ABBOTSFORD CONVENT WEDDING

When Dee first contacted me about her Abbotsford Convent wedding, we were nearly 20 months out from her wedding date. Aside from the venue she hadn’t booked many vendors but was adamant she wanted to secure my services. Flowers being her absolute favourite thing, she wanted to make sure they were the center of attention on her wedding day.

A huge wedding of nearly 300 people meant we needed to approach the planning and layout of the event differently to most. Struggling to seat this many, Dee and Michael opted for a cocktail style event. It was important to them that older members of the family were comfortable and felt included so instead of just high bar tables, 10 guest tables were placed around the edge of the room allowing people to take a seat whenever and wherever they wished.

In passing I had mentioned in a meeting that I liked to paint watercolour, Dee was excited by this idea and enlisted my services to create a unique wedding invitation personalised to her and Michael. Drawing on the heritage of the Convent precinct I painted the old buildings set in amongst the Heritage Gardens, painting their ceremony site and adding extra personal elements like their newest family member Ruby, the golden retriever. From these designs we printed all other wedding stationery such as menus, a welcome sign and eventually their thank-you notes.

Falling in love with strong berry tones and wild styles we set about creating a floral wonderland for this Abbotsford Convent wedding. Dee and Mick were married under a floral archway with huge pots of cosmos lining the aisle. As they said their ‘I-Do’s’, Father Bob made the guests laugh and everybody cheered when Mick went in for the kiss. The talented Jonathan Ong captured the event perfectly with beautiful photos taken around this special site.

Inside the Rosina Function space we wanted the room to feel intimate and full given there was limited furniture being used but loads of bodies to fill the space. We chose to suspend the majority of the flowers from the decorative ceiling beams, huge panels of flowers and foliage were connected by berry colour ribbons.

When it came to flowers and styling, more is more was our mantra. The amazingly delicious chocolate semi nude cake by Cherrytree Bakehouse was no exception with an elaborate flower bomb sitting ontop. A live band, loads of dancing, bridesmaids walking on top of tables and free flowing champagne made for one heck of a party! I wish we could do it all over again!

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Abbotsford Convent Wedding
Abbotsford Convent Wedding
Abