It’s been too long since the last time that we featured a beautiful wedding, and what better way to kick it off again than with a beautiful wedding from Emily Simms of ABC’s “The Bachelor” and her new husband, Pierre Ghougassian. For any city lover or city deweller, this wedding is a dream. The balcony of the historic Melbourne town hall was the site of their wedding reception was at the George Ballroom in Saint Kilda – two absolutely gorgeous indoor Australian venues.
Here’s how the bride describes meeting her husband, and the romantic way that he surprised her with a marriage proposal:
Pierre and I first met at Pontoon, a trendy bar on St Kilda beach (the old Riva). I went there with my friend Anna (one of my bridesmaids), and as soon as we walked in, she said, “oh there’s my friend Pierre at the bar!”. Turns out she used to be very good friends with a girl that dated Pierre for 2 years, about 9 years ago.
Pierre’s birthday is the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, and I had arranged to take him out for dinner at The George on Collins. He suggested we get a nice photo out the front before we go in. So, we asked a nice passerby if they could please take a photo for us. He then turned to me and proposed. The lady taking our photo, switched it to video mode, so we have both photos and videos of the gorgeous moment.
With less than six months to plan (so fast!), the bride made her vision of antique glamour come to life flawlessly in a short timeframe. The soft purples and pinks against the white backgrounds and gold accents found throughout this wedding make it exquisitely romantic. In the bride’s own words:
I tried to stick with a glamorous, old world sort of theme. I was adamant about there being no black, and there wasn’t any at all. Everything was white, cream, soft pinks and rich, deep pinks. The florist really outdid herself! The cutlery, the napkins, everything just worked exactly the way I had hoped it would.
I was always very clear about what I wanted, and Pierre likes my taste, so he trusted me in choosing everything. As we only got engaged in February, and our wedding was August, we decided on things very quickly. The style I went with, was glamorous and a sort of antique feel. The George Ballroom where our reception was, is simply stunning, so not much needed to be done to the room. We had simple garlands down the centre of the long tables, and arrangements around the welcome sign, seating chart, bar and wedding cake. I did find all of the planning incredibly stressful at times, as I was doing everything by myself. It is like a full-time job! So much coordinating, and of course every bride wants it to all go perfectly, so the stress of that all adds up.
Although the couple had plenty of help pulling off their $55,000 wedding for 100 guests, their personal work and that of their families are found throughout the wedding. The groom’s brother made suits for the groom and groomsmen, the bride did her own makeup, and the maid of honor also did her own makeup.
The wedding cake is one of my favorite elements with textured designs, gold foil embellishments, and natural floral touches. The wedding cake had two layers of flavors: vanilla citrus and vanilla berry.
Enjoy the beautiful details of this dreamy and charming Australian wedding.
Wedding dress + veil: Tanya Didenko ~ Bridesmaid dresses: Love Honor ~ Hair: Rachel Vitullo ~ Groom + Groomsmen suits: Remy ~ Photography: Ateia ~ Event printing: Inktank Printing ~ Styling: Giant Invitations ~ Florist: Foxy Evergreen ~ Wedding cake: Nikos Cakes ~ Wedding Invitations: Bwedding Invitations ~ Stationary: Adorn Invitations ~ Graphic Design: Catsy Creative