Every Aussie bride-to-be knows it’s an age-old tradition to gather up your girls and hit High Street in Armadale, Melbourne’s bridal mecca. Even Kappy, a self-proclaimed laid-back bride couldn’t deny partaking in the ritual.

“I had to do the bridal thang walking down High Street where all the bridal dress designers were to see what all the fuss was about. To be honest, I knew it wasn’t for me and straightaway I wanted to create something different and didn’t want to wear white,” explains the bride, who sought out designer Julie Goodwin Couture to help create  the dress of her dreams.

“I didn’t want to be like every other bride and Julie was amazing at understanding my vision. I had about five visits, we chose the fabrics, had them dyed and added extra bling to make it amazing, I was so in love with my dress,” the bride tells us, adding that she and Nick focused on bringing a little bit of Byron to Melbourne with a rad combo of tropical blooms by Flower Jar, a piñata and a tonne of balloons.

“I wanted it to be a non-traditional wedding which was like nothing anyone had been to before. Nick and I love to party so to have that fun vibe was extremely important to us.” A fun vibe, indeed, Kappy took chill to a whole new level, walking down the aisle to ‘Take A Walk on the Wild Side’ by Lou Reed and opting for a quick photo sesh at one of the city’s most iconic locations with photographer Beck Rocchi.

“I loved when we all left and went to Luna Park for ‘bridal photos’. It was so fun! We got fairy floss and the entire bridal party threw streamers and confetti in the air and it felt like the best party we had ever been to! Luna Park made us feel like kids on a huge adventure,” these newlyweds proclaim, admitting that they wouldn’t have changed a thing about their big day.

“We were pretty relaxed and we loved everything about the day. We didn’t really do anything we didn’t want to. We were so lucky with everything,” Kappy says, before adding in her newfound knowledge of the wedding planning world: “Do what you want, don’t feel like you have to stick to traditions. Throw shakas at the altar if you want (Nick’s word…). We had fun and that was the best advice we gave each other.”

Kappy and Nick’s super fun celebration in Melbourne was originally featured in Issue 15. Shop online with Mag Nation or via the HM online store here.

CREDITS Photographer Beck Rocchi // Cinematographer Tom Swinburn // Stylist and florist Flower Jar // Stationery and signage Life is Peachy // Ceremony, reception and catering The Deck Circa, VIC // Decorative elements Big Letter Co. // Sound hire Marketing Melodies // Entertainment Luke Morris Music // Bridal gown designer Julie Goodwin Couture // Lingerie Gooseberry Intimates // Shoes Gucci and Converse // Makeup Georgie Morgan // Bridesmaid dresses For Love and Lemons, Alice McCall and ASOS // Suit, bow tie and shoes Topshop // Shirt Scotch and Soda.