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Stefan & Whitney

The sun came out to shine for Whitney and Stefan as they exchanged vows in their fairytale Melbourne wedding. Incorporating both modern and classic elements to their day, the couple enjoyed dancing with their family and friends and added personality to each moment throughout the day. The stunning couple shares their day with us and we’re all glued to our screens as we admire the work of Motta Weddings who were there to capture it! Whitney tells of how the couple came to be…

We were set up on a blind date 8 years ago and remained friends. 5 years later, he made an honest woman out of me by asking me to be his girlfriend.

My something old and something blue was an old handkerchief my Nonna had made and passed onto me for my wedding day which was very special.

Stefan notes the dress was perfect. It was simple and elegant, yet so stunning all at the same time. I don’t think I could have envisioned anything better.
Whitney – I never envisioned exactly what I ended up creating with the two dresses made by Catherine R Couture. I had tried on numerous styles and couldn’t quite work out what would work in terms of longevity and comfort. Catherine R Couture created the classic gown in which I wanted to get married in and she created the perfect gown in which I could let my hair down and dance the night away!

As I knew I was going to be in quite a classic dress, we opted for a formal look with a white tuxedo and black pants with patent details. This way he stood out from his groomsmen who were in all black.

Our wedding was on the 30th of March and took place at St Peter & Paul’s Church on Dorcas Street in South Melbourne. The reception took place at Half Acre in South Melbourne.

We used St Peter & Paul’s church for its quaint yet grand local feel to South Melbourne. Stefan attended this church as a child and it only felt right that this was the place we would marry. The bride professionally recorded and walked down the aisle to “Make you feel my love” by Adele.

We wanted our ceremony to be quite intimate and involve all of our guests. We kept it short and sweet and added a personal touch by writing our vows, which was a little modern for a church wedding. The readings we had from the old and new testament were:

Old Testament
“Song of Solomon 2:10-13: Arise, My love, My fair one, and come away. 10 My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; 11, for now, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. 12 flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.’”‘

New Testament
“A reading from the Holy Gospel according to John (15:9-12)” Jesus said to his disciples; ‘As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, Just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have told you this. So that my own joy may be in you, And your joy be complete, This is my commandment: Love one another, As I have loved you’

The style of our wedding was a country winery meets the city. A beautiful rustic warehouse situated in South Melbourne at Half Acre. It was a stunning venue which was transformed into a garden-like space with the copious amount of florals supplied by the talented Georgie Boy.

Stefan – my favourite detail of the day was Whitney’s dress and her walking down the aisle to the song she had recorded for me. So special!
Whitney – It was walking down the aisle (very nervous) to my song!

Our favourite photo of the day was the one of Stefan and me in the car, escaping the rain for a few minutes which ended up being the winning shot of the entire day.

The forecast predicted rain all day. We were lucky enough that the rain stopped and the sun started shining for an hour whilst we headed to the church to get married and whilst we had our photos. Can we just say, it was a massive relief.

Special details of the day would include the brides professionally recorded song. As this song was originally performed at a performance 2 years ago for the groom in a performance which was televised for her singing school.
We also wanted to bring something a little different for the guests experience at the reception, so we included disposable cameras on each table for them to take photos on.

Our photographer Alex and videographer Sasha felt like family on the day. They blended easily, were friendly, funny and did a great job of making us look half decent!!!

I went for a rustic wild look for our flowers using beautiful dark tones of plum, burgundy with hints of white and light pinks. There was lots of greenery.

Our bridal party was made up of our friends and family:

Maid of honour – Mimi Tang; Jacqueline Tonin; Charlotte Angelini; Cristina Porto and Elyse Boustead

Best Man – Tristan Angelini; David Hardisty; Adam Cain; James Cirelli and Jermaine Boustead

The bonbonniere was all done by the bride. Small jars individually labelled and filled with chocolate-covered coffee beans to represent our Italian background. We also included 5 disposable cameras on each table for guests to take their photos – which eventually created an additional photo album for us!

Our first dance was to “Can’t take my eyes off you” – Lauryn Hill version. This song has a lot of meaning to both of us from the very beginning of our relationship and definitely shows our fun side and how much we love to dance.

Our advice to future couples would be to embrace every moment of your special day because it goes so fast, but it truly is the best day of your life. It’s filled with so much love and you’ll never forget it!

