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  Embracing a blank canvas at the gorgeous Cargo Hall. Ben and Ellie brought the wedding vision to life to create their romantic luxe masterpiece. Contrasting the warehouse backdrop of The Cargo Hall with stunning place cards, invitations, seating charts and more by Mickey Loves Jacqui Letterpress & Design, added to with their florals by the very talented We are superbloom!  All the elements came together so perfectly by this due who are the owners of wedding styling group Blanc Design and Events.  How’d it begin…  (In Ellie’s words)

We met at my work – I was working as a nanny and Ben came to install new windows and doors … My boss told me to make sure he didn’t “steal” anything the only thing that was stolen that day was my heart 🙂 

Ben asked for my number incase something went wrong with the door ! He text me that night and asked me out on a date … we have been together ever since.

What attracted you to each other? What are some of your common interests?

Ben’s kind eyes and smile, Ben always compliments me on my beautiful personality and kind heart. We are both hard working, driven and creative. We share the same morals an values and are each others best friend. – We just LOVE being together!  

When did you know you’d found ‘the one’?

As cliche as it sound it was live at first sight for both of us …. When you know you know !!! 

How did the proposal come about? Please provide month and year. Where were you? What were some of the sounds in the background? What did the engagement ring look like?

It was  January 1st 2017 we were on holidays in Singapore! Ben proposed on new years at Gardens by the bay – while fireworks were going off – it was a magical moment that we will never forget ——-   The rock is a 1 carrot round Dimond on a delicate thin band it was exactly what I always imagined! – He did good! 

The Dress My dress was designed by the very talented Charlotte Lucas Couture. It was perfect! Hand appliqué lace bodice on fitted silk gown with soft tulle overlay- Charlotte lucus couture  What was your most anticipated part of the day?

Our Reception- Ben and myself had built most of the features for this so we couldn’t wait for our friends and family to see what we came up with! – Our huge chandeliers we had designed and crafted uniquely for our wedding day just completed our reception setting with our luxe style we’d created. 

What was the biggest surprise on your wedding day?

Bens said – my dress blew him away and how the venue turned out !

Looking back at your wedding, is there anything you would’ve done differently? Words of wisdom for other couples planning a wedding?

Just enjoy every moment- And remember the days is about celebrating the love you have for each other! 

Was there any vendors in particular who made your day easier? (cake decorator, celebrant) *Please list names if possible

Mickeylovesjacqi (stationary) – This couple are a powerhouse of creativity and created the most beautiful designs for us! 

Harry the hire, Superbloom, Jess Hill weddings, Cargo hall , Table art , St.kristal (bridesmaids makeup) Rokk Ebony (bridesmaids hair) Georgia Freedman (bride makeup and hair) Rokk man barber , little wick candles (gift)

What does marriage mean to you?

Marriage isn’t a guarantee you will be together forever. For us it is only a piece of paper. We acknowledge that it takes love, respect, trust, understanding, friendship and faith to make it last.

Name your wedding soundtrack (aisle, reception entry, first dance songs):

Thousands years part 2 – how long will I love you

Was there any aspect of planning your wedding that took you by surprise?

How much we enjoyed creating our unique style and watching it all come to life !!! 

What were your MUST HAVES criteria when choosing your wedding photographer?

Someone who make us feel relaxed and enjoy the whole experience

   

REAL WEDDING – St ANNES WINERY – JESS & TRENT – MELBOURNE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

REAL WEDDING – St ANNES WINERY – JESS & TRENT – MELBOURNE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Where did you meet, and when? Please provide month and year. How did the string of events unfold? Trent and I went to Primary school together. Trent’s 6 years older then me so we were never exactly friends but our mums met at a school function and have been friends ever since. We reconnected over facebook in 2013 and have been together since the 24th of March 2014. At the time Trent was doing FIFO work in Queensland. It was on one of his weeks home that he, after a few months of being in the friend zone, demanded to take me out on a date. We’ve been together since then.

What attracted you to each other? What are some of your common interests? We both love animals, pizza and AFL.

When did you know you’d found ‘the one’? Trent says that he knew I was the one when his sister in law asked if he was going to marry me only a month after we had been together. I love the quote from The fault in our stars, ” I fell in love with the way you fall asleep, slowly and then all at once”. There was never an exact moment for me. It just always felt right.

How did the proposal come about? Please provide month and year. Where were you? What were some of the sounds in the background? What did the engagement ring look like? Trent purposed at the Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaii on the 3rd of January 2017.  We had a very interesting day leading up to the proposal after we had been accidentally booked on a Korean tour for the day. A group of American Tourists started cheering when Trent knelt down and the first thing he said was “you know what this is” (I didn’t know). The engagement ring was a pear shaped halo ring in white gold. Trent sneaked onto my pinterest before getting the ring made so he nailed it.

