If You Could Bottle Love.

This might be one of the best weddings that I see this year.

Ah, now you’re listening aren’t you? Well it’s true – I know it’s only February but I reckon the wedding of Jessica and Justin is going to take some serious beating.

We are going global on Rock My Wedding today, Jessica and Justin are Australian and so we are going down under for today’s dose of inspirational wedding pretty, shot by Australian wedding photographer Jonathan Ong.

Jonathans shots are simply beautiful and It is a real shame for you lot that Jonathan lives over 10,000 miles away. If only he was coming to the UK for a bit… maybe say for July and August. And imagine if he was up for shooting a few weddings or engagement shots while he was here? That would be pretty groovy wouldn’t it? It might just be worth dropping him an email just to ask!

In the meantime enjoy a big old dose of love, Aussie style, from The Yarra Valley.

A Million Miles

Our wedding was held on the 28th of December 2011 at Stones of the Yarra Valley in The Yarra Valley – an hour out of Melbourne ( but feels like a million miles away).

Vintage Inspired

Melbourne designer Gwendolynne Burkin designed my dress. She is one very talented woman who makes the most gorgeous gowns that are vintage inspired – right up my ally. Walking into her studio gave me an immediate realisation that I was going to fall in love with many. I loved my dress after a few alterations just that little bit more and so did mum which made the decision a whole lot easier to make. The dress was made from spotted tulle and was crinkled tiered from the hips down.

Minimal Jewellery

I dont wear much jewellery at all so only wore my rings which felt complete. My florist made my floral head wreath which fit perfectly with the theme I was going for.

A Height Boost

This was the hardest part of my outfit! I’m no where near a “shoe person” but ended up ridiculously buying 4 different pairs. I didn’t want a “bridal” shoe and each pair became less and less bridal until finding nude coloured strappy stiletto’s (I need all the height I can get).

Nothing Too Structured

My hair was done by the lovely Lauren Mackellar. Her sense of style is very similar to mine – nothing too structured. Half a kilo of hair spray makes me feel a little woozy. She did some beautiful soft up do’s which were simply perfect. Mum is a whizz at almost everything. She did my make up ensuring I still looked like myself. Getting ready was that much more relaxing.

Amber Bottles And Blooms

Blooming Brides’ Rita Feldmann was so beautiful to work with. She understood my style as soon as we got chatting. With help from family, we collected boxes of amber beer bottles and boxes of glass jars (from Jam to pasta sauces) which were used as vases/votives. Amber bottles also hung from the Oak tree we were married under.

We wanted natural tones throughout the wedding so for flowers we had creams and whites with a lot of foilage. I love the ” Just came back from the garden and chucked the posies in jars” look and she got that down to a T. Rita predominatly used David Austin and Ice Berg Roses, Lisianthus, Snowberry, hydrangea, Field Daisy’s with sprigs of Rosemary. I didnt want to hold a bouquet or wear a veil so instead wore a head wreath which I loved.

Nothing Official

We didn’t officially have a bridal party but our best friends and sisters essentially were. Sam wore a Dom Bagnato Navy suit, white shirt and a Rhodes & Beckett Tie. The boys also wore pocket hankerchiefs which I absolutely loved. Briony my best friend who happened to marry Sam a month earlier and our sisters Louise, Mindy, Lana and Jodie wore dresses that each individually fell in love with. Perfect.

Spots and Checks

I wanted a surprise, so didnt have any idea what Justin was going to wear. He looked so very handsome in a Dom Bagnato light blue grey suit, Rhodes & Beckett Tie checked white and navy shirt, dark navy tie and a spotted pocket handkerchief to tie it all together. I tried very hard not to run towards him.

A Talanted Man

We discovered Jonathan Ong whilst browsing a couple of Australian blogs. We met a couple of times over coffee before hand and instantanously knew we had the right photographer. The pictures spek or themselves. I cannot express how lucky we were to have him. It felt very natural in front of the camera and it felt as though he was one of our guests. Jon is a very talented man. We adore his work and adore him!

Don’t Stop The Rock

We didnt have a cake as that would mean we would have stopped the dance floor to cut it! The venue provided delicious roaming dessert which was perfect.

Soul Of The Party

Soulbeats Entertainment played a few years ago at a family friends wedding. We both loved their music and danced the night away (I was even on crutches at the time!) We tracked them down years later and they were even better than we remembered. My youngest sister Jodie, belted out a couple of songs with the band too!

Signed Sealed Delivered

We didn’t really want a “first dance” so instead, we started the dance floor as soon as we were announced to “Signed Sealed Delivered”. Within 30 seconds of the song, we had everyone dancing on the dance floor and out on the patio. We continued dancing to a few more songs before being dragged away for dinner!

A Lot Of Bottle

The amber beer bottles and glass jars that we collected were a big feature of the decor from the bottles hanging as a back drop during our ceremony to the tables filled with jars and bottles as posie vases. We also had fabric stripped garlands that hung between posts that were in natural tones. They hung with Festoon lights that suited the barn like venue. Emma Scarlett helped source the festoon lighting and created the stripped garlands for us. We also used an old rustic window for our table seating chart that was displayed during drinks at the “Dairy” before heading to the “Barn” for dinner.

A Simple Plan

We both just wanted a big party with people we love. There was nothing meticulously planned and traditions weren’t exactly followed to a T. It was perfect letting the day/night unfold naturally. We are very blessed to have the most beautiful family and friends. We are forever greatful to our parents.

Venue Stones of the Yarra Valley

Dress Gwendolynne Burkin

Hair Lauren Mackellar

Blooms Blooming Brides’

Photography Jonathan Ong

Entertainment Soulbeats Entertainment

So, pretty much WOW yes?

Who want’s to start the what’s-amazing-about-this-wedding ball rolling? I’m leaving this one up to you peeps!

And just to confirm (in case my extreme hinting earlier wasn’t enough!) John is in the UK this year throughout July and August so drop him an email if you want an engagement shoot, or even if you are yet to find a photographer for your Summer 2012 wedding.

It just might be your lucky day!