East Meets West Wedding | Glamorous Destination Planner | Lili & Michael

Lili & Michael | March 10, 2016

The Willows | Melbourne, Australia

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gold dusted chocolates at wedding

Nestled amongst the Willow trees of Melbourne's most romantic venue - Lili and Michael exchanged vowes in a glamorous, gold dripping ceremony inspired by the romance of the East and West. Adorning a custom made gown with delicate lace and flower details - Lili, Michael and their closest friends and family enjoyed a stunning reception which featured a champagne tower, a floral arrangement from Victoria Whitelaw and a gold dusted candy bar. 

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We are honored to showcase Lili and Michael's destination wedding in Melbourne, Australia! 

Here's how they met: We actually used to work for the same company so we’d always see each other around the office and just got to talking one day. 

gold elegant wedding cake

As for the proposal, "Michael proposed to me during the TV show “Family Guy” completely out of the blue. Honestly, if that isn’t a dream proposal, I’m not really sure what is!" BEST. PROPOSAL. EVER!!

Just wait until you see the wedding photos - it was truly a spectacular event. "We wanted a place that was intimate and beautiful. As soon as I saw the court yard and the beautiful willow tree of The Willows, we knew that we found the perfect reception venue." 

The wedding style is simple and elegant and perfectly stated by the bride when she said, "I envisioned the style of East meets the West. The theme for the day was black and gold with a touch of the 1920s. I definitely wanted a golden touch of glamour throughout the day."

The Gown

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The bridal gown was handmade by Neomi Pereira from Neomi Allens Couture. Lili wanted something modern, western, and elegant but with a whisper of The East. Neomi brought it to life and her creation was gracefully modern, effortlessly elegant and the perfect harmony of East and West. What stood out to us were the details, the tiny flowers, sewn by hand, with love in every stitch, the pearls, the lace, the collar....all simply amazing.

Lili's advice for future brides:

Relax, chill, drink, eat and be married.


Bridal Gown | Neomi Allen
Suits | Dom Bagnato
Stationery | Adorn Invitations
Rings | Canturi
Venue | The Willows
Flowers | Victoria Whitelaw
Cake and Bonbonniere | Regnier Cakes
Photography | Elleni Toumpas
Hair & Makeup | Onset Studio
Entertainment | Blue Avenue