Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…
We both work in the travel industry (well we did until the recent pandemic that is!) which is how we met. Troy is from Sydney and Bec is from Melbourne – after some interstate work conferences and a series of Nick Cave mixed tape style exchanges, a long-distance romance ensued.
Eventually Troy moved to Melbourne and we went from a long distance relationship to living together in a small, one-bedroom apartment and working together in the same office, we went all in! That probably sounded risky to some but we never had any hesitations! We love traveling (of course) both local and international, no destination is out of the question – it is probably where we are both in our element. We love going to gigs, eating (a lot) we definitely spend most of our holidays and spare time doing this. Troy is a sports tragic! Bec not so much haha, but she does love to hunt down a hot jam donut at the various sporting arenas, so that keeps her entertained enough to get through these times! I think we are both curious people who share a gentle, compassionate bond with each other and the world.
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details…
We are both naturally drawn to unusual, quirky places so Mona was a bit of a no brainer once we made the journey back to Tassie to meet with them (it was also the place we stayed on our first holiday together which was a nice personal touch for us) As we are both from different states, we thought it would be fair to just make everyone travel haha – We also felt that people are much more relaxed and present when they are on ‘holidays’ and we really wanted to give them a memorable experience. Our Mona wedding planner completely won us over from the get go (Shelley) we were not very particular with details, we just sort of said we love the ‘Dark Mofo’ wintery vibe and gave them creative license to do what they do best. We told our guests there was no real dress code as such and to essentially “go wild” on the invitation, this was actually amazing as you can probably imagine the interpretations made from this – very fun. We trusted Mona completely and they honestly blew us away every step of the way. We didn’t want anything too formal; the idea was just to get everyone we love in a the same place for one big awesome party!
Tell us about your main oufiits:
Troy’s suit was straight off the rack from Politix haha. He was in and out of the shop in about 20mins, done and dusted, much to Bec’s disgust at how easy it was. Bec’s outfit was custom made by Silvana Tedesco. The brief essentially – metallic, structure, metallic and more metallic! The creative process was quite a unique journey, to see something evolve from a sketch to a stunning couture garment is quite extraordinary and worth it to feel 100% like yourself on the day.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?
Arriving at the venue via the Mona Ferry was such an amazing way to start the day! Bec took an earlier service with her sister and a girlfriend and Troy took the main service, arriving with all the guests, which was pretty exciting.
The weather was a little touch and go on our arrival – we were originally meant to get married out on the Pharos lawn area and only found out that this wouldn’t be possible when we arrived at the venue, but the back up option in the Organ room downstairs worked a treat and meant we were all warm and dry.
The music was pretty instrumental to our day and where a lot of our energy was spent in the lead up. “Sweep me off my feet” by Pond opened the ceremony and Bec walked down the aisle with her Dad to “The Ship Song” by Nick Cave. We later welcomed our guests into the reception venue ourselves (to the Stranger Things theme haha) and then our awesome friend, Dan Roberts, DJ’d for us into the night and even produced some amazing ‘Dark Mofo’ themed light projections, which played on the back wall!
Speeches by the two Dad’s as well as Bec’s sister Mel and Troy’s mate Ryan were very illuminating!! haha a great highlight.
But in all honesty, the most memorable part was taking a moment to look around and see all of our friends and family together from VIC, NSW and QLD laughing, chatting and hitting the dance floor!! It is something that will stay with both of us forever.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?
Listen to each other, love each other, laugh (a lot at everything, especially each other!) and enjoy every moment.
Photography: Jon Gazzignato | Ceremony and Reception location: Mona Museum | Celebrant: Kathleen Ryan | Bride’s gown: Custom by Silvana Tedesco | Groom’s outfit: Politix | Bride’s fur: Unreal Fur | Bride’s ring: Pieces of Eight | Groom’s ring: Gavin Macsporran from Lord Coconut | Bride’s shoes: Michael Kors | Groom’s shoes: Aquila | Bride’s earrings: Mignonne Gavigan | Makeup: Melissa Sexton | Hair trail and prep: Marlene Olsson | Wedding day hair: Melissa Sexton| Bride’s fragrance: Costume National 21 | Groom’s fragrance: Acqu Di Gio | Entertainment: DJ + Visual Projections | Styling: Mona Museum | Hire: Mona Museum | Flora: Whimsy Florist | Catering and Beverages: Mona Museum