Kendell and Andrew met more than 10 years ago. Set up by their mutual hair stylist, it was a match made in hairdresser heaven. The couples engagement story took place in New York on Christmas Eve, so it was only fitting that an elegant, indelible occasion was to follow suit.
“On the walk home from Central Park Andrew got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. It was perfect,” Kendell says.
Surrounded by leafy streets and chic cafes, Carousel was the ideal setting for a contemporary alfresco wedding. A perfect blank canvas for Kendell and Andrew to do with what they please. A medley of white blooms and lanterns strategically hung from the ceiling of the large, open-planned room for the couple’s cosmopolitan reception.
Kendell and Andrew’s family and closest friends stood in front of large illuminated letters spelling the word L.O.V.E during the nuptials. At dusk, the guests danced and sung while the single, glowing word beamed bright into the evening sky for every onlooker to see. With uninterrupted views of Melbourne’s metropolis and a large, spacious deck occupying the length of the venue, it’s easy to see why Kendell and Andrew choose to host their wedding at Carousel. The original revolving carousel remains within the terrazzo floor, while the palm trees and turquoise tiled ponds on entrance reflect a wistful sense of old Hollywood glamour.
At two months pregnant the couple felt blessed to have had their daughter, Maya share their special day. Amongst the complete craziness and hysteria of planning the wedding of their dreams, Kendell says, it was Maya who “helped me stay calm in the lead up and on the day.”
Kendell wore a customised Suzanne Harward couture gown. The bespoke, corseted dress was crafted from one of the designer’s signature silhouettes, encompassing delicate French lace and an embellished belt.
Photographer: Victor Caringal
Videographer: Purple Ribbon Weddings
Make up: Laura Gilham
Hair: Freda Rossidis from Cast Salon