Rippon Lea Estate – Julia & Cameron

It was almost 10 years ago that Cameron’s sister, Caroline, introduced him to a university friend, Julia, at a crowded bar in North Melbourne and little did he know that he’d met his future wife. The two shared an instant chemistry that eventually led them to their Spring wedding day.

These beautiful photographs are courtesy of Tania Savage.

The bride was dressed by Pronovias at La Sposa in a beautiful strapless fitted gown featuring a sweet heart neck line, an elegant fish tail and lace finish.
Celebrant Matt Finch officiated the late afternoon ceremony which took place on the Western Lawn at Rippon Lea Estate. The gorgeous ceremony styling was created by Brett Currell with seating and ivory carpet provided by Weddings of Distinction.
Talented wedding stylist and florist, Brett Currell also created these beautiful bridal bouquets.
After the ceremony the couple took time to have some photographs around the Estate’s stunning spring gardens.
Julia and Cameron were attended to by Caitlin, Caroline and Angela, John, Dominic and David, comprising of both the couple’s siblings and best friends.
After enjoying pre-dinner drinks by the pool, guests were invited into the Grand Ballroom at Rippon Lea Estate to join the couple in celebrating their day.

More gorgeous creations by Brett Currell.
Julia reflects “It was just the most special day for Cam and I. It was everything and more we ever could have hoped for in every way. Dancing together at the reception and feeling the love that was in the room from all our nearest and dearest was wonderful and something to always remember.”
The bride shared a dance with her dad before the dance floor was open to guests.

Gardens House – Emily & Peter

Emily and Peter were married on a beautiful Spring afternoon of 2013 at the gorgeous Gardens House, located in a private area of the picturesque Royal Botanic Gardens. Anna Bryers conducted the wedding ceremony with the couple exchanging vows in front of close friends and family in a shady alcove on the front lawn.

These cute little pew ends were put together by Leigh Clark, the theme of the wedding transferring from the garden ceremony right through the reception.
Before the ceremony, the bride and groom took time to wander the beautiful spring gardens with photographer Shane Reid of Fotonaut so as they could enjoy celebrations with their guests immediately after exchanging vows.

This spectacular marquee, erected on the rear lawn of Gardens House was put together by The Marquee People, with the beautifully styled furniture provided by Place Settings
Leigh Clark did an extraordinary job of decorating the marquee reception area with these beautiful hanging arrangements.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Emily and Peter welcomed each guest individually as they made their way through the house to the back lawn area for the cocktail reception.
Guests dined on a large selection of hot and cold canapés including these delicious minted broad bean and goats curd tartlets.
A fun cup cake tiered wedding cake was provided by The Cup Cake Queens which were given to guests at the end of the night to take home.
Guests were able to dance the night away under the stars after the bride and groom opened the dance floor with a traditional first dance.

Rippon Lea Estate – Nicole & Bernard

St Patrick’s Cathedral set the scene for a fairy tale wedding for Nicola and Bernard who celebrated their marriage on a perfect spring day last October. Annette of Melbourne dressed the bride in the most elegant of gowns, complimented with a stunning traditional lace veil.
Blumenthal Photography captured this beautiful moment and provided the Bride and Groom with a stunning collection of memories from the day.
Nicola says of her wedding day “We wanted the day to have a classic, timeless feel to it and were thrilled when all the elements came together to make that happen. We were fortunate to have so many amazing people working to make that happen for us. We were also lucky to be surrounded by many of our family and friends on the day, whose support and enthusiasm lifted the atmosphere and helped to create a truly magical day for us.”
 Patrick and Phillip had the honour of being Bernard’s Groomsmen.

Before joining their 110 guests for dinner in the ballroom at the Historic Rippon Lea Estate Nicole and Bernard took the opportunity to book the famous gardens for their wedding photography.

This beautiful classic wedding car, in keeping with the style of the venue, was provided by Triple R Luxury Car Hire, regular visitors to Rippon Lea.

The talented team Flos Florum in Malvern created these beautiful centrepieces and vintage style bridal bouquets. The couple also provided their own table number cards to tie in with the theme of their invitations and wedding stationery.
The elegant 1930’s style Ballroom at Rippon Lea Estate.

Venue Shopping? Celebrate Your Day in Style

Let us help you! Peter Rowland has exclusive access to some of Melbourne’s most beautiful venues providing the perfect location for your reception.

Mt. Duneed Estate
Situated just outside Geelong, Mt. Duneed Estate is the perfect venue for a sit down dinner or cocktail wedding.
Overlooking acres of vineyards bask in the sun-dappled corners and lush open spaces of the estate, a perfect backdrop to stunning photo opportunities. While you have your photos taken, your guests can sample our bespoke wines from the sandstone patio, enjoying the peaceful views across the rolling vineyards.
Mt. Duneed Estate is easily accessible from Torquay or Geelong CBD providing the perfect opportunity to combine a stay and make your wedding a weekend to remember.
Port Melbourne Yacht Club 
 
The Port Melbourne Yacht Club, on the shores of Port Phillip Bay, showcases some of Melbourne’s best bay views. It impresses from every angle. The sailing boats framing the driveway invite guests to a space that hints of fun and freedom. The stunning, styled wave exterior reflects the heritage of the club and is striking when lit for evening weddings. Inside, the floor-to-ceiling glass windows flood the space with daylight and showcase spectacular views during the day or night.
This space can be decorated to suit your requirements. With modern, minimalist furnishings, a moveable bar and acoustically treated flooring Port Melbourne Yacht Club offers flexibility for both sit down or cocktail weddings. Outside, guests can soak up the sunlight on the large wooden deck moored against sliding glass doors. Launch your imagination at Port Melbourne Yacht Club. Relax and enjoy the ambience of this stylish venue.

Flemington – The Event Centre
The magnificent Event Centre offers a unique blend of historic atmosphere with contemporary venues.
Flemington’s highlights include acres of immaculately manicured lawns, an unparalleled view of the Melbourne skyline and one of the most famous rose gardens in the world. With a variety of event spaces and numerous breakout rooms, The Event Centre is ideal for conferences, meetings, product launches, trade shows and exhibitions.
The event space are ideal for your wedding, both cocktail and dinner events in several spaces with breathtaking views of the Melbourne city skyline and racetrack.
Rippon Lea Estate
Set in luxurious gardens, this National Trust listed property is an ideal location for your wedding. For decades, Rippon Lea has hosted extravagant events in all parts of the estate. Designed and built in 1868 it is a perfect example of 19th century luxury.
The mansion features elaborate furnishings, original artwork and detailed touches including embossed wallpaper and ornamental stained glass windows. Complete with chandeliers and a balustrade overlooking the dance floor, the Grand Ballroom is the ideal setting for stylish wedding celebrations. The picturesque gardens of the estate can hold functions for up to 2,500 people and are popular for wedding receptions. Your guests can lunch in the Apple Orchard, play croquet or wander leisurely through the picturesque gardens.
With history and charm, the mansion will impress all your guests.
National Gallery of Victoria International
Just a few minutes walk from the CBD, the Gallery is home to a collection of artworks that reflect many different styles and attracts thousands of visitors each winter for its Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibitions. As a function space NGV International is truly unique.
Great Hall

The Great Hall features Leonard French’s stunning stained glass ceiling as the perfect backdrop for a memorable dinner or cocktail reception. Pre dinner drinks can be held in Federation Court, beneath the glass ceiling or on the Terrace overlooking the Grollo Equiset Garden.
Persimmon

Situated in the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct, Persimmon transforms from a highly regarded restaurant by day to a contemporary venue for wedding dinners and cocktail receptions. Overlooking the magnificent Grollo Equiset Garden, home to some of the Gallery’s most impressive sculptures, Persimmon is framed by a backdrop of the city skyline, creating an artistic and stylish setting. A private entry features a boardwalk from the gate to Persimmon’s entrance and the balcony and gardens provide the perfect location for ceremonies, formalities or pre-dinner drinks.
Melbourne Museum
 
Located in Carlton Gardens opposite the historic Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne Museum offers a range of unique venues for meetings, functions and events. The Melbourne Museum’s award winning design displays an innovative combination of space, texture and shapes; from soaring glass walls to bold, bright columns – resulting in a contemporary venue that houses Australia’s most treasured history. Treetops is a light-filled purpose-built function room overlooking a living rainforest and opening onto an outdoor terrace – ideal for day conferences and evening functions.
The blank canvas of Touring Hall is ideal for displays, large events and exhibitions and can be recreated to suit your requirements. Melbourne Museum boasts eight main galleries with permanent collections such as Science & Life and The Melbourne Story featuring the Museum’s most popular object, Phar Lap. Each space offers a unique backdrop that can be brought to life to allow your guests to reconnect with history at this impressive, modern venue.
  
Gardens House
Gardens House is an elegant Georgian style two storey venue in the midst of beautifully maintained gardens. Built in 1856 Gardens House was previously home to the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is in immaculate condition and features original fittings such as elegant chandelier, furniture and interior decorations.
The ground floor includes the Garden Room and study, and stairway that leads to the first floor boardroom and large verandah overlooking the rear gardens. The front lawn can be used to accommodate a custom built marquee depending on your preference. Private and exclusive it surprises and delights every guest.

