For many couples, it's all about love at first sight – something Clara and Jason experienced when they first spotted the Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick, Melbourne. A historic estate with oodles of heritage and charm, all it took was one visit for the betrothed couple to decide that it was The One. Inspired by the venue and their love for vintage elegance, Clara and Jason's wedding day was an intimate and love-filled affair that had every guest – both young and old – up on their feet and dancing by the end of the night.
Clara shares more about her favourite moments from their special day...
How he proposed:
Jason and I went to a vineyard for lunch one day and I thought that we were there just to celebrate his birthday. After lunch, we went for a walk around the grape vines. Jason got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.
The bride's look:
I wanted a dress that was elegant, lacy, and practical for walking, sitting, and eating. I went through lots of photos online until finally coming across The One: a Luna Novias gown, which had a princess-y feel without being too poufy, pretty back details, and an illusion neck line that suited my body type. I tried it on at Violetta Bridal boutique in Melbourne, loved it, and that was it!
The groom's look:
Jason wanted the suits to be classic but not too formal to suit our garden theme wedding. He got his suit from MJ Bale in a different colour from his groomsmen to stand out.
Rippon Lea Estate in Elsternwick, Melbourne was the first and only place we viewed and we immediately fell in love with it. Since it is a heritage building, it provided an elegant setting for our wedding. The mansion itself has an amazing façade and the gardens surrounding was a great place for our guests to mix and mingle. It's also 20 minutes away from the city, making it an easy commute for our local guests.
The wedding theme:
The inspiration for the elegant vintage theme came from the venue itself. I am also a fan of lace, so we incorporated lots of lace into our wedding stationery and of course, my wedding dress.
The flower arch at the ceremony made by lulu bird was such a beautiful backdrop and it really exceeded my expectations. But my favourite part of the ceremony was walking down the aisle and seeing each other for the first time.
To suit the venue, we served modern Australian cuisine at dinner. The cake was an ombre macaron tower – I've always loved macarons and wanted them incorporated into my wedding cake.
The wedding favours:
We wanted the favours to have special meaning. So we gave our guests pins from the Starlight Foundation for the donation they gave in lieu of a wedding gift.
Clara's wedding advice for brides-to-be:
Don’t forget the take a moment to hold your partner’s hands and take in the day. Enjoy the moment when you can. It can go by very quickly!
Bridal gown: Luna Novias from Violetta Bridal
Reception cheong sam and dress: LAICHAN and Coast
Hair and makeup: Corrine Ong
Groom’s suit: MJ Bale
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Forever New
Groomsmen’s suits: MJ Bale
Florist: lulu bird
Décor: Weddings of Distinction
Cake maker: Mini Indulgences
Food and drink caterers: Peter Rowland
Wedding favours: Pins from Starlight Foundation
Entertainment: Alto Productions and ALL STAR
Photographer: Phillip Gao