Real Bride / Julia

Real Bride / Julia


D R E S S  &  V E I L 

While I live in Brisbane, my family live in arguably the fashion capital of Australia, Melbourne, so it seemed only right to search for my dream wedding dress down there. My sister and MOH organised 9 appointments over three days, but, as soon as I began trying on the stunning Jane Hill gowns, I quite literally burst into tears of joy! With a reaction that strong, it only felt right to begin working with Olivia and the lovely team to bring together what became the most beautiful thing I’ve ever worn. My veil was my something borrowed, which my sister had worn on her Wedding Day in 2010.

P H O T O G R A P H Y 

We found our photographer, Joey Willis, on Instagram. I immediately was drawn to the way he captures those candid moments and loved that nothing appeared too staged or forced. When our photos arrived, we sat down together for over an hour and felt that we were able to relive the day through each shot. We were blown-away by how stunning they were.

F L O W E R S 

I work for Perrotts Florists in Brisbane, in Administration and Sales. I was incredibly lucky that the Director of the company, along with my manager were on board with my vision to create something modern, understated and fresh.  My mother, who is a retired florist created my bouquet using most spectacular mushroom Phalaenopsis Orchids and David Austin Roses. Having my mum and colleagues/friends put their love into the blooms made it so much more personal. The result was show-stopping. 

H A I R   &   M A K E U P 

My brother-in-law Peter Beckett is a free-lance hairstylist who has a portfolio filled with supermodels and stars, so I felt pretty lucky when he offered to do my hair on my Wedding Day. Not to mention, it was so nice to have him around with the rest of my family and my bridesmaids on the morning of.

My makeup artist was Ginelle Dale.  Ginelle had done make up for some friends and I for another friend’s wedding earlier in the year. Despite the 4 of us having very different features and skin tones, she complimented everyone so perfectly… I pretty much booked her for my own wedding the following day!

J E W E L L E R Y 

I wore Christie Nicolaides statement earrings, in red, blush, violet and pearl tones. I love the way her unique designs balance classic and current trends so seamlessly.

The night before my wedding, my parents also gave me a bracelet that they had made for me. It was a beautiful combination of white and rose gold to match my engagement and wedding rings, and on it had they had my brother’s name engraved, who passed away 6 years ago. It was so special. Let’s just say I’m glad they gave it to me before I had my makeup done.

S H O E S 

Because my dress had a split down the front/centre, I found it quite a challenge to find the right pair. I wanted to go with something fairly statement-making, but they also had to have a heel suitable for grass. Eventually, I went with a custom pair of Tony Bianco shoes – yes that’s right, they do custom orders now! I tweaked a model of lace-up block heels from the current season and had them made in a soft blush suede.

B R I D E S M A I D S 

My beautiful bridesmaids wore Zimmermann sueded silk dresses in different styles with large Kitte statement earrings.

S T A T I O N A R Y

I created most of the printed items myself, other than the “Welcome” and “Seating” Signs which I purchased from The Sundae Creative on Etsy.

C E R E M O N Y   &   R E C E P T I O N 

The ceremony and reception were both held at “Verandahs” in the Byron Bay Hinterland. We stayed at the venue for 4 nights in the two houses on the property grounds. It was great being there with our families in the lead up and it was great being onsite as we did most of the set up ourselves.

From the moment I began walking down the aisle with my dad by my side, all of my nerves left me and I was overwhelmed with happiness when I saw Bojan standing by the arbour. I distinctly remember the moment Bojan saw me – his face lit up, his jaw dropped and he was beaming in a way that I’ve only ever seen maybe once before in the past 8 and a half years.

Our Celebrant was Paul Voge, a close friend of my brother. Paul is so popular we literally set our date 16 months in advance around his availability. During the ceremony, Paul said some beautiful words about my brother. It felt as if he was present in some way and that is something I will cherish forever.

My bridesmaid, Nikki and Bojan’s groomsmen, Ogi also shared stories about Bojan and I, which had everyone laughing. We wrote our own vows and we have made a promise to read them to each other again on every anniversary.

Our reception was held in a clear marquee which I had styled myself using suppliers such as The Wedding Shed, Mullumbimby Event Hire and Lovestruck Events.  Our guests were welcomed by my father, and in his speech he raised a toast of traditional Serbian Rakija and Polish Vodka, which pays tribute to both Bojan’s as well as my own heritage. This definitely warmed up guests ahead of the speeches. All were the perfect balance of laugh out loud moments and heartfelt words by my dad, my Maid of Honour and Bojan’s Best Man.

We had a sit-down feasting style dinner followed by our first dance and cutting of the cake. The dance floor was kicked off with some Serbian music, which had everyone up on their feet. We served Espresso Martinis, Moscow Mules and Vodka Lime & Sodas, which kept the dance floor going all night, as our DJ Kristin Prior played dancefloor hits and took requests from guests.


C A K E

Our cake was a two-tier creation by Byron Cake Boutique. It featured semi-naked icing and was adorned with golf-leaf, macarons, meringue kisses and blooms. It was stunning.

H O N E Y M O O N 

After our friends and family left Byron Bay, we spent the rest of the week in Byron unwinding and dining as our mini-moon. We will be having our ‘real’ honeymoon in New York before spending some time at a couple of our favourite places in Europe for the northern hemisphere’s summer.


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