May 01, 2012
Montsalvat in Eltham needs no introduction. Art-inspired architecture peering over rolling hills, weather-aged sculptures stand timeless, ducks and peacocks going about their business are just some of the treasures that make Montsalvat such a pleasure to visit, and make for a particularly unique setting for a wedding.
I was delighted to be asked to assist Lauren and Shaun with one of two weddings - how lucky they are to celebrate twice, the first in an intimate family setting, and the other a vibrant Indian soirée involving 400 of their nearest and dearest!
As our Melbourne girl was now based in Canberra, we communicated largely over email and then met at Monsalvat a few weeks before the wedding. A gorgeous colour palette was set from the outset, and as usual, I love plenty of colour and vibrance!
Now this has got to be one of the most stylish bride's arrival I've ever seen. With dad behind the wheel of a classic, sleek (and very expensive!) collectible Austin Healey, who's to know whether the car was chosen to perfectly matched the bridesmaids' absolutely stunning dresses, or whether the classic was inspiration for the dresses' beautiful blue hue! Either way, what an enviable arrival!
At the entrance to the Chapel, fresh rose petals in paper doilies cones are standing by to be tossed over the newlyweds at the recessional!
As the bridal party headed off to location photos with their photographer, Glenn of Alba Photography, guests took the uphill path back towards the restaurant courtyard where sweet treats awaited them - gourmet truffles in six assorted flavours and macarons, as well as a juice station kept guests filled and hydrated for an hour before pre-dinner canapes. Bright paper lanterns lit up as the sun began to set and the party goes indoors.
Our gorgeous bride and bridesmaids carried stunning blooms created by our partner in floral design, Flowers of Canterbury ~ such a talented team with an amazing eye for colour and combinations.
For the tables, Lauren and Shaun decided on moss pots filled with the season's most vibrant colours lent by roses (our favourite being the very luscious Lavender Lace!), lisianthus, dahlia and green trick. One Wedding Wish created these table arrangements which also featured birch candle holders and lace-trimmed votive candle holders. For the bridal table, we wanted something quite unique and befitting the gorgeous natural surrounds of Montsalvat. The bird's nest with blue robin eggs was made to look like a discovery, nestled quietly amongst a bed of wild grass and flowers.
Our warmest congratulations to our beautiful couple Lauren and Shaun! We hope both your celebrations leave you with the most amazing memories as you begin this long and fulfilling journey together! Happy days ahead. Lots of love, Joanie and the team at One Wedding Wish xox
Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
Tags: Montsalvat, Church Ceremonies, Alba Photography, Paper Lanterns, Chocolate Truffles, Macarons, Bird's Nests, Moss Pots, Lavender Lace, Wedding Planner, Melbourne Wedding Stylist, Real Weddings, Wedding Style Profiles
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