Rone, Rainbows and Revolver-inspired wedding

Elise + Ryan’s The Line wedding

Words by Kate Forsyth

Event photography by Finder Seeker Photography
Styling photography by Madeline Kate Photography

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Let us tell you a wee story about how Elise and Ryan’s most rad wedding came to be. They got in touch at least a million years ago with the best brief; Miss Haversham’s falling down mansion from the 1997 adaptation of Great Expectations, rainbows, glitter, and Revolver Upstairs (IFKYK).

They told me how they met at Summadayze and their first kiss was under the Footscray Rail bridge, which is a stone’s throw from their chosen venue, The Line. Pew pew went my brain!

Creating their wedding design was the most fun; working out how to combine all of these things, create something unique and personal, but also not totally ludicrous and disjointed. These two also just really wanted to have a fun party, a blast with their friends, and paint the town rainbow, because when do you get to do that?

BUT, *plot twist* Elise + Ryan’s wedding journey was not all glitter and rainbows. 

Elise and Ryan were ready, set, going to have their big day in May 2020. We all know how that goes. Being the good-natured human beings they are, they rallied and moved to the end of September. Alas, September was persona non grata too, thanks to the second wave and the lockdown that would not end. It was #ronapostpona and I wondered if their wedding would see the light of day. It’s one of our very favourite designs we’ve ever done so to know it was sitting around in digital purgatory, gathering digital dust really caused a few frowny faces. 

Locking in a third date for May of this year, it was all looking so good, and then BAM an outbreak! BAM border closures! And fkn BAM, Elise and Ryan being the Perth dwellers they are, were not even sure they were going to be able to get to their own wedding. There were tears all round. Surely frigging not! I know you’re on the edge of your Chairy Mcseatason right now, but spoiler, it all worked out after they applied for an exemption to travel to Melbourne and got to have the rainbow and glitter-soaked day of their dreams.

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Elise and Ryan on Nouba

Getting started

The brief

This fun-loving couple, Elise + Ryan wanted a kick-arse love party, unlike any other wedding they’d seen or been to. They love rainbows, glitter, music, travel, parties, but most of all they wanted their Melbourne wedding to be the best party they and their guests had ever been to. Honestly, as a wedding stylist, this is the brief you dream of, from a couple that you love from email #1 at an amazing venue.   

This is how we do it. La, la la la, oh.

So, where did we start? With each of our event design and styling packages, we start with a meeting. A meeting of minds and persons. A meandering, lively discussion of what the couple wants for their wedding, but invariably shoots off into a bunch of often hilarious, always unexpected tangents that help us to know you and what makes you tick.

Then we get you to Pinterest, baby! We get the couple to pin a rad mix of weddings they love and non-wedding visuals? This combination of pins allows us further insight into what they love and what visually appeals to them.

Next, is a site visit. We went along to The Line in Footscray, even though we’ve been there many times before to chat with the venue manager and talk turkey with the couple in the space they shall wed. 

So, Meeting + Pinterest + Site Visit = 👇👇👇

Creating a concept

Possibly THE most important step of all the steps ever ever. Ever

Combining our fun chats with the couple, plus their wants/needs/desires and dreams, we put together a mood board slash concept as part of their custom event design.

The concept is such a crucial step in the design process, because it ensures we’re all on the same page, and gives us a reference point for everything going forward. It’s a blueprint for the design. It’s a design site map. It’s a direction. It’s just really very important. Have a look at Elise + Ryan’s Rone, Rainbows and Revolver concept.

Elise and Ryan Mood Board

Rone, Rainbows and Revolver

Elise and Ryan’s concept came together in a whirlwind of non-traditional-vibes, with glitter a plenty, textural furniture, disco ball sculptures, dramatic rainbow lighting, and wildflowers to create a hedonistic, over-the-top party, offset by the industrial warehouse feel of, The Line, Footscray.

Graphic Design

A big part of all of our client’s designs is always graphic design. It’s one of the very best ways to tie the whole look and feel together, set the scene for your guests, plus it’s really bloody helpful in giving some mild formality to proceedings. When people know what to do / where to go and so forth, they feel relaxed and voila, you’ve created the vibe you wanted #winning!

As Elise and Ryan’s wedding was a cocktail extravaganza, they chose The TLC Package.

We went about designing some super rad, totally unique graphic design and event signage for them, and honestly, we loved it as much as they did. 

Elise and Ryan Graphic Design

This custom welcome sign was illustrated in-house and shows a very special moment in Elise and Ryan’s love story – the place where they first met. 

Elise and Ryan Graphic Design
Elise and Ryan Graphic Design
Elise and Ryan Graphic Design
Elise and Ryan Graphic Design

The Set-Up

Now we’ll take you through each part of the design and you can see how it all came to life.

Entrance

The scene was set from the minute Elise + Ryan’s guests walked down the alley towards The Line in Footscray’s back streets.

Everyone knows that music-loving Melbournians love an alleyway and a warehouse party so The Line was the perfect choice for Elise and Ryan’s wedding venue. Especially when the theme includes references from the infamous music venue and all-night nightclub, Revolver Upstairs.

To greet guests when they arrived we created a sculpture made from vintage soft drink crates, disco balls, glitter steamers and Elise + Ryan’s custom welcome sign. The sun was shining (as we had planned obvs*) which reflected light from the disco balls all over the alleyway.

After the guests were dazzled by the entrance sculpture, they could move into the venue and hang up their coats, bags, and dancing shoes in one of our pink lockers. How very useful and helpful. We really do think of everything!