Revealed: The Reasons Behind Wedding Traditions

Did You Know…
Many brides and grooms still follow wedding day traditions often without the knowledge as to why they’re doing them. Well, we’re pleased to let you in on some old school secrets. Of course many traditions have now taken on new meanings and are done a little differently these days but we can tell you there was some reasoning behind it all.
Tossing the Bridal Bouquet
The old bridal bouquet toss is a tradition that started back in the UK where women used to try and rip off pieces of the bride’s dress and flowers in the hope they could retain some of her good fortune in marriage. To escape from the crowds of frantic women, the bride would toss her bouquet, diverting the women’s attention to run away. Today the bouquet is tossed to single women with the belief that whoever catches it will be next to marry.
 
Giving Away the Bride

A father giving his daughter away on her wedding day goes back to the days of arranged marriages. Daughters in those times were considered their father’s “property”. It was the father’s right to give his daughter to the groom, usually for a price. Nowadays this is seen as the father giving his blessing to his daughter’s marriage.
The Wedding Ring

Wearing a wedding ring on the third finger of the left hand goes back centuries to Roman times. The Romans believed that the vein in that particular finger runs directly to the heart. The wedding ring has long been seen as a symbol eternal love.

The Best Man

Hundreds of years ago a man would kidnap a woman with the intention of marrying her. The best man would be prepared to fight for the groom if the family of the bride came to rescue her.This remains today, and the best man, like the maid/matron of honour is usually a sibling or best friend of the groom. Today, their role is obviously somewhat different to that mentioned above.
Bride on Groom’s Left

In old England times, Grooms often had to defend their brides. She would stand to the left of her groom so that his right arm was free to quickly reach for his sword if needed.
The Tiered Wedding Cake

The wedding cake is one of the oldest traditions when the wedding cake was originally just an offering of fruit, nuts and honey to the Gods. It was thought the Gods would bless the marriage and grant good luck and happiness to the couple. As time passed the fruit and nuts turned to cakes and guests would bring small cakes to a wedding and stack them on top of each other. Eventually a French baker created a cake that involved small cakes layered on top of each other, known today as a tiered cake.

Wedding Bouquet

There are thought to be two reasons why this was done, the first to mask the smell of body odours. Yes, you read correctly! Back in the 15th century people bathed very infrequently, just once or twice a year in fact. Brides carried fragrant bunches of flowers in order to try and smell a little more impressive for their grooms.
The second theory is that during the times of the Plague, it is thought people held garlic, dill and other herbs over their mouths and noses in bit to avoid catching the disease. Survivors of the epidemic sought comfort in anything they thought could help them avoid falling ill. The herbs also represented renewal. Over time of course, brides sought more attractive and fragrant flowers to their bouquets and are now selected to match the bridesmaids dresses and/or colour scheme of the wedding.
The Bridal Veil

The bridal veil has long been a symbol of youth, modesty, and virginity and was used to ward off evil.
Bridesmaids

The bridal party is a tradition that has been around for centuries, its original purpose to fool evil spirits. The bride’s attendants dressed similarly to her in order to confuse any dangerous spirits that might be about. Today bridesmaids are there to support the bride in the stressful times during the wedding.
And something for your bridesmaids to consider next time you go shopping for their dresses – the earliest traditions suggest the bridesmaids dressed exactly like the bride in order to confuse the spirits and avoid them being fixated on the bride. That custom began to give way in the Victorian ages to bridesmaids dressing in white dresses but short veils, to emphasise the bride’s extravagant veil and train.

Macaron Tiers and Treats – Modern Yet Classic

Impressive and divine in taste, macaron tiers are a great alternative to the monstrous fruitcakes and conventional bomboniere. Ask for macarons that compliment the colour palate and flowers from your bouquet.
Want to bring a little bit of Paris to your wedding? It is worth checking out ‘Macarons by Josephine’ (macaronsbyjosephine.com.au).

She has a fantastic range of mouth-watering macaron flavours available. Made completely by hand and using only the finest quality ingredients, Josephine can create something unforgettable for your special day and can easily match any theme or colour scheme.
For all of you Melbournians or those visiting, head down to Josephine’s store to try some of these delicious treats at 365 Sydney Road, Brunswick.

Port Melbourne Yacht Club – Kayla & Ben

The gorgeous Kayla and Ben celebrated their wedding with us at Port Melbourne Yacht Club earlier this year, after an elegant ceremony at 333 Collins Street.

A beautiful summer sunset provided a stunning backdrop for guests who enjoyed canapés and pre-dinner drinks on the large over-water deck. The bride and groom sipped on champagne as they mingled with their family and friends before moving inside for dinner.

The reception area was amazingly decorated by the talented Brett Currell with tables featuring vintage style arrangements on glass mirrored bases and elegant crystal tea light candles. The entrance area was also styled by Brett, featuring a vintage framed mirror in which the guest list was carefully written, accompanied by an elegant crystal arrangement.

The delicious three-tiered wedding cake by Ab Fab Cakes was offered with tea and coffee later on in the night.

