Baz Luhrmann’s Modern Take on ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Inspired this Australian Wedding!

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

If you’ve seen any of Baz Luhrmann’s films (Moulin Rouge! or Great Gatsby anyone?), you already know his penchant for vibrant hues, doing things a bit over the top, and his flare for dramatics. Emily +Nic adored Luhrmann’s take on Romeo and Juliet — the modern twist on the traditional story, with eclectic details.

Here’s Emily with more about the inspiration: Nic and I both love the modern twist on the traditional story. We wanted to incorporate this by keeping the traditions, but keeping it quirky! We also loved the use of colors in the film, music and imagery of sacred hearts. I designed the sacred heart belt for my flower girl, and sacred heart invitations/menus. This also fit well with my choice of romantic roses + vines. Not to mention my middle name being Rose! We both love the color pink, so I spent a while sourcing as many pink items as possible. Where we got married was also where I grew up, and where Nic proposed, this made it extra special.

Lights, camera, action! Let’s wander the set… er, wedding, so elegantly captured by Mitch Pohl!

red and pink bouquet

The Ceremony Space

floral arch

Three cheers for this floral arch crafted by Flowers on The Mill!

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

Our Favorite Memory From The Wedding

My dad seeing me for the first time/walking down the aisle… My dad is renowned for being a big softie when it comes to family things!

rose petal toss

Our Musical Choices

Processional: Ave Maria by Maria Callas

Recessional: You're So Cool by Hans Zimmer

First Dance: At Last by Etta James

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

The bridal party all rocked silky pastel lavender and pink hues. Pretty darn gorgeous, right?

The Newlyweds

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

Isn’t that Karen Willis Holmes dress incredible?! And major props to Nic for rocking *the coolest* pink suit from Beggars Run.

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

The Rad Reception

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

Ooh la LOVE! Replete with pinky hues, heart details, and tons of florals — we could definitely boogey in this reception space!

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

pink and gold wedding cake

Tying in the sacred heart theme, Unbirthday Cakes crafted this confectionary delight.

neon heart

Our Advice To Those Planning Now

My advice to brides would be to not feel like you have to stick to the same styles and trends you see in other people’s weddings at that moment. Your wedding should always reflect you and your love’s personality; don’t be afraid to think outside the box and do something a bit different that makes it your own. Don’t ask too many people’s opinions on things either. At the end of the day, it's what you want your wedding to be like, it's a day you want to remember for the rest of your life. Be bold, take risks and enjoy every minute of it, because it goes so quickly!

Romeo and Juliet Inspired Wedding

How much fun are the pink lights used throughout the reception space? Way to play up the mood!

Congratulations, Emily + Nic!

photography: Mitch Pohl // venue name: Bulli Uniting Church, Sydney, NSW, Australia // event design: The bride and her mother // planning: The bride and her mother // florals: Flowers on The Mill // wedding dress: Karen Willis Holmes 'Leonie/Prea' gown // wedding dress boutique: Angelica Bridal // hairpiece: Andrew Prince // bride's shoes: Miu Miu // bride's ring: Vintage with wedding band designed by Emily // bridesmaid dresses: Ghost London // getting ready robes: Bridesmaids Boxes // hair stylist: Erin Hanley // makeup artist: LuLu Makeup // groom attire: Beggars Run // groom's shoes: Oliver Brown // groom's ring: The Great Frog // videography: Matthew Pickering - Brother in law // catering: Duck Duck Goose Catering // cake: Unbirthday Cakes // desserts: Duck Duck Goose Catering // tabletop rentals: Pretty Pedestals // furniture rentals: South Coast Party Hire // music: DJ Nana Blade // officiant: Robert Smith // reception venue: Family home in Stanwell Park // double peacock chair: Rustic Character