Chiara and Michael’s June wedding brightened a Melbourne Winter’s day with excitement, glamour and joy.
While Chiara, her sister and friends donned their finery at The Ovolo, a fashionable City hotel in Little Bourke Street, Michael, his brother and friends prepared for the “big day” at their stylish warehouse apartment in Brunswick.
The men looked dashing in M.J. Bale suits, white shirts, black ties and quirky initialled typewriter button cufflinks – a gift from Michael, creatively packaged in colourful books with the middle pages removed.
Appearing calm and relaxed, the group shared a fortifying pre-wedding drink. Their pink and white lapel roses hinted at the vivid colours of the wedding bouquets carried by the bride and her attendants.
Chiara looked beautiful in a feminine, vintage style Jane Hill gown with tiers of creamy coloured lace and Champagne chiffon and a delicate dusky rose pink underlay.
A deep scalloped neckline and fitted beaded lacy bodice were secured with a soft sash.
The Maid of Honour, Chiara’s sister, wore a full length cream dress. The bridesmaids’ outfits blended harmoniously with the lace and subtle tones of Chiara’s wedding gown.
The bride’s attendants were surprised and touched emotionally by the unique gifts of framed cartoon portraits of themselves with personal messages from Chiara.
Flower flower created vibrant bouquets of roses in a palette of creams, pastels, hot pinks, mauves and deep reds. Tiny bunches of blackcurrant berries peeped through the abundant blooms.
The journey to St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Richmond in a vintage, glossy red bus provided fun and excitement for those on board.
Sitting high on a hill in Church Street, historic St. Ignatius is a towering place of worship, solid and awe-inspiring with bluestone walls and creamy Gothic arches.
Inside its lofty walls, Michael and his groomsmen waited patiently in the hushed stillness for a first glimpse of the radiant bride.
Chiara glowed with joy as she walked the long, polished aisle on the arm of her proud father, lovingly supported by the beaming smiles of the wedding guests.
During the ceremony a harpist performed a very special piece of music, composed by Chiara’s father for the happy couple. The soulful refrain gently tugged at the heart strings in a memorable moment of heartfelt emotion and exquisite beauty.
With the Winter sun fading early, a nearby ivy-festooned wall was chosen as the perfect background for capturing delightful portraits of the newlyweds and their wedding party.
The Wedding Reception was held at the heritage-listed Myer Mural Hall. High ceilings, sweeping staircases, soft lighting and mirrored walls recreate the elegant atmosphere of an 18th century European ballroom. Guests dressed in glitter and glamour, dining, dancing and celebrating in style.
Chiara’s Aunt Helen created the personalized pink tiered wedding cake, decorated with a riot of tumbling rainbow macaroons and blackcurrant berries inspiring joy, fun and celebration.
Chiara and Michael’s wedding photographs captured so many precious memories which I hope they will cherished forever!
Chiara and Michael’s Wedding Team:
- Church: St Ignatius Catholic Church with Father John Petralis
- Reception: Myer Mural Hall
- Florist: Flower flower
- Brides dress: Jane Hill
- Bridesmaids dresses: Alex Perry, Outnet, Alannah Hill, Moss and Spy
- Flower girls: Miss Rose Sister Violet (tutus) and Bloch
- Grooms Suit: M.J. Bale
- Groomsmen suits: M.J. Bale
- Band: Family friends
- DJ: Top Dog Entertainment
- Cake: Made by Chiara’s talented Aunt Helen Carey
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