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.

Q&A: A Creative Mind by Michael Davey

What is trending this season for colours and theming?

Today it seems to be all over the place in terms of trends, as brides have realised it’s about their personality and style, and not what’s expected from a wedding in terms of a traditional ‘look’.
But we have noticed from our brides that it’s between Winter whites and creams contrasted against navy and silver, through to dramatic deep rich Autumn inspired colours of claret, deep orange and burnt yellow often highlighted with branches and wood elements. Gatsby inspired creations are still flourishing with golds and orchids as it does with a blockbuster movies. I don’t think a trend will emerge from ‘Noah’, but as I always say ‘why be a trend follower, set your own trend and follow through with it’. Just because vintage and fairground interpretations of a loose ‘Hampton’s’ theme are popular, does not mean you have to follow!

What factors should be considered when selecting a colour scheme or decoration?

Seasons change and so do the flowers and trees. It’s really wise to think about this when you are having your wedding and is this right for your ‘look’, your dream ‘flowerscape’, but most of all choose your venue wisely. So many brides fall in love with a venue or feel it’s the one they should go to, but in reality what they want to achieve is not going to go with the space, in fact in so many cases it fights the venue. Remember a wedding should flow seamlessly and why shouldn’t the reception. Each element you add should enhance and not fight the space – the more you enhance keeping the venue in mind, brings out its beauty then its about adding your personal style to finalise it, in a word seamless.

What are some tips you can give brides who are starting to consider table decorations and styling ideas?

Think about your overall vision, this is your day, if you want giant arrangements standing tall in the centre of each table, then you shall have it! If you want floating candles in a crystal vase and not a flower in sight, you shall have it. It’s your day but remember it’s all about balance and that includes what the venue ‘feel’ is. Think of the venue as part of the bridal party, a very important part, that like a bridesmaid, should be wrapped in such a way and accessorised to bring out her beauty, not simply popped in something that you saw in a bridal magazine and thought would fit the budget. Overall like bridesmaids, if they don’t look good, neither will any photo. The venue decoration is exactly the same!

How soon prior to the wedding do you recommend couples to start organising their table decorations and floristry?

Depending on your time frame from making that all important venue decision till the actual wedding day, we find it’s wise to start discussions with florists and stylists as soon as possible. You have to build a rapport with them, but if its 12 months out, keep it general, discuss options, show them your ‘Pinterest’ folder or scrap book of ideas and get their opinion. Refine your ideas from the start, choose a direction and only change course if it is going to cause you grief down the line. It’s also about budget, you have the venue and the dress and everything that goes with it, but your reception décor is an unknown quantity, start with a figure you can afford to just hand over and not cry over, then you can add as the time frame shortens and the final numbers of guests come in. Remember whatever you do must be done well, its not worth trying to spread it all too thin, or it won’t be noticed or even worse appear half done. If that means using simple ‘in-house’ linen so that you can afford fuller table centrepieces, then go for it! If that means sacrificing an arrival cocktail to afford the full on candy buffet or those peonies you have always wanted, then go for it!

What flowers would you recommend for the Spring/Summer versus Autumn/Winter?

As long as you don’t look at the carbon foot print of importing flowers, you basically can have anything year round, but to keep it in a better budget position, look to the season and what mother nature and a slew of local flower growers can provide! Winter is a wonderland of contrasts, stunning Camellias, beautiful Tulips in all manner of colours (Parrot Tulips are my favourite), sweet smelling Jonquils and Freesias, and the classics like Dahlia in all their russet tones and tall Delphinium that range from the softest pink to rich shards of blue. Whereas your summer choices are varied in style from cottage inspired Helleborus and Hydrangea through to stunning David Austin Roses in all manner of shades to my personal go to bloom, the Phalaenopsis Orchid, but if the tropics is your dream then Frangipani all the way. But you can never beat roses on roses on roses!

What have you seen in the current season that was quite unique and left a real “wow” factor with guests?

