Su-Ann and Nick by Fern and Stone Photography

Su-Ann and Nick

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship

Nick is a procurement manager for an IT company and a lover of craft beers and anything that is loud and fast. He was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand and came over to Melbourne around seven years ago. I’m a graphic designer and have been working for myself for the last six or so years.

I love cooking (and eating) and am also a lover of reality tv. Yep, I’m a sucker for anything trash! Even though we are complete opposites in so many ways, it’s what we love about each other and getting to share new experiences with each other makes it even more special.

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

Like so many other couples, we had planned to get married in 2020 and had to postpone our wedding due to Melbourne being in lockdown. Thankfully we were able to find a new date with all our suppliers for March 2021. We had hoped Nick’s family would be able to come by March but unfortunately, they weren’t able to make it across. They gave us their blessing to go ahead with the day even though they couldn’t make it. Thankfully with Zoom, they were guaranteed a front row seat at our ceremony.

We both wanted a small wedding and kept everything quite simple. We wanted our wedding to feel modern but romantic and relaxed. We got married on the grounds of Heide Museum of Modern Art, underneath a beautiful tree and the weather was just perfect on the day. We then had a small dinner reception for 28 people at Cumulus Up where we got to let our hair down and celebrate with our nearest and dearest. Because we had a small wedding we also threw a bigger party two days after at a bar in the city. We loved that we could continue the celebration with our extended family and friends.

The florals were probably our favourite detail, they were spectacular! Nat from Wild Flos did such as amazing job. She completely nailed the dark, moody and modern feel we wanted. The florals were the main styling element for our wedding as we kept everything else quite pared back and simple and we’re so happy with how they turned out. 

Tell us about your main outfits

My dress was from Dion Lee. I actually saw it in the store window and fell in love with it. BUT I wasn’t engaged yet! I showed my Mum and Nick the dress on their website and they both really like it and said it was very me, simple but timeless. We both knew getting married was on the cards really soon so they both said to try it on. I tried the dress on and it was even more beautiful than on the hanger, it was perfect! My shoes were from Scanlan Theodore and earrings by Brie Leon.

My maid of honour wore a dress from Coco & Lola, a peach Acler silk dress. It complemented the floral colour scheme and had a similar vibe to my dress which I really liked. Nick always wanted a custom suit so we went to The Bespoke Corner Tailors. Inspired by John Wick’s look; Nick wore a black three-piece suit, black shirt with a black tie and tie bar. We were happy for Nick’s best man to wear a suit he already owned but he ended up getting a new suit that complemented Nick’s black suit.

What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?

We really loved getting ready together, I think I would have been a nervous wreck if I had to say goodbye to Nick and not see him until the ceremony! Spending time all together right until we had to part ways was special. Another memorable moment was popping into Magic Mountain Saloon, a bar in the city, before meeting everyone at Cumulus Up.

We had our first date there so Magic Mountain Saloon is a pretty special place to us and the staff know our story so when we arrived they had a bottle of sparkling ready for us and reserved the very spot we first met! It was really nice to pause, debrief and connect with each other before our dinner reception and celebrate that we just got married!  

Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?

After a year of lockdowns and rules constantly changing, going with the flow and being flexible was our saving grace. Don’t get too hung up on the details because on the day you won’t even realise and because you’re surrounded by your loved ones, that’s all that matters. For couples that have family overseas and are unable to come, Zoom is your best friend and find ways on how they can feel included. We still did family portraits with them on the iPad and had their speeches read out. It’s something we’ll always remember. The day absolutely flies by so make sure to take it all in; all your favourite people all in one room. It really is the best feeling.

Photography: @fernandstonephotography | Ceremony location: @cafeheide | Reception location: @cumulusup | Celebrant: @celebrantkirbysteele | Bride’s gown and veil: @dionlee | Bride’s shoes: @scanlantheodore | Groom’s attire: @thebespokecorner | Groom’s shoes: @aquila_est1958 | Rings: @parkerdiamonds | Bride’s earrings: @brie_leon | Hair and makeup: @evegunson | Fragrance: @santamarianovella1612 | Bridesmaid’s attire: @cocoandlola | Groomsmen’s attire: @barkersclothing | Styling: @thesmallthingsco | Flora: @wildflos | Catering and Beverages: @cumulusup