Arts & culture

Wedding bells at the Fringe

Credit: Steve Ullathorne

Credit: Steve Ullathorne

Between flyering, promoting, rehearsing and actually getting on stage performers at the Fringe barely have time to squeeze in a tea break, let alone an entire wedding – but comedian Bec Hill managed to do it all this week after she decided to get married at the place she got engaged three years ago.

Hill’s fiancee, now husband, Gavin Innes, proposed to her live on stage at the Gilded Balloon midway through her set when she was performing at the venue in 2013, so it only seemed fit for the big day to take place there too. The couple met in 2008 when Innes was front of house for Hill’s show at Melbourne Comedy Festival – he’s since gone on to become the director for her shows.

Bec Hill_Gavin Innes_0900_photo by steve ullathorne

Credit: Steve Ullathorne

The wedding was as Fringe-themed as it comes – the bridesmaids, Sarah Bennetto, Brydie Lee-Kennedy, Andrea Hubert and Abigoliah Schamaun are all past and present Fringe performers. The same applied to the rest of proceedings: Jonny & the Baptists (and Steve Pretty) played as Bec walked down the aisle, Rev Chris Hardy, father of Tom Crowley of sketch trio Sad Faces, performed the ceremony, while Felicity Ward and Benny Davis DJ’d and Mark Taylor & Phil Nichol hosted the ceilidh. The wedding invites were sent out on Gilded Balloon tickets, 50-100 flyers made up the bouquet and guests threw confetti made of ticket stubs.

Watson Hogg