In a sentence, please provide a description of your dress, and the name of the store it was purchased from, including suburb. My dress was the Olbia dress by Pronovias and I purchased it from Raffaele Ciuca Bridal in Brunswick. It has a slim silhouette with low lace back and a long train.

What was your most anticipated part of the day? I had surprised Trent with having our dogs in the ceremony which was nerve racking to organise and execute.

What was the biggest surprise on your wedding day? That we actually remembered our choreographed first dance.

What was the date of the wedding? 15th Dec 2018

Where did you marry? St Annes Vineyards

Where was the reception? St Annes Vineyards

How many guests attended your wedding? 90

Looking back at your wedding, is there anything you would’ve done differently? Words of wisdom for other couples planning a wedding? We wouldn’t have done anything differently. We had such an amazing day. My advice to couples planning a wedding would be to decide what is most important to you and spend your money on those things.

Was there any vendors in particular who made your day easier? (cake decorator, celebrant)  All of our vendors were amazing. Megan at St Annes Winery made sure our day went perfectly.

How did you go about finding your wedding day Tribe of suppliers? Please specify which blogs, magazines or resources you utilised. We chose most of our vendors at the St Anne’s Winery Wedding Fair. I think its a good idea to book vendors that are already familiar with your location.

When viewing wedding blogs or magazine what did you find most useful? (eg. Inspiration via real weddings, inspiration through styled shoots, articles or information on specific suppliers). I got most of my wedding inspo from Pinterest and looking at real weddings on Instagram.

Did you use any online wedding planning tools or apps when planning your day? If so, which? I didn’t use any planning tools but I wish I did. It got very confusing and unorganised near the end.

What does marriage mean to you? Marriage means having someone who will stick by you in good and bad times. Someone who will push you to follow your dreams but will be also there if it doesn’t work out.

Name your wedding soundtrack (aisle, reception entry, first dance songs): I walked down the isle to Spell by Raveena. Our reception entry song was Return of the Mack by Mark Morrison and our first dance was to Hesitate by Stone Sour.

Any funny stories (or near disasters) in the lead up to or on the day? I was really disappointed that it was raining everyday leading up to and the day of my wedding so I didn’t get to have an outdoor ceremony. This was really devastating to me but the silver lining was that the sun came out in the afternoon and we got so many beautiful shots on the St Anne’s Winery grounds. A funny thing that happened on our wedding day was that our first dance choreography had allowed for the song to start from when we were seated at the bridal table. So the song starts, I go to stand up and my Maid of Honour’s seat is on my dress. I can’t stand up and she can’t hear me over the music. Luckily I made it to the dance floor just in time to start the dance.

Was there any aspect of planning your wedding that took you by surprise? There’s so many tiny details that you would never think of!

WEDDING TEAM

Ceremony venue/reception venue: St Annes Winery.
Photographer: Brenton John (www.brentonjohn.com.au)
Celebrant: Amber the Celebrant (https://www.amberthecelebrant.com) Amber made our ceremony so relaxed and we couldn’t have been happier with it.
DJ: Ei8ht Entertainment (https://www.facebook.com/ei8htentertainment/)
Florist: Bacchus Marsh Florist (http://www.bacchusmarshfloristandnursery.com.au)
Rings: Ellissi Jewellery (https://www.ellissi.com.au)
Hair: Hair by Neveen (https://www.instagram.com/hairbyneveen/?hl=en)
Makeup: Makeup by Amanda Rose (https://www.instagram.com/makeupby.amandarose/?hl=en)
Cars: Classic Lincoln Limos
Cake: Look at that cake (https://www.facebook.com/netticake/)

 

What were your MUST HAVES criteria when choosing your wedding photographer? We wanted a photographer that had two photographers with you on the day and had the right combination of formal and relaxed shots.

Love Notes:  If you would recommend us to one of your friends who are getting married, what would you say? How did we make you feel on the day? Or what main thing that you loved MOST about having us share and capture your wedding dayIt was obvious that our photographers Brenton and Allie have such a passion for their work. The were willing to go above and beyond to get those amazing shots. They created a fun and relaxed atmosphere, which made everyone feel comfortable. So many of my guest remarked on how good our photographer was and we couldn’t agree more. 

