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
Apr 08, 2012
After many 'sneak previews' this season alone, I'm so pleased to finally share Hannah and Chris' Wedding Style Profile with everyone!
When i met Hannah for the very first time, she was just a newbie in Melbourne. As we got chatting (over a pizza, no less!), I learned of the adventurous spirit Chris and herself both shared, having worked and lived in a few cities across Australia in a span of just a few years. Home is wherever they are together. Where there is a park, they'll be lacing up their walking shoes. Where a bike trail, they'll be riding. Quiet comfort in each other's presence is good all the same. It was therefore befitting that they had picked Provincial Events' Wattle Park Chalet to host their intimate wedding celebration - a heritage-listed building steeped in history located amongst acres of surrounding parkland.
With Hannah and Chris travelling on multiple interstate trips leading right to the week of the Wedding Day, we communicated mostly via email and phone, exchanging ideas and inspirational images for the number of key areas One Wedding Wish was pleased to take care of. Hannah and Chris' love for all things natural, earthy and provincial set the scene for us to design something that truly reflected their special relationship.
For the entrance, we created a simple but stylish Welcome Table featuring one of our signature Wishing Trees in their gorgeous colours of lilac, purple and peach. We also placed a large white wooden birdcage for cards embellished with flowers which doubled as a display for guest seating.
The ceremony was held in the venue's private garden offering panoramic views of Wattle Park. Vibrant blooms in glass jars decorated the aisle chairs. Guests were invited to a Drinks & Treats Station designed specifically to Hannah and Chris' unique theme. Our most favourite piece has to be the vintage blue bicycle parked by the table, looking as if it has just returned from a flower-picking trip to the meadows, and on the way back, picked up some long French baguette sticks too! We couldn't resist surprising our couple with a personalised bicycle plate to keep as a momento after the wedding.
One of the treats Hannah particularly asked for were cookies. Cookie jars seemed the most obvious choice, but we decided to take it a step further by packing two cafe-style chocolate chip cookies in frosted 'envelope' bags finished with grosgrain ribbon and a fun sticker that read "I'm COOKIE for you" - all neatly displayed in an open picnic basket.
No Treat Station is complete without colour-coordinated macarons! How about lavender-infused and passionfruit-choc ones?
Hannah struck a stunning figure in her wedding gown when she arrived. Isn't she just gorgeous!? Hannah and her bridesmaids carried bouquets of David Austin roses, lisianthus and orchids, designed by our preferred partner in floral design, Flowers of Canterbury (thank you Nat and Cobi!). A very special thank you also to Sarah and Olivia for their special touch to making everything gorgeous!
Hannah and Chris, I wish you both many more adventures ahead! Lots of love, Joanie xoxo
Image by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
Tags: Wattle Park, Wattle Park Chalet, Provincial Events, Chalkboard Frames, Dessert Table, Bomboniere, Cookies, Parisian Theme, Vintage Bicycle, Baguette, Field Picked Flowers, Lavender, Peach, Coffee Pots, Hannah and Chris, Wishing Tags, Wishing Tree, Birdcage, Drinks Station, Macarons, Garden Ceremony, Couch Media, Melbourne Wedding Planner, Melbourne Wedding Stylist, Real Weddings, Wedding Style Profiles
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