PMYC – Cerise & Matt












We are always excited when one of our own gets married and Peter Rowland’s IT manager, Matt and his gorgeous partner, Cerise, were no different.

Cerise and Matt had been dating six years when Matt popped the question, and it turns out he is somewhat of a closet romantic. Matt had planned for Cerise to have dinner with her mum, but upon her arrival she realised that it was all a clever rouse and was quickly sent home. Cerise said “I arrived back at my apartment and the place was covered in rose petals, candles and framed photos of Matthew and I. A candlelit pathway led out to my balcony where Matthew was standing, once I came outside he proceeded to get down on one knee and propose. It was personal, heartfelt and perfect.”

When it came to choosing their wedding venue, Port Melbourne Yacht Club was the clear choice for Cerise who had always dreamed of a fairytale wedding with a twist. Cerise had a very clear vision for her stunning seaside affair which was based around the floor to ceiling windows of the Yacht Club whilst incorporating plenty of white to keep things fresh and contemporary.

The ceremony was a close personal affair with Cerise walking down the aisle to her twin sister singing “Even When You’re Sleeping” by Leonardo’s Bride whilst her uncle played the guitar. Matt was visibly moved as the woman of his dreams walked towards him to start the rest of their lives together.

Upon entering the reception it was obvious how much care Cerise and her mum had taken in styling the venue. There was an abundance of elegant white flowers and and foliage running the length of the banquet tables and personal touches everywhere you looked. Cerise even had photo books of her and Matt’s childhoods as well their time together which were placed around the room for guests to peruse.

As the music began to play for the newly-weds first dance Cerise delighted everyone with a wardrobe change from her champagne coloured, romantic ball gown to a crisp white, lace peplum gown. “It was a huge surprise to Matt and our guests when I came out for our wedding dance in a different dress”.

Cerise’s younger sister is a ballroom dance instructor and choreographed their wedding dance which they’d been practising for a few months prior. “To finally show the dance to family and friends was both scary and rewarding! It was so much fun performing with my husband for our loved ones”.

We were so happy to be involved in creating such a memorable day for this gorgeous couple and are so pleased they loved every part of their big day.

CREDITS – Brides Dress Allure Bridals – Bridesmaids Dress’s Bariano – Grooms Suit Topman – Groomsmen’s Suits Topman – Car Hire Services mi-ka – Stationer Life is Peachy & La Pomme et la Pipe – Photographer ATEIA Photography & Peppercorn Photography by Fiona Scanlon – Florist Flos Florum– Wedding Cake Little Malvern Cake Co. – Venue Port Melbourne Yacht Club

Shared Dining

 There’s a new style of dining that is sweeping across wedding venues all over town and we here at Peter Rowland could not be happier about it. Shared dining is not only very on trend but is also reminiscent of those fond memories growing up and of the memories you will soon create with your other half.

Shared dining will transport you back to huge Christmas lunches with all of your aunts, uncles and cousins, and to big birthday dinner celebrations with friends. It’s casual and intimate whilst being exciting and fresh at the same time

Your wedding is the biggest and best excuse you’ll have to throw a fabulous party, to surround yourself with your closest friends and family and to create the most wonderful memories to carry into your future married life.

Imagine, instead of dwelling upon whether to choose the lamb or the beef as your red meat option to satisfy the carnivores on your guest list, whilst still trying to provide a light option for the ladies, you could indulge your guests with a lavish spread to enthuse even the fussiest of eaters.

In true Peter Rowland fashion, we have designed the finest and freshest shared dining menus for your big day. After all, weddings are a time to bring all of your nearest and dearest together to share in your happiest moments, so why not do so while delighting in a feast of the most sumptuous food imaginable?

CREDITS – Photographs courtesy of Peppercorn Photography by Fiona Scanlon

NGV – Gillianne & Nick

Nick and Gilly met many years ago in high school where it was clear to everyone they were perfect together. Gilly’s Maid of Honour confirmed this in her touching speech when she said “It’s admirable the way that Nick and Gilly love each other. The way they always work as a team, and the way that they support each other, especially though hard times.”Gilly opted for a timeless neutral colour scheme for her wedding day, donning a delicate Jane hill gown and dressing her bridesmaids in elegant Carla Zampatti dresses. The colour palate was the perfect compliment to the bold back drops of both their ceremony, at St. Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church, and their breathtaking reception in the Great Hall, NGV.

