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.

Mt Duneed Estate – Alana & Daniel

Not even the cool and overcast weather could dampen a beautiful beachside ceremony for Alana and Daniel. Braving the wind, the surf coast locals exchanged vows at Barwon Heads Beach in front of 160 guests with formalities lead by senior ministers Bram and Dianna Manusama.
Following the ceremony, Alana and Daniel were lead by talented photographers Mikala Robinson Koss and Jesse Hunter of All the Love in the World to some nearby locations for some amazing photographs.
The Bride’s stunning dress featuring elegant lace and beading was from well known Melbourne Designer Mariana Hardwick.
A feature of the day was the fun, retro inspired wedding Kombi from Klassy Kombies which provided several laughs for the Bridal Party and was a talking point amongst guests.
When guests arrived at The Hill Winery for the dinner celebrations they were greeted by these cute flags, handmade by the Mother of the Bride and adding a personal touch to the venue.
The Cellar Door at The Hill was transformed into an amazing banquet reception, beautifully decorated by Amanda Flynn of Smellies Florist and complimented by spectacular festoon lighting from Solution Red.
 The Bride & Groom take to the microphone for a few formalities.
Guests dined on one of two mouth watering main course dishes of grain fed beef eye fillet, creamed parsnip, sautéed baby spinach, sticky balsamic shallots and finished shiraz jus.
Live music earlier on in the night was then replaced by DJ Francis Ware who opened the dance floor with the Bride and Groom’s first dance.
Guests enjoyed this four tiered wedding cake for dessert later in the light, along with a selection of cheeses before hitting the dance floor until late into the night.

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.

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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.

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.