Winning at life by winning this wedding, Pepe and Sam tied the knot in front of 30 of their nearest and dearest and lucky they did, as even though they’ve been together for eight years, got engaged after just eight months and have two kids together, they had no plans to ever marry. Photographer Oli of Briars Atlas explains, “the key vendors were a group of Mallrats called The Matrimonials. We formed a music-less band, and came together to offer a wedding package as a wild and creative kickstart to the year.” Safe to say you nailed it, guys. A few of our fave vendors, Nat Sproal Celebrant, Good Day Club and Babiana Botanic were involved, too, and you can see it all below…

LITTLE LOL “We won this extravagant package and only found out around the beginning of December. The date was already set for the 9th of Jan. It took a few phone calls and reassurance to my family in New Zealand that it wasn’t a hoax and that they should book their tickets asap as we really had no plans in the near future to marry either.”

THE VENUE “The venue was already chosen for us. It was amazing. A huge canvas to work with. It is down a gorgeous little laneway next door to a super cute bar for after drinks and a stone’s throw from the train station.”

THE VIBE “The theme was also chosen for us. It was a ‘rock and roll, love motel’ vibe. This encapsulated us perfectly. It was a wild evening.

FAVE DETAILS “I was obsessed with the flowers [by Babiana Botanic]! They were just magic. Our bright pink neon upside down cross at the head of the table was nuts and the blue and pink velvet touches were amazing. We had a ‘love motel’ bed with a projector in the background playing an old 80s skateboard movie, there was also a retro sitting area with a vintage sink with ice and bubbly wine in it also. On the wall was another neon sign saying ‘it was all a dream’. Our cake was black with a skeleton hand coming out of it. It was divine. The food!! Aghh unbelievable! A modern take on junk food with fried chicken and mash and gravy and tacos and mini burgers. We also had a tattooist set up behind the ceremony with a flash sheet displayed in an old television set. Our daughters covered themselves in the stick-on ones and most of the vendors got their first tattoos!”

LITTLE LOL “Just as I was about to begin and gather strength to say my vowels our youngest daughter fell over and broke a glass. It completely threw me so I just ended up saying “I love you” and that was it! Our other daughter also couldn’t be bothered being a flower girl so she threw her basket of petals away.”

A WORD OF ADVICE “Source all of our vendors – every single one that was part of our beautiful day – get their creative juices flowing all over your vision. Being with them is like hanging out with old friends.  Slow the day down, be present, limit your guest list to those nearest and dearest.”

This epic wedding was originally published in Issue 29 of Hello May mag. If you are keen on grabbing yourself a copy, head on over to our online store here. And if you are keen to get in touch with the legend event planner, stylist, celebrant combo, head to our Directory for Nat Sproal Celebrant and Good Day Club, as well florals from Babiana Botanic. But first, scroll down for Pepe and Sam’s Melbourne good times…


CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Briars Atlas Cinematographer Lunar Red Event Planner Nat Sproal Celebrant & Good Day Club Stylist, Signage, Stationery, Lighting & Photo Booth Good Day Club Florist Babiana Botanic Printer Minuteman Press Ceremony & Reception The Line Catering Fat and Skinny Catering Cake Torte By Mirjana Wedding Favours Tatty Club (Tattoos) Hire Items Good Day Club, Betty May Vintage Hire, Bangin Hangins & The Arbourist Sound Hire/ DJ Sean M Whelan Entertainment Just Me Plus One Celebrant Nat Sproal Celebrant Rings & Accessories Midnight Kiss jewellery Drinks Minim, Moon Dog Craft Brewery & Proximo THE BRIDE Bridal Gown ASOS Shoes Vintage Hair & Makeup Killer Queen Bridesmaid Dresses ASOS THE GROOM Suit & Shirt ASOS Bolo Tie Etsy Shoes Vintage Groomsmen Suits ASOS