Special thanks to talented Tania Savage of Savage Photography who captured the whole day and provided these stunning photographs.

Here are some photos of Kayla and Ben’s special day – another spectacular event by the Weddings team at Peter Rowland.

Beautiful vintage style arrangement

A flawless table display

Stunning photography by Tania Savage of Savage Photography

Selecting the Perfect Wedding Menu

Guest Post
Linda Monique, Food Designer
Selecting the Perfect Wedding Menu


1.     Notification
Make sure your guests are aware that you may need to lodge special dietary requirements or allergies with your caterer at least a few weeks before the day. You could choose to notify guests by adding a small comments box on RSVP invitations where they can write in their selected dietary requirements.

2.     Diversity

Roaming cocktail menus are more adaptable to dietary requirements. When choosing roaming canapés, always ensure you have a gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and a vegan option.

3.    Memories

What are some of the most memorable dinners you have had with your partner? Whether it was a bottle of rose from your holiday in St. Tropez or a chicken curry from Chin Chin, perhaps pay tribute to some of the most loved experiences you have had by selecting or requesting items that a particularly special to you.
4.     Hot n Cold
You may not be able to predict blizzard conditions, rain, hail or shine for your wedding but you can plan a perfect menu that balances both filling rich items and lighter options just incase the sun scorches all day long.
5.     Creativity
Supplement the standard menus with some experiential food ideas such as an icecream cart, a garden cocktail bar, a sweets stand or even a seafood ice display for an extravagant summer option.

 

Q&A: Our Most Experienced Wedding Consultant

Fiona Scanlon – Peter Rowland’s Leading Wedding Consultant

How long have you been a weddings consultant?
I’ve been in the events industry for more than 10 years and looking after weddings for most of that time. It’s definitely one of the most rewarding things I’ve done and I’m still friends with some of the brides that I looked after when I first started. Being able to be a part of someone’s “once in a lifetime” day is a real privilege.

What is the most spectacular wedding you planned?
I can’t recall one particular wedding that stood out over any others, however my fondest weddings have been those in which the bride and groom have put lots of thought and consideration into the decorating, even down to the small details such as a cute little sign pointing their guests to the ceremony or reception location or providing guests fans on arrival during a hot summer’s day ceremony. Lots of couples also have monograms designed of their initials, which are then used throughout the whole process from engagement invitations, ceremony booklets, name cards and menus. It all ties in beautifully.

What are the hottest wedding trends for 2014?
Bespoke headpieces in place of the traditional veil are becoming more and more popular now; almost the less is more approach. And they can stay on all night, unlike many veils, which are often removed once the reception commences.

We’re also seeing a trend in downsized guest lists for couples to be able to spend more money on quality food and beverages for their close friends and family.

Dusty shades of pinks, peaches and greys are very quickly become the feature colours of 2014 weddings. They’re quite classic but tie in well with the vintage feel we’re seeing so much of at the moment. The colours are also flattering to lots of skin tones (a note for all of the bridesmaids!) and don’t over power the reception venue.

What advice would you give to brides before tackling their search for a venue?
Take your time and don’t bombard yourselves with too many venue inspections in one day. One venue will quickly merge into the other and your head will spin! And as a result you may not remember which venue is which and who does what.

Viewing 3 to 5 venues over the course of one day would be ideal. Take some time to get to know the co-ordinators and be armed with lots of questions that might otherwise escape you once you’re there.

What is the most outrageous thing you’ve seen at a wedding?
I’ve definitely seen a few in my time that have left me with raised eyebrows. A few have stuck in my mind including one very “leggy” bride whose wedding dress was so short at the front it looked like a 1960’s mini with a drop at the back into a long train.

Unfortunately I’ve also seen more family in-fighting over guest lists, seating arrangements and menu selections than I care to remember and makes for very uncomfortable planning meetings! Of course parents should be part of the day, especially when they are the ones financing it, however they also need to remember that it’s the bride and groom’s day.

Favourite wedding theme?
I love a classic black tie affair with a black and white or champagne theme. It’s so timeless and can suit almost any venue. It’s lovely when a couple also incorporate this theme into their wedding stationary, setting the scene with the invitations and ending with a classic and elegant thank-you card. Who doesn’t love an excuse to dress up in a stunning ball gown or tuxedo?

Favourite wedding venue?
I definitely have soft spots for Rippon Lea and Gardens House. Rippon Lea is just the ultimate in venue classics; a very Gatsby feel. Whilst it’s quite a traditional venue, it evokes a beautifully relaxed atmosphere which is what you want as guests mingle by the pool for pre-dinner drinks to the sounds of some soft live jazz in the background. And who can go past the quaint but gorgeous Gardens House with total privacy and lots of stunning garden areas for a lovely spring ceremony and intimate dining room for small gatherings. Gardens House is so versatile with the option of a garden set marquee for larger numbers.