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Janina & Ramon’s Classic White Wedding at Milton Park

by | Australia - Victoria, Bride, Inspired Weddings,

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Janina & Ramon

Oh, how there were flowers at Jacinta and Ramon’s classic white wedding at Milton Park. Bunches and bunches of beautiful white flowers that adorned every surface, that hung from the ceiling, adorned the tables and greeted guests to a magical flower filled celebration. It was the perfect way to celebrate a beautiful, traditional day in the stunning Southern Highlands.  A day that was beautifully captured by Nigel Unsworth Studios and that we are delighted to be able to share with you today.

Janina and Ramon were set up on a blind date by a friend before Ramon proposed to the bride to be on a tropical island. Janina reminiscing “Ramon proposed in Noumea when Ramon flew me away for a week to give me a break from my demanding job.

We were walking along the coastal walkway, under a beautiful starlight sky after having a romantic dinner and Ramon stopped by the water on a wooden park bench. While we were watching the moonlight reflection on the water, he got down on one knee and pulled the ring out and popped the question, all to the applause of a beautiful local crowd watching on. I said yes straight away.”

Alexandra Penton styled the bride’s and bridesmaids’ hair, along with the bride’s makeup while Anne Hassarati did the bridesmaid’s makeup. The bride noting “My makeup and hair stylist (also styled the bridesmaids’ hair) was AMAZING! So professional and so lovely to work with.”

The bride chose a gown designed by Martina Liana from Fashions by Farina adding an overskirt from Peter Trends for the ceremony. She explains “I wanted to have two looks – a traditional ball gown style gown for the church followed by a fitted ‘fit and flare’ classic sweetheart strapless design for the reception. The overskirt trend was the perfect pairing for this having two looks with only having to buy one dress.
The girls at the store were amazing. Being short, the dress needed quite a bit of modification on the hemline with the lace to ensure we kept the lace pattern at the bottom – otherwise, it would have looked like an all lace dress (which was not what I wanted). They were amazing in making the lace style appear the same.”

The couple were married at St Francis Xavier Church, Historic Berrima – right around the corner from where the groom spent his childhood, The bride tells “The ceremony was a traditional Catholic ceremony with no Mass. It was located at the historic St Francis Xavier Church in Historic Berrima (where Ramon spent much of his childhood years). The church is a gorgeous sandstone building so we only added the floral arrangements to the pews and special family candles at the altar. We had Macarthur Strings quartet playing classical wedding songs for our guests prior and throughout the ceremony.”

Macarthur Strings played Pachelbel’s Canon In D as Janina walked down the aisle.

 
  Of their photographer, Janina tells “Nigel is incredible – he is extremely talented and I have not seen any other wedding photography style like his.
Nigel’s work blends creative and artistic pieces with a candid and effortless feel capturing the full emotion of the day. He was so easy going and relaxed and still managed to get so many incredible shots in the time that we had – he didn’t miss a thing.”

The stunning country estate of Milton Park  set the scene for the reception, Janina telling “We chose Milton Park because we used to frequent the hotel during long weekends, with Ramon having grown up in the Southern Highlands. When I saw the place for the first time during a visit, I just knew it was the place we would get married. It was great for a “destination” as our guests could stay at the hotel and not worry about travelling back to Sydney.
The best part about Milton Park are their gardens – it was great we were able to have early reception canapes and garden games in front of the oldest beech tree in Australia – and the guests were able to stroll through the gardens and take in the sights during their stay at the hotel.” 

Guests gathered in The Orangerie for the reception, tells the bride. “I loved the whole set up and feel of the reception and the highlight was walking into the room for the first time seeing all my family and friends smiling and cheering and my wedding dream come to life – it was just breathtaking – particularly when it got dark and the fairy lights and candles hanging from the willow tree outside could be seen through the windows

We ensured the décor complemented the country style of the Southern Highlands and added elements to give it that whimsical country feel – loose flowers, low table arrangements, white floral arrangements and low candles around the room, fairy lights and barrels for the outside area and garden games.”

Ramon and Janina worked closely with Diane Khoury to plan and style the day, noting “Diana made my wedding dream come to life and did pretty much all of the details. She ensured the night ran smoothly and it truly felt like all I had to do was turn up on the day. She is so professional and elegant and on the night she blends in like she’s not there yet she is onto of everything, every timing of an event, every detail – words can not express how valuable she was leading up to and on the night of the wedding. Without even meeting her face to face till the wedding day, she made my wedding dream come to life.”

John Emmanuel created the lush floral decor for the day, Janina tells “The floral theme was white flowers and loose green leaves with candles that created the magical whimsical feel.

We wanted l understated elegance. The colour palette white flowers with green leaves and gold if we needed to use colour. We chose it because Milton Park already boasts such amazing scenery and gardens, we didn’t want to take away or overdo it by having more colours – we found the simplicity of white complemented the venue perfectly.”