Elise and Ryan set-up
Elise and Ryan set-up
Elise and Ryan set-up
Elise and Ryan set-up

Ceremony

Elise + Ryan had been together for over a decade before getting married. They traveled together, partied together, went to many gigs together and they both have really strong relationships with a huge group of family and friends. Basically, they have a lot of experiences under their collective belt and we wanted to create a ceremony setting that reflected that.

One of our fav Elise and Ryan stories and the main inspiration behind the ceremony design was the story of their meeting. Think music festival, and a pash under a bridge in Footscray.

We sourced the bridge-style arbour from Willow Tree Events, had it covered in amazing wildflowers by Wild flos, and had a rainbow light installation to set it off by Technical Events.

  

Elise and Ryan Ceremony
Elise and Ryan Ceremony
Elise and Ryan Ceremony
Elise and Ryan Ceremony
Elise and Ryan Ceremony
Elise and Ryan Ceremony
Elise and Ryan Ceremony

Glitter Make-up Lounge

Elise loves glitter and all things sparkly (see sparkly dress and rainbow sequin doc martin wedding boots) so we created a special lounge area for Elise (and Ryan) and all their guests to have sparkle make-up applied to their beautiful faces by a professional make-up genius, Dana Leviston. Everyone got to sparkle the whole night long!

Elise and Ryan Glitter Bar
Elise and Ryan Glitter Bar
Elise and Ryan Glitter Bar
Elise and Ryan Glitter Bar

Reception

Elise and Ryan’s wedding was the antithesis of the traditional wedding reception. Every part of it was considered to create the colourful, hedonistic and personalised vibe to honour this ace couple. No formality, no tables and chairs/set seating, no white linen or stuffiness.

Instead, we turned the industrial warehouse space into a wonderland where guests could wander around eating, drinking and exploring. First stop, the glitter lounge, then they could take a stroll under the wildflower-covered bridge, followed by a dance around disco ball sculpture whilst DJ David Bowie was on the decks. Other guests might simply like to relax and listen to music in the revolver-inspired lounge area or be mesmerised by the floor-to-ceiling wall of rainbow fairy lights that decorated the lounging space.

Elise and Ryan Reception
Elise and Ryan Reception
Elise and Ryan Reception
Elise and Ryan Reception
Elise and Ryan Reception
Elise and Ryan Reception
Elise and Ryan Reception
Elise and Ryan Reception
Elise and Ryan Reception
Elise and Ryan Reception
Elise and Ryan Reception

DJ David Bowie

Elise + Ryan love music so instead of going down the usual route of hiring a DJ, band, or both, this clever couple did the music themselves so that every song was a song that they wanted to hear. 

Cool idea huh? We thought so too, but, being the stylists that we are, we decided there needed to be a focal point for all the dancing and fun times. Enter DJ David Bowie and a vintage bar slash DJ booth.

DJ David Bowie presided over the dance floor, helped with the cake cutting, and provided a shoulder to lean on when the dancing got too much! Sidenote: DJ Dave now lives in the Good Day Club office!

Elise and Ryan David Bowie
Elise and Ryan David Bowie
Elise and Ryan David Bowie
Elise and Ryan David Bowie
Elise and Ryan David Bowie

A few words from the gorgeous couple!

“Good Day Club created the scene for the most perfect and best day of our lives.

We first started working with Kate over two years before our final wedding date. We had no idea COVID would throw our lives into such madness and result in us changing our date three times and delaying a full year. Good Day Club stuck with us through it and never made a single fuss about the changes.

They coordinated all the vendors seamlessly from one date to the next without any additional cost or inconvenience to us. And when Kate went on maternity leave we were left in the hands the fabulous Mel and Stevie who picked our wedding up and ran with it without a hitch.

We are not artistic or creative people, yet Good Day Club took our brief and made it inspired. We asked for Miss Havisham’s mansion in the 1998 version of great expectations meets Revolver, with lots of rainbows and glitter and we got it! Every detail was thought of and perfected from the furnishing to the stunning floral arrangements, to Stevie’s inspired artwork on our signage, the lighting, the audio systems, the amazing transition from ceremony to after-party, the mannequin DJ David Bowie, the bar, the beautiful and delicious cake, the dance floor and of course our extra special glitter lounge that made all of our guests sparkle through the night.

Good Day Club got to know us and our story and recreated it in a setting that fully encapsulated who we are and our journey to get to our wedding day. If I could live in the wedding Good Day Club created I would. It was perfect. It made our day perfect and I did not want to leave. The attention to every detail was so professional and so on point and the coordination of vendors, bump in, reshuffle ceremony to after-party and bump out, was seamless and left absolutely nothing at all for us to worry about on the day!

At the end of the night, I walked around to say my goodbyes; ‘goodbye revolver couches, goodbye rainbow lights, goodbye flower-covered bridge, goodbye glitter lounge, goodbye fairy lights, goodbye disco balls, goodbye David Bowie’. The one heartbreak of my day was having to leave. If I could return to one place I have visited in my life, it would be our wedding and the amazing creation of Good Day Club. Thank you to the entire team for creating our perfect day!”

Elise and Ryan
Elise and Ryan
Elise adn Ryan
Elise and Ryan

Radical vendors who made it happen

Design, styling, furniture hire, neon hire, graphic design: Good Day Club | Photography: Finder Seeker Photography | Set-up Photography: Madeline Kate Photography | Venue: The Line Footscray | Lighting and AV: Technical Events | Flowers: Wild Flos | Arbour: Willow Tree Events | Catering: Fourside Events | Celebrant: Anthony Cribbs | Glitter Bar Make-up: Dana Leviston | Cake: Torte by Mirjana | Confetti Cannons: Geelong Fireworks | Bride’s dress: Anna Campbell | Groom’s suit: Your Suit Guy | Hair + Make-up: Amy Kenny 

 

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