Chiara and Michael’s June wedding brightened a Melbourne Winter’s day with excitement, glamour and joy.
While Chiara, her sister and friends donned their finery at The Ovolo, a fashionable City hotel in Little Bourke Street, Michael, his brother and friends prepared for the “big day” at their stylish warehouse apartment in Brunswick.
The men looked dashing in M.J. Bale suits, white shirts, black ties and quirky initialled typewriter button cufflinks – a gift from Michael, creatively packaged in colourful books with the middle pages removed.
Appearing calm and relaxed, the group shared a fortifying pre-wedding drink. Their pink and white lapel roses hinted at the vivid colours of the wedding bouquets carried by the bride and her attendants.
Chiara looked beautiful in a feminine, vintage style Jane Hill gown with tiers of creamy coloured lace and Champagne chiffon and a delicate dusky rose pink underlay.
A deep scalloped neckline and fitted beaded lacy bodice were secured with a soft sash.
The Maid of Honour, Chiara’s sister, wore a full length cream dress. The bridesmaids’ outfits blended harmoniously with the lace and subtle tones of Chiara’s wedding gown.
The bride’s attendants were surprised and touched emotionally by the unique gifts of framed cartoon portraits of themselves with personal messages from Chiara.
Flower flower created vibrant bouquets of roses in a palette of creams, pastels, hot pinks, mauves and deep reds. Tiny bunches of blackcurrant berries peeped through the abundant blooms.
The journey to St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Richmond in a vintage, glossy red bus provided fun and excitement for those on board.
Sitting high on a hill in Church Street, historic St. Ignatius is a towering place of worship, solid and awe-inspiring with bluestone walls and creamy Gothic arches.
Inside its lofty walls, Michael and his groomsmen waited patiently in the hushed stillness for a first glimpse of the radiant bride.
Chiara glowed with joy as she walked the long, polished aisle on the arm of her proud father, lovingly supported by the beaming smiles of the wedding guests.
During the ceremony a harpist performed a very special piece of music, composed by Chiara’s father for the happy couple. The soulful refrain gently tugged at the heart strings in a memorable moment of heartfelt emotion and exquisite beauty.
With the Winter sun fading early, a nearby ivy-festooned wall was chosen as the perfect background for capturing delightful portraits of the newlyweds and their wedding party.
The Wedding Reception was held at the heritage-listed Myer Mural Hall. High ceilings, sweeping staircases, soft lighting and mirrored walls recreate the elegant atmosphere of an 18th century European ballroom. Guests dressed in glitter and glamour, dining, dancing and celebrating in style.
Chiara’s Aunt Helen created the personalized pink tiered wedding cake, decorated with a riot of tumbling rainbow macaroons and blackcurrant berries inspiring joy, fun and celebration.
Chiara and Michael’s wedding photographs captured so many precious memories which I hope they will cherished forever!
Chiara and Michael’s Wedding Team:
On a mellow Autumn day, Alesha and Chris married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Castlemaine, an historic Victorian country town near Chris and Alesha’s childhood homes.
Alesha and her “team” enjoyed preparing for her wedding in the light-filled, tranquil, timeless atmosphere of The White House, a beautifully restored 1850’s miner’s cottage in nearby Daylesford.
Alesha moved gracefully down the Church aisle to the sacred music of Ave Maria – a picture of delicate beauty in a classic, creamy white, Judith Valente gown, overlaid with fine lace and secured high under the bustline with a smooth satin sash and vintage brooch.
Sheer lace, cap sleeves, a deep “v” backline secured with a row of tiny pearl buttons and a perfectly fitted bodice, flowed into soft flounces and frills, and a tapered train rippling lightly behind her.
Three attentive bridesmaids wore Alannah Hill dresses of soft green, embossed with trailing white blossoms.
Chris and his groomsmen waited at the altar, immaculate in navy blue suits, pale green ties and crisp white shirts. Their buttonhole flowers echoed Alesha’s vibrant bouquet of tantalizing orange, pale apricot and white roses and glossy greenery. (Alesha loved the colour scheme)
Alesha was relieved to be at the Church on time, as earlier that day one of the Jaguars had suffered a breakdown. Luckily Edward, the “Jag enthusiast” who was driving, was able to get his own car and come to the rescue. (Apparently people “in the know” say, “Always have a spare Jag!”)
Max, Alesha’s brother, had borrowed their Dad’s Mercedes and chauffeured the groomsmen, “P plates and all”.
After the ceremony, the happy newlyweds, elated and relaxed, walked down the aisle together to opera singer, Samantha U’Ren, singing, “At Last”, by Eva Cassidy. This was one of Alesha and Chris’ favourite moments, and very “appropriate” as they had been “great friends” for a “long time”.
They had become engaged “one cold, wet weekend” on a climb of Mt. Difficult in The Grampians.
Chris had planned to propose at the summit but it proved to be too crowded, so he surprised Alesha on the way down at a lookout – a very memorable weekend for both, on many levels!
