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This vintage wedding in South Yarra took place at the perfect historic venue


Chelsea and Michael’s wedding venue, Como House in South Yarra, held a special place in Michael’s heart and a significant place in his family history.

“Michael’s great-great-grandmother, Susan Brown, was the daughter of the liquor merchant, John Brown, who, eager to join Melbourne’s elite, built the house to grandeur before losing it to bankruptcy in the mid-1800s,” explains the bride. “To this day Susan’s name can be seen, as written when she was a ten-year-old with her mother’s diamond ring, on the window in her small upstairs bedroom; with ‘is a fool’ added, probably by her 12-year-old brother, James.”

The historic house, now a tourist attraction, was the perfect setting for the couple’s November 9, 2019 vintage wedding ceremony and their post-ceremony drinks fireside in the chandelier-adorned ballroom.

For the reception, guests were transported by bus to French Saloon in Hardware Lane, where they enjoyed a shared bistro meal, dancing and a special delivery of Pidapipo — Chelsea and Michael’s favourite gelato — in customised flavours.

But the fun didn’t stop there. Reluctant for the night to end, the newlyweds ducked into their favourite cocktail bar — 1806 in Melbourne CBD — for a nightcap en-route to the Windsor Hotel, where they spent their first night as husband and wife.

Photos courtesy of Anchor and Hope.

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Known for their wide range of prestige vintage cars, Always Classic Cars was the obvious choice for the vintage theme.

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After a quick shoe change, the newlyweds were ready to tear up the dance floor at French Saloon.

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Chelsea and Michael encouraged guests to leave well wishes in their wine box time capsule, to be opened and read over a glass of wine on future anniversaries.

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Photos courtesy of Anchor and Hope.

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