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A Glass Of Bubbles With…Bianca From Where Food Is

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Ms Chinoiserie

Bianca Where Food Is

The super cool blog, Where Food Is, feels like a cosy little home; it’s a spot where you will find stories about food, details about meals had around the world, travel photos and anecdotes, names of restaurants and the reasons why  you must visit them.

It was so much fun to catch up Bianca from Where Food Is over a virtual glass of bubbles and enjoy the special, sentimental (and even silly!) moments from her wedding!

Tell us about you and your business/blog? is my area of the internet where I chronicle food and travel adventures. It started off as a way to practice writing, photography and stay in touch with my family in the US, but has now become like a best friend.

Oblica Wedding Venue

Tell us about your wedding?

This is going to sound biased, and it is, but my wedding was the best! It was on Monday (GASP!) December 29, 2014 at Oblica, a gorgeous fire-place showroom, in Fitzroy. Our wedding was a bit like us: moderately chilled, super weird, intensely fun and totally in love.

Bianca Of Where Food Is Wedding

Oblica Wedding Reception
What was your most memorable moment (or moments!)?

I can’t be loyal to any one moment. I loved dancing out of the ceremony holding my shiny new husband’s hand while our family and friends threw rice at us (a Venezuelan tradition). I loved watching my husband and sister smash one of our four-foot cake piñatas to smithereens. I loved dancing with my Dad to a Spanish song he’s always dedicated to my Mom. I loved kissing my husband in the middle of the dance floor as “friends” drenched us in silly string and confetti while the first of our guest DJs – DJ Monkey – spun out the tunes….

Okay. I’ll stop there because I could go on forever.

Bianca Cuffia Wedding

Groosmen with Bouquets Cackling Jack

Melbourne Spring Wedding Bianca Where Food Is

If you could change one thing, what would it be?

We changed our venue one month before the wedding due to irreconcilable differences. So, if I had to change anything it would be to have picked our venue, Oblica, from the very beginning.

Fireplace Showroom Wedding

Fancy Hanks BBQ Wedding

Who are your favourite vendors?

Fancy Hanks provided the delicious BBQ food. Shawcross delivered pizza later in the night when alcohol needed to be soaked up. Our friend, Will Todd, was our main DJ and also equipped the venue with a majestic sound system, smoke machine and lasers. Everything else was pretty much done by family and friends.


Cake buffett at wedding
Who was your photographer?

Dave Biesse. And we were so lucky to get him. I tend to smile too big, which looks terrible in pictures, and he was very patient with me.

Pinata Wedding Cake

Biana Where Food Is Wedding Dance

What advice do you have for others planning their wedding?

My advice would be to choose the atmosphere you want on the day first and work towards that. Also, keep an up-to-date and ever-evolving checklist, run sheet and budget. Oh, and when someone says “you must have/do/say/eat/drink/wear this” it means that, most likely, you definitely must not. Unless that someone is your husband-to-be. Then, kindly ask him to explain why.

Animal costume Djs at wedding

Silly string at wedding

Images by Dave Biesse

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How lovely to share a glass of bubbles with you Bianca; what a fun wedding – definitely full of laughter and a lot of love! For the latest updates on where food and life weave together, head to Where Food Is for a wonderful journey – the easy recipes are sure to impress too!

Grace and Ben’s Rustic Lavandula Farm Wedding

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Grace Jennings-Edquist


Grace and Ben

Ben and I met while we were both living in The Netherlands, and immediately realised we’d grown up just ten minutes away from each other back in Melbourne! We had parallel lives back home, with Ben even applying for a job at the place where my Dad was working! We were just friends overseas, but eventually got together after moving back to Australia.

Our wedding was held at Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm  which is a really pretty lavender farm in Daylesford. It is a relaxed, pretty property with lots of flower gardens, alpacas, emus and geese wandering around. It also has lots of rustic stone buildings, fields of lavender and (sometimes) a lake.

It usually only hosts small weddings, but my family had been visiting for decades and Carol at Lavandula was kind enough to let us organise our 150-person wedding there from scratch – which involved setting up a marquee and bringing in caterers, props and even toilets. We both have a family connection to the property. My family used to spend weekends at Daylesford and visit Lavandula all the time when I was growing up. Coincidentally, Ben’s Swiss Italian ancestors settled in that area generations ago – and there’s even a nearby road named after the family. Given that history, a Swiss Italian farm made perfect sense as our venue.



