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“Big Ol’ Party” Wedding Film in Melbourne

It’s refreshing to see people who have their priorities in order. For Shelley and Roy, priority #1: fun! Their summer wedding was full of bright flowers (from Botanics of Melbourne) laughter, dancing, more laughter, and of course, more dancing. For a peek at the festivities sit back and enjoy the video from Purple Ribbon Weddings below. There are also some charming images from Beck Rocchi Photography here.


From The Bride…Roy and I were in Israel visiting his family and he planned for us to go to Tel Aviv for the day with some of his family members. After a day of shopping, exploring and eating his family went back home and it was just the two of us. We had some time to kill before dinner with friends and we decided to go for a walk. Not coping with the heat, I suggested sitting at the nearest bar/café which had a view of the beach and cold drinks. We sat down to a beer and French fries and started chatting about the holiday so far. He asked if I was enjoying myself to which I replied, “I couldn’t be any happier, I am having the most amazing time.” He asked if I was sure, to which I replied ‘of course I am!

Roy’s face changed to an awkward, nervous smile to which he then pulled a ring out of his pocket and said.. “Well Shelley, will you be mine forever?” and showed me the ring. I burst into tears and kissed him over and over before saying yes. It was perfect, not elaborate, not cheesy, yet totally perfect. Not planned (he was going to propose when we got back to Australia but had purchased the ring that day after ordering it months prior), so perfect with the sun setting over the ocean in front of us, a beautiful breeze that had broken the heat and beer and chips!

There really wasn’t a theme to the wedding but I guess you could say the theme was simplicity & just a big old party. We really wanted to create a wedding that was fun for us as much as it would be for the guests and reflecting us as a couple. Working in the wedding industry myself, I had worked out exactly what was the most difficult parts of a wedding and what stressed people out the most and then eliminated those factors. I wanted to really enjoy the process, get excited and enjoy being engaged rather than plan elaborate styling adventures and difficult running sheets which were down to the minute. The priority was the experience itself. As we had minimal traditions and festivities through the night I wanted to make sure the ceremony was an amazing start to the night, which it was. We had Jon Von Goes marry us and considering how many celebrants I have seen over the years I couldn’t be happier to have Jon there! He suited us perfectly and let us be ourselves and enjoy the ceremony as opposed to being nervous and looking awkward!

Photography: Beck Rocchi Photography | Flowers: Botanics Of Melbourne | Reception Venue: Abbotsford Convent | Catering: Bursaria Fine Foods | Wedding Video: Purple Ribbon Weddings

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Melbourne Wedding Film

I’m a go go go kind of a girl, but when I took a look at this gorgeous wedding film from Purple Ribbon Weddings I couldn’t help but to stop for a moment and take it all in. Because this wedding? It’s stunning, and the cinematography is worth some serious time this today. So do yourself a favor and hit play, it’s time well spent, trust me.

From the Bride…What was your overall theme and inspiration for your wedding? As it was a Friday wedding we wanted to make sure people came with the frame of mind to party… not still in work mode. We felt that if people came straight from work in the same suit and tie that they wouldn’t be in the right mindset, but we didn’t was to make it Black Tie as it’s too uptight for us and a lot of our friends don’t have dinner suits. So we made the dress code “bow-ties and belles” and told the boys to wear a bow-tie, have fun with it, do patterns, colours, whatever you like as long as it’s not what you wore to work. The girls just had to look pretty which was easy. It really worked! Everyone looked great and had an amazing time! As for everything else – we just wanted simple, classic styling, with a little bit of romance and quirk.

Tell us a little bit more about your day in detail. The day started off with me at my Mum’s house in Toorak and Trent at his parent’s home in Williamstown. The girls and I got our hair and make-up done there before popping in the limo and arriving at the church. My girlfriend, Felicity, walked our beautiful Chow Chow, Porter, down the aisle to lead the proceedings. We had a friend of a friend Chloe Kaul, sing Bon Iver “Wash” to piano as we all waked down.

My sister has three boys, Benjamin, Elijah (twins) and Remy, who were the naughty page boys. My Dad’s partner’s grand-daughter Lily was the beautiful flower girl. I was cool as a cucumber… until it was my turn to walk and everyone was staring at me! Once I got to Trent I was fine though.
After we were married, Trent’s youngest brother Joel got up and sang “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with Chloe as we left the church.

We had photos at the Williamstown Botanic Gardens and then went off to the reception at Alto, GPO. We had an amazing dinner, the food was awesome and the speeches were both funny and touching. After speeches and dinner the real fun began and we all danced our socks off. Nick Rutherford, the DJ, was fantastic. At about 11pm a fire alarm sounded and we all had to evacuate! It was all fine though, I got a photo in a fireman’s lift and 20 minutes late we were all back up there dancing the night away! Alto extended the night until 1:30am and it was all very memorable! When the night came to an end T and I whisked ourselves off to our hotel room a the Hilton on South Wharf, with a late check out.

Photography: Paul McGinty | Event Planning: Tori Allen Events | Floral Design: Tori Allen Events | Wedding Dress: Suzanne Harward | Reception: Alto Event Space | DJ: Nick Rutherford | Grooms Attire: Carl Nave | Wedding Video: Purple Ribbon Weddings