Welcome to the wedding of Georgia and Sam, dear readers. They tied the knot after COVID turned their 18-month engagement plans into a three-and-a-half-year process (along with three other wedding dates), but like their six-year love story, “a slow burn that was well worth the wait,” their gorgeous day was the same. Photographer, Dream Cave, was there to document all the good times, so scroll down to see the pics as well as read our chat with the bride and groom… 

THE VENUE “We start discussed what our dream venue would be and the main elements were green, relaxed, and disco balls. We walked past Renard in Ballarat on the way to our car after calling it a day on venue hunting and we both knew instantly that knew we’d found our new venue. Green, relaxed and disco balls is exactly how I’d describe it.”

FAVE DEETS “Firstly, our flowers which were done by Annie from The Refined Bloom Co, were absolutely spot on from what we put in the brief. Secondly, our cake from Mali Bakes was so impressive and tasted even better than we thought it would after tasting their options. Finally, our last favourite detail was the projector that Renard have set up above the bar. They guys there let us play our favourite movie (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) on repeat all night.”

DIY “We did! I really wanted our signage to be a similar font to our invites and reference the arch we used so we decided to buy a Cricut and do it ourselves. We purchased blank acrylic signage online and printed and applied the decals ourselves.”

THE DRESS “I had spent such a long time trying on white wedding dresses and never really felt like myself and I didn’t think I would be brave enough to do something colourful, so I had given up. Then one of my best friends invited me to come while she tried on dresses at Brides of Armadale and I fell in love with Suzie and the team. Honestly, the whole process was so much more fun and supportive than I ever could have imagined.”

A WORD OF ADVICE “I (Sam) definitely have some advice. I would make sure someone reads over both sets of vows to ensure they are on the same emotional level. It sounds so cliché but just working out what are the most important elements to you as a couple. We had originally always planned to do a sit-down wedding because it’s what we assumed we should do but when we stopped and really assessed what we wanted, we figured out that a cocktail-style party was much more us.”

STANDOUT VENDORS “Justine from Dream Cave spent the whole day snapping amazing pictures and brought such a calming and fun energy, which was perfect as neither of us love being in front of the camera. Bonnie from Gathered Events went above and beyond to make sure both our ceremony and reception spaces looked exactly like I envisioned, even carrying flower pillars from one venue to another. Annie from The Refined Bloom Co, created the perfect flower arrangements and worked so well with Bonnie to create the amazing environment for us and our guests.”    

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Dream Cave Florist The Refined Bloom Co Stationery Impressed (Invitations) Ceremony Art Gallery of Ballarat Reception Renard Cake Maker Mali Bakes Hire Items Wedding Decor for Hire (Chairs) Disco Balls & Signage Stands Ooh La Lemonade Blank Signage Acrylic Blanks Font Etsy Celebrant Paul Bonadio (Legalities) & David Donoghue (Family) Rings Leie Design (Georgia) & Uniform Black (Sam) On The Day Co-Ordinator Bonnie White via Gathered Events THE BRIDE Bridal Gown & Veil Brides of Armadale Bridal Coat Mode & Affaire Hair Piece Black & Bloom Pyjamas Skims Heels Harlo Sneakers Steve Madden Accessories Black & Bloom (Earrings) & Gucci (Bracelet) Hair & Makeup Lilian Chung Fragrance Ellis Brooklyn via MECCA Bridesmaid Dresses Billy J, Bariano, Zara, The Outnet & Sheike Bridesmaid Shoes Novo, Forever New, Sandler via Shoe HQ Bridesmaid Gifts Black & Bloom (Jewellery) & Ted’s Cameras (Disposable Cameras) THE GROOM Suit, Shirt & Suspenders Ferrari Formal Bow Tie Otaa Shoes Kenji Groomsmen Suits Rembrandt. & Ferrari Formal Groomsmen Gifts Otaa (Bow Ties) & Ted’s Cameras (Disposable Cameras)