Hayley and Kollen are one super-gorgeous and stylish duo and their couple shots are just so full of warmth and affection. I’m adoring Hayley’s glam-vintage bridal style and watch out for her adorable flower girls who just exude personality, her sassy bridesmaids (I need their dresses in my life!) and the couple’s beautiful letterpress modern-vintage invitations.
This is a beautiful wedding with a stylish copper and gold colour scheme and it’s celebrated in not one, but two sumptuous venues. The whole shebang was documented in style by the supremely talented Adrian Tuazon so come on… let’s take a look.
TWO GLAM-GORGEOUS VENUES
Hayley, the Bride: Our ceremony was held at 333 Collins St and our reception was at Myer Mural Hall in Melbourne, Australia. We wanted a wedding in the city and something different and grand. Both venues were exactly that and had a similar majestic and grand feel. We fell in love with both venues as soon as we saw them.
A MAJESTIC FEEL
Both venues were very majestic and had a lot of copper, gold and big features such as a large golden dome in 333 Collins St and very high ceilings with 8 murals and a big staircase in Myer Mural Hall. As they were so grand, we did not want to over decorate and kept it all simple with vintage table decor and minimal colour with ivory and greens in the floral arrangements, small tea light candles and tall lamps on the tables.
We liked the idea of modern invitations with a touch of vintage. Invitations were on a white thick board with letterpress in light grey and our names in an orange/gold foil. Each line of writing was in a slightly different font and divided by lines or dashes. We directed guests to a website for the RSVP, location and gift registry. We gave out location cards at the ceremony in a similar style to the invitation to direct guests to the reception venue with 4 suggestions of places to visit on the way (eg. cafes, bars etc). This was to keep guests busy while the bridal party went for photos. The same style was used for name cards on the tables and seating plan.
The dress designer was Gwendolynne from Melbourne. It had capped beaded shoulders, which went around the back of my neck. The material at the front looked like it was wrapped in different directions and then pleated from the waist down. It had a vintage feel to it with the beading and the colour of the dress — a bit darker than ivory. I had seen a picture of a dress in a magazine which was my inspiration but Gwendolynne added her own touch to it.
I wore a basic veil which went down to the grown but not a long train. I was given two small diamonds that were part of my husband’s late grandmother’s wedding ring. Our jeweller used these to make beautiful vintage style earrings and we added a pearl droplet which can also be removed for use after the wedding.
I bought my shoes from Alan Pinkus in Melbourne. They were a pinkish pewter colour, open toe with a few diamontes. They weren’t too high and actually very comfortable!
HAIR + MAKE-UP
I had a make up artist and a hairdresser on the day. My make up was very natural and nothing too dramatic. My hair was up and parted on the side. I had a plait on one side which lead into the up-do.
We had a beautiful chazan sing during the Chuppah with a guitarist. They had a folk sound and he had a lovely voice. Our favourite part of the ceremony was the Bedeken as we had not seen each other for the week prior to the wedding and we had our closest family and friends around us which was very special.
We went a bit modern with the chuppah just to add a bit of contrast to the venue. It had boxed shelves on each pillar which held a glass votive with candles. It was the feature within the venue as we had no other decor or flowers there.
The florist was Nicole from Bud. I had a hand tied bouquet of ranunculas, ivory roses and blushing brides styled neatly in a round shape bound with ivory ribbon with the stems slightly showing. It was mostly white/ivory in colour with a bit of greenery and the blushing brides added a touch of pink which was beautiful.
Half of the tables incorporated tall lamps with a lush ring of flowers at the base of the lamps consisting of white and green flowers (roses, stock, ranunculas and paper white jonquils with lush green berried foliage). The other half had a story of flowers mixed in various shaped vases with tea light votives.
THE HANDSOME GROOM
Kollen wore an Arthur Gallan suit. It was a fitted suit, had leather strips on the lapel and a skinny leather tie. We both loved it when we saw it.
I had 5 bridesmaids who wore Arthur Gallan dresses. They were burnt orange/gold in colour, fitted at the top and then pleated from the waist down. The colour matched beautifully with the venues and the style suited all the girls. I loved the pleats, which I had on my dress too.
We had Bobby Flynn from Australian Idol perform during the canapà©s part of the reception and during the meals. Him singing and on guitar together with a double bass and percussionist set a beautiful tone for everyone to enjoy their meals and chat or listen to him in the background. He played many well known classics in his own unique and chilled style and was amazing to deal with and delivered exactly what we were after. We used the Baker Boys for the dancing. We hand selected some key performers (ie. Lead singer with a big voice and big stage presence) to make up an 8 piece band with a horn section. They had everyone up and dancing all night and we specifically selected Motown and classic oldies only.
We used Adrian Tuazon. He photographed a friend’s wedding and we loved his style. He has a very natural but creative and stylish approach. He also put together a beautiful photo album for us and was wonderful to deal with.
HAYLEY + KOLLEN’S LITTLE WHITE BOOK
Photography — Adrian Tuazon
Venue — 333 Collins St and Myer Mural Hall
Bride’s dress — Gwendolynne
Bride’s shoes — Alan Pinkus
Flowers — Bud
Groom’s suit — Arthur Gallan
Bridesmaids — Arthur Gallan
Catering — The Big Group