Wedding Style Profile - Celine and Michael
May 08, 2011
Still jetlagged from the flight home after six incredible weeks in the US, one of the highest priorities on my to-do list was to share with all of you one of my favourite, most highly anticipated weddings of the season. I had promised to update my blog before leaving, but with so much to do right before the grand adventure which took us from the West to East Coast and a toe into Canada to marvel at the glorious Niagara Falls, I had no choice but to hold my breath...but I shall no more!
Celine and Michael, once in a while we meet people who we know without doubt, are simply meant for each other, and working alongside you these months leading to your wedding day confirms this for me. Though there’s always room for poking fun and friendly bickering, I observe the realness of your relationship, the unwavering bond between yourselves and your family, and your shared determination to protect and care for each other.
Thank you for entrusting me with the planning and styling of your wedding day. As any one of your guests would tell you, the depth of emotion, warmth and heart that filled the room were truly the secret ingredient to an amazing day. I wish you both many more days like the one you had on that fine day in February. Lots of love, Joanie xox
Celine and Michael’s wedding ceremony was held in the centre of the Parterre, a magnificent and lush landscaped English garden, with a lily pond and fountain and the Mansion Hotel building perfectly positioned for a dramatic backdrop.
Chloe, Weddings and Events Manager at Mansion Hotel was amazing to work with, and despite our countless requests and unique arrangements, nothing was ever too much. Thanks Chloe!
The pictures here speak for themselves - one couldn’t ask for sunnier skies for a garden wedding than today!
The groom wore a Georgio Armani suit and stood with calm confidence alongside his wingmen - best friend and Celine’s two brothers. Melting hearts on the aisle were the flowergirls, each carrying bouquets of pink and cream garden roses created by the lovely ladies at Amos and Smith. Too cute!
Celine looked ethereal in her timeless Vera Wang strapless gown with tiered origami skirt and multi-bow. If she was even slightly nervous, she certainly hid it well behind that gorgeous million dollar smile!
Golden Wishing Tree and Flowers from One Wedding Wish
Golden Wishing Tree concept, design and construction by One Wedding Wish
Flowers consisting of Children’s Rose, Pacific Pearl Rose, Lisianthus, Golden Solidago and green berry foliage
French Macarons from One Wedding Wish
In pink and brown sprayed with edible gold in a glass apothecary jar
Canapes in the Library
Celine and Michael were the consummate hosts and never for a moment left their guests without food, drink or entertainment. Guests were encouraged to explore the historical Werribee Park Mansion, enjoy a tipple at the local Shadowfax Winery, or simply indulge in platters of gourmet canapes in the Library and drinks on tab at Joseph’s Bar while the bridal party adjourned for location photography. Guests also took their time to fill the golden tree with an abundance of well-wishes for the couple. All of this and the evening’s reception has not even begun yet!
Guests took the tree-lined path toward the Pavilion, embarked a timber ramp and deck guided by wooden boxes of lush green hygrangea and rustic lanterns to arrive at pre-dinner drinks/canapes overlooking panoramic views of the Polo field. One Wedding Wish enhanced this natural setting with plush cushions, candles, vibrant flowers in bottles, jars, birdcages and watering cans to create a space for both revel and relaxation.
Guests were greeted upon entry into the dining room with this spectacular candy buffet, complete with monogrammed chocolates, giant lollipops and some of the couple’s all-time favourite candies and chocolate. We also organised a little something special for Celine’s baby brother, Andy - a jar of peach rings just for his pleasure, and boy was he pleased!!
My Favourite Moments
I had the utmost pleasure of sitting with Celine and Michael’s guests and truly take in the warmth and love surrounding this very special day. If I had to pick but a few of my favourite moments, it would be the speeches. As many revisions as we have made to the timesheet and each activity carefully scheduled to the minute, I believe there is always time for impromptu speeches. As Celine’s maid of honour and long-time friend made her speech, we were transported back to a time when two young girls, who’ve been through the best and worst of days, grew together and learned about life together. Family friends presented the couple with a traditional song of blessing that moved me to tears.
To see Celine and Michael’s wedding highlights captured by the exceptionally skilled Pete of Living Lens, please follow this link.
Celine and Michael, it has been an honour working alongside you both to fulfill your dreams of this absolutely incredible day. Thank you and lots of love to you both. Joanie xoxo
Images by Gavin Luu for One Wedding Wish
Tags: Real Weddings, Wedding Style Profiles, Wishing Tree, Message Tree, Apothecary Jar, Floral Styling, Melbourne Wedding Planner, Melbourne Wedding Stylist, Sugar Almonds, Mansion Hotel, Werribee Park, Living Lens, Garden Weddings, Vera Wang, Garden Ceremony, Macarons, Birdcage, Lanterns, Candy Buffet
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