Emily Simms from The Bachelor's Glam Antique Wedding

Even if I don't watch every season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, I can still appreciate a beautiful wedding. And that's just the kind of wedding Emily Simms and Pierre Ghougassian had. More than beautiful, actually. We're talking luxe details, gilded colors, and beyond elegant venues (a columned balcony and a restored ballroom).

And Emily and Pierre were just as gorgeous - Pierre in a bespoke Navy suit and Emily in a gown designed by Tanya Didenko Bridal Couture.

This wedding is what dreams are made of, and Ateia Photography proves it with this collection of photos.

The Love Story

How did you and your partner meet? Pierre and I first met at Pontoon, a trendy bar on St. Kilda beach (the old Riva). I went there with my friend Anna (one of my bridesmaids), and as soon as we walked in, she said, “oh there’s my friend Pierre at the bar!”. Turns out she used to be very good friends with a girl that dated Pierre for 2 years, about 9 years ago.

How did he propose? Pierre’s birthday is the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, and I had arranged to take him out for dinner at The George on Collins. He suggested we get a nice photo out the front before we go in. So, we asked a nice passerby if they could please take a photo for us. He then turned to me and proposed. The lady taking our photo, switched it to video mode, so we have both photos and videos of the gorgeous moment.

The Wedding

How did you find the experience of planning a wedding? From where did you take your
inspiration? I was always very clear about what I wanted, and Pierre likes my taste, so he trusted me in choosing everything. As we only got engaged in February, and our wedding was August, we decided on things very quickly. The style I went with, was glamorous and a sort of antique feel. The George Ballroom where our reception was, is simply stunning, so not much needed to be done to the room. We had simple garlands down the centre of the long tables, and arrangements around the welcome sign, seating chart, bar and wedding cake. I did find all of the planning incredibly stressful at times, as I was doing everything by myself. It is like a full-time job! So much coordinating, and of course every bride wants it to all go perfectly, so the stress of that all adds up.

Describe your wedding ceremony: Our ceremony was on the balcony of the Melbourne Town Hall. I loved the columns, and I found it in keeping with the style of The George Ballroom. I really wanted
everything to flow nicely.

How many guests were there? We had exactly 100 guests. We wanted only our closest friends and family there.

Where was your reception held? Our reception was at The George Ballroom in St Kilda, with 100 guests. The George is simply amazing. It is by far the most beautiful venue I think I have seen in Melbourne. The way they have restored it is so divine, it was the perfect setting for our wedding day.

Did you employ a certain style or theme for the day? I tried to stick with a glamorous, old world sort of theme. I was adamant about there being no black, and there wasn’t any at all. Everything was white, cream, soft pinks and rich, deep pinks. The florist really outdid herself! The cutlery, the napkins, everything just worked exactly the way I had hoped it would.

Please share your best wedding advice: My best advice is to make sure you know what you want, before you go talking to suppliers. Scour the net, Pinterest etc, for inspo. If you don’t know exactly what you are after, then I feel this is where confusion can start to creep in, and you become unsure if you’ve chosen the right thing or not. You need to be clear and concise, so that you don’t feel disappointed on your big day. Think about yours and your partner’s taste, and try your best to emulate that on your wedding day.

Vendor List:

Emily’s dress and veil: Tanya Didenko
Photography: Ateia
Videography: C2 Films
Welcome sign/Event Printing: Inktank Printing
Styling: Giant Invitations
Florist: Foxy Evergreen
Cake: Nikos Cakes
Graphic Design: Catsy Creative 
Wedding Invitations: Bwedding Invitations 
On the day Stationery: Adorn Invitations 
Shoes: Jeanette Maree
Headpiece Jeanette Maree
Cars: Triple R 
Suits: Remy 

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