For our wedding, I wore a mermaid-style lace and tulle dress by Pronovias that I altered to have the straps removed. For drinking and dancing later, I changed into a floatier number which I had ordered online. It had little flowers on the shoulders and around the waist, a low back and sheer tulle straps. I loved my veil too which was from Vera Wang.




Ben wore a Liberty print floral tie, a crisp white shirt and a tailored blue suit with a floral pocket square. The groom and groomsmen all had different buttonholes – they were all a little quirky and incorporated local eucalyptus, roses and lots of rustic touches.




After arriving in a friend’s vintage Jaguar, I walked down the aisle to “Only Love” by Ben Howard.







Ben and I wrote our own vows, veering away from anything religious or super-traditional to reflect our own attitudes to marriage. To get around the traditional “man and woman” wording of the ceremony, we showed our support for marriage equality by having our celebrant, Tracey Patterson, add a sentence acknowledging that we believe all love is equal and should be recognised as such.

We each had a sister read during the ceremony, including an excerpt from The Velveteen Rabbit. We wanted to avoid the traditional wedding focus on men carrying out most of the symbolic stuff (like speeches and walking down the aisle), so we incorporated a ‘rose ritual’ into our ceremony, to honour and thank our Mums.



We asked Abigail Varney, a Melbourne-based creative portrait and editorial photographer, to take our photographs. Her work can be seen in leading local and international magazines and online (and currently is in the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra!)

We were after wedding photography that avoided the overly posed, predictable shots, and we were really happy with the results; they are dreamy, a little documentary-style, and they perfectly captured the autumn colours and beautiful dusky lighting of the day.









We did as much DIY as much as we could. The whole wedding was a blank canvas; we just hired a field at the lavender farm, so we had to either make everything ourselves or bring it in! Ben made the floral arbour for the ceremony from gumtrees he’d cut down from my Dad’s property. We rolled together old newspapers to make the confetti cones, then we cut up five or six types of fabric to make the napkins.

I designed the invitations, the order of service and the wedding favours, which were mix CDs in little homemade paper cases, tied with twine and sprigs of lavender. They had guest names on them, so they doubled as place names too.



Gary from Spade to Blade Catering created a menu tailored to our budget and the feel of the wedding. Then he made the whole process feel easy, even though he and his team had to work from a small catering tent in the middle of a lavender field. What a legend!




My brother-in-law Pete made the chocolate cake with his family and topped it with rose petals. We also hired in a gelato van from Bianco Latte for dessert, which the guests bonded over. It fed into the European feel of the venue, and we had fun getting behind the cart and helping to serve our guests at one point.





Our first dance was to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. My two sisters surprised us all with a rap to the tune of ‘Ice, Ice baby.’ It was word-perfect, and they got the whole crowd involved. My mother-in-law also surprised us with a great poem she’d written; in fact, all the speeches were heartfelt and beautifully worded; that was one of the best parts of the night.





At the end of the night, we were supposed to head back to our nearby honeymoon suite. But we ended up jumping on the shuttle bus to the local pub to join our guests for an after party. Still with my veil on, I was dancing with the locals into the early hours of the next morning. It was a fabulous celebration!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: What a beautiful wedding Grace and Ben; such a dreamy night under the stars; just magical!

Photographer: Abigail Varney / Bride’s Dress: Pronovias / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Vera Wang / Bride’s Shoes: Shoegasm / Bridesmaid Dresses: Princess Highway / Hair and Make-Up: Samantha Coles / Groom and Groomsmen's Attire: Roger David / Ceremony and Reception Venue: Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm / Ceremony Officiant: Tracey Patterson / Catering: Spade to Blade / Rentals: My Sweet Event Hire / Flowers & Decor: Flowers in a Vase / Gelato Van: Bianco Latte / Band: Baker Boys Band

Inspired Words – Allissa

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Ms Chinoiserie

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A wedding day with fun, impromptu moments is definitely one to remember and cherish – as Allissa recalls in her vintage winery wedding to Jack!

“Don’t be surprised if not everything goes exactly to plan – in fact, enjoy it! Those stories end up being the ones you look back on and laugh about. For example, our best man wrote his speech in a Facebook message on his phone…. which was fine until he accidentally deleted it half way through reading it out in front of everyone!!

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Images by Trent and Jessie

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