This gorgeous couple were lucky enough to have their wedding co-inside with the Carsten Höller art installation earlier this year which featured a gleaming gold carousel; a focal point for pre dinner drinks and throughout the evening. The neutral table centrepieces were expertly balanced by the Great Hall’s bold colours and patterns of the stain glass ceiling, and were the perfect choice for such a grand space.

The newly weds enjoyed their first dance to “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac, which could not have been a more perfect choice for a couple so clearly in love. The entire night was awash with incredible food and outstanding music helping the couple celebrate all the way to their Las Vegas honeymoon.

CREDITS – Brides Dress Jane Hill – Bridesmaids Dress’s Carla Zampatti– Grooms Suit Joe Black – Groomsmen’s Suits Politix – Car Hire Raco Special Vehicles – Ceremony Location St. Eustathios Greek Orthodox Church – Celebrant Father Chris Dimolianis – Stationer Little Bridge Design – Photographer Luma Photo – Florist Flower Jar – Wedding Cake Ab Fab Cakes – Entertainment MC Peter Tzamalis & DJ Ross both contactable on 0407 169 277 – Venue NGV

PRC Style – Let Them Eat Cake

Choosing a cake can be both tricky and utterly delicious; we are here to help with the tricky part.

Whether you are looking for a traditional tiered white cake with simple embellishments, something a little more bold, or a cake that is entirely left of centre and sure to be a feature we have something to tempt your taste buds.

In our hunt for the perfect wedding cake we sat down to chat with Jeanette from the Little Malvern Cake Co. to get her top tips for choosing the best cake for the occasion.

“Trust your designer. Bring a mood board or pinterest page for your wedding and let the designer create a unique cake for you.

Taste, taste, taste. If you go to a tasting and the cake is dry, stale or tastes like packet mix, walk away!

Share your budget with your cake designer. They can best advise you on how to save money and still achieve a beautiful design.

If you’re paying for a gorgeous wedding cake, it may as well taste fabulous!”

The Cake

When choosing a wedding cake for your big day there are so many different options it can be hard to know which direction you should take. We recommend choosing something simple yet striking like the cakes below.

Keep in mind that your cake will not only be on display all evening but it will also be the last thing your guests taste at the wedding. Choose something absolutely scrumptious and that is a feature for your guests to look at throughout the evening. Don’t be nervous to go bold!

Cake Toppers

There are so many lovely options for cake toppers these days if you are looking for something truly personal and unique. You can have mini wooden versions of yourselves hand painted or have a stationer design something for you.

Bite Sized

All things small and sweet are right on trend at the moment as many brides move away from the traditional formal affair, towards a huge party with all their nearest and dearest.

Having a dessert buffet or a doughnut cake means your guests can grab a sweet bite and head straight to the dance floor instead of having to sit back at their table.

Happy taste testing and remember  “A party without cake is just a meeting”

CREDITS – Cake Images all from Pinterest
– Cake Toppers from left to right, Blossom Cake Toppers, Pinterest, First Snow Fall, Pinterest, BHLDN, Pinterest, BHLDN
– Bite Size from left to right, Nectar & Stone, Sweet Sticks, Pinterest, Nectar and Stone, Sweet Sticks, Nectar and Stone.
Special Thanks to Jeanette from Little Malvern Cake Co

Rippon Lea – Catherine & Alex

Everything about Catherine and Alex’s wedding day was elegant. The ceremony was held by the lake in the sprawling grounds at Rippon Lea Estate, their guests wandered through the lush greenery on this warm summers day guided by personalised signs to the ceremony location where the groom was waiting under a stunning floral archway.

“There were many special moments at our wedding, however the most special part for us was our ceremony in the gardens at Rippon Lea. We found a little spot next to the lake surrounded by trees, and bathed in dappled sunlight. It was magical.” Catherine recalls.