Alesha and Chris designed the stunning, flower-shaped ring with the help of master goldsmith, Peter Gertler and his wife Marion. Peter sourced the precious stones and crafted the ring exactly to plan.
On the way to the Reception at Daylesford Convent, the Wedding party stopped at Alesha’s father’s property near Castlemaine. The familiar rustic landscape of golden Summer-dry fields, weathered brick walls and earth and wood and trees, provided texture and contrast to highlight the happy couple and capture precious Wedding photographs. The burnished red and crimson leaves of a Virginia Creeper running rampant over a cream brick wall, presented a vibrant natural background for the group.
In an empty corridor at the Daylesford Convent, Alesha and Chris spent a romantic, tender, private moment together rehearsing their first dance, Come Fly with Me – delicious time for “just the two of us”.
The Reception and an after party at the Alter Bar provided abundant opportunities for dining, dancing, drinking, dialogue and celebration.
The relaxed, happy, smiling faces of the newlyweds and their guests shine through in the memorable portraits of Alesha and Chris’ wonderful wedding.
Alesha and Chris’s Wedding Team:
Daylesford Convent Wedding Photographer: Kirralee
On a perfect sunny day, Catherine and Campbell met in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens for a “first look” before their Wedding ceremony. It was a sweet, memorable and calming moment for the loving couple who have been in a relationship for many years.
Catherine, “intelligent, caring and absolutely beautiful”, glowed and shimmered in a soft, slinky, sapphire blue gown by Roberto Cavalli. Silver, glittery high heels, a vintage brooch and earrings and a solitaire diamond ring added sparkle and elegance.
Campbell, “calm, loving and thoughtful”, complemented his radiant bride in a tailored, deep grey suit.
Relaxed and happy, the couple enjoyed the Portrait session, embracing in an avenue of graceful, golden Autumn trees and against the sturdy, smooth trunk of a massive Moreton Bay Fig tree.
Catherine and Campbell had met fourteen years earlier at a mutual Uni friend’s 21st Birthday Party.
Fortified by “happy hour” and in need of a familiar face, Catherine made a direct beeline for Campbell when he entered the room, as they knew of each other through friends.
The cosy couple felt so comfortable together that they talked all night, so focussed on each other that no-one dared interrupt them. After a first kiss and plans to meet up the following day, they realized that they wanted to spend more time together.
Their relationship was tested as they both travelled extensively for work. However, through constant phone calls and emails, it continued to flourish. Catherine and Campbell missed each other so much that they purchased a house together in 2011 and became a lot more settled.
After eleven years together and a recent hiking holiday, Campbell surprised Catherine (and their families), by proposing, with a beautiful ring, flowers and champagne. Catherine had also felt it was the perfect time to become engaged. It was the first anniversary of the day they had moved into their new home.
The Wedding Ceremony and Reception were held at Arc One Gallery in Flinders Lane, Melbourne, where young, emerging artist, Sam Shmith, was exhibiting his work.
Catherine’s proud parents walked her down the aisle in front of an intimate gathering of thirty-five family members and close friends. One long table, delightfully decorated with cream flowers, seated all the guests and created a warm, harmonious atmosphere.
Speaking the heart-felt vows they had written together, was the couple’s favourite part of the ceremony.
Eyes glowing with love, smiles wide, Catherine and Campbell were feeling on top of the world – their elevated mood reflected by the luminous Sam Shmith portrait directly behind them.
Their marriage recognized “a bond that already exists”, where they can “talk easily all day and then enjoy each other’s company in silence as well”.
With a baby due at any moment, Catherine and Campbell are living their dreams – “to enjoy being together, expand their family and share their love with their children”.
I wish them every happiness now and for the future! xxx
Catherine and Campbell’s Wedding Team:
Ai Vee and Roy became engaged on 12/12/12, a very memorable and auspicious date, considered by many to symbolize good fortune, harmony, and the perfect balance of yin and yang.
Roy had surprised an unsuspecting Ai Vee with a sparkling diamond ring, which he had chosen himself. His trembling nervousness had instantly transformed into joyous relief when she happily accepted his proposal.
They had first met in an Intensive Care unit in a Singapore hospital where they both worked. Roy had accepted an offer of employment there for 12 months. Roy’s initial impression was that Ai Vee “looked cute”. Ai Vee thought that Roy was “loud”!
Over time, their relationship blossomed from casual acquaintance, to friendship and then into love.
“One fine day”, Ai Vee was on her way home to Melaka for the weekend when Roy’s car pulled up alongside hers at the traffic lights.
It was then that they discovered that they both came from the same hometown and that their older sisters used to be classmates! It’s a “small world” for the loving couple who enjoy “a mix of chemistry, great communication, love of food, travel and more….”
Their first official date was in Singapore, to see the movie, “Milk”. Ai Vee laughs when Roy pouts, or describes her as an 11 on a scale of 1 to 10.Roy laughs when Ai Vee says anything “corny”, “which is often”!
