Unfolding on a private estate in Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula and suffused with chic, timeless details, Alda & David's wedding epitomises romantic classicism. Swathed in cascading layers of tulle offset with white David Austin roses, dapper grooms in sharp tuxedos and bridesmaids in sculptural gowns, this black tie celebration inspires evenings of opulence and old world romance.
Capturing the magic of this wedding with a beautiful blend of photojournalism and fashion were photographers Erin and Tara...
OUR ENGAGEMENT STORY: David and I love Wilson’s Promontory, and he had always said that he wanted to propose on top of Mount Oberon. We went away to Wilson’s Prom the weekend after I had finished my last exam for the year with a small group of friends and planned to hike to the top of Mount Oberon on the Saturday to watch the sunset. Walking up the mountain it did cross my mind that he might propose but I wasn’t sure if he would if we were with friends. Once we reached the top, he called me to come down to a cliff where he was standing alone, and I could tell he was nervous because he couldn’t stop smiling and giggling. He proposed to me on that cliff, and it was so special to be able to share such a memorable moment with some of our closest friends who were able to capture the moment with us.
MARRIAGE TO US MEANS: Being best friends and wanting doing everything in life together
WEDDING LOCATION: When I came across Campbell Point House I was fixated by the idea of having our wedding there. We went for a viewing of the estate and booked within days, we didn’t do any research into other venues because we knew we wouldn’t find anything we’d love more. We knew having the wedding there would be completely out of the ordinary to any other wedding venue, and we wanted to create an experience for our guests like no other. The estate in itself is so extravagant it really didn’t need any styling which made florals an easy task!
THEME/STYLE: On our invitations we stated the dress code as black tie optional. We knew that if our guests dressed the part they’d feel the part, and we wanted everyone to feel fabulous, which isn’t too hard when you’re at a venue as opulent as Campbell Point House.
PHOTOGRAPHY: I came across photos of Leanne & Robert’s wedding photos on Instagram and thought they were the most divine wedding photos I had ever seen. However I never thought to look into who took the photos. When I found Erin & Tara’s website and saw they were behind Leanne & Robert’s beautiful photos I rang Tara straight away and booked her for our wedding. Tara captured the day so candidly yet they had an editorial feel, which I could not find in any other photographer. Having Tara as our wedding photographer was the best decision we’d made.
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BRIDE’S DRESS: My sister found Violetta Bridal when she was driving past their boutique on Hoddle street, and the day before she was leaving to live in China for six months she showed me a photo of a beautiful princess evening ball gown on their website. Of all people, I trusted her opinion the most so we went that very day to try the gown on. My wedding dress was the very first I had ever tried on. It wasn’t what I imagined I’d wear, but I tried on numerous other designs and none of them had the same effect as the first. The garment featured an off white silk corset, with a sweetheart neckline and a plunging backline, and an organza and tulle skirt with a long train. I wanted my veil to be very long so that it would have a dramatic yet delicate feel, and it draped beautifully along my train.
It was only on my second last fitting that I decided I needed an evening dress. As much as I wished I could wear my wedding dress for the entire day, I could hardly breathe in it let alone eat and dance in it. I wanted something to tie into the black tie theme so I opted for a floor length, grey sequin Bariano dress. I always envisioned myself in a figure hugging wedding dress, so I was able to have both on my wedding day.
BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: I was lucky to find Bei Na Wei who custom made four of her ‘Sculpture’ dresses for my bridesmaids. My jeweller, Ron Bensimon, had posted a photo of Natalie Bassingthwaite wearing his jewels, as well as a Bei Na Wei Sculpture dress, which is how I found Bei Na. I loved the concept of having a structured and stylish dress and definitely not the typical bridesmaid dress. It was important to me that the girls felt and looked amazing, and I thought the colour and style complimented each of them wonderfully. The dresses are made of a pink neoprene mesh with a stretch corset, and are super comfy! I tried on one of the dresses when they arrived from London, and was jealous I didn’t have one of my own. My bridesmaid, Ella, was kind enough to give me hers to keep.
BRIDESMAID’S SHOES: Tony Bianco // Libby in grey suede
WEDDING RINGS: I’ve always been a fan of dainty rings, and I didn’t want anything too big that would take away from my beautiful rose gold, cushion cut engagement ring that David designed with Ron Bensimon, so I opted for a thin rose gold diamond band which complemented my engagement ring beautifully. David wanted me to choose his wedding ring for him, so Ron showed me the best of the best, a German design rose gold band which features a diamond on the inner of the band.