After the ceremony Alex had a special surprise for his blushing bride and their guests, arranging for there to be giant cookie jars of refreshing cocktails for everyone to enjoy in the summer sun whilst the bridal party ventured off to take some photos.

Catherine had a vision for a romantic, understated affair with art deco touches and, looking at the couple’s beautiful photos, it’s clear she achieved her goal. Simple bouquets featured on each of the table, perfectly complementing their personalised stationary. Catherine’s aunt who is a renowned ceramicist handmade the couples bonbonniere – spice bowls for each of the guests.

Catherine and Alex, along with all their closest friends and family, enjoyed danced the night away “under the stars” in the ballroom and making the most of the photo booth and hilarious props. The gorgeous new couple made their way around to all of their guests to personally say goodbye before jetting off  to Thailand for the next chapter of their lives.

To see more of this dream couples big day follow the link below to view their wedding video.


CREDITS – Brides Dress Amaline Vitale – Bridesmaids Dress’s Weddington Way– Grooms Suit P. Johnson Tailors – Groomsmen’s Suits Trevor West – Car Hire Melbourne Classic Car Hire – Stationer Elli – Photographer Leo Farrell Photography – Videographer Me And My Camera – Florist Stems by Di – Bonbonniere Marina Pribaz – Wedding Cake Oakleigh Quality Cakes – Entertainment Solution Entertainment – Venue Rippon Lea

PRC Style – Flower Girls

Flower girls are by far one of the cutest aspects of a wedding and as such it’s our pleasure to bring you my top tips for their styling.

I recommend keeping it simple and trying to incorporate your flower girls personality as well as ensuring that they fit seamlessly into your big day.

The Dress

Whether you’re looking for a princess dress or something more edgy for the little lady in your bridal party Tutu Du Monde has the most stunning embellished dresses with plenty of charm and an unexpected selection of colours. A gorgeous dress is sure to have your flower girl grinning from ear to ear all day long.

The Shoes

The main thing to consider when choosing shoes for your flower girl is whether or not they will be comfortable as they will certainly get their wear on the day and in the months after. My favourites are the Anniel Moda shoes pictured below. However if you are having a garden wedding then there’s no better option than a jelly shoe like the ones found at Melissa. Not only are they comfortable but they can be wiped clean in instant, a saving grace for wedding photos.

The Accessories

The finishing touches, as with all things, really complete a look. Whether it’s the perfect shade of lipstick for yourself or a sequinned bow in your flower girls hair it’s, important to focus on the finer details.

Floral garlands are one of the biggest trend that we have seen for flowers girls in 2015 and whilst your florist can put something together for you another really lovely option is something that will last through all the fidgeting that little girls do. K is for Kani have some of the most whimsical (and durable) floral garlands that I have come across yet and will be a gorgeous memento of your big day for your littlest lady.

CREDITS – Main image Tutu Du Monde – Shoes Anniel Moda & Melissa – Acessories K is for Kani – Other images sourced from pinterest


Melbourne Museum – Celeste & Kire

It’s not hard to see, when looking at Celeste & Kire, just how perfect they are for each other. They first met at a fitness boot camp and that was the start of their effortless love affair.

From the outset Celeste & Kire wanted a laid back wedding that was more of a party than a formal affair. Not only for themselves but also for their nearest and dearest and that is exactly what they pulled together.

From Celeste’s simple yet elegant Rue De Seine gown to her charming bouquet and the couple’s unique wedding rings, it was clear that this would not be any “run of the mill” wedding. The couple opted not to have a bridal party in order to keep the day very informal.

After a short, yet moving ceremony at the North Terrace, Melbourne Museum the couple paraded down the aisle grinning from ear to ear, whilst snapping selfies of their newly married selves. When asked what her favourite part of her day was Celeste replied “Taking the hand of my Husband and leading him through our crowd of guests. Here we sat for only five minutes to chat & embrace”.

The happy couple then headed off to take some photos with the wonderful Woodrow from Woodrow Wilson Photography. Woodrow ensured that they got as many photos with the stunning architectural Museum as the back drop as possible, also finding many secluded spots in the Carlton Gardens for their beautiful shots.

From the second that their guests got to the reception they were flooded with delicious canapés and the temptation of a dessert buffet put together by some of the most sought after dessert queens in the business.

