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.

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.