JEWELLERY/ACCESSORIES: I didn’t want to accessorise too much as I felt my look was complete in itself with such an extravagant dress, so the only jewellery I wore was my engagement ring. For my girls I gifted each of them a Mimco mini origami wrist bracelet in rose gold.
GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: David wore a Hugo Boss slim fit tuxedo, shirt and bow tie, and Boss ‘Elvinos’ patent leather shoes. The groomsmen wore Bossini tuxedos with Jack London shirts and bowties. As a wedding gift, David was gifted with cufflinks from his cousin in Poland. There are only three of its kind, of which belong to his two cousins and now him. They are the 50 calibre bullet ends that were specially fired by his cousin that are of a military family significance. David also wore a Raymond Weil Nabucco Rivoluzione Titanium Chronograph watch.
HAIR: I had actually changed my hair on the morning because I knew that what I had trialled wasn’t completely me. I knew that I wanted my overall look to be chic and sleek, and I often wear a slick bun so this was the look I had on the day. I also didn’t have to worry all day about fixing my hair! For the girls I wanted them to have different looks that complemented their individual style. I’ve never been a fan of bridesmaids that are in uniform and I think that each of their looks worked perfectly.
MAKEUP: David recommended Daniel Movrin to do our makeup. I am all for dewy glowing skin, and use illuminiser daily, so for the day my look was all about contouring and highlighting. For my makeup, Daniel used shades of champagne and natural pinks. For the girls Daniel created their looks with shades of taupe and lots of highlighter, and for each of the girls I bought a natural pink MAC shade that suited each of them individually.
STATIONERY/INVITATIONS: Emily at Papyrus Designs created our wedding stationery and invitations. It was important to us that our wedding invites were the right design to tie in with our wedding theme, as I feel wedding invitations are a guests first insight into what your wedding day will be like. Working with Papyrus designs was fun and easy, as they gave us multiple options and we were beyond happy with the final design.
FAVORS/BONBONNIERE: David loves meringues, so when we went to Charlie Buckett for a tasting and saw their beautifully individually boxed meringues we decided to give one to each of our guests, and also thought it would be nice to have something different from the cliché box of chocolates. Placed on their napkins we also had a heart shortbread cookie with our names and wedding date inscribed on them, made by Nectar & Stone.
FLOWERS & BOUQUETS: : Agie from Grandeur Template came highly recommended by a friend of David’s so we met with her and we could tell she was very passionate about delivering on the best for us, and her ability to interpret everything I envisioned for our wedding made organising florals too easy. Agie went above and beyond to make things happen. Peonies are one of my favourite flowers and I wanted peony bouquets so Agie organised to have them shipped all the way from the Netherlands because they weren’t going to be in season in Melbourne to get them locally. Unfortunately these died in shipment, so Agie created beautiful bouquets with an assortment of white David Austin roses, another of my favourite flowers, and dusty miller for myself.
For my bridesmaids, we created an assortment of pink David Austin roses and dusty miller. We went for shades of pink that were darker than the girls’ dresses so that they would contrast, and the dusty miller coincidentally matched their shoes as well!
PREPARATION: David and his groomsmen arrived first at Campbell Point House and got ready in the beautiful pool house, and had plenty of time to relax and enjoy the estate as we had a late ceremony. The girls and I rented a house on the peninsula for the night before and had our hair and makeup done there in the morning. My thoughtful sister prepared a delicious breakast for all of us and we were lounging around, dancing and taking turns getting ready. We then moved to Campbell Point house where we got dressed in the main bedroom and toasted with a glass of Cristal before the ceremony began!
CEREMONY / RECEPTION DÉCOR: David and I knew that Campell Point House didn’t need any styling as it set the tone for the wedding in itself, however after seeing the gorgeous floral arch creations by the Style Co. I requested my florist create one for our outdoor ceremony and oh boy did she deliver! The floral arch featured an abundance of green foliage and white florals such as cluster roses, hydrangea and an assortment of roses.
For our reception we had planned for an outdoor, seated dinner on one long dining table under the veranda, overlooking the water. We had white drapes fixed to the ceilings to create a romantic and opulent feeling, and kept our florals simple, having only eight small arrangements, featuring a palette of whites and green foliage. Due to impractical weather we had to move dinner inside and the beautiful flowing drapes had to come down. Obviously the florals were not planned for an indoor reception but that just goes to show other brides – be prepared for anything!