For their Engagement Portraits, the happy couple chose the World Heritage listed Carlton Gardens in Melbourne to capture their love of nature – and the inner city laneways as a complete contrast.
Their carefully chosen clothing intensifies the colour, atmosphere and harmony of the photographs.
An elegant Autumn tree, in the process of transforming its Summer green foliage to butter yellow, burnt orange and fiery crimson, is enhanced by Ai Vee’s fuschia pink dress and Roy’s matching striped shirt.
A background of man-made blocks of pure, bright colour – apple green, sunny yellow and sky blue, reflects the couple’s sense of joy and celebration.
In calm white and ocean blue, Ai Vee and Roy connect with the coolness of a shady bower of greenery, as they embrace on a soft carpet of Autumn leaves.
Ai Vee and Roy blend beautifully with the neutral tones of the laneways – pale plaster, weathered brick walls, and creamy, peeling paint. Ai Vee’s bright dress collar highlights the warm orange tones in the shops and buildings and the floral print pattern is subtle yet sweet.
As they stand, hands linked, on either side of smooth stone steps leading to a glossy, red door, we sense that Ai Vee and Roy are entering the new phase of their lives with continuing love, joy and good fortune!
Wishing you both a wedding filled with so much joy and happiness, in Melaka this October!
Melbourne Carlton Gardens: http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Placestogo/ParksandGardens/AllParksandGardens/Pages/4446.aspx
A meandering, unmade road, flanked by tall Eucalyptus trees, leads invitingly through a gateway to the peaceful grounds of Stillwater at Crittenden, Penny and Adam’s wedding venue.
Situated on the Mornington Peninsula near Dromana, Stillwater heightens the senses with its fresh, clear air, open spaces, towering trees, lush green lawns, woody vineyards and the timeless tranquillity of a mirrored lake.
It is the perfect setting for Penny and Adam, both Melbourne born, who have returned “home” from the United States to celebrate their special day with family and friends.
Penny and Adam have personally experienced that mysterious magnetism which deftly draws two people together over time, space and distance, to “see” each other across a crowded room (where Adam was having fun dancing with a group of children at a wedding of mutual friends).
The friends had also flown “home” from the United States for a Melbourne wedding. Coincidentally, a year earlier, before knowing Penny, Adam had met the friends in the US when he lived there but had since returned to live in Sydney.
Looking back on their life-changing meeting, Penny found it “remarkable” that she and Adam were actually in the same place at the same time.
Having dated long distance between Melbourne and Sydney, Penny and Adam lived together in the US where they became engaged in February 2012.
Penny and Adam discovered that they shared so much more than mutual friends..….. kindness, a sense of fun and many of the same goals in life. “A great team”, they “genuinely look forward to each day together”.
On their wedding day, Penny emerged from the villa at Stillwater, adorned in an exquisite creamy white gown by Jenny Packham and glowing with a radiant and serene beauty.
Intricate, fine beading flowed from the figure-hugging bodice to below hip level, where it trailed into soft, floor-length flounces that rippled behind her in a graceful train. Gossamer-sheer, soft, cap sleeves and a plunging back opening, secured at the waist by a pretty bow, expressed femininity and allure.
On the arm of her proud brother, Penny walked the grassy, verdant aisle, carrying a fragrant bouquet of pure white flowers and glossy green leaves created by Hello Blossoms.
There she joined Adam, in a tailored Hugo Boss suit of palest blue-grey, gazing admiringly at his beautiful bride-to-be.
At the altar, a natural wedding arch of woven willow wood and masses of white flowers and trailing greenery, Nature bestowed its very own special blessing – the soft clouds parted and golden sunbeams streamed down upon the happy couple, the celebrant Bill Newton, the wedding guests and the gleaming silvery water.
Full-foliaged, graceful willows stood as silent witnesses to the heartfelt ceremony and afterwards, filtering golden light, provided the perfect wedding bower for capturing precious, tender moments between the newlyweds.
As the sun set and the earth cooled, the lights blinked on and the happy bride and groom gathered with their family and friends in the warm atmosphere of the reception room.
White-framed floor to ceiling windows showcased surrounding shrubs and trees in a panorama of greenness, complementing the white, leafy floral arrangements.
Fine cuisine, heart-warming speeches, reunion, camaraderie and delightful dancing to Top Dog Entertainment DJ’s music, were enjoyed by all.
To Penny and Adam, one very special moment on their wedding day which stands out in their memory, was being back with friends and family after living in the US for two years.
“You forget what it is like to be surrounded by family and friends and it’s so much fun”.
I feel privileged to have shared Penny and Adam’s joy and to have captured portraits of their wedding in a place of such natural beauty.
Below is Penny and Adams favourite wedding photographs in their hand crafted wedding album.
Penny and Adam’s Wedding Team:
Stillwater at Crittenden Wedding Photographer: Kirralee