A Former Bachelor Star's Gorgeous Old-World Wedding in Melbourne

by Michelle Phang [[ 1539568800000 | amDateFormat:'ll | HH:mm' ]] in Real Weddings 


Sometimes when you least expect it, something great will come along. Just like the story of Emily Simms and Pierre Ghougassian when they first met at a trendy bar on St. Kilda beach. Her friend, Anna introduced them quite randomly as she realized Pierre was also at the bar. The bride then shared her proposal story that happened during Pierre's birthday on the Valentine's day. Emily had arranged to take him out for a dinner and then, Pierre suggested if they could get a nice picture out the front door. "We asked a nice passerby if they could take a photo for us. He suddenly turned to me and proposed! The lady who took our photo even switched it to video mode, so we have both photos and videos of the moment," said the bride. Don't you also think that Emily and Pierre's meet was a meant-to-be?

Planning the wedding all by herself, Emily also revealed how Pierre entrusted every wedding detail to her own choice. As we scrolled through their wedding album by Ateia Photography, we could see how the bride envisioned a glamorous wedding with a sort of antique feel. And that's true, Emily was the type of person who knew exactly what she wanted, so she was very specific when discussing the kind of flowers for the wedding day, from bridal bouquet to decoration. "I told Nat from Foxy Evergreen, that I didn't want standard flowers. I can't stand your average old rose, but I absolutely wanted phalaenopsis orchids in magenta. I also told her how I prefer a cascading-style arrangement," told Emily. She further explained about her decoration, "I was adamant about there being no black and there wasn't any at all. Everything was white, cream, soft pinks, and rich, deep pinks. The florist really outdid herself! Everything just worked exactly the way I had hoped it would."

Another focal point we shouldn't miss was their wedding cake by Nikos Cakes. Apparently, the pair opted against chocolate cakes as they had some chocolate and coffee dessert canapes. In the end, they chose fruit-flavored cakes of citrus and berry with gold foil on the bottom and top tier. "The baker suggested us to go with the three-tier cake because we both are quite tall. Until then, we had no idea how it would impact our visual," told Emily.

Finally, she shared her wedding advice for all engaged couples who are in the middle of wedding planning. "Make sure you know what you want before talking to suppliers. If you don't know exactly what you are after, then I feel this is where confusion can start to creep in, and you become unsure if you've chosen the right thing or not. You need to be clear and concise, so that you don't feel disappointed on your big day. Think about yours and your partner's taste and try your best to emulate that on your wedding day," she enclosed.

Which part of Emily and Pierre's wedding is your favorite? Share us your thought in the comment section below!


  • Photography: Ateia Photography
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  • Videography: C2 Films
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  • Dress & Attire: Tanya Didenko | Love Honor
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  • Others (Unique Services): Inktank Printing | Stylist: Giant Invitations | Catsy Creative | Stationery: Adorn Invitations | Home Bodii | Napkins: Di Simmons
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  • Entertainment (Music): Main Entertainment
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  • Flowers: Foxy Evergreen
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  • Wedding Cake: Nikos cakes
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  • Invitations:

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  • Hair & Makeup: Rachel Vitullo | Amelia Webb
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  • Health & Beauty: Clinicalase | Melb Lashes | Le Tan
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  • Wedding Accessories: Jeanette Maree | Shannakian Fine Jewellery
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  • Wedding Shoes: Jeanette Maree
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  • Event Rentals: Triple R | Gold Cutlery Hire
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  • Men's Formal Wear: Remy

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