I tend to feel the right word is more ‘ahhhh’ than ‘wow’ for a wedding. When a bride has all elements working together it shows, from the linen to the flowers to the lighting of the room, but there is always one that takes your breath away. Recently assisting internationally renowned Wedding planner and designer, David Tutera, a creation that could be called a true ‘one off’ marquee event on a beachfront in far north Queensland. 6000 Carnation heads, 500 stems of Phalaenopsis Orchids and more tropical leaves than the average rain forest has in several seasons of growth. You couple this with an entire ceiling turned into a sculpture of white lit lanterns and you are half way there. As a designer and stylist this is a dream location that we managed to outshine.

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.

Winter Weddings

Winter weddings offer a uniquely neutral colour palette, enabling you to incorporate any theme or décor into your special day. Create a romantic atmosphere using textured fabrics, warm mood lighting, as well as an indulgent winter menu, with rich and robust flavours.

Our Event Planners will provide full wedding catering service, taking care of every detail to ensure you have the perfect day. Our exceptional standards of excellence will result in the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
We’ll help you choose the right venue or location, select a menu and beverages, and make the style to suit you and create your perfect winter wonderland.
In conjunction with our preferred partners we can assist with inspirational wedding ideas from centrepieces, flowers, themeing, photography, and entertainment.
Peter Rowland Catering has exclusive access to some of Melbourne’s most beautiful venues providing the perfect location for your reception. Whether you want a contemporary city location showcasing the finest art, culture and history, a picturesque garden setting, historic mansion or a reception with water views, Peter Rowland Catering has a venue to suit! Your wedding will be delivered to perfection at a Peter Rowland venue.
Weddings by Peter Rowland are timeless. We encapsulate a taste of elegance in our packages whilst providing you with a selection of contemporary offerings.

Top 5 Wedding Trends of 2014

1. SWEET TOOTH

The ever popular candy bar is still a huge hit at weddings across the globe and the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down. They’re a fantastic talking point and can be easily styled to match the theme of your reception, be it classic black tie, a colourful garden party or a modern twist of block colour. Candy bars are a fantastic alternative to the traditional bonbonniere and will be loved by your guests!

These delicious looking candy buffets are courtesy of The Candy Buffet Company
2. MEZZE GRAZING

Grazing plates and shared bowls are a fantastic alternative to the traditional plated menu. Guests are immediately are emerged into a much more sociable experience, being able trying a variety of dishes. It is a fantastic way to start a meal and can break the ice with guests who may be attending the wedding on their own. This sort of service can work brilliantly with long banquet style tables.

For a shared menu with a real wow factor for your guests why not consider our Rowland by Shane Delia menu options.
3. SAY CHEESE
Keep guests entertained and create lasting memories with great photos from portable photo booths. Polaroids provide instantaneous fun and capture precious moments throughout your special day. A collection of polaroids stuck into an album creates a fun alternative to a traditional guest book with guests able to leave messages of love for you under their happy snap. This is also a fantastic way to recall all of the fun moments from your day.
You can also transform wedding pictures taken from guests mobiles and share them with friends using Instagram’s filters or organise a professional photobooth with each guest able to take a copy of their photo with them as well as leave a copy for you in a customised book.
For an all inclusive photo booth package for your wedding contact In The Booth

4. ALL THAT JAZZ

With the recent resurgence of all things Art Deco, 1930’s inspired weddings are popping up everywhere. Not only are stationery and styling adding the “Gatsby” look to people’s wedding days but entertainment is also adding to the feel with swing bangs keeping guests on the dance floor long into the night. Brides opting for the 1930’s look are opting for vintage style head pieces rather than traditional veils.
5. FIT FOR A PRINCESS

Thanks to the likes of Kate Middleton’s stunning gown, brides are still opting for a more traditional look again this year. Lace, lace and more lace is making a huge comeback as well as the addition of three quarter sleeves to a once preferred strapless dress.
Photos courtesy of Gwendolynne.

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.

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.