Celeste & Kire truly filled their brief of a huge laid back party and the dancing and laughing stretched well into the night. Congratulations to this incredible couple and we wish you all the best in your next big adventure together.


CREDITS – Brides Dress Rue De Seine – Grooms Suit Hugo Boss – Photographer Woodrow Wilson –  – Styling Sooti – Floristry Grown Florist – Wedding Cake Sweet Dakita – Dessert Bar Items Marsha’s Sweets – Macarons By Josephine – Venue Melbourne Museum

Rippon Lea – A Floral Affair

If you’re looking for a little inspiration that screams sugar, spice and all things nice, then look no further than this exquisite ‘vintage tea party’ themed wedding at Rippon Lea.

It was a perfect sunny day for a ceremony on the sprawling lawns of the estate, shortly after which the guests meandered up to the pool terrace for a casual but glamorous affair around the pool in the sunshine, reminiscent of a bygone era.

This whimsical collection of peonies and roses nestled in vintage china and cascading from the antique dresser used as a candy bar, were the perfect balance of sweet, subtle and striking. With elegant vintage touches everywhere you looked from the cut glass drink dispensers to a bespoke wishing well made from suitcases.

The celebrations were all captured by Tania Savage who has an eye for detail and never fails to put forward a stunning arrangement of photographs.

All in all, the day was a stunning vintage affair perfectly suited to the old worldly charm of Rippon Lea Estate, and the couple themselves.

CREDITS – Photographer Tania Savage – Wedding Cake Cioccolata Bella – Stylist & Floristry Mackenzie Creations – Venue Rippon Lea

Gardens House – Angela & Ryan

It seems Angela & Ryan were always meant to be, even if they didn’t yet know it.
The couple first caught sight of each other 18 years ago at the school gate and then spent the next few years bumping into each other at various friends parties and even in the QANTAS lounge in Hong Kong. None of these signs, however, were quite enough for the couple and it wasn’t until they independently moved to London for work, that they crossed paths again and they finally gave in to fate.

After tying the knot in a Toorak church the couple and their guests made their way to the stunning Gardens House, tucked away in the Royal Botanic Gardens. As the bridal party headed off into the gardens for photos with the talented Tania Savage, the guests enjoyed scrumptious canapés and bubbles on the rear lawn whilst a Spanish guitarist strummed tunes under the trees.

Angela and Ryan planned almost the whole affair from their home base in London but had a very clear vision for their breathtaking marquee wedding under the stars. Angela’s brief was simple elegance and by using a mix of Australian and UK designers we think she nailed it.

The couple couldn’t have been happier with their big day and felt so blessed to be surrounded by all of their closest friends and family. When asked what the highlight of the day was for her and Ryan, Angela said “Our first dance together and sneaking out of the marquee together for a few minutes to enjoy some time alone together and watch our amazing midsummer night party under the stars.”

After all the dancing, drinking and laughter came to an end, the couple jetted off to Bora Bora for a romantic honeymoon in one of the most beautiful and romantic places on earth. We would have expected nothing less from this fairy tale couple.

CREDITS – Brides Dress Phillipa Lepley – Bridesmaids Dress’s Carla Zampatti– Grooms Suit Gieves and Hawks – Groomsmen’s Suits Formal Red – Car Hire Triple R Luxury Car Hire – Stationer Prantl – Photographer Tania Savage – Videographer Lightbox Media – Stylist & Floristry Victoria Whitelaw – Wedding Cake Zimt Patisserie – Band Top Dog Entertainment – Venue Gardens House

Peter Rowland for GT Bride

Here at Peter Rowland, we are passionate about making sure your big day is also the best day of your life.

Recently one of our expert Event Planners at Mt Duneed Estate, Beth Colbert, was interviewed by GT Bride in relation to what comes next after choosing the venue. Beth suggests choosing a theme or style early on in the planning process to ensure you have a clear vision and the right suppliers to help you pull your dream wedding together.

For the full interview follow this link:

Peter Rowland for GT Bride

Looking at the photos below it’s not hard to see why Beth is so passionate about creating memorable occasions in such a beautiful space!