LOVE | Elise & Michael

Bride: Elise

Groom: Michael

Wedding Date: 23 March 2019

Photographer: Mike Hemus Photography



How did you meet?

We met around 10 years ago when I worked in nightclub management & he would often pop by some of those venues. I remember always thinking “gee that boy is a CUTIE!” & I would let him jump the line from time to time. But I was already spoken for at the time, so I didn’t think much of it other than that. Fast forward a few years & I had all but forgotten about him until one day, I was set up on a blind date with a guy - who turned out to be the him! Safe to say he was definitely still a cutie & the rest is history. 


How did he pop the big question?  

We went on a ski holiday to New Zealand. We hired a car & drove to a few hours out of Queenstown to a beautiful, super white town called Mt Cook. We decided to do a hike up one of the snow mountains & as we reached the top there was a beautiful pink & grey lake lookout. I turned away & turned back & Michael was on his knee & asked “Elise, will you marry me?”... & of course said a big “YES!” 

Wedding Fever

Where did your draw inspiration from?

We knew we didn’t want anything too traditional but were conflicted as we loved both the rustic, winery style weddings but equally loved a little edgier, warehouse feel as well. In the end, we knew a central location was important to us & we went with the warehouse- which we absolutely loved.

Tell us about your wedding style?

I wanted it to feel very romantic & intimate with tones of burgundy, blush, white, gold & green. I think we must have had at least 100 assorted candles in the end with loads of greenery, so combined with the wood, brick & steel vibe - we made it feel edgy but still very warm & welcoming. 

What was the most memorable part of your day?

Walking down the aisle to my husband & celebrating with our family & friends,who made our day complete.

What was the most challenging part of planning your wedding?

I think the big things you book early are the easiest part but it’s the little things to organise & confirm a few weeks out from the big day that can really creep up on you! That & the seating chart. If you & your fiancé can make it through negotiating a seating chart, then you can get through anything life throws at you!

This is Their Love Story


Where did you honeymoon? 

Hawaii, US

What does marriage mean to you? 

It’s really just marrying your best friend &being there to always cheer for them & be their sounding board. Also, laughing together always – whether it’s at each other of with each other – it doesn’t matter.

Any advice you can give to future brides and grooms planning their wedding?

Always make sure you look after your guests - go all out of the entertainment, food & drinks (because that’s what makes a party a PARTY!) & take a few minutes out of the reception with just the two of you to take it all in - it really is the best day of your lives but it goes so fast - so enjoy it!

Meet the Vendors

Bridal Gown: Malachi Empire Couture

Grooms Suit: Joseph Uzumcu 

Bridesmaid dresses: Shona Joy

Groomsmen attire: Joseph Uzumcu

Ceremony Venue: The Adelaide Botanic Gardens 

Reception Venue: Plant 4 Bowden

Photographer: Mike Hemus Photography 

Videographer: Curtis Brownjohn Films

Florist: Flowers by Leiko 

Make Up Team: Loren Birt & Megan Theo

Hair Stylist: Hair by Amber

Styling & Planning: Moonstone Wedding & Events & The Adelaide Wedding Planner

Stationary: Moonstone Wedding & Events

Invitations: Personally Invited

Catering: Jessie Does Food & Salted Cafe Bar & Beans

Photobooth: Vu Phan Productions

Hire: Adelaide Wedding Hire & Olympic Party Hire

Wedding Favours: Donation to The Animal Welfare League SA

Acoustic Duo: Ben from Bypass Music & Neda from Aria Events & Styling

DJ/MC: DJ Eddy Mac – One Song Entertainment

Celebrant: Ceremonies by Camille Abbott

Bridal Robes: Le Rose & Peter Alexander 

Bride’s engagement ring: Custom made overseas in Hong Kong

Wedding rings: The Gentleman’s Smith & The Watch Doctor


Something new: Our wedding rings 

Something old: A framed photo of our grandparents to watch over us

Something borrowed: My talented friend Neda’s singing talents for the ceremony

Something blue: The groomsman’s socks 



Thank you Sok for bringing my dream gown to life! 

You are an absolute artist & you are such a beautiful soul! I knew I was in such safe hands with you - I am still raving about you to everyone months later! 

Honestly, to all the future brides reading this please do yourself a favour & trust this talented woman. My special time designing my couture gown with Sok was the easily the most amazing part of the wedding planning! Sok’s easy going nature & incredible attention to detail made it such an easy process for me from design to final fitting.

I still feel so lucky to have the honour of owning a Malachi Empire Couture gown & I only wish I could wear my beautiful dress again! 

Thank you Sok xxx


Thank you so much for being a part of my journey as a designer! 


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... Love Notes

I absolutely loved creating Elise's gorgeous gown for her. Her fun and relaxed nature made my job so enjoyable with every fitting as fun as the last. Elise had originally selected a blush tone but when the time came for her first fitting I had created one in Blush and one in Ivory so she could see the difference (and I was more than excited that Ivory was what she ended up selecting!)  The lace has easily become one of my favourites to work with, and the style has been one I've decided to mark as a staple look for my Malachi Brand. Thank you for allowing me to get creative with your gown... I wish you and Michael many many years of happiness Xx Sok