REAL WEDDING – EMU BOTTOM HOMESTEAD – JACK & SABRINA- MELBOURNE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

Sabrina and Jack’s wedding, held at one of our favourite venues – The historic Emu Bottom Homestead in Sunbury.  Part of The Epicurean Group, Emu Bottom is the oldest homestead in Victoria and is located at the foot of the Macedon Ranges just 30 minutes from Melbourne’s CBD.  The relaxed and super-fun celebration of the day is radiated throughout their images Sabrina writes…. Jack & I met in Traralgon in Gippsland Victoria. We met on a night out; I with was with my girlfriends, with Jack on a boys night out. I met his friends first, who I was not interested in at all, and then I met Jack. We got on so well dancing and chatting all night, little did I realize he thought I batted for the other team! As the night was coming to an end after a few drinks I built the courage up to ask for his number and I could not find him anywhere. I found his friend and asked where Jack was and found out he had left as his friend was escorted out. I took his friends phone and found Jacks number and sent him a message with my number and from there things took off. What attracted you to each other? What are some of your common interests? Jacks beautiful eyes and his gorgeous beard. We both just got along so well. When did you know you’d found ‘the one’? I knew from the start I had met my prince charming as I did not have to change or tone my loud Italian personality down. He adored me for me and I adored him for him. We both just wanted to spend so much time together and we would loose track of time when together. How did the proposal come about? Please provide month and year. Where were you? What were some of the sounds in the background? What did the engagement ring look like? On the 14th of August 2016 whilst on the top of the beautiful snowy mountain The Remarkables in New Zealand, I was to busy taking selfies with my new selfie stick of the beautiful views behind me not aware of Jack behind me on one knee. I turned around after my dad said “Sabrina turn around and get Jack in the photo” I turned around and Jack was on one knee, and asked if I would marry him! I stood in shock for a few moments and burst into tears saying YES shortly after it all sunk in. The views very absolutely incredible, and my ring was even more beautiful! 1 carrot shiny diamond, with a gold band! It was my dream ring. The Dress My dress was purchased from Eternal Bridal in Armadale VICTORIA. The dress was a beautiful ivory tulle ballgown with a beautiful V-neck and open back, a beautiful lace top with a gorgeous tulle skirt and horsehair trim and a train. It was the perfect dress and made me feel like a princess. What was your most anticipated part of the day? Saying our own vows. I was so nervous that I wouldn’t be able to get through them all as they were so personal. What was the biggest surprise on your wedding day? I got through my vows and my beautiful husband was more emotional on the day than me. Looking back at your wedding, is there anything you would’ve done differently? Words of wisdom for other couples planning a wedding? Looking back I would have not tried to please everyone. I found a lot of people give their opinion and at the end of the day you only get the day once and you should do things how you want. Was there any vendors in particular who made your day easier? (cake decorator, celebrant) *Please list names if possible The Wedding & Portrait Studio, Makeup by Juana Jose, Fig the Fox, Sweet Wonderful You (Erin Celebrant) RMR Productions (videographer)                                      How did you go about finding your wedding day Tribe of suppliers? Please specify which blogs, magazines or resources you utilised. I googled and found everyone individually! I went to a few wedding expos and did alot of googling, but we found people that we thought would capture our day perfectly! When viewing wedding blogs or magazine what did you find most useful? (eg. Inspiration via real weddings, inspiration through styled shoots, articles or information on specific suppliers). I loved looking at blogs online and got inspiration from real weddings! I loved reading peoples stories and looking at their styling choices. Pinterest also was my best friend and my budgets worst enemy as I found fantastic ideas on there that I wanted to replicate and use for our big day. Did you use any online wedding planning tools or apps when planning your day? If so, which? No i did it all myself! I had a million excel spread sheets! I am a very organised person and I made sure I had everything organised from the get go! My lovely mum and maid of honour were my assistants in the organising and planning. They helped make my dreams and visions a reality! What does marriage mean to you? Marriage was the most beautiful way to share our love for one another in front of our closest family and friends and celebrate our love for each other. Marriage for us was the next step in our beautiful journey, being together forever and being by each others side for what ever life throws at us. Name your wedding soundtrack (aisle, reception entry, first dance songs): Isle; Just the way you are (Boyce Avenue acoustic version) Reception Entry; Crazy in Love (Beyonce) First Dance Song; Perfect (Ed Sheeran) Father Daughter Dance Song; Butterfly Kisses (Bob Carlisle) Any funny stories (or near disasters) in the lead up to or on the day? Not a funny story but a coincidence. My beautiful Nonna lost her battle with cancer in June 2017 and I was fortunate enough to have her see me in my beautiful wedding dress. When I chose my wedding car, I booked an appointment to have a look at the Austin Princess 1959 in person and put a deposit down. When I saw the car and the number plate I nearly fell over. The number plate was PINA which is my Nonna’s name. Her name is Giuseppina but called Pina for short. I knew instantly that the car was meant to be and it was so perfect knowing she was part of our special day. What were your MUST HAVES criteria when choosing your wedding photographer? I wanted someone relaxed and fun! I am a stress head and organise freak and I wanted someone cool calm and collected who I knew would make us both feel comfortable.  
The wedding team