Australiana x India wedding at Fitzroy Town Hall
“What an absolute pleasure it was to work with Kate and her team (not to mention all the other fantastic vendors Kate put us in touch with). The amazing furniture goes without saying but I think what we enjoyed most about working with Kate is that she really got exactly what we were after, had such an easy going and can-do attitude and just ran with it and made our lives less stressful. Needless to say the result was just incredible and a huge thanks to Kate for her wonderful styling and helping us pull off the most incredible day.”
Hannah + Ravi’s wedding
Fitzroy Town Hall, Fitzroy
A beautiful historic inner city venue, delightful couple and a killer brief? What’s not to love! Hannah + Ravi decided to hold a big celebration of their marriage (which had already taken place in India) at Fitzroy Town Hall – a beautiful stone town hall constructed in 1873. Ravi’s family is Indian, Hannah’s Australian, the couple live in Fitzroy and as they’d decided to have their wedding ceremony in India, they asked us to help them create a wedding design that honoured all of these important parts.
Already married, the couple still wanted to celebrate and honour their marriage with their loved ones present. They chose the town hall’s Reading Room for their ‘ceremony’. Keeping it relaxed and fun, guests were welcomed with beautiful signage design by Jena Marie, a sparkling sea of vintage crystal champagne coupes and an unbelievable grazing table brought to life by Firecracker Event.
Formality was uninvited as we set up luscious classic lounges and armchairs around the room, dispensing with the traditional aisle. Bar tables at the back created a second area for viewing the couple. A simple but striking ceremony space between two antique bookcases made for great photos, along with a creative floral feature from Good Grace and Humour, which went on to be shortlisted for the Frankie Good Stuff Awards! An unexpected mix of cotton, sea holly, Persimmon and Billy Buttons set the tone for beauty and creativity throughout.
Hannah + Ravi’s ceremony set the tone for the day, with restrained and considered elements to create a wedding that reflected them as a couple aswell as honouring their family’s heritages. We LOVE to give areas and items double uses, so the Reading Room became a lounge for chats and catchups later in the evening – a space to get away from what became a pretty epic party.
After welcoming their guests and reaffirming their vows in the Reading Room, guests were invited to the main hall for dinner and dancing. Still a favourite, the seating chart used the couple’s favourite birds as ‘table numbers’ and these were hand illustrated.
The Australiana x India design concept took centre stage for the reception, with the use of colour, lighting, florals, tableware, linen, furniture and custom stationery to compliment the hall’s strong elements.
Dining on vibrant and delicious South Indian food created by We Are Kerala, guests were seated under a spider web of lights and surrounded by lux finishes like the dramatic stage curtain and antique wall appliques. The glorious mix of old and new was omnipresent, with the additions of modern linen from Table Art + Event Art, concrete plates and gold cutlery from Complete Function Hire, vintage glassware by Betty May Vintage Hire, our vintage furniture and the wonderful custom stationery, which included alternating photos of the couple’s Indian wedding ceremony.
We used By Jena Marie for the graphic design and she nailed it. These wonderful design and illustrations really pulled more than their weight, and as is magical about graphics – really tied the wedding’s look and feel together.
One of my fave things is to flank the dancefloor with a lounge set-up so that guests can rest, lurk and be close to the action later in the evening. Timber, velvet, rugs, florals and a mix of cushions (many the couple got on their wedding trip to India) really brought the vibes to the lounge areas.
Another area we honoured the couple’s India wedding was with the photo wall. Attaching many wonderful images from their day to coloured tassels, guests took the time to enjoy the images and get their photos taken with this as the backdrop, which also included our mint vintage arch, flower chain from Good Grace and Humour and the venue’s wall features. The twin chilli neon was custom created (thank you forever Electric Confetti) for the couple, and this imagery was also used in their invitation suite.
Wedding design and styling, vintage furniture: Good Day Club | Venue: Fitzroy Town Hall | Wedding Photography: Fern and Stone | Styling Photography: Samara Clifford Photography | Floral design: Good Grace and Humour | Catering: We Are Kerala + Firecracker Event | Graphic Design + Stationery: By Jena Marie | Lighting + sound: Technical Events | Tableware + cutlery: Complete Function Hire | Vintage glassware: Betty May Vintage Hire | Linen: Table Art, Event Art | Neon: Electric Confetti | Cakes + Dessert: Beatrix Bakes