Eileen & Joshua

Cinematography by Paper Cranes

Mansion Hotel and Spa at Werribee Park has got to be one of my most favourite venues in Melbourne, so naturally it was hard to contain my excitement when Eileen and Joshua came on board and told me the good news! We hit it off straight away, particularly when their gorgeous colour scheme was established. I’ll admit I’m a bit of a greenie at heart, and this is reflected in One Wedding Wish’s love for all things natural. Eileen and Joshua’s white and green palette was a fresh and intuitive complement to the Mansion’s lush surrounds.

Eileen and Joshua is the loveliest, and I mean, loveliest couple you could ever meet. They are the first I know to ask - “Would suppliers be hungry/tired/need a break during the day? Should we organise some platters of sandwiches, perhaps? Their day is just as long as ours...” While I did say this wasn’t necessary, their comment made me smile. This is just how they are - genuine, thoughtful and down-to-earth. 

I delight in how attentive Joshua is to Eileen, and how united as a team they are in making decisions. From the outset, I sensed their shared love for the little details, quiet intricacies that invite you to come closer rather than elements that scream ‘look at me!’. Elegance without pretension - love it!

Tough decisions are made easier when there are so many beautiful options at Werribee Mansion to hold your ceremony. The Parterre Garden had a good run in October with glorious petunias full bloom in all colours. Early December however proved a little too soon for new seedlings to sprout, so we chose the oasis in front of the glasshouse as a backdrop. I love that it was open yet private, and offered a spectacular view of the Mansion’s clock tower.

I have always endeared to the idea of bringing flowers and fresh foliage a little closer to guests to evoke a sense of being surrounded by nature. Karina helped us create arrangements of white hydrangea and trailing ivy for each of our four white market umbrellas. On the aisle chairs, mason jars filled with white lisianthus and white/green hydrangea were suspended by organza ribbon for elegant simplicity and elegance. These jars would be reused on coffee tables later in the day, as you will soon see. A woven basket of personalised wedding bubbles and letterpress order of service booklets finished with twine awaited guests as they arrived for the ceremony.

Eileen walked down the aisle in dad’s arm, dressed in an absolutely stunning wedding gown from Brides of Armadale and carrying a posy-style bouquet of David Austin roses, hydrangea and succulents. I’m so thankful to Santo, Ferry and the team from Paper Cranes for capturing Joshua’s look of pure contentment as he watched his beautiful bride come down the aisle to stand by his side. Their heartfelt ceremony was witnessed by eighty of their closest family and friends.

Following the ceremony, guests retreated to the Mansion Hotel’s Library for two hours of pre-reception entertainment! Family and friends enjoyed the eclectic sounds of a live acoustic guitar trio while indulging in a generous spread styled by One Wedding Wish including mini green tea cupcakes, pistachio macarons, apple lollipops, smoked salmon and roast beef hors d’oeuvres and fresh fruity beverages from a styled drink station.

Succulents make a strong presence at Eileen and Joshua’s wedding. A whimsical twist to the traditional guest seating chart, One Wedding Wish went all out to deck out a provincial timber table with custom-made planter boxes to fit jumbo-sized echeverias, each plant pick a table number showing guest names.

We’re so excited to show you this next collection of photos!

One Wedding Wish styled the back of the Pavilion for pre-dinner drinks and canapes, and then transformed the space again for an incredible surprise the couple had in store, to be revealed only after dark. The only clue guests had of what was to come was this poster as soon as they turned the corner.:)

I don’t think there was a single person at the wedding who didn’t fall in love with our bomboniere! 

We believe in ideas that are as practical as they are beautiful. The miniature wooden planter boxes were custom-made to fit cute succulents for guests to take home and nurture. We also ensured the box was made with sufficient base drainage such that the plant could thrive until it outgrew its home. We tied a care instructions tag to each box, and laid each one on a patch of premium turf to keep any residual soil away from the white linen. 

