Steph and Zach were organising a wedding amidst COVID, like so many, but we love that they “specifically chose not to postpone because we wanted to have some certainty in amongst the COVID circus. We knew that we would be married on the 27th of September regardless of how it happened.” They cleverly used EventLive to stream the wedding – which even had a guest book and The Guest, which the bride explains, “allowed everyone who was watching at home to take photos of themselves celebrating, which was awesome.” Adam Levi Browne Photography documented the day and we are so glad. Scroll down for all the details…

THE VENUE “My (Steph’s) family and best friends are all in Melbourne, as well as Zac’s brother. COVID really threw us for a loop and we couldn’t imagine having a big wedding without them (initially, we were booked for a much larger wedding of 150 guests at Perth City Farm), but rather than cancelling completely, we downsized and re-planned for the wedding we had in just three months. Young George is a restaurant that Zac and I visit quite frequently and love, and it’s actually where he took my mum to ask if he could propose to me (in adorable broken Italian).”

THE INSPO “From the beginning, we knew we didn’t want our wedding to be traditional. Our colour scheme started with the colour of dioptase (the mineral in the original engagement ring), a bluish emerald green, and then we chose jewell tones that complemented this. In addition, I (Steph) love to sparkle and once I had decided what I was wearing, we decided that that sparkle should carry through our decor with the disco balls. Finally, we both love dinosaurs – for Zac they were a childhood obsession, and I am just a professional science nerd!”

FAVE DETAILS “Our cake was absolutely amazing – the shag decoration was inspired by Bonvivant Cakes and executed by my lovely friend and colleague Bel (Frosted Creations by Bel). Not only was it a totally unique wedding cake, but the cake itself was also delicious and we feasted on it for days! We also really loved using the bingo numbers to select our witnesses, because we couldn’t have possibly chosen from the guests that we had there! It gave everyone an opportunity to be involved!”

DIY “I (Steph) did HEAPS of DIY. I made the small table neons, spray painted all the dinosaurs, and made the large hanging streamer installation (not our backdrop). I also hand glued all of the tiny mirror squares on to make my disco ball bag – it took hours! I love DIY and the projects that came along with the wedding planning kept me busy and entertained!”

THE DRESS “My grandparents saw the sequin skirt and top in Seed in Melbourne and sent me photos thinking I would like it. Little did they know I was planning on a sparkly wedding ensemble, and so that became the foundation of the outfit. I had been eyeing off tinsel jackets for a long time and I couldn’t think of a better excuse to buy one; Hannah (Nocturnal Wonderland Creative) worked with me to select the perfect combination of metallics. I needed some block colour to break up the outfit a bit, and I happened upon the camisole, which was exactly the colour of dioptase!”

WE’RE GLAD WE “Decided to downsize. While it meant that we couldn’t have everyone that we love there, we also significantly downsized on the cost and the stress. We hired a karaoke machine and threw a party for everyone who couldn’t come to the wedding from Perth. We initially planned to have a celebration in Melbourne with all of Steph’s family, but we ended up visiting over Christmas and were so excited to see everyone that it just didn’t seem important anymore.”

STANDOUT VENDORSCarina Buress The Wordsmith Marriage Celebrant, was a real standout. In particular, we told her that the Acknowledgement of Country and recognition of the Whadjuk Noongar People at the beginning of the ceremony was very important to us, and she went above and beyond to write an acknowledgement that was detailed, thoughtful and personal. After the ceremony, we had a lot of people ask if she was a friend of ours, which I think is a testament to her warmth and energy.”

If you want to see more from Adam Levi Browne Photography, head to his Directory listing with us as well as Monique & John’s Perth Wedding. But first…

CONTRIBUTING VENDORS Photographer Adam Levi Browne Photography Stationery Canva (Invites) Fox and Hart (Place Cards) Invite Printer Vistaprint Ceremony & Reception Young George Cake Frosted Creations by Bel Hire Items Hire Society (Ottomans, napkins & plinth) Lighting Hire Anode Events Celebrant Carina Buress The Wordsmith Marriage Celebrant Rings OM Gold & Diamonds (Steph Wedding Ring) & The Raw Stone (Engagement Ring) & Metal and Idea via Etsy (Zac’s Guitar Pick) Streamer Backdrop Epic Installs THE BRIDE Bridal Gown Seed Heritage (Skirt) Sportsgirl (Cami) Jacket Nocturnal Wonderland Creative Hair Piece Lovisa Shoes Bared Footwear Accessories Fred and Ginger (Earrings) Makeup Trang Hoang THE GROOM Suit & Shirt Calibre Tie Otaa Shoes Aquila