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Melbourne Wedding at Gardens House + Comme

This wedding is soooo awesome.  Like in that crazy gorgeous garden ceremony meets seriously sophisticated reception way.  It’s romantic blooms from Pollon Flowers meets insanely chic bridesmaid frocks from Review meets one stunning moment after another captured by Adrian Tuazon… and it’s all sitting pretty right here, right now in the full gallery.  Enjoy, lovelies.

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From the Groom… We wanted a classic, timeless wedding that really represented us and all the things we love. We didn’t really have a theme but most aspects followed a green, pink and cream colour scheme.  May is sentimental to us, Jenna’s parents were married in May, and so were many other family friends who have now been happily married for over 30 years, it’s a lucky month.

We chose Comme as we wanted a venue that had great food and wine and was located in the city.

We chose Gardens House as we didn’t want a church service, but wanted a venue where there was a wet weather option. We thought being May we need a back up option but we were very lucky and were graced with clear blue skies and a 23 degree day!
Gardens House is beautiful and we loved that the Gardens surrounding it were private and secluded, it made it very intimate.

The most important aspect of our wedding day was food, wine and, most of all, fun. We wanted our guests to walk away at the end of the night having had a really awesome day and night.

We got our very few formalities out the way quickly so our guests could spend the rest of the evening dancing and socialising.

Our favorite moment of the day was when the formalities had finished at the ceremony, and we greeted our loved ones and family after the most important day of our lives; it was really special and overwhelming.

For the rest of the day we couldn’t wipe the smiles off our faces, we loved every minute.

We only had a small wedding of about 70 guests, so it was easy to spend a lot of time together, but also plenty of time dancing and chatting with guests.

Our advice to engaged couples is: do what you love. Everything we chose, we chose because we loved it. We didn’t do anything we didn’t want just because it was tradition and as a result it was the best day ever.  Take a moment, just the two of you at a certain part of the night or day, escape somewhere and spend a moment to take it all in. That was some of the best advice I received and we did it before we hopped in the car to our reception venue with the sun coming down looking at my lovely bride.

We found the whole thing very overwhelming at first! But slowly slowly we just went a long and really thought about what we wanted and what we loved. We didn’t get too worried about the finer details and let my vendors worry about that. After all they are the experts and they know what works.

Comme were absolutely amazing, their service was fantastic and we didn’t have to worry about a thing. We actually forgot to arrange a few small details and they took care of all of that for us on the day without us even knowing. We are very grateful for that.

Photography: Adrian Tuazon | Floral Design: Pollon Flowers | Stationery: Karly Morrison | Ceremony: Gardens House | Reception Venue: Comme | Bride's Shoes: Tony Bianco | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Review | Catering: Comme | Make-Up: Zoe Karlis | Hair: Natasha Canazzaro | Favors: Dung Nguyen | Celebrant: Jason Tuazon McCheyne | Ceremony Music: Andy Hall | Bride's Dress: Designs By Melanie Ford | Cheese Wheel Cake: Hunter Valley Smelly Cheese Shop | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Oscar Hunt | Jewellery: Von Treskow | Lodging: Sofitel | Transportation: Amazing Limousines | Wishing Well: Old New Borrowed Blue

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Morning Star Estate Wedding

Stewart Leishman is the kind of photographer that just makes your day better.  A little something to do with the fact that he is a literal genius behind the camera AND the couples he captures are pure magic. Case in point?  This darling duo, who can throw a pretty party like it’s no one’s business with beautiful blooms from Blush Floral Design and all kinds of gorgeous pink hues.  See it all here.

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Estate

From the Bride… Pete and I met at a bar one night during after-work drinks. From the moment we met, we instantly had a connection, and quickly realised we had a lot in common. On our third anniversary, Pete organised a weekend away for us in Daylesford. He booked a villa on the lake with a log fire, popped the champagne and got down on one knee with a ring! It was very romantic and he went to a lot of trouble to ensure everything was perfect.

We had a short engagement and married 10 months later. We wanted a small, intimate, rustic-inspired wedding. Morning Star Estate was the first venue we looked at, and we fell in love with the beautifully manicured gardens, the vineyards, the ocean views and rustic charm of the historic buildings. Our ceremony was held in the Sunken Garden, with drinks and canapés served in the Rose Rotunda, followed by dinner in the Morning Star Estate restaurant.

Our reception was everything we hoped for; casual and relaxed filled with lots of laughter and fun. While our two-piece band had everyone up on the dance floor, our photo booth provided guests with keepsake images, and cupcakes from our tiered wedding cake were individually boxed and given to guests to take home at the end of the evening.

