Melbourne Wedding by John Montesi
February 8, 2012

This bride and groom brought loads of creativity to the table for their romantic, urban Melbourne wedding.  The ceremony. held in a cool art gallery, featured the work of the bride and the groom made the wedding cake!  The way to my heart is through baked goods so he is, hands down, a keeper in my book!  John Montesi captured every cute, creative and cool detail and we've packed them all into the full gallery!

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From John of John Montesi... As a family friend and the photographer of Zac and Alana's wedding I’m putting in this submission on their behalf. It’s probably a good thing as Alana’s is such beautiful person; she’s probably a little too humble to talk about herself and her wedding. I also need to point out that Alana is quite a creative sort. The wedding ceremony was conducted in an art gallery exhibiting her own work! She also loves photography, hence the reference to Polaroids in the photos. Zac’s not a creative slouch either — he made their wedding cake!

The whole day's events were held in the Abbotsford Convent precinct. The former Convent of the Good Shepherd is an extraordinary place and is fast becoming an important arts, learning and cultural precinct in Melbourne. Just four kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD, its 11 historic buildings and gardens spread over 6.8 hectares on a sweeping bend in the Yarra River and are surrounded by the Collingwood Children’s Farm and Yarra Bend Park.

After the wedding ceremony in the St. Helier Street Gallery, afternoon tea was served in the adjacent St. Heliers Street Store. After taking the photos around the property, Zac and Alana’s family and closest friends strolled around to the nearby Convent Bakery for the reception. Built in 1901, the magnificent, still-existing, wood masonry ovens played an integral part in the self-sustaining lifestyle of the Sisters of Good Shepherd at the convent. The kitchen wing, which served as a central place for the preparation, cooking and baking of all food for the convent is now a home for bakers, pastry chefs and a couple of old Scotch ovens that are once again baking bread. The main rooms in the bakery are now used as a coffee shop — this is where Zac and Alana’s reception was held.

Wedding Photography: John Montesi / Ceremony: St Heliers Street Gallery at Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne, Victoria / Afternoon Tea: St Heliers Street Store at Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne, Victoria / Ceremony: Convent Bakery at Abbotsford Convent in Melbourne, Victoria / Flowers: Pat of Queen Victoria Market (0412 424016) / Wedding Dress: Demetrios via Raffaele Ciuca / Bride's Hairpiece + Veil: Deb Edwards of Papillon Blue Bridal / Bridesmaids' Dresses: Zimmermann / Bride's + Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Angelique / Bridesmaids' Hair Pieces: Myer / Shoes: Myer / Groom's + Groomsmen's Suits: Men of Style in Berwick, Victoria (9769 9866) / Wedding Cake: Made by the Groom / Cake Stand: Provincial Home Living / Food: DIY by Bride's Mother, Groom's Mother + Groom / Tea Sets at Afternoon Tea: Groom's Grandmother / Transportation: LeGrand Limousines / Decorations: Ikea, eBay + Spotlight