Real Weddings: Julia & Michael's Romantically Glamorous Wedding

We have a beautiful wedding to share with you today that is completely romantic and glamourous! Photography was captured by Keepsake Photography, whom did an amazing job at capturing all the beauty and love surrounding this lovely couple. We also have the details of how their best day ever came to be, and what went into it.

Please enjoy Julia & Michael's Romantically Glamourous Wedding, and more of their details below, as lensed by Keepsake Photography:

Their Love Story

Michael and I met through mutual friends and had an instant connection, when we were 18 and 20. My family had just moved overseas after I’d finished high school, and I had just commenced at university. Feeling homesick for my mother’s wonderful Vietnamese cooking, I asked friends to join me at a local Vietnamese restaurant, and one of them brought her new friend, Michael. I was struck at first sight, and we were pretty much inseparable, in heart if not physically ever since. We spent 10 years courting, finishing our relative studies, and travelling, studying and working overseas, before moving in together and starting our lives together in Canberra nearby family and adopting our furbabies, Snowy the Japanese Spitz and Tintin the rescue kitten.

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) me. After a full morning of tricks and jokes (some involving fake spiders), he went to the cupboard to make me breakfast, and when he turned around from the cupboard, he got down on one knee, with the ring box and proposed to me. After I said yes (having checked it wasn’t a joke first), he then recreated our first date for the rest of the day, including a meal at the restaurant where we first met.

The Details

The bride wanted gold glamour with romantic touches, and that's what she got! She chose gold, and accents of creams, soft pinks and maroon as her color palette. 

"I was inspired by the bold colours and how beautiful they were alongside the metallics and so we developed the mix of creams, pinks and maroons to contrast leafy greens in the flowers, with a strong a gold base. I fell in love the champagne gold sequin fabrics and sought out the elegant bridesmaids gowns to bring the dream to life! I was also able to source matching gold sequin fabric overseas, and created all the table coverings to match."

The Dress

I didn’t have specific inspiration for my gown, I just wanted to choose a gown that made me feel myself, and this was perfect. I loved my gown which was a fit and flare, strapless luxurious satin gown designed by Cristiano Lucci. Featured an intricate beaded belt and dramatic beaded skirt and train. I loved how this gown made me feel and how it fitted on the day! It matched the glamorous theme I was hoping for! My accessories were as follows:

My veil- a custom length 4 meter veil by Wedding Veils Australia, exclusively stocked through two-tier veil, made in ivory glimmer tulle, customized cathedral length, and beaded edges made up of Swarovski clear crystals along the edges, with top tier having teardrop crystals spaced along the edge.

My shoes- Badgley Mishka “Gene” shoes, satin Mary Jane peep toe shoes which had embellishments on the heel that matched my gown!

My something blue was offered by my delicate lace garter, which my maid of honour and best friend had bought for me when we were travelling together in Venice in 2012, long before the engagement!

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More Details

What's most impressive is that almost all details are DIY! Julia stated "Almost everything was DIY! We did the tablecloths, mirrored seating chart, table numbers, centerpieces, most stationery and bonbonniere amongst other things!" Just wait until you see the magic unfold below.

glamorous cake with gold accent and pink flowers

Tips that you can give to future brides

a) Tips on how to enjoy the engagement: 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! And have a party, why not!

b) On Planning: I adored wedding planning, at every stage. I would recommend that brides use so many of the resources online and in bridal magazines that helped me along. 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!

c) And on the Wedding Day: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 fiancĂ©!

Thanks to Giant Invitations for sending Julia & Michael's wedding our way! 

Makeup: Shopgirl Beauty. Hair: Leslie Henshaw, 
Stationery: Giant Invitations
Shoes: Badgley Mishka, Accessories: LOVEON Jewellery
Bridesmaids Dresses: Jadore, Grooms Suit: Overseas tailor
Photographer: Keepsake Photography
Cake: Traditional cake- Cake of Your Dreams, Croquembouche: Croissandor
Food: 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, Transport: Select Limousines