A traditional Polish tradition with a Peruvian twist (a nod to the bride’s culture) kicked off proceedings, with a game including shots of pisco and water, salt and bread presented to the newlyweds, whoever picking the pisco declared the head of the marriage,

Janina and Ramon chose James Morrison’s “You Make It Real For Me” for their first dance, noting “the dance was not choreographed and was a traditional style with the bridal party joining midway through, followed by the guests.”

Dancing was on the “must have” list for the bride, who tells “I wanted to make sure everyone was dancing and having fun the whole night. I  enlisted the help of Brown Sugar – one of the best Sydney bands in the business – they were the best thing of the night and really made it that much more fun and interactive. They also did bring a DJ for when they were having a break and our first dance song and exit songs.

We also had flip flops/thongs for our female guests and the bridal party – given we had the most amazing band we wanted to be sure that the ladies’ feet did not hurt when they were dancing.”

A beautiful film of the day was captured by the team at Soda Films

Congratulations on your marriage Janina & Ramon! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Nigel Unsworth Studios for sharing today’s celebration!

Photographer: Nigel Unsworth Studios / Cinematographer: Soda Films / Wedding Planner: Diane Khoury / Styling: Diane Khoury / Bride's Dress: Martina Liana / Bridal Salon: Fashions by Farina / Bride's Jewellery: Adriana Orsini / Bride's Overskirt: Peter Trends / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride's Veil/Hair Accessories: Martina Liana / Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway / Groom's Attire: M.J Bale / Groomsmen Attire: M.J Bale / Flower Girl Dress: Princess Boutique / Hairstylist: Alexandra Penton / Makeup Artist: Anne Hassarati / Makeup Artist: Alexandra Penton / Flowers: John Emmanuel / Invitations & Stationery: Diane Khoury / Ceremony Venue: St Francis Xavier Church, Historic Berrima / Ceremony Musicians: Macarthur Strings / Dancing Flip Flops: Fabelle London / Reception Venue: Milton Park / Wedding Cake: Croquembouche Patisserie / MC: John Alten / Photo Booth: Platinum Booths / Favors: Diane Khoury / Band: Brown Sugar / DJ: DJ Jayson / Engagement Ring: Delphi Diamonds / Wedding Ring: Delphi Diamonds / Wedding Registry: Honeyfund / Transport: Wedding Cars Of Distinction / Wedding Website: Squarespace
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Friday Roundup

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Photo by Andrea & Federica via Kit & Richard’s Indian Destination Wedding In An Italian Villa

Happy Friday Dotties! I have been loving the darker, sunrise filled mornings of the past week, the crinkling of the leaves – Autumn is announcing it’s descent and I love it! We plan to make the most of it in the forthcoming weeks as we bunker down hard at work for all that is to come this year. Have you been enjoying the beautiful weddings of the week? We’re loving all that we are sharing at the moment! Let’s round it up!

 

What does he remember of a black tie wedding in a tipi? This groom has the low down.

I love the look of this edible chocolate bark with flowers- check out our tutorial on making it!

Travelling to France for this stunning Provence wedding on Polka Dot Weddings

Grooming for grooms: Top tips for looking sharp on your wedding day

Behind the door with the delicious designs of Burnt Butter Cakes

Love this dapper black tie wedding style

Toast to the last days of Summer with this mango and peach bellini

Deena shares her post-wedding wisdom for future brides.

Travelling to Italy for this Indian destination wedding in an Italian villa

Kicking off our new column- showcasing the ever fabulous Women In Weddings!

Diving into all things wedding photographer as we chat to Alan Hughes

 

Queensland tropic lovers, roll up! Weddings Whitsunsdays are working with 15 fabulous Whitsundays wedding vendors to give away a stunning destination wedding! The package includes everything from a ceremony and a reception to a seaplane flight, catering, hair and makeup – even the celebrant! Entries close next week so visit the website for details on how to enter.

Love macarons as much as us? A Little Bit Fancee is holding macaron classes and you’re invited! You’ll learn how to overcome all the hurdles and discover all the tips and tricks for making the perfect macaron! Check their website for more info.

Want to win a Melbourne wedding? Georgia Verrells has teamed up with Park Street Dining to offer one lucky couple the chance to win a free wedding valued at over $21,000! From flowers to a celebrant – it’s all included! Visit her website for more, including details on how to enter.

 

Our film of the week was captured by the talented team at GMTMT Films. The beautiful Hunter Valley celebration of Lauren & Matthew was filled with heartfelt, beautiful speeches, emotional moments and plenty of celebration!

Jacinta & Digby’s Gorgeous Albany Farm Wedding

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I can’t get over the beauty of Jacinta and Digby’s gorgeous Albany farm wedding. The sweet pastel florals, the gorgeous little tents for guests to camp overnight, the paddock ceremony – these little touches are the stuff country wedding dreams are made of and it was all captured beautifully by We Are All Stardust.

