ANNA & MURRAY

SMEATON, VICTORIA

 

Tucked prettily among the folds of the Hepburn Shire, the tiny town of Smeaton is no stranger to four seasons in one day. So it was perfectly fitting that beautiful bride, Anna Campbell, donned the same number of dresses when she wed long-term love and best friend, Murray Thompson, in a romantic and rustic ceremony at historic Andersons Mill.

Anna, founder and director of her eponymous Australian wedding dress label, says the day was a true celebration of the couple’s love and style. Deeply moving, her vows captured the depth of emotion she feels for her new husband.
“In my eyes, I have found my best friend. In my eyes I have found my inspiration. In my eyes I have found my everything,” they read.
The couple incorporated as many personalised touches as possible, from the DIY cocktail menu and floral styling, to the design and creation of the bride’s custom gowns.

“While four dresses might seem like a lot, for me one was just not enough! The day is made up of so many different moments, I wanted to ensure I had the perfect dress, with just the right amount of lace or sparkle, for each part of the day,” she explains.

Each of Anna’s gowns were created using luxury silks and lace fabrics, finished with the exquisite hand beading Anna Campbell is renowned for.
“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,” she says.

“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 third dress, worn upon arrival at the reception and for our sunset photos, was very fitted and intricately beaded, with gorgeous off the shoulder tulle sleeves. Although I was nervous to wear the fitted, mermaid shape, it created the most incredible silhouette, and it ended up being my and Murray’s favourite!

“The final dress was always designed to be my party dress! It was very simple, made of a soft Japanese lace, with an embellished belt detail. It was so much lighter than all of the other dresses, and so fun to dance in!”

Teaming up with a collection of hand-picked, Melbourne-based suppliers, including videographers C2 Films, make-up artist Melanie Santos and boutique bakery Sweet Empire, Anna created a unique and truly memorable celebration – one that is set to provide a source of inspiration for future Anna Campbell collections.

“I wish I could do it all over again! I have finally experienced firsthand the excitement, nerves and pure happiness that all of our brides experience! It really is the most special day of your life.

“Our wedding was really a huge celebration of how much we love each other. I just feel like we had the best party of our lives and have the most incredible memories, photos and video to prove it!” Anna says.

Featured in issue 3 of Absolute Weddings Magazine

 

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Creative Crew

First look location: Lavandula
Ceremony and reception: Anderson’s Mill, Smeaton
Bridal gowns: Anna Campbell
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Anna Campbell
Suits: Briggins Clothiers 
Photographer: Brown Paper Parcel
Videographer: C2 Films
Styling: Oh Perfect Day
Make-up: 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

 

Featured in issue 3 of Absolute Weddings Magazine