ANU House Wedding | February 26, 2016
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY WEDDING | CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
How did the couple meet?
Michael and Julia met through mutual friends and had an instant connection, when they were 18 and 20. Julia's family had just moved overseas after she’d finished high school, and she had just started going to ANU. Feeling homesick for her mother’s wonderful Vietnamese cooking, she asked friends to join her at a local Vietnamese restaurant, and one of them brought her new friend, Michael. Julia was struck at first sight, and the pair were pretty much inseparable, in heart if not physically, ever since. Julia and Michael spent 10 years courting, finishing their studies, traveling, and working overseas, before moving in together. They started their lives together in Canberra nearby family and adopting their furbabies, Snowy, the Japanese Spitz, and Tintin, the rescue kitten.
How did Michael propose?
Michael proposed on April 1st 2015, which was a significant date; he proposed with his grandmother’s beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring, which she had worn for the duration of her long marriage to Michael’s grandfather. April 1st was the date that Michael’s grandfather had proposed to his grandmother, and so Michael wanted to follow this tradition, especially using that ring. He did add his own flair, however, having starting the day with various April fool’s jokes designed to trick (and simultaneously terrify) Julia. After a full morning of tricks and jokes (some involving fake spiders), Michael went to the cupboard to make her breakfast, and when he turned around from the cupboard, he got down on one knee, with the ring box and proposed to Julia. After she said yes (having checked it wasn’t a joke first), he then recreated the couple's first date for the rest of the day, including a meal at the restaurant where they first met.
How did you choose your wedding gown?
She didn’t have specific inspiration for her gown, she just wanted to choose a gown that made her feel herself, and this was perfect. Julia loved her gown which was a fit and flare, strapless luxurious satin gown designed by Cristiano Lucci. It featured an intricate beaded belt and dramatic beaded skirt and train. She loved how this gown made her feel and how it fitted on her special day! It matched the glamorous theme Julia was hoping for!
As for the accessories:
The veil: a custom length 4 meter two-tier veil by Wedding Veils Australia was made in ivory glimmer tulle, customized cathedral length, and adorned beaded edges made up of Swarovski clear crystals, with the top tier having teardrop crystals spaced along the edge.
The shoes: Badgley Mishka “Gene” shoes - these satin Mary Jane peep toe shoes had embellishments on the heel that matched the bride's gown to a T!
The something blue: a delicate lace garter which my maid of honor and best friend had bought when they were traveling together in Venice in 2012 long before the engagement!
What Sort Of Style Did You Envision For Your Wedding Day?
Julia wanted an old fashioned gold glamour vibe with romantic touches. The color palette of gold, and accents of creams, soft pinks and maroons definitely helped to achieve the overall old Hollywood style. The bride had been inspired by the bold colors of a styled shoot set in a forest, with strong bold berry colors but accented with metallics. She noticed how beautiful they were alongside the metallics and so she developed the mix of creams, pinks and maroons to contrast leafy greens in the flowers, with a strong a gold base. She fell in love with champagne gold sequin fabrics and sought out the elegant bridesmaids gowns to bring the dream to life! She was also able to source matching gold sequin fabric overseas, and created all the table coverings to match.
Any DIY décor elements?
Almost everything was DIY! The tablecloths, mirrored seating chart, table numbers, centerpieces, most stationary and favors amongst other things!
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
She only thing the bride would change would be to add more time into her timeline to be able to take more family photos as they somehow missed the opportunity because it was so busy! HINT: This is one of the many reasons to hire a planner - to help you plan out your timeline so nothing is overlooked!
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Really remind yourself that the wedding is a celebration of your love and commitment to each other, forever. We took on board a lot of family support and ideas, which can be stressful. For us we wanted to make sure our families were happy, and took that stress on willingly, as our families have done so much for us. At the end though, we just had to remember that the day would mean we’d be married, and all the stresses sort of become insignificant!
I adored wedding planning, at every stage. I would recommend that brides use the resources online and in bridal magazines. Our relatively short engagement period meant we had to be decisive in decision-making and I loved what we came up with. I felt that the day was a perfect representation of what we both wanted, which is so important, and in the end the day will be what it is! Money can be stressful too, but just make sure to use DIY options available!
BREATHE! I nearly forgot to do this so many times. But you’ll have surrounded yourselves with vendors and people you trust. So take a back seat to the operational aspect of the day, and focus on the actual event- marrying your fiancé!
Dress | CRISTIANO LUCCI
Makeup | SHOPGIRL BEAUTY
Hair | LESLIE HENSHAW
Stationary | GIANT INVITATIONS
Shoes | BADGELEY MISCHKA
Accessories | LOVEON JEWELLERY
Bridesmaid Dresses | JADORE
Photographer | KEEPSAKE PHOTOGRAPHY
Cake | CAKE OF YOUR DREAMS
Croquembouche | CROISSANDOR
Catering | ANU HOUSE
Flowers | SILK FLORA
Ceremony Venue | ST CHRISTOPHER'S CATHEDRAL, CANBERRA
Reception Venue | ANU HOUSE
Videographer | SAY HELLO TO FOREVER
DJ | MR MICHAEL MUSIC
Live Music | JAY BOATS
Transportation | SELECT LIMOUSINES