Growing up in neighbouring towns, the couple met at a local country pub. “It was Christmas Day 2014 in Peaceful Bay, a small coastal town down South of WA where we were spending Christmas with my family. Digby suggested we take their dog for a walk along the beach where he surprised me with a traditional proposal down on one knee!” tells the bride.

Jacinta and Digby worked with White Events who planned the day, right down to arranging bell tents from  Soul Camping for guest accommodation noting “We believe that paying for on the day styling is worth every penny as it takes the stress away from family and friends and everybody can get down to having a good time! Working with Lara from White Events was one of the highlights for me.”

Jacinta chose her good friend Sarah Sercombe, to sing as she walked down the aisle with her father.

Of the ceremony, which was officiated by Maggie Anderson, Lara of White Events tells “The couple were married in the middle of a paddock to reflect their love for the country lifestyle. An arbour was filled with the most amazing floral arrangement and wine barrels were filled with floral arrangements by Lush Floral Designs.”

Jacinta tells “We wanted the ceremony to be personal so we involved as many of our friends and family as possible. A friend sang while my mum carried our 16-month-old baby girl down the aisle.  Readings were performed by Digby’s sister. We wrote our own vows, my brother was the ring bearer and both our Grandmothers witnessed the marriage.”

The bride wore a stunning Pronovias gown from Samantha Wynne telling “I wanted a dress that I felt comfortable in so that I could party the night away! I fell in love with a Pronovias dress (Plisa) from Samantha Wynne in Perth. The gorgeous gown ticked all the boxes; a low back, a bit of lace, simple yet stunning.”

LUSH Floral Designs  created the pink and blue toned floral arrangements for the day, the bride remarking “From the arbour to the table settings and the amazing floral installation in the marquee, the flowers were definitely the glue that brought everything together and made it all look so amazing.”

 

Of their photographer, Jacinta notes “We were thrilled with all of the images from We Are All Stardust, but a personal favourite of Jacinta’s was the one where Digby is kissing my forehead and the wind is blowing my veil. ”

 

A white marquee hosted a decadent sit down celebration, Lara of White Events noting “Jacinta’s vision for a dessert wall came to life with a joint family effort, the personalised bar backdrop was constructed by the bride and her brothers, the gift box was an upcycled antique and the lighting installations in the marquee, were constructed by the couple and finished with florals from Lush Floral Design.”

The bar backdrop read “Life Is An Adventure” and was printed with a world map to reflect the couple’s love of travel. Jacinta’s bridesmaid traced the outline, while White Events carefully threaded the colours by hand.

Their stunning wedding video was beautifully filmed by Marwick Brothers.

Congratulations on your marriage Jacinta and Digby! Thank you for sharing the stories of your day with us! Thank you also to We Are All Stardust for sharing today’s beautiful photographs with us1

Photographer: We Are All Stardust / Cinematographer: Marwick Brothers / Wedding Planner: White Events / Styling: Hire In Style / Bride's Dress: Pronovias / Bridal Salon: Samantha Wynne Design / Groom's Attire: Ben Sherman / Groom's Shoes: Bata / Flowers: LUSH Floral Designs / Ceremony Officiant: Maggie Anderson / Marquee: Hire In Style / Rental Furniture: Hire In Style / Decor Items: Hire In Style / Signage: Graphic As Design / Catering: Pepper and Salt / Glamping: Soul Camping

Ethereal Ballerina Wedding Inspiration

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The beauty of ballet is one I hold close to my heart. Beautiful tutu skirts, pretty in pink toe shoes, the grace of moving with your body to create such beautiful shapes is one of the most beautiful art forms.
The romance, then, sets the scene for beauty when it comes to weddings and today’s ethereal ballet inspired wedding inspiration shoot, the most stunning blend of the movement of ballet with the grace of handmade and natural elements.

Captured beautifully by Angus Porter  (with TopChois’ Production on video) and styled and coordinated by  Decorations by Jelena, our bride, ballerina Jasmine Penning takes centre stage with a ballerina bun and blush makeup by Michelle Cato, and a hand painted silk gown designed by  Avari Couture Collection, perfect for dancing.

A hand painted cake, created by Sugarpot with silk detail coordinated beautifully with the gown while deep indigo and gold painted invitations by Ratanji Rani added a touch of drama and pulled the shoot into a modern light. The table set with blush and cream flowers, tied with plenty of cascading ribbons – echoing the beauty of the ballet.

Jelena of  Decorations by Jelena telling “The inspiration for the shoot was purely movement. Movement in nature and in our man-made surroundings, natural fabric, a man-made gown, natural growth on man-made buildings.”

With movement at the core of this shoot, it had to be captured on video. TopChois’ Production created this film, which brought the beautiful concept to life.

Photographer: Angus Porter / Concept: Decorations by Jelena / Styling: Decorations by Jelena / Cinematographer: TopChois' Production / Wedding Cake: Sugarpot / Hair & Makeup Artist: Michelle Cato / Invitations & Stationery: Ratanji Rani / Model: Jasmine Penning / Bride's Dress: Avari Couture Collection