Amazing Wedding Dress Designer ANNA CAMPBELL’S Rustic Glam Wedding!
When the incredible wedding dress designer, Anna Campbell’s wedding dropped in my inbox I nearly exploded with excitement over of all the wedding pretty. I mean what exactly would an iconic wedding dress designer’s wedding actually look like?
Amazing. That’s what. Anna & Murray had a super pretty and rustic glam wedding in a magical barn setting with twinkling lights, chic vintage furniture and the most swoon-worthy flowers evvver.
Anna also had no less than 4 wedding dresses. Four wedding dresses. Well if you are Anna Campbell and you make exquisitely glam wedding dresses for a living – then why the hell not hey! Exactly.
We wanted to marry at a venue without limitations, so we could eat and drink what we wanted on the night, plus somewhere that would allow a DIY approach! So finding a space we could bring everything into was the first challenge.
I grew up just down the road from Andersons Mill, so it is a really special place for me. My older sister had been married there two years before, and it was truly the most beautiful wedding I had ever seen.
Making sure that both Murray and I were involved in all elements of the day was really important to the both of us. We wanted our wedding to truly reflect who we are as a couple, and this meant being involved in 100% of the decision making.
Having said that, I am so lucky that my sister, Jane, is a wedding planner (Oh Perfect Day) and she was such an enormous help throughout the whole process.
When you choose a venue where you need to bring in everything yourself, I think it’s easy to underestimate how much work there is to do! So having Jane there to help every step of the way saved me!
From the beginning I knew that I needed more than one dress, mainly because I love so many different looks and finishes, and I knew I would never be able to choose!
Additional to that, I knew that the dress I wanted to create for the ceremony was going to be so heavily embellished, that I would need to change into something lighter for the reception!
In the end, I designed and created four wedding dresses. While they were all different, they each incorporated luxury silk and lace fabrics, as well as an element of hand-beaded embellishment.
My first dress was worn to our first look at Lavandula, a beautiful Swiss Lavender farm, with sweeping lavender fields. I wanted a free-moving dress that flowed beautifully, but that was still sparkly and special enough to be the first dress Murray saw me in.
Walking down the aisle was the moment I had always dreamt of, and I wanted to be wearing something truly incredible and sparkly, so I created my ceremony dress with thousands of shimmering beads. Knowing how the dress would sparkle under the vintage lights of the barn, I couldn’t resist being embellished head to toe!
My Dad walked me down the aisle to ‘I’m on fire’ by Bruce Springsteen. The recessional was ‘Crazy Love’ by Van Morrison.
One of my favourite moments of the day has to be walking down the aisle! This is the moment that plays over and over in your head from when you get engaged to when it happens, and it was more special and overwhelming than I could have ever imagined!
Even though we had a first look, having all of my girls and mum around me while I put on my incredible beaded dress, putting the veil over my face, and having Dad by my side, the whole thing was an absolute whirlwind!
Watching my six bridesmaids walk up the aisle before me, with each one leaving I got more and more excited, when I walked in, I remember it just being a little fuzzy for a few moments, before I could even focus on Murray!
What a phenomenally pretty wedding and aren’t those vintage lights so magical?! Keep your eyes peeled my lovelies as this epic wedding has been split into two parts and I will be sharing the other half very soon!
Oh to be a wedding dress designer and wear four wedding dresses on your big day…
photography: brown paper parcel / first look location: lavandula / ceremony and reception: anderson’s mill, smeaton / bridal gowns: anna campbell / bridesmaids’ dresses: anna campbell / mens suiting: briggins clothiers / videographer: c2 / styling: oh perfect day / makeup: melonie santos / hair: momu / flowers: flowers in a vase / desserts and cake: sweet empire / cake topper: glistening occasions / photobooth: smugshots photobooth / gelati: bianco latte / food truck: lil nom noms / celebrant: anastasia meek / on-the-day coordination: wedding day pa