Mandy + James || All Smiles

Mandy & James – two very fit people, who are a perfect fit for each other! Weddings are a time of celebration, a time to reflect, and a time to feel hopeful. For Mandy & James, the absence of two key members of their respective families only made their energy that much higher, the tears that much more beautiful, and their commitment to each other that much more special.

James started the day at his and Mandy’s house in Bentleigh East. He and his groomsmen kicked the footy around in the backyard, James being careful not to get any mess on his textured bespoke suit from YSG & Co (with Marvel superhero themed lining – wow!) before heading off in a Hummer limo, destined for a sneak peek at his bride-to-be.

Mandy and her bridesmaids were relaxing at Mandy’s father’s house in Brighton. They wore matching fluffy flamingo slippers and sipped on sparkling wine. Mandy was a bronzed beauty, with a glamorous smokey eye by Dalal Monsour and flowing chocolate locks courtesy of @hairbyneveen. The bride wore a strapless gown from couture designer Nektaria that featured a strapless corset with luxurious beading. Once dressed, Mandy was met by James and her closet friends and family in the front of the Brighton home for a first look – with many hugs, and much dabbing of tears! Her bridesmaids wore dusty pink strapless dresses from Esther Luxe Bridal and held bouquets of fresh pink and white blossoms from @flower_dayz. Dre the english staffy, and Frankie the puggle were also dressed for the occasion (and very well behaved) in doggy bowties.

Before the ceremony, on the way to the CBD, Mandy & James ventured out for a location shoot in the beautiful Melbourne sunshine. They took photos in a local garden and then again in Hardware Lane. With that finished, there was time for a quick freshen-up before the main event!

Mandy & James chose All Smiles in Docklands for their ceremony and reception. The high ceilings let in plenty of natural light, and offered wide views of Melbourne CBD’s Victoria Harbour and surrounding skyline. The decor was modern, with more blooms from Flower Days hung from the rafters and around the arbor. Mandy slipped into a pair of Swarovski bejewelled Nike Air Maxes (a great idea, and relief for aching wedding feet) by local brand Diamond Kicks and proceeded to light up the dance-floor with her smile and killer moves. The newlyweds were put straight into the swing of things with the traditional Jewish wedding dance, the Horah.

At this point we simply must mention the beautiful speech that Mandy’s father gave at the reception and their father-daughter dance. We doubt that there was a dry eye in the whole venue, and under a neon sign that read “welcome to our beginning”, it was truly special to witness the love between so many people – blood related or newly connected.

Mandy & James created a day that could be shared with so many people, and was enjoyed by all. They took experience and memory from the past, fuelled with love from the present, and created a future together. Thanks for having us there to witness your day!