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Real Wedding: Melanie & Mitchell

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Don’t you just love it when couples find one another in the most serendipitous of circumstances? Such was the case for Melanie and Mitchell, who met while performing in a production of Jesus Christ Superstar. This lovely pair clearly had more on their mind than their lines! After Mitchell proposed on Melanie’s birthday (“the best birthday present ever!” she says), their wedding was destined to be an affair that would make Broadway green with envy.

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Date: 22 March 2014

The Couple: Melanie Thomas & Mitchell Gamble

No. of Guests: 75

Location: Brisbane

Theme: Old world elegance

First Dance Song: I Can Give You The Starlight – Ivor Novello

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How did you meet?

Mitchell and I met in March 2012 at the theatre where we were both performing in a production of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ with PRIMA (Pine Rivers Musical Association). He was a seasoned theatre performer, who had been enticed back to amateur theatre by the chance to perform in such a well-loved musical. The show was my first amateur theatre production out of high school.

Tell us about the proposal?

Mitchell proposed to me on my 22nd birthday at my parents house. Over dessert, he presented me with a beautiful bunch of roses and a small wrapped gift box. Inside was my beautiful diamond engagement ring. It was truly the best birthday present ever!

Why did you choose Brisbane for your wedding?

Mitchell and I chose Holy Trinity Anglican Church for our ceremony, as it not only is a stunningly beautiful church inside and out, but it also has family significance. Mitchell’s aunt and uncle were married at the church in 1959, so it was nice to continue the tradition. Tattersall’s Club in Brisbane’s CBD was chosen for its connection with the male members of Mitchell’s family, and for its stunning marble ballroom which we chose as our reception room.

DIY Details

My mother made all the wedding invitations, order of services, and also helped to decorate our bomboniere candles.

What was your key styling inspiration?

We were striving towards an ‘old world elegance’ style for our wedding. This was personified in the form of our wedding outfits, heritage locations, stationary and vintage wedding cars.

What gifts did you give your guests?

Our wedding favours were small candles in the shape of a wine glass, with a tag featuring our names and the date of the wedding. The tags tied in with the detail on our wedding invitations.

What was the funniest moment of the day?

The speech from our best man. He had us in stitches laughing, with his observations on everything from theatre, to Andrew Lloyd-Webber, to love and relationships!

What was the most special memory from the day?

It is hard to pick just one, but certainly the most memorable moment of the day was an impromptu dance by Mitchell and I to the song John Ryan’s Polka. It is an extremely fast paced Irish jig, and we had an absolute ball whirling each other around the dance floor! The guests loved it too, and obviously thought it was planned!

Special thanks to…

Our wedding coordinator at Tattersall’s, Claire Dean, and to all our incredible wedding suppliers and vendors. They did an amazing job!

What advice would you give other brides-to-be?

Relax! Choose reputable vendors, and everything will fall together well on the day. Know that it is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, and that nothing can darken your sunshine!


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Credits
Ceremony: Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Reception: Tattersall's Club, Brisbane
Gown:
Bridesmaid Attire:
Groom's Suit:
Groomsmen Attire:
Coordinator: Claire Dean, Tattersall's Club
Flowers: Aphrodite's Garden Florist
Hair: Looks So Natural
Makeup: Looks So Natural
Cake: Brisbane Wedding Cakes
Transport: Allways Wedding Cars
Stationery: Jenny Thomas
Music: Jazzmin Trio
Photographer: Cassandra Ladru Photography
Celebrant: Father Trevor Bulled
Engagement Ring: Zamels
Bride's Wedding Ring: Zamels
Groom's Wedding Ring: Shiels Jewellers
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