We were recommended Stuart Leishman Photography by a friend who told us “he has amazing photos featured on Style Me Pretty.”  From the moment we met Stuart, we fell in love with his incredible work. Our wedding photography was definitely the one of the most important decisions we made, and Stewart’s passion and enthusiasm radiates through every image.

Our wedding day was so incredibly beautiful. It was filled with such an abundance of love and happiness from start to finish and we honestly could not have asked for a more perfect or magical day!

Photography: Stewart Leishman Photography | Videographer: Video Boutique | Wedding Dress: Lisa Gowling | Floral Design: Blush Floral Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Witchery | Hair And Makeup: Erin Voyer | Band: Off The Cuff Entertainment | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Morning Star Estate | Photobooth: Little Black Booth

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Pastel Melbourne Wedding at The Willows

When romance and whimsy join forces in the pretty little city known as Melbourne, it’s an awesome combination.  The kind of combo that mixes sweet pastel colors with chic attire (hello beautiful Anaessia gown) and all kinds of gorgeous details.  Think fab paper goods from Artsy Design Co and a whole lot of beautiful images captured by Daniella Melfi.  Click here for sooo much more.

From the Bride… We met on a night bus in 2009 whilst both living in London. After discovering on our first date that we had the same birthday and many other things in common, I began to wonder if meeting Michael was an act of fate. After a year together Michael popped the question on a cold London December’s day. A few months later we decided to return to Australia and set up home in Sydney.

After months and months of searching for the right wedding venue we finally found The Willows in St Kilda Rd, Melbourne. We felt like we had seen so many venues and nothing stood out to us. One day we just stumbled across the Willows and couldn’t believe it had taken us so long to find it. It was just perfect for what we were after. Relaxed, garden, gorgeous. We especially loved that they offered a la carte, which made our wedding dinner stand out from others.

The colour theme for the day was pastels and the feel was garden party. The venue was decorated with beautiful pastel coloured flowers in mismatching jars on each table. Our florist Connie just understood our vision from the get go. We were so happy with the bouquets, buttonholes and table flowers. Guests were taking handful of flowers at the end of the night because they were just so beautiful.

I wore a Ballerina Scallop Gown with pleated tulle bottom and crystal details in the lace bodice, made by Anaessia. The dress was the first I tried on, and I just fell in love with it. It really speaks for itself. My bridesmaids had mismatching floral dresses which worked perfectly with the theme. Hair was done by Melanie from Silk Hair & Beauty, who is the only person who can do my hair the way I want it. Make-up was done my Sherene from Makeup by Sherene, and I went for a vintage cat eye and rosy pink lip.

Michael wore a royal blue suit from Calibre and teamed it with a yellow tie, yellow socks and billy buttons for his buttonhole. The Groomsmen, having flown in from South Africa three days before the wedding, hired suits from Raffaele Ciuca.

We chose to have four single tiered cakes all of different flavours. We wanted our guests to have a variety of cake flavours to choose from. My Aunty Shirley makes all of her nieces and nephews wedding cakes, which is a lovely tradition. Not only were they stunning to look at, they were delicious as well.

Our guests were treated to acoustic sessions from Jarred Douel during the ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner. After dinner our guests headed onto the dance floor where Emily Casey played tunes pre-chosen by guests. One of my favourite parts of the night was when the entire wedding party were on the dance floor singing to Livin’ on a Prayer. To see all your family and friends in the one room belting out Bon Jovi, really was an awesome moment.

We had photographer Dannii Melfi after attending many weddings Dannii had previously worked at. Dannii made us feel relaxed and natural on the day. When we saw the end results I couldn’t help but let out a squeal of excitement, the photos were just so perfect.

Overall the day was exactly how we imagined it to be. I know it is a cliché, but it really was the best day of my life. I enjoyed every moment and I wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Photography: Daniella Melfi | Wedding Dress: Anaessia, Melbourne & Sydney | Floral Design: Connie & Lydia, Coburg, Melbourne | Invitations: Artsy Design Co, London | Reception Venue: The Willows | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade Via Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Louise Hedley, Soho Mode, New York City | Make Up: Sherene Paladino, Melbourne | Hair: Silk Hair & Beauty By Melanie, Melbourne | Entertainment: Jarred Doueal, JDM Entertainment, Melbourne | Entertainment: Emily Casey, DJ Masters | Groom's Attire: Calibre, Melbourne | Celebrant: Gina Andrews, Melbourne | Bride's Ring: Victoria Buckley Jewellery, Sydney | Groom's Ring: Tiffany & Co., Sydney | Groomsmen Attire: Raffaele Ciuca, Melbourne | Hotel : The Blackman