Hazeley & Simon

“A small relaxed ceremony in a cute pavilion in the gardens. The day is more about sharing with close family and friends than having a big shindig. Think converse trainers and bow toes and you’re heading in the right direction”

This was the first email I received from this killer couple. Hazeley & Simon did also mention prosecco, and at that point I knew I was sold. I mean trainers, bow ties and just a get together with their fave people? That’s all you need from a wedding (yes the sneakers are definitely mandatory).

It was a day to remember for sure. From the two of them getting ready together in a swanky hotel room at The Blackman, where they snuck cheeky kisses, laughs and hugs. These two seriously can’t keep their hands off each other. FYI: That makes for the best photos. Also for the best marriages, because it just means you’re bloody well in love.

After putting on their red + blue shoes, matching custom shoes, dinosaur pins and fitting in some bubbles with a few select friends, they headed, by foot (it is the preferred transport of choice when wearing sneakers, aiight?), to the ceremony. Set in the Rose Pavilion in the Royal Botanic Gardens, the ceremony was run by killer celebrant Damon Hughes¬†and filled with lots of happy tears, laughs, a fist bump and ample bubbles upon finishing. Their guests were pretty darn talented when it came to bubble blowing, and their exit into a cloud of bubbles might be the most epic bubble exit I’ve ever seen. Go them!

Once filled up with cupcakes we headed north, stopping for some colourful and gritty portraits in the CBD + Collingwood (CBD for the grit and Collingwood for the colour. You can hear it in the name can’t you?), where we threw around out a bunch of confetti (environmentally friendly thank you very much!), did sidewalk dances and fist bumps. Always fist bumps.

The evening ended at Welcome to Thornbury, with food trucks galore, a donut wall, giant jenga and a bar kept everyone in the best of moods. Hazeley & Simon aren’t much for stuff you have to do, and their reception was exactly what they wanted: just a freaking lovely spot with time to talk to their friends and family – no speeches, no formalities, just a good grand time. And that’s how you do it folks: just the way you want it.

This wedding was featured on Polka Dot Bride. Click here to check it all out!

CELEBRANT / Damon Hughes
CEREMONY / Royal Botanic Gardens

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Quirky + candid + documentary style wedding photographer. Based in Melbourne, but always keen to travel the world.