Rippon Lea Estate – Shae & Monty

Monty and Shae chose the beautiful gardens of Rippon Lea for their wedding ceremony in Spring last year, with the historic 1860’s mansion featuring as a magnificent back drop for their vows.


“I’ll never forget seeing Monty’s face as I walked down the aisle”, Shae recalls. Melissa Jacob, of the Ceremony Store, officiated proceedings, detailing stories of how the couple met through mutual friends.

The bride’s stunning vintage style gown by Toorak designer, Jane Hill, and featuring lace capped sleeves, fitted perfectly with the theme of the wedding, as did the bridemaids’ dresses.

After the ceremony, guests enjoyed some post-ceremony drinks by the pool whilst the couple wandered the 14 acre gardens with photographer Kristen Cook for some beautiful photo opportunities.

A quick rehearsal in the gardens of the couple’s first dance to Red Speedwagon’s “Keep on Loving You”.

The couples bursting floral table arrangements sat perfectly in the ballroom under the high ornate ceilings, compliments of talented freelance floral designer Debbie O’Neill who also put together the bridal party bouquets.

After mingling out by the pool with pre-dinner drinks and a selection of canapés, guests dined on a sumptuous three courses meal finished with French chocolates and servings of decadent wedding cake by Oakleigh Quality Cakes.

Shae recalls the reception speeches as being one of the most memorable parts of the day which brought both tears and laughter to the couple’s faces.


Shae and Monty took an extended honeymoon to the Serengeti in east Africa with a romantic stop in Paris on the way home. We wish the couple all the best for the future.

Gardens House – Fionna & Aaron

Gardens House, privately located in the surrounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, yet again set the scene for a gorgeous summer wedding. Our stunning couple, Fionna & Aaron, held their ceremony in a cool, shady nook on the back lawn of the property with the ever professional Steve Mason officiating.
The bride arrived in her own vintage car which fitted in perfectly with the theme of the wedding, the colour of the car event matching the bridesmaids dresses.
Guests were able to help themselves to a refreshing mocktail on arrival, for which the gorgeous vintage cart was provided by the talented team at The Style Co who did a brilliant job on the overall styling.
 
Once the ceremony had concluded, the drinks cart was moved to the front lawn and later became the setting for the wedding cake.
All of the wedding flowers for
this spectacular occasion were provided by The
Style Co
’s floristry team.
La Mauvaise Reputation provided live music for the ceremony.
The couple’s
beloved dog also made an appearing at the ceremony, acting as ring bearer on
the day
Time for a group photo!
 The couple share a glass of
champagne in the wedding car
 The bridal party celebrate with a traditional champagne toast.
This towering wedding cake,
covered in a delicious butter cream icing, was arranged by the Style Co
 
The rustic style bar suited the garden setting perfectly. 
The bride’s elegant wedding gown was courtesy of award winning, Fitzroy based Gwendolynne.
Festoon lights were a definite feature of the evening, helping to create a fantastic open air cocktail garden party reception.
This amazing festoon lighting looked spectacular once the sun had set. Guests were able to kick up their heels to sound of the band or relax on some casual style seating, hired in especially for the day.
Festoon lights were a definite feature of the evening, helping to create a fantastic open air cocktail garden party reception.
Guests were well into the swing of the night with the South City Blues Band taking care of the reception entertainment. The gorgeous Gardens House provided a fantastic back drop for the evening.

View this spectacular video produced by Diprose Media capturing all of the beautiful moments of this stunning day.

Gardens House – Lou & Aaron

Lou and Aaron celebrated their day at the private and beautiful Gardens House in the Royal Botanic Gardens in December of 2013. In an intimate setting with no official bridal party, the couple exchanged vows before guests were ushered through to the rear of the house for an afternoon cocktail reception.
These beautiful images are courtesy of Sav S Photography
The groom, Aaron, nervously awaits the Bride’s arrival.
 
A unique idea for decorations on the ceremony chairs and tying in with the rustic garden feel.
The Baker Boys provided some relaxed acoustic style music, setting up on the back lawn to entertain guests as they celebrated through the afternoon.
This fittingly rustic style furniture was provided by the ever talented stylist Brett Currell in collaboration with Complete Function Hire which tied in well with the garden setting.
A definite highlight of the day was Lou and Aaron’s choice of dessert – a deliciously brilliant, mouth-watering ice-cream cart from Short Batch Ice-Cream Co.
Bride Lou, takes charge of the ice-cream cart!
In a joint collaboration with Peter Rowland Catering and some clear styling by Brett Currell, guests feasted on this sumptuous cheese station.
This amazing raspberry fudge wedding cake by
the The Little Malvern Cake Company was later cut and served to guests as
part of the desserts.
A great view from the balcony of Gardens House over looking the rear lawn and Botanic Gardens.

Port Melbourne Yacht Club – Rasha & Jason

Rasha and Jason began their afternoon with a beautifully styled ceremony on the deck at
Port Melbourne Yacht Club thanks to a stunning collaboration by Weddings of Desire and
Pepper Sprout Hire.
Rasha’s demi-couture strapless gown by Sydney based designer Lisa Gowing wowed guests as she walked down the aisle.
The sun shone brightly as the couple exchanged vows before guests mingled with drinks and the newly wed couple headed down to the beach for photographs with photographer Eric Ronald
   
Gorgeous deck furniture, including the walnut Bentwood ceremony chairs and reception dining chairs were provided by Place Settings.
The bride’s bouquet was created by the talented florists at Hello Blossoms, who also provided the floral arrangements throughout the ceremony and reception, in conjunction with Weddings of Desire who styled and themed the overall day.
Before officially opening the dance floor to sound of Heatwave’s upbeat tunes a little later on, the bride and groom cut their croquembouche which was later served to guests for dessert.
After enjoying pre-dinner canapés guests sat down to the three course meal at vintage styled tables, Rasha and Jason surprising their guests with a traditional belly dancer and drummer to start the festivities with many guests getting up to join in.
The bride and groom enjoy their first dance as husband and wife.
Farewell to the Newlyweds

Rippon Lea Estate – Carrie & Julian

Carrie & Julian were married at St Joseph’s Church, Malvern, on a beautiful October Spring day with around 100 of their closest family and friends. They celebrated later at Peter Rowland Catering’s Rippon Lea Estate.
After getting ready at home in the presence of her excited mum and bridesmaids, the bride arrived for the ceremony in an immaculate 1960’s Mercedes Benz 600 Grand Limousine, courtesy of Heinz Limousines. Carrie was radiant in a beautiful vintage style creation by talented designer Anaessia, opting for an elegant hand-crafted head piece over a traditional veil which perfectly complimented the lace detail and beading on her gown.
A Flower Affair designed the bride’s corsage as well as the bridal bouquet and reception arrangements.
Travelling from the church with their four bridal party members in the Mercedes Limousine, the bride and groom arrived at the venue, Rippon Lea Estate, before their guests. They chose to make the most of the spring weather and wander the grounds for some fantastic photo opportunities. 
These beautiful photographs are courtesy of the talented and creative team at T-ONE Image
As guests later began to arrive for the evening’s celebrations they were directed to the alfresco terrace where they enjoyed pre-dinner drinks and canapés around the 1950’s style pool before moving in to the Grand Ballroom.
After making their way down the marble staircase into the ballroom and being formally introduced to their guests, Carrie and Julian proceeded straight to the wedding cake for the traditional cutting as well as champagne toast.
Cupcakes by Paolo were responsible for the amazing cup cake tiers which guests later took home to enjoy.

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.