Ms Zebra Says: We are sending a big congratulations to this gorgeous couple and thank them for sharing their incredible day with us! 

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Jasmine & Toby

The elements couldn’t dampen the fun of this rustic and laidback affair celebrated at Sunnystones in Bacchus Marsh. With friends who came from around the country, Jasmine and Toby enjoyed heartfelt songs from friends and beautiful moments captured by Louisa Jones Photography. The chosen wedding colours stood out against the natural palette of the Australian bush. Bride Jasmine shares and details the day she and Toby said ‘I do’!

We met back in high school in 2004 in Regional Victoria. However, we didn’t start dating until 2010, when I moved away for university in Geelong. We have now been together for 9 and a half years!

My dress was from Essense of Australia, a vintage A-line gown that I purchased at Bridal House Geelong. The first time dress shopping was quite overwhelming, but thankfully I went with my bridesmaid Ashlee and had the expertise of Venessa at Bridal house!

Our bridal party was made up of:

Bride side Maid of Honour: Laura (Childhood best friend) Bridesmaid: Ashlee (Friend) Bridesman: Doug (Friend) Bridesmaid: Jessica (Friend)

Groom side Best man: Guy (Childhood best friend) Groomsman: Joel (Toby’s Brother) Groomsmaid: Sian (Toby’s Sister) Groomsman: Marshall (Friend)

On the day, the heirlooms I used were a few of my grandmothers things. Her jewellery box, mirror, bracelet and brooch of a tandem bike (Ironically the man has with a purple suit). I also really wanted peacock chairs (mostly because I love them) but I wanted to recreate a photo of me from when I was little.

I knew I wanted deep burgundy boho flowers with long flowing ribbons, my bridesmaid Jessica started a wedding hire business making amazing artificial flower arrangements. She created a bouquet that I could keep in my home as a reminder of our wedding day.

Toby’s suit was actually the first decision that was made for the wedding. Two weeks after we got engaged, Toby asked completely out of the blue, if he could wear a purple suit. I was pretty thrown by this and spent months researching, only to find it’s very difficult to find a purple/burgundy 3 piece suit! I found a local suit maker (Jeff Gibson Suits in Torquay) that was able to source us fabric samples and make the suit from scratch.

We wanted a festival/camp vibe wedding and loved the idea of having a weekend long wedding, where guests could stay on the property. They had the option to BYO tent or stay in one of the ‘glamping’ tipi’s or alternatively, stay in the camp bunk dorms in the homestead. The property was 50 hectares on the Brisbane ranges with stunning views over the valley, Australian bush with plenty of wildlife which reminded us of home – and great facilities to use!

I walked down the aisle to ‘Bloom’ by The Paper Kites.

We actually moved our whole wedding at the last minute due to horrible weather. Originally, both the ceremony and reception was set up on the hill site. The ceremony was moved to under the gum trees and the rain held off until we said “I do”, but we then had to run inside for the signing! We just wanted a relaxed ceremony. We had a bubbly, amazing celebrant Jessie Belle. We didn’t have any formal readings but my best friend Doug sang & played piano for us. He played “I’ll keep you safe”by Sleeping At Last.

A really special detail of our day was that we asked our mums to be our witnesses to sign our marriage certificate! It was a really beautiful moment.

A favourite part of the day was going on our bridal photoshoot! I really enjoyed it and we had a quiet hour by ourselves to enjoy the day and location while our photographer captured it.

Our photographer Louisa was so amazing! We actually booked her very early on, before anything else. I loved how colourful and vibrant her photos were and she has a great easy going personality.

We had so many great vendors it’s hard to choose our favourite or best one. All of our guests raved about the delicious homemade pizzas from Roam’n’Pizza and how great our celebrant was. Especially moving the whole wedding smoothly inside when it started raining mid ceremony.

Our DIY elements included the invitations/stationary, signage, macrame felt boutonnieres & hair pieces, décor, and the wedding cake that I made!

We took dance lessons at the Geelong School of Dance, we found it such a fun date night leading up to the wedding. We had our first dance under festoon lights surrounded by loved ones to the song ‘You are the reason’ by Calum Scott.

Our advice for newlyweds-to-be is – and it’s going to sound very cliché, but don’t overthink things and get hung up on the details, as things don’t always go to plan. I also thought “that would never happen to me”, but when it came to our wedding, we had horrific weather and our marquee flew away. Even our backup weather plan had to change! But don’t worry, because on the day and looking back, you realise how silly those small details and timelines are and things will just flow. Also, trust your vendors and ask for help! I would have been a wreck if it wasn’t for my bridal party and coordinator on the day!

Ms Zebra Says: These two simply look SO in love and we wish them all the happiness as they start their new venture as husband and wife! Thank you for sharing your special day with us!

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Emma & Ben

A childhood dream came true as Emma and Ben exchanged vows under the tree that Emma had dreamt of since she was a young girl. The magical setting of her Mother’s garden made all the more dramatic as the heavens opened up mid-ceremony! However, taking it in their stride, the dashing couple embraced the uniqueness of their day, their way and the multiple people who helped to DIY and craft a day that was simply for them and their guests. Thomas Stewart was there to capture the special day! The radiant Bride tells of the day they created.

As my family is so fond of saying, we just went to the pub and fell in love. Miraculously, it was at a metal club in Sydney, a scene we were both a part of at the time.

We chose to put Ben in a grey suit that he could wear again (which he has) and that really brought out his colouring. We both wear a lot of grey in our normal lives, so it was nice to bring that to our wedding day too. We chose not to put Ben in a tie as he was more comfortable that way and it went with our more relaxed style wedding.

It really was the most incredible day. I spent the day getting ready in this huge house surrounded by my best friends doing yoga and getting dolled up with Michelle Cato and Ben spent the day in a house surrounded by his mates friends and his dad, drinking beers and enjoying a BBQ. A very us way to spend the day. Yes, it rained – hard at some stages. But that doesn’t make or break the day if your heart is in the right place. We were so focused and thrilled with being married that the rain just added to the day – it sure made for some amazing photos!

As an heirloom to use on the day, I repurposed the ribbon from my mums wedding dress to wrap my bridal bouquet, which was a really special thing to include.

I actually had my dress made by the fabulously talented Ruth Fattal. I chose to get my dress made because I have a very specific vision in my head of the type of clothes that I want to wear, and that carried over to my wedding dress. Being able to have the dress made expressly to my dimensions was amazing. I wanted to walk the line between traditional – with the A-Line shape and 50’s style skirt, and modern – with the clean lines and geometric lace panelling. It was definitely a dress only I could have dreamed up and worn. I worked really closely with Ruth to create a dress that I could wear again – Im very practical in that sort of way, so we created a two piece skirt and top combination (with pockets in the skirt!) that I have worn as two separate pieces since my wedding day.

We wanted something relaxed and very uniquely us. Not necessarily casual, but not formal and not stuffy. Our major thought was making sure we had the day we both wanted, and that our guests had an amazing time.

My sister and her best friend Sean composed a mash-up of Yellowcards “Only One” which was the sound track of the earlier part of our relationship and Joshua Radin’s “Today” for me to walk down the aisle to. All played by Sean on keyboard, very acoustic and non-traditional.

We held our ceremony in my Mum’s garden, which I had been planning to do since I was about 7 years old. Turns out she then turned her entire property into a wedding venue, called The Secret Garden. We are so pleased and proud to have been the first people married in ‘Megan’s Garden’, under what I have always referred to as “The Wedding Tree”. We were married on the 20th of October, a date chosen because the tree was in it’s best foliage on that date the year before – obviously a little obsessed but it certainly worked out for us on the day!

We didn’t include any readings, we aren’t religious and honestly we wanted the ceremony to just be about us. We wrote our own vows and really spoke from our own perspectives and promised each other both silly and really important things, things that were unique to us. Our celebrant, Nina de Borde included a beautiful piece about how our rings are a symbol of our love and how the stones were made deep in the earth, which was beautiful and felt more like us. It did start sprinkling during our ceremony, but it added to the drama of the moment and made for really beautiful photos!

In our bridal party, I had my brother and sister – family is everything to me and I couldn’t imagine standing up there with anyone else by my side. Ben had his two best mates, one of whom he went to high school with and one of whom was with him on the day we met. It was nice to have those two blokes, who are such a part of Ben’s life and experience, with us on the day.

All the flowers chosen for my bouquet were grown on my mum’s property or foraged from the Southern Highlands on the day, which made them completely sustainable and totally unique. I worked with one of my favourite people and best friends Kate from Two Wild Hands to gather all the flowers and branches from the natural environment or across The Secret Garden, which really allowed me to be part of creating the look and feel for the wedding.

She did an incredible job, then making her signature wild and romantic floral design style out of a more restricted palette, which was wonderful. We used all white and green foliage for that clean, minimal and classic wedding flower look.

There wasn’t a particularly special detail on the day, but it’s really important to note that I actually broke my leg in a few places about 3 months out from our wedding. There was a lot of fear and stress that I wouldn’t make it down the aisle, or I would have to wear a moon boot or something, but it all absolutely came together on the day, it really wasn’t something I had to think about which was nice. That was mostly thanks to complete unwavering support from my incredible husband and my amazing mum who just picked me up whenever I felt like it was going to overwhelm me.

We loved all our photos! I love the ones in front of the lantern arbour, I feel like we look strong and triumphant and really together. I love the pictures of our first kiss and my first dance with dad and I love all the photos of our friends and families dancing together.

Thomas was an incredible photographer – he was actually the first thing we booked, about 2 weeks after we got engaged (which was a little over two years before we got married). He had done weddings for a few people we knew peripherally and I was completely enamoured with his photos and wanted to make sure we booked him quickly! He is very relaxed, which we loved and doesn’t make you feel awkward or weird about getting very close to your partner for a great photo. He encourages you to take the day at your own pace and makes photos that really accurately capture different sides of your personality. He was phenomenal and we wouldn’t have chosen anyone else.

Our ceremony location has huge significance for me, it’s the property on which I grew up and where I always dreamed of having my wedding. Ben has also spent a lot of time on the property, and loves being there with my family. We then chose ‘The Mill’ in Bowral for our reception. This was a recommendation from my Mum actually! We love the industrial style and felt it would offer us all the options we wanted for our guests. They had actually never hosted a wedding there before, which we loved – some venues in the Southern highlands get really over used and we wanted something unique.

I feel like between us, our families and our friends we DIY’d our entire wedding. My dress was custom, my mum grew all the flowers and one of my best babes arranged them all. My mum and I collected and created our Bonbonniere (succulents in mismatched pots for everyone to take a little love home with them), I designed my own wedding invitations (I am a graphic designer by trade) and signage for the day (which was brought to life by Kate). My parents put on a beautiful spread post-ceremony and pre-reception, my sister and maid of honour wrote our ceremony music, my mum made our wedding cakes (yes, multiple cakes). Ultimately, we loved putting our own personal touch on the whole wedding!

We adored all our vendors, but honestly the most incredible one was my Mum. She worked so tirelessly to help us create the perfect day. She made our wedding cakes, she grew all our florals, grew our bonbonniere, primped and preened the garden to its most lovely and did everything imaginable to make it the dream day for us both. We couldn’t have had the wedding without her incredible love, support and effort.

I loved thinking about all the big and little things that would make the day great for our friends and family. We did long platter style tables and dinner, so guests could choose whichever food they wanted. My beautiful friends Kat and Charlie created an incredible grazing table and custom cocktail for our guests to enjoy on arrival and it was wonderful to see them really enjoy that! We had a music list that catered to everyone’s taste and everyone got up and danced at one stage or another. Planning the details that mattered most to our guests was one of the best parts of the planning process!

For our first dance, we danced to “As Time Goes By” which has a bit of a special meaning for us. It was one of those romantic surprises that Ben planned for me when we had been dating a month or two. He just put the song on while we were making dinner and we just danced around my tiny apartment holding each other. It was beautiful to be able to bring that moment to our wedding too, even though we spent the whole dance trying to work out who was leading! Very us.

One of my favourite moments of the whole wedding was my first dance with my Dad. I had picked the song, Blinded by the Light in the style of Manfred Mann. We both love Bruce Springsteen (who wrote the original) but the Manfred Mann version was the one he and I used to dance around the lounge room to when I was a little girl. It was really special.

Our advice for future married’s to be – don’t sweat the small stuff on your wedding day! Go into it with the attitude that it is about you and your partner and the rest will be easy. Be a little selfish and do the things you love – but don’t take it all too seriously. Enjoy your own wedding, it’s the best party you will ever throw!

Ms Zebra Says: We couldn’t be more happy for this beautiful couple – and LOVE the drama of a little rain on the wedding day! Congratulations newlyweds and we wish you all the best for a very happy life together as husband and wife!

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