WHO SAYS WEDDINGS SHOULD BE WHITE
For Von and Ryan Bishop’s wedding, there was no white. It was all black and bright colours to reflect their contrasting personalities. Von is all black, Ryan is all colour. Initially they didn’t want a wedding at all, but then decided to please their parents and have a real party but make it into a bit of a work-related project, too. Von is a graphic designer and owner of Ivy Creative. Ryan is a printer and owner of Boom Studios. Both are in Melbourne, Australia.
The project started with the two finding a space they liked, Neon Parc art gallery. It is not for rent but they managed to convince the owner that a wedding built for one night only is really an exhibition. They set to work designing their wedding within the confines of the 30 x 7-metre empty, grey space. The concept idea was a collision of neon-bright colours against black. The concept idea was a collision of neon-bright colours against black.
The table was designed by Boom’s industrial design team and built on site from leftover materials from other projects. The table setting was designed by Von and her sister, interior designer Danica. They scoured second-hand shops, flea markets and garage sales for statues and toys that were painted and/or velvet-flocked at Boom.
Each of the couple picked out their personal favourite graphics. Boom printed and installed in total 552 square metres of graphics made of heading-to-garbage material donated by various suppliers.
The guests were told nothing in advance, except the couples were asked to select either all colour or all black. Single guests were told which colour to wear so that they would match the décor perfectly. They didn’t even know where the wedding would be, until the day of the event
Upon entering the space they were served a colour cocktail and a dark cocktail. After a short mix-and-mingle and a super-short ceremony, the real party started with food served banquet-style. “We had the best party of all time, and we ate and drank till 4 a.m.,” the happy couple says. Tuija Seipell.