When a dress designer gets married you can expect her to wear one heck of a gorgeous gown – or in this case, four gorgeous gowns. Founder and Creative Director, Anna Campbell, married her long-time partner and best friend, Murray Thompson in a romantic and rustic ceremony at historic Andersons Mill in Smeaton, Victoria. The pair celebrated their love in true style with many personalized details, from the DIY cocktail menu and floral styling to the design and styling of the bride’s custom gowns. “While four dresses might seem like a lot, for me one was just not enough!” says the designer. “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.” Brown Paper Parcel Photography is behind the lens. Enjoy!
From Anna Campbell:
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 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 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!
Anna Campbell is excited to announce that a new collection, inspired by each of her four custom gowns and the feelings of joy and excitement experienced by walking down the aisle, is currently underway and will be available to Anna Campbell brides later in 2016.
Photography: Brown Paper Parcel Photography / 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