL | Cake Torte by Mirjana |