Vintage + Bohemian Chic Melbourne Wedding from Luma Photo
August 8, 2013
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Believe it or not, I often find it hard to find words that are worthy of the weddings that grace the pages of SMP. For instance, this vintage meets bohemian gorgeous-fest from Luma Photo. How could you every possibly put words to something this pretty? The truth is, you truly can't - but thankfully words aren't even needed to pour through all the stunning images sitting in this gallery. Take time to do so here.
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From the Bride... Our wedding was planned over two years and so the theme evolved with time. What remained consistent was a soft vintage/bohemian-chic theme and to be surrounded by the things and people we love. We achieved this by creating a space at our reception that was filled with vintage items from our home including a vintage suitcase for cards, a vintage world globe, candle holders, vintage books and a typewriter for our guests to leave us messages. We also took the time to collect black and white vintage wedding portraits of our parents and grandparents, frame them in white baroque frames that we collected and spray painted ourselves and displayed them at our wedding. This was especially poignant as my grandparents couldn’t be with us on the night. It was our way of including them and celebrating the long and happy marriages of generations past.

We were inspired to create our vintage/bohemian-chic wedding using neutral colours to keep the atmosphere elegant and very romantic. Soft pinks, champagnes, gold trimmings, ivory and grays inspired our choice of flowers, décor and our outfits. We incorporated romantic fabrics like lace and tulle for my dress, my bridesmaids and the flower girls. These colours helped to inspire my dress. I couldn’t find a dress that I loved and after a few weeks of searching for a wedding dress, they all began to look the same. I wanted something unique and decided to start by picking a fabric that was a mushroom-champagne colour with a subtle pink hue. To keep the look ethereal, dress maker Mathieu Salem suggested lace and tulle. The best thing about working with Mathieu Salem is that he knows the female form well, is very patient and is happy to work with you to design your dress. The end result was a multi-layered tulle skirt with an intricate lace bodice. I had even more trouble finding dresses for my bridesmaids as they were all different shapes and sizes and I wanted them to feel comfortable. I chose to have my bridesmaids in the same colour as me and found a beautiful lace dress from BHLDN that fit them all! I highly recommend BHLDN for bride’s who want a vintage/bohemian styled wedding. Unfortunately there is no BHLDN store in Australia but you can buy online. My hairpiece, which I chose to wear in lieu of a tradition veil was also purchased from BHLDN and will make a lovely family heirloom!

Walking through the Botanic Gardens for our photographs after the ceremony, I felt like an ethereal princess; bohemian-chic hair and make-up and a full skirted tulle dress trailing behind and my handsome prince! Looking at our photos by the lovely couple Marieke and Luke from Luma Photo, it looks like we were strolling through the woods. We felt so relaxed and comfortable which was important to us because neither of us really likes to be photographed.

My best tip for brides who don’t know where to start is to choose your colour pallet first so that you can take it with you when you choose your dress, jewelry, flowers, bridesmaids dresses, cake, invitations and place cards. Also, having an event planner was not in our budget. Try DIY, using items you already have at home or venturing online to find unique items that will suit your budget. Etsy comes highly recommended for vintage, bohemian or DIY brides!

Wedding Photography: Luma Photo | Ceremony Venue: St James Catholic Church, Gardenvale | Reception Venue: The Royce Hotel, St Kilda Road, Melbourne | Floral Design: Bud Flowers, High Street Armadale | Wedding Cake: Cakes of Distinction, Avondale Heights | Invitations, Ceremony Programs, Place Tags, + Typewriter: Etsy | Wedding Dress: Mathieu Salem, High Street Armadale | Bride’s Headpiece + Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Bride’s Shoes: Alan Pinkus | Groom’s Suit: Canali |Flower Girl Dresses: Monsoon | Hair + Makeup: Living Dolls, Melbourne | Cars: Mustangs in Black | Chairs: Tiffany Chairs in Lime Wash via Dann Event Hire | Candle Holders: BHLDN | Decanters: A Vintage Affair | Table Number Design: The Wedding Chicks | “Wishing Well” Vintage Suitcase: Industrial Revolution, High Street, Armadale