Succulents flourish in any weather and with a little love, will multiply and grow in any garden - we absolutely love this sentiment. A plant pick inserted at the corner of the box doubled as placecards.Hands up if you love our bomboniere too! :)

Night fell and it was clear something was brewing outside! 

By the time guests were invited out onto the lawn at 9.30pm, we had put together a classic Cinema Treats dessert table including popcorn in mini green popcorn boxes, green and white vanilla pound cake pops, mini gelati cones and vintage soda ready with striped straws. 

A giant 6 x 4m screen was already erected about 20 metres away, sound and audio tested, signalling the Cinema Under the Stars experience was about to begin!

One Wedding Wish prepared an extra special His and Hers area for the newlyweds - a picnic-style setting complete with a picnic rug, white leather bean bags, a breakfast tray with the couple’s own set of treats, basket of fruit and flowers and wooden lanterns. For a bit of fun, we also added a ‘Just Married’ chalkboard sign at the back! 

I had a little surprise of my own for the couple too. On the first day of the ‘Share a Coke’ campaign, I queued up with hundreds of others excited about personalising their own names on Coke cans, but what did I do? I asked for Eileen and Joshua’s names! The huge smiles on their faces that evening when they saw their very own Coke cans was more than I could ask for! :)

Eileen and Joshua’s Outdoor Cinema Experience has to be one of the most challenging concepts One Wedding Wish has undertaken so far. I remember presenting this idea at our meeting with the simple intention of testing the waters - the slightest flinch or hint of uncertainty from Eileen and Joshua and I would pull this concept right out. To my surprise, this was one of the very first ideas that they loved without doubt or hesitation!

The next couple of months was ensuring we could pull this off without a hitch. While it was immensely important that everything was seamless and perfect, I had absolute faith in award-winning Sydney-based videography team Paper Cranes and their production of the Same Day Edit {showing 9.00am - 6.00pm of the wedding day}. I caught up with Santo and Mrs Paper Cranes (Dewi) for a very long lunch a few weeks before the wedding and got them up to speed with the running of the entire day. They too were awed by the idea of an Outdoor Cinema Experience and blown away by the sheer extent of the details we were showcasing. Santo made the right call to increase his team to four members just to make sure they captured everything! The SDE was absolutely breathtaking, and since it has been uploaded onto their blog, I’ve watched it over and over again. Thank you so much Santo and team for being so awesome to work with.

A Surprise for Joshua’s New Bride
I was so excited to plan with Joshua a very secret and special surprise for Eileen. Immediately following the SDE, Joshua picked up the guitar behind him and together with a friend serenaded Eileen to U2’s Beautiful Day. Then, two members from the band stepped onto the deck and sang Moulin’s Rouge’s Come What May acapella-style as Joshua surprised Eileen with their first dance (Eileen had believed there would not be one, but of course we knew otherwise!) right there on the lawn, under the stars. 

Dear Eileen and Joshua, what an amazing journey it has been with you both. Your love for each other was just the beginning of everything beautiful. It touched every detail. You show me once again that weddings are not just about the theming and styling, but a celebration of a world made more perfect because two people find happiness in love. I take not for granted this very important role you entrusted to me as your wedding planner and stylist. Through it all, your warmth, humanity, and kindness inspired and filled me with creative energy. For you, I wanted to give more, to do more – nothing but the best would do. Eileen and Joshua, I wish you both endless days of happiness. May your love for each other grow ever more each day. Love, Joanie

To view more beautiful images of the couple, go to Daniel Sheehan’s website by clicking here

Wedding planning and coordination: One Wedding Wish

Creative concept planning, floral design planning, decor, props and wedding styling: One Wedding Wish

Flowers: One Wedding Wish

Venue: Pavilion, Mansion Hotel and Spa at Werribee Park, Werribee Mansion

One Wedding Wish photography: Gavin Luu

Wedding photography: Daniel Sheehan Studios