Sarah + Frank by It’s Beautiful Here Photography

We’ve been together for eight years and live in a warehouse conversion full of colour, chaos and our cat Lulu.

We’ve been together for eight years and live in a warehouse conversion full of colour, chaos and our cat Lulu. Frank runs his own business and DJs on weekends. Sarah works in e-commerce operations and textiles for Kip & Co. We met while working for a fashion company and were friends for a few years before we started dating, so we already knew so much about each other. Frank is an extrovert and always surprises me with grand plans that push me outside my comfort zone. I’m more of a homebody and keep him grounded.

I was having an afternoon nap while on holiday in Thailand when Frank proposed. He tried to wake me up with “do you want to marry me”. This had come up loosely before, so I replied, “sure let’s do that” and went back to my nap. He tried again and got the same response. So he rolled me around and said “I mean it, I even have a ring”. I woke up properly then and of course said yes.

We had some nervous moments leading up to the wedding. Getting married outside in Melbourne is always a risk. The weekend before, the river flooded, leaving behind a muddy mess right where our reception was to be held. Covid-19 was also becoming a growing concern in Australia, as neighbouring countries started to close their borders. We weren’t sure family and friends coming from all over the world would be able to attend or if we would even be able to throw a wedding. Luckily, we got married just in time, at a family property in Abbotsford with an incredible garden that leads down to the Yarra river. A neighbour kindly offered to let us use her garden and cut down a section of fence, so we could have our ceremony in her garden and then move everyone over for the reception. Being so close to the city in a garden on the river that looks over to parkland made it feel like we were in another world.

The Rechords kicked off the reception with their amazing rockabilly sound and we feasted on Argentinian BBQ. We had a tiny hiccup with the sound at the start of our ceremony, which was a bit of a problem because the sound tech was also the groom, who was making an entrance, so wasn’t there. Luckily, we had a few DJs there, and some of Melbourne’s best hops staff on board to sort it out. Frank did an impromptu performance of ‘You’re Just Too Good To Be True’, which was beautiful, ridiculous and hilarious.

I made possibly the fastest wedding dress purchase in history after spending 15 minutes in the Anna Campbell store. Frank was much harder to dress. After the big day, we went straight into isolation so still haven’t planned our honeymoon. But with work on hold, we’ve been able to spend our weekends together doing things we wouldn’t normally have time to enjoy, like cooking.

Photographer:@itsbeautifulhere | Groom’s attire: @jacklondon_official | Bride’s attire: @annacampbellbridal | Venue: Private residence in Abbotsford | Celebrant:@tashywebb | Hair & Makeup:@thedistinctivedame | Hire:@gooddayclub_au | Flora: @poppysgettingmarried | Planning: @letsgetfrank | Videographer: @lunar_red_films | Band: @therechords | DJ: @jankfacques | Bride’s Ring: @inabarryjewellery | Groom’s Ring: @augusto.davidson | Bride’s shoes: @loefflerrandall | Bride’s earrings: @christienicolaides | Groomsmen’s attire:@jacklondon_official | Bridesmaid’s emerald dress: @rosa.bridesmaids | Bridesmaid’s blue dress: @antheacrawford | Cake: @annamadeleine_bakery | Catering & beverages: @senorbbq, @iamboard_melbourne.