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 – 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.

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

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.