Every time a Stewart Leishman wedding comes our way, I can’t help but let out a little squeal. I mean, he’s the king of fabulously photographed Australian affairs, with every wedding more seemingly lovely than the last. But no matter how much I heart the modern-meets-classic design behind this garden soiree, it’s the beautifully planned details that totally stole the show. It’s an off-the-charts kind of pretty that we know you’ll want more of….and you can find it right here.
From the Bride…To be honest I was never one of those girls who spent hours day dreaming about her perfect wedding day… In fact I had never really thought about weddings until Kyri put a ring on my finger – but boy was that about to change! Initially we were considering an elopement, given Kyri’s Greek heritage the idea of exchanging vows on a yacht floating somewhere off the Greek Islands sounded like a marvellous plan. However the more we thought about it the more we saw the wedding as an unmissable opportunity to bring our favourite people together in a beautiful celebration of love.
Once we found our venue, a gorgeous little heritage listed property within the royal botanic gardens, everything seemed to flow from there. Our vision for the evening was that of an elegant garden party under the stars, with good food, wine, plenty of dancing and a touch of tradition. In true Melbourne style, following a gloriously sunny day, the heaven’s opened up minutes before the outdoor ceremony was due to commence and everything was hurriedly carted inside for Plan B. Thankfully the sun came out as we exchanged vows and we were able to spend the evening dancing under the stars in the beautiful garden as planned. We kept styling simple but elegant with a big focus on lighting to set the mood which we achieved through the glow of candle light and the string lights which I just had to have and ordered in from overseas. Our colour scheme of soft pinks, white and green with hints of silver was incorporated into elements such as the whitewashed high bar, linen and Tiffany chairs, the beautiful soft pink and green garden posies and opaque white and silver mercury glass candle votives (which doubled as favours).
The day was filled with personal touches such as Kyri’s cousin crowning us with olive wreaths (Stefanas) during the ceremony, a Greek Orthodox tradition which signifies honour and unity. My granny memorised her reading for the ceremony as her eyesight is not what it used to be and my dad and brother, who are both talented musicians, surprised me by playing a song together. As the night progressed guests hit the dance floor fuelled by signature bride and groom cocktails and were entertained by our talented band with jazz standards, disco and dance music interspersed with regular bouts of traditional Greek music and dancing.
Last but not least I can’t go without mentioning the amazing photobooth Kyri’s sister created which was a massive hit with guests. We really never knew how much was involved in planning a wedding and we couldn’t have pulled it off without the love and support of our amazing family and friends who just made the day everything we’d ever dreamed of.
Photographer: Stewart Leishman | Floral Design: Fleur | Venue: Gardens House | Catering: Peter Rowland Catering | Officiant: Lise Rodgers | Cake: Julie Gunthorpe of Cake Art | Invitations: Jack & Jill Wedding via Etsy | Favours: BHLDN | Hair: Ben Martin, Salon XVI | Makeup: Greer Melrose | Music & MC: Serenade | Photobooth: Inspired by the talented Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day | Equipment Hire: Harry the Hirer | Transport: True Blue Limos | Wedding Dress: Baccini & Hill | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Accessories: Lisa Ho + Nordstrom | Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss | Bridesmaid Dresses: Light in the Box | Bridesmaid Gifts: Kate Spade | Groomsmen Suits: Spurling | Rings: Tiffany & Co.