Amelia & Sebastian – by Anna Taylor

The beautiful wedding of Amelia & Sebastian as featured in Issue 14 …

We’re both lawyers. We love our family and our friends.  And music festivals, ideally with our friends. Good honest fun. We met at the Golden Plains Music Festival, it was mid-afternoon, day two on Sunset Strip just after the Cosmic Cowboys Party and Paper, Scissors, Pierce.  Seb told me his name was Batman and I gave him a plastic dinosaur named Rex, who we still have. When it’s just us, and we’re not doing serious lawyer things (which we try to avoid doing but that’s kind of difficult because we’re both lawyers), we’re really silly. To the point where we are both concerned about having kids and being even sillier than them.

The best word we can find to describe our wedding day is ‘warm’, as in feelings not temperature.  It’s difficult to describe but it truly was just the most special day.  The setting was in a warehouse in West Melbourne (Gather & Tailor). We knew we didn’t want a very traditional wedding, so we had a bridal “clump” instead of a bridal party.  It consisted of our brothers and sisters and our friend Rich (who loves a music festival more than us, in fact more than anyone on this planet). Our friend Lucy was the pseudo-celebrant and then official celebrant Zena Lythgo stepped in and did the legal part of the ceremony.  Seb’s brother did the most beautiful reading which reduced everyone to tears. Then once the flood gates were open the tears didn’t really stop. We wanted the wedding to be about having a good time.  We both love live music so that was an important element for us.  We’d seen Oliver’s Army play at another friend’s wedding and we knew they would be perfect.  We got everyone on the dancefloor for a group photo after dinner instead of having a first dance, and then the band started straight after. It was the perfect way to get everyone up and dancing. A couple of our girlfriends were jokingly auditioning to be flower girls in the lead up to the wedding.  On the day of the wedding we asked them to be at the venue early to help set up.  Pseudo-celebrant Lucy presented them with baskets of flowers and told them they would be opening the ceremony.  A bit of a stitch-up, they were initially petrified but when the time came they really embraced the role. In terms of the wedding itself… We got engaged 2 March 2018 and married 12 May 2018.  Perhaps we were lucky with timing in that venues and suppliers were more available in May but if you don’t want to spend a year planning your wedding, it can be put together in just a couple of months (maybe with a side of mild-PTSD)! We think it actually reduced stress, our theory is that we had less time to overthink things. And it all went to plan because there wasn’t much of a plan! 

Photographer: Anna Taylor Venue: Gather & Tailor, West Melbourne Bride’s Dress: Rachel Gilbert with a couple of alterations by Valery Pudikov Groom’s Suit: Suit Shop   Shoes: Steve Madden Makeup: Candice September Hair: Natalie Virgona Flora: Pomp & Splendour Hire: Pepper Sprout Hire Catering: Pot and Pan Rings: Krista McRae Celebrant: Zena Lythgo   Entertainment: Oliver’s Army Band   Processional Song: Forever and a Day by Scott & Charlene’s Wedding