Melissa and Anthony – The Celebration

by | Australia - New South Wales, Bride, Inspired Weddings,


How beautiful is today’s wedding? I spent a lot of my childhood in the country with rust brown soil, I can almost smell the atmosphere at Melissa and Anthony’s wedding! Location was particularly important to Melissa and Anthony.

Melissa recounts, “We were looking for somewhere that could cater for both the ceremony and the reception.  The Canberra region has fabulous restaurants and wineries and one of our favourite things to do is discover new places to eat.  We fell in love with the food and rustic atmosphere at Grazing.”


Melissa recounts “We had our wedding bands made by Jason Ree.  Anthony’s wedding band was a Ghost Gum silver and palladium Mokume Gane band and mine was a knife edge platinum band which matched with my engagement ring.”


Melissa says “We had the reception in the Stables at Grazing.  The Stables have beautiful stone walls and high pitched dark timber ceilings.  It also has an attached garden marquee which accommodated our 104 guests.  The weather on the day was so perfect that we were able to open up the garden marquee which has beautiful views out over the garden (where much of Grazing’s organic produce is grown) and across the rural landscape.”


The three tier caramel mud cake was made by Cakes Of Your Dreams and topped with a custom cake topper by My Face Figurines.


Food was a priority to Melissa and Anthony, she says “We enjoyed a divine lunch (food and wine is important to us!) of twice-cooked pork belly or steamed cabbage dumplings filled with quail, pork and pine nuts for entrée.  For main course we had the choice of beef cheeks, slowly cooked or a crisp confit of duck.  For dessert we had our wedding cake which was a caramel mud cake (the cake topper was quite a hit). Grazing sourced fabulous local wines to celebrate with.” The bonbonniere boxes and invitations were created by Melissa using Cristina Re paper.


Melissa says “The bonbonniere boxes were small card boxes topped with miniature gardenia scented wooden flowers.  Inside the boxes were the traditional five sugared almonds (representing health, wealth, happiness, long life and fertility) and a small love note which came from Compendium Stationery.  Anthony and I both wrote on the back of each note.”

The tables were dressed with menu cards and bonbonniere boxes for each guest, vases of double white ranunculus and beautiful Marseille Gardenia Glasshouse Candles which provided the room with a beautiful soft gardenia fragrance.


Melissa, Anthony and their guests enjoyed their lunch reception before heading back to Canberra to celebrate further with guests. “The formalities were overseen by my older and only brother Michael (he was hilarious).  My dad made a speech as did Anthony’s middle brother (David) and Anthony.  All of the speeches were fabulous – my father’s funny, beautiful and from the heart – didn’t leave many dry eyes in the house.  David’s speech was hilarious, this time leaving people crying with laughter.”

Thankyou for sharing your beautiful wedding day with us today Melissa and Anthony! All the best in your married life together!

Photos by Candice Ottaway for O Photography


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  • LyN says:
    July 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    thank you for the link for the cake topper. fantastic idea for sure! 😛

  • Shayna says:
    July 21, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Plllleeeeaasse tell me where those wooden flowers are from! I have been looking all over with no luck!

  • Melissa says:
    July 21, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hi there

    I found them online at Angel Aromatics ( They only sell wholesale but you can get a selection of their products online from Max and Blanks ( Max and Blanks didn’t have the product I wanted online so I contacted Angel Aromatics and they arrange for them to become available. They were really helpful and easy to deal with.
    Good luck.

  • Wrinkle in Time Photography says:
    July 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I love the caricature heads of the bride and groom on the wedding cake topper! Such fun!!

  • The Hens Nest says:
    July 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    How gorgeous! What a happy couple 🙂
    Emma – THN

  • Aprilette says:
    July 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I really adore the custom-made cake toppers you guys have!!!Awesome wedding….



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