Stacey and Joe
A wintery Melbourne celebration is on the cards this morning! I love the beautiful celebration of Stacey and Joe. It really has such Melbourne qualities- beautiful architecture, moody weather and of course a very in love couple!
Photos this afternoon are by JD Digital Photography.
Stacey and Joe met at their work Christmas party- they didn’t fall for each other until 9 months later, but when they did….! The couple chose a black tie celebration, with flowers by Kate Hill Flowers including roses, magnolia leaves and brown berries. Stacey wore a Thai silk gown covered in Italian lace from Izaro Haute Couture while Joe scrubbed up nicely in his Spurling suit.
Stacey wanted comfort on the day and wore silver ballet flats from Laura Benini, she says “I attached brooches which were a pewter colour with diamantes and pearls. You can see these popping out from under my dress”. For the bridesmaids, Stacey says “We had the dresses handmade. The fabric was a rich chocolate Italian Silk which I purchased from D’Italia in Malvern.”
Stacey says “My mum gave me an extra special wedding gift before we left for the Cathedral. She had spent many months making a quilt with “Memories of the Heart”. It is just gorgeous and I was very touched by her love and efforts.”
Joe wasn’t the only male to dress up, Stacey recounts “As we were leaving the room to head downstairs to the cars we ran into my three nephews, Kory, Jack and Charlie. They looked very handsome in their black tie suits and sunglasses” Fi Foot, Fi Fy Fo Fum Designs created the stationery. “Fi was fantastic and helped us design our invitations, RSVP cards, accommodation info and thank you card. The invitations were made using the old fashioned paper pressing and looked stunning.”
Stacey and Joe held their ceremony at St Patrick’s Cathedral in East Melbourne. Stacey walked down the aisle to the traditional bridal march.
One of the couple’s favourite parts of their wedding day was having childhood friends involved, some of who did readings during the ceremony. Stacey says “Having our closest friends share in our day and happiness. We love them all dearly and were thrilled when they all wanted to be part of our day.”
Stacey and Joe had photos taken all around Melbourne- including the popular Parliament House where they had to share the location with five other couples!
The couple held their reception at Melbourne’s Langham Hotel “The bridal party had about 45 minutes to relax between photos and the start of our reception. You can see us starting to chill out in photo 353 at the lifts as we headed downstairs. We returned to our room and were greeted with champagne and canapés for 6. It was fabulous and just what we needed after smiling for so many photos!”
The two tier caramel and chocolate mudcake was made by House Of Elegant Cakes with sugar pink roses (which the couple kept to decorate the baptism cake of their future children). Stacey says “We cut the cake with a Waterford crystal handled knife which Joe’s mum, Colleen gave to us for our engagement. She gave us the matching server for our wedding. I can’t wait to use it again for the next special event.” Joe is a massive Essendon Bombers football fan, so photos with the grand MCG in the background were a must.”
Stacey and Joe’s reception was filled with family, friends and lots of dancing – including their first dance! “We had 3 dance lessons at the “Secret Garden of Dance” in Camberwell. We learnt a simple rumba routine to Roy Orbison’s “You Got It”. We nailed our routine and were very chuffed with our efforts.We prepared playlists of the music we wanted to be played during entrée, dinner, dessert and as dance music. Our DJ filled in the gaps and had everyone on the dance floor from early on until it was time to go home.”
Congratulations Stacey and Joe on your marriage! I wish you all the joy in the world in your marriage together! Thank you also to Johl of JD Digital Photography for sharing today’s photographs!
Photos by JD Digital Photography.
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