This elegant Melbourne soiree at the Peppers Moonah Links Resort by Sorrento Wedding Photography has so many beautiful elements I don’t know where to begin – the gorgeous black and ivory colour palette? The charming Mornington Peninsula scenery mixed with black tie elegance? The unique (and I’m sure very delicious) marshmallow love knot wedding favours? So many lovely details in this Australian beauty, it’s impossible to decide what I love most. Which means, I only have one choice; to spend the day browsing back and forth through all the lovely images.
Bride Justine shares the details:
Wedding Vision: Our key objective was to have a relaxed wedding; where everyone would have a great time, as well as a classic and elegant feel for the day.
Wedding Venue: Damien and I are Melbourne based, as are his family. However my family and friends are in Sydney. This led to some challenges from a venue perspective. Originally we wanted to get married at one of Mornington’s fabulous wineries; however, we required a venue with ample accommodation which bought us to Peppers Moonah Links. It’s such a beautiful venue, plus it has a marquee which was a big win for me. What Marquee wedding isn’t amazing?! We had hoped for an outdoor ceremony with our celebrant who performed a magic trick at the end; unfortunately due to wet weather we had to move inside for the ceremony. In all honesty it worked to our advantage as it provided an intimate feel to the ceremony.
Colour Palette: I’ve always been a fan of black so it was an easy choice for the bridesmaid dresses; it also balanced out the boys black suits in the wedding pictures. As black can be very heavy we used white to lift; which tied in perfectly with the white marquee for the reception.
Decorations & Flowers: For the décor we used black tablecloths with white plates, and for a touch of elegance we added silver candle holders and candelabras. This also linked in with the pearl white menus, place cards etc. Victoria Whitelaw did our flowers and reception styling – she is absolutely amazing and that was our big splurge. All the flowers were white and included freesias to give the reception a gorgeous spring feel. The flowers, combined with the candles, made the room sparkle.
Wedding cake & Favours: Our wedding cake was a chocolate mud cake with handmade flowers. Damien’s Uncle did a fabulous job of it. We still have the top layer in the freezer for our first year anniversary, but I don’t think I can wait that long to eat it!
The wedding favours came from an idea I found on Martha Stewarts wedding website – marshmallows tied in a love knot. Sweetness in NSW who are specialists in marshmallow making, worked with us to develop them in a variety of flavours including passionfruit, raspberry, lime & lemon. They were a huge hit and definitely something different.
Bridesmaid Dresses: As I was budget conscious I purchased the bridesmaid dresses in America – they were simple strapless dresses. I needed to keep the bridesmaid dresses simple as my dress had quite a lot of detail and I didn’t want too much going on with the bridesmaid dresses as well.
Wedding Gown: The colour of my wedding dress was quite unique – it was a deep oyster colour which I loved. White is not very forgiving and definitely isn’t me.
DIY Details: I created all the invitations, ceremony fans, boutonnieres tags, place cards, and menus etc. I’m a crafty person so it was such a fun project to do and it was a way for Damien to get involved as well. I’m so glad we did them ourselves (and they looked fantastic).
Biggest Challenge: We didn’t have any challenges. We’re an organised (that’s me) and relaxed (that’s Damien!) couple, so we wanted that to be reflected in the organising and execution of the wedding.
Favourite Moments: The best part of the day was standing beside Damien at the end of the night watching everyone having such an amazing time on the dancefloor! We have a photo of that moment as well which is brilliant.
Your Wedding Day: Our wedding was the best day as I got to marry my best friend who makes me laugh every day.
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