One of the Bachelorettes from The Bachelor TV Show, is off the market. Emily Simms, tied the knot recently with Pierre Ghougassian! See all the Beautiful Wedding photographs by Ramy of Ateia Photography and their Love Story here…also a bit of a Q & A and some sound wedding advice from Emily.  

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The Love Story! 
How did you and Pierre meet? 
Pierre and I first met at Pontoon, a trendy bar on St Kilda beach (The Old Riva). I went there with my friend Anna (one of my bridesmaids) and as soon as we walked in, she said, “Oh there’s my friend Pierre at the bar!” Turns out she used to be very good friends with a girl that dated Pierre for 2 years…about 9 years ago.
How did he propose? 
Pierre’s birthday is the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, and I had arranged to take him out for dinner at The George on Collins. He suggested we get a nice photo out the front before we go in.  So, we asked a nice passerby if they could please take a photo for us. He then turned to me and proposed. The lady taking our photo, switched it to video mode, so we have both photos and videos of the gorgeous moment.
The Wedding!
How did you find the experience of planning a wedding?  From where did you take your inspiration?
I was always very clear about what I wanted and Pierre likes my taste, so he trusted me in choosing everything.  As we only got engaged in February, and our wedding was August, we decided on things very quickly.  The style I went with, was glamorous and a sort of antique feel.  The George Ballroom where our reception was, is simply stunning, so not much needed to be done to the room.  We had simple garlands down the centre of the long tables and arrangements around the welcome sign, seating chart, bar and wedding cake.
Please describe your wedding ceremony: Where was it? 
Our ceremony was on the balcony of the Melbourne Town Hall. I loved the columns, and I found it in keeping with the style of The George Ballroom.  I really wanted everything to flow nicely. 
Where was your reception held?
Our reception was at The George Ballroom in St Kilda, with 100 guests. The George is simply amazing.  It is by far the most beautiful venue I think I have seen in Melbourne.  The way they have restored it is so divine, it was the perfect setting for our wedding day.
Did you employ a certain style or theme for the day?
I tried to stick with a glamorous, old world sort of theme.  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. Bwedding Invitations set the tone as the first brush of what guests could anticipate. The florist, Foxy Evergreen, really out did herself!  The cutlery, the napkins, everything just worked exactly the way I had hoped it would. 
Please describe your bridal gown, your husband’s suit and your bridesmaid dresses?
My gown was designed and made by Tanya Didenko Bridal Couture. I have purchased from Tanya for 3 years now.  She has made me some stunning dresses to wear to various events over the past few years, so it was a no brainer that I would go to her for my wedding dress. I never tried on any wedding dress at all.  I went to her with photos of different designs that I liked and took inspiration from each of them. She knows me quite well now, knows my body shape and knows my style, so it all worked really well. The groomsmen suits were made by Remy, who is actually Pierre’s youngest brother. He owns a bespoke tailoring business, situated in Sydney.  The bridesmaid dresses were all designed by Love Honor, with white fish-tail and bell sleeved.  I sent them a number of inspiration shots and they made them exactly as we had discussed…and they fit the girls perfectly.
What was the highlight of the day? 
The highlight of the day, was definitely when we first saw each other down the aisle, and walking down the aisle with my dear old dad.  It was a beautiful moment and one I will never forget.
Please share your best wedding advice? 
My best advice is to make sure you know what you want, before you go talking to vendors/suppliers.  Scour the net, Pinterest etc, for inspiration.  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 item 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. 


The Creatives

Venue (Ceremony)     |  Melbourne Town Hall    |  Venue (Reception)    The George Ballroom      
Photography     |  Ateia Photography   |  
Cinematography     |  C2 Films       
Her Closet     |  (Emily’s Dress & Veil)   Tanya Didenko   |   (Robe)   Home Bodii  |  (Headpiece & Shoes)  Jeanette Maree  |  (Bridesmaids Dresses)   Love Honor   |  (Earrings)  Shannakian Fine Jewellery
His Closet    |  (Suit)  Remy
Beauty    |   (Hair)  Rachel Vitullo   |  (Makeup Bec & Anna)  Amelia Webb   |  (Makeup Emily)  The Bride |   (Lashes)  Melb Lashes   |  (Skin Prep)   Clinicalase   |  (Tanning)  Le Tan 
Paper Goods     |  (Wedding Invitations)  Bwedding Invitations  |  (Welcome Sign/Event Printing)   Inktank Printing   |  (Graphic Design)  Catsy Creative  |   (Day Of Stationary)  Adorn Invitations  |   (Napkins)  Di Simmons
Event Design     | (Styling)  Giant Invitations 
Entertainment  |  Main Entertainment  
Floral Design     |  Foxy Evergreen 
Sweets    |  Nikos Cakes 
Transportation   |  Triple R 
On the Menu (Cutlery)  Gold Cutlery Hire   |  (Catering)  The George Ballroom
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