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Elegant South Melbourne Wedding

Elegant Weddings

Photos by:

Stewart Leishman

Going through the images and film from today’s wedding (sent over by the fantastic Stewart Leishman), I haven’t seen a single frame where the groom isn’t grinning from ear to ear. But I’m sure that’s to be expected when you have a couple who’s as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside! Let’s dive right into this one – you won’t be able to stop staring at the bride’s wedding gown, which was made by the groom’s very own sister.

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From the bride, Giuliana: We had a wonderful wedding day and enjoyed every moment. It was a really nice feeling watching it all come together and witnessing how happy all our guests were. It was also a privilege to share our special day with 190 of our closest family and friends. More than half of our guests traveled from interstate to be with us and for that we will be eternally grateful.

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From the photographer, Stewart: Robert and Giuliana met 6.5 years ago on NYE. Giuliana was in Melbourne on a holiday with a group of girlfriends and met Rob at a NYE party. There was an instant spark as she entered the venue and their eyes met. She took the lead and said “you look like my friend Alex”, to which Rob responded “who’s Alex?” That pickup line was a sure conversation starter and they talked and talked until the sun came up! Four months later after hours and hours of phone time, and only two interstate visits, Giuliana took a leap of faith and moved from Adelaide to Melbourne to live with Rob, and here they are today!

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Don’t miss the wedding film from C2 Video:

Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Photographer: Stewart Leishman / Flowers: Sarah at Mr Lincoln, Fitzroy / Venue: Luminare / Wedding Dress: Melissa Carchedi (groom’s sister) / Wedding Shoes: Chanel / Earrings: Bounkit / Belt: Witchery / Hairpiece: Richard Nylon, Fitzroy / Groom’s Attire: Harrolds suit, Givenchy shirt, Tom Ford bow tie, Yves Saint Laurent shoes / Engagement Ring: keshett / Wedding Bands: Jasmine Fraser / Wedding Cake: Jessicakes / DJ: Adrian Portia of Pure Entertainment / MC: Nick Du Bois / Favors: Apricot jam with sugared almonds made by bride’s mum / Stationery: Jillian Burns / Videographer: C2 Video

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Retro Australian Elopement Ideas

Vintage Weddings

Photos by:

Stewart Leishman

As soon as we saw the story Juli of One Sweet Girl cooked up of a retro bride and groom who recognized from their own wedding, we knew it was going to be something pretty sweet — and images from Stewart Leishman are always a treat. Toss in a farmer who comes to the rescue, some strawberry cake, and a beyond incredible bouquet from The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie and we’re sure to swoon.

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From the event designer, Juli of One Sweet Girl: This project came about from a few inspiration points – the ‘family’ car (a restored ’66 Chevy) – a chance discussion about my idea with the photographer whilst on another project together – and a plan with my friend Virginia (the florist on this project) about yet another idea involving strawberries… and so this particular story came to life.


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Tina and Shainne are ‘goin to the chapel’ to get hitched… only they break down while taking a shortcut down a country lane. Whilst Shainne tries to repair the car, Tina indulges in some wedding cake (of course, what else is a bride to do but have her cake and eat it?!), and tries to wait patiently for them to be on their way… but fate intervenes in the form of a local farmer, who marries them in a field, then sees them on their way to married life with a bouquet toss out the car window.


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Shoot Location: Pakenham, Victoria / Shoot Concept, Styling, Props, Desserts, and Vehicle: Juli Stertern-Gill of One Sweet Girl / Photographer: S Leishman Photography / Wedding Flowers: The Bouquets of Ascha Jolie / Shoot Venue: Private Farm / Models: Tina and Shainne

Melbourne Mid-Century Wedding

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Shainne and Tina’s mid-century inspired wedding shot by Stewart Leishman is the cure for a case of the Mondays. Tina designed and created her own wedding dress pattern inspired by the 1950s. Shainne, the groom, is also right on par in the style department. They used their venue, the Boyd Baker House near Melbourne, as their inspiration for their wedding vision. I will let Tina take it from here:

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From Tina: We envisaged a small, casual wedding inspired by the natural surroundings, architecture and mid century style of our venue, the Boyd Baker House.

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The architecture and bush setting of the venue are so beautiful and the interior has been so carefully decorated in mid-century style that we felt we didn’t want to detract from this and so kept the decoration to minimum. Having said that however we did take great care in putting together the table settings and made sure all details fit carefully with the vintage style of the surrounds. We collected vintage tablecloths, retro plates, swan and crystal vases and cute bride and groom ornaments to decorate each table. We also collected picture frames into which we added photos of some of our favourite couples; George and Mildred, Morrissey and Marr, Serge Gainsbourgh and Jane Birkin, Edie Segwick and Andy Warhol, Jean-Luc Godard and Anna Karina amongst others. We really wanted to have a special photo booth and so came up with the idea of the Paper Moon which Shainne’s sister organized to have made for us.
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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?
A wedding is such a collaborative event, and you will need to have like minded people on board to make it all happen. We were lucky enough to have surrounded ourselves with wonderful people who shared our vision for the day.

Wedding Songs:

Processional: Clare de Lune, Debussy
Signing of the Register: Come On Let’s Go, Broadcast
Recessional: Come Together, Primal Scream
First Dance: Moon River, Morrissey

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Ceremony and reception venue: Boyd Baker House, outside of Melbourne / Florist: In Full Bloom in South Melbourne created the bridal bouquet, the boutonnieres and corsages for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom. The other floral arrangements were DIY / Photographer: Stewart Leishman / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: the bride designed, made the pattern and fit the toiles for my wedding dress. The actual gown was then made by a private dressmaker. I had the shoes covered and made the little bows to go on the front / Hair and make up: Candice de Ville / Groom’s suit: suit and shirt from Jack London, shoes Giorgio Armani, vintage knitted tie / Caterer: Hudsons Famous / Wedding Cake: One Sweet Girl / Wedding invitations: designed, printed, sewed and tied their own wedding invitations together

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