After dinner guests moved into the conservatory end of the house where they would enjoy entertainment and the large array of desert that was awaiting them on the spectacular CPH kitchen bench. When guests entered their first vision was the beautiful urn centrepiece on the end of the kitchen bench that Agie had created with an assortment of large and small vases of which featured assortments of all kinds of blooms which gave an element of height and colour to our already colourful dessert bar.
WEDDING PLANNER/ WEDDING STYLIST: David and I were both as equally involved in researching and planning our wedding. Having David so involved made making decisions easy because we both like the same things and think alike. I loved having his input in every detail. Our wedding really was a reflection of the both of us.
CAKE: David and I don’t enjoy the typical wedding cake and we really didn’t think that having one would tie into the style of our wedding. A friend of ours knows the baker at Noisette and had a croquembouche made for her brother (David’s groomsman’s) birthday and it was so delicious and beautifully presented. We met with the baker at Noisette and were able to customise the design of our cake, which featured gold leaf and spun sugar.
Ceremony Song: ‘Wherever You Will Go’ Charlene Soraia
Recession song: ‘This Will Be’ Natalie Cole
First dance: ‘L O V E’ Nat King Cole – performed live by Baker Boys Band
ENTERTAINMENT: I’ve always fantasized having a big band and brass at my wedding, so we had the talented Baker Boys Band whom played an array of genres entertain our guests. For the beginning of our reception the band played big band and jazz, and for later in the evening we requested a disco/old school vibe, playing some of our favourites from Earth, Wind & Fire, Jamiroquai, Daft Punk & Michael Jackson etc..
FOOD & BEVERAGES: Upon arrival and after the ceremony our guests were served individual San Pellegrino beverages. David and I love to dine, so having good quality and great tasting food was very important to us. After the ceremony, guests were able to explore the CPH grounds and enjoy roaming canapés before moving into the dining hall for dinner. We then moved into the main house for reception and the doors to all the rooms in the house were opened and guests filtered throughout the house where they were also able to enjoy the dessert bar or the roaming desserts. Our dessert bar was supplied by Charlie Buckett, Nectar & Stone, and Pana Chocolate.
HONEYMOON: David & I have always dreamed of honeymooning in the Maldives. We stayed at LUX* Maldives and it was such a luxurious and romantic getaway. We stayed in an over the water villa with our own deck and stairway into the crystal blue water where we snorkelled almost every day. The entire resort is on a small island that offered restaurants of all sorts of cuisines so we were trying something new everyday. The resort offered a large rang of activities, one of which was swimming with whale sharks, which was a once in a lifetime experience. The staff and service were exceptional, coming back to our hut with special honeymoon surprises everyday really made our stay there worthwhile.
CELEBRANT: Pastor Stenio Gungadoo & Ryan Vidot
A MEMORABLE MOMENT: The ceremony was the most memorable moment for the both of us – I don’t think we’ve ever had such an exhilarating experience before. Its all a bit of a blur now but there are moments that we’ll never forget..
IF I COULD GIVE OTHER BRIDES TO BE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE… Please get a videographer! We had friends tell us that wedding videos are a waste of money and those that had them never watch them, so we opted not to get one. A cousin filmed the ceremony on David’s iPhone and I have watched it countless times. It is so special to be able to relive the moment all over again.
ALDA & DAVID’S CONTACTS
PHOTOGRAPHY: Erin & Tara
VENUE: Campbell Point House
BRIDE'S DRESS: Wedding: Violetta Bridal / Evening: Bariano
BRIDE’S SHOES: Wedding: Charlotte Olympia / Evening 3.1 Phillip Lim
BRIDESMAIDS DRESS: Bei Na Wei
BRIDESMAIDS SHOES: Tony Bianco
GROOMS FORMAL WEAR & SHOES: Hugo Boss
GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Jack London / Bossini
WEDDING RINGS: Bensimon
JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES: Mimco / Raymond Weil
HAIR: Kirsten Reardon - Lovalola Hair Boutique
MAKEUP: Dan Movrin
FLORIST: Grandeur Template
STATIONERY / INVITES: Papyrus Designs
FAVORS / DESSERTS: Charlie Buckett, Pana Chocolate, Nectar & Stone
ENTERTAINMENT: Baker Boys Band
WEDDING PLANNER / STYLIST: Bride
CELEBRANT: Pastor Stenio Gungadoo & Ryan Vidot
HONEYMOON DESTINATION: LUX* Maldives