Ally & Patrick’s Art Inspired Wedding with a painted cake

Words by Amy Richardson / Images by Long Way Home
November 14, 2018

Ally and Patrick are two pharmacists who took their chemistry to creative space Fortyfive Downstairs on Flinders Lane, Melbourne for their smashing art inspired wedding. Steph from Long Way Home Photography was behind the lens for the modern, bloom-filled affair.

Surrounded by the gallery’s artwork, the couple said their vows under a cascading installation of cotton, bold blooms and foliage by the talented Meg of Good Grace and Humour. Ally’s mum is a talented artist, who contributed to the day by creating a piece which ended up featuring on their stationery and wedding cake. The couple were also lucky enough to have their portraits painted by artist Robyn Rich whose artwork was exhibiting in the gallery during the ceremony. The couple share, “We didn’t tell any of our guests about our portraits so I think many were surprised to see our faces on the gallery wall amongst all the other artwork.”

Fortyfive Downstairs had plenty of space to hold both the ceremony and reception, the bride shared “The venue itself is stunning, and we loved the idea of being married in a gallery surrounded by beautiful art.” The reception was held in their theatre space, which features striking arched windows, pressed metal ceilings and hard wood floors.

Nouba faves Ed Dixon Food Design crafted canapes worthy of the gallery setting and dished up delish grazing boards and individual mains. When it came to the tipple, Patrick curated a meaningful drinks menu that represented places and experiences the couple had shared.

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Wanting a dress that felt modern yet timeless, Ally wore a custom design by Cappellazzo Couture after falling for the elegant simplicity their gowns. We’re loving the structured form and off-the-shoulder neckline of this stunning dress.
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Nailing the modern yet timeless look, Ally's bridesmaids were stunning in bottle green dresses from Scanlan Theodore while the boys looked sharp in Briggins.
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The couple were more than chuffed with their stunning images of the day, sharing with us, “Steph of Long Way Home, was  amazing! We are so thrilled with our photos which perfectly capture the emotion and elation of the day. Steph is so down to earth and her candid and relaxed approach made her a joy to be around.”
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As it was an autumn wedding, the couple chose an autumnal colour palate for their flowers. Good Grace & Humour rose to the occasion, creating cascading bouquets and hanging installations that were pieces of art on their own.
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Boutique Cake Art created Ally and Patrick's two-tiered wedding cake, which featured artwork created by the bride's mum!
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“Our ceremony was delivered by super talented celebrant, Damon Hughes,” shares Ally. “The ceremony that he delivered was equal parts heartfelt and hilarious and perfectly set the tone for the rest of the night. Damon took the time to get to know us in the lead up to the wedding and it obviously showed on the night because so many of our family and friends thought that he must have been a close friend of ours.”
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Ally and Patrick are serious foodies and opted for the chef's menu by Ed Dixon Food Design. Canapes were served in the gallery after the ceremony, while during the reception guests dined on shared grazing boards, individual mains and roaming canapé deserts.
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“Pat and I surprised out guests with a choreographed hip-hop dance as our first dance,” shares Ally. “It was a mash-up of 8 songs which we practiced for 3 months leading up to the wedding. It was totally worth all the effort just to see the look on our guests faces when the song abruptly changed from Sam Smith to MC Hammer.”
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Credits

Images Long Way Home | Bride's Dress Cappellazzo Couture | Bride's Shoes Manolo Blahnik | Bridesmaid's Dresses Scanlan Theodore | Bridesmaid's Shoes Jo Mercer | Groom's Suit Briggins | Groom's Shoes Lluis | Rings Rhys Jewellery | Accessories Lovisa | Celebrant Damon Hughes | Flowers Good Grace & Humo | Catering Ed Dixon Food Design | Entertainment Tobi Music | Stationery/Invitations Studio Silva | Venue Fortyfive Downstairs | Videography C2 Films | Lighting Table Art | Cake Boutique Cake Art | Makeup Cosmetique |


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Nath Wedding Photographer Kolkata 1 month ago

Amazing images from Ally and Patrick’s wedding day, beautifully captured by Long Way Home.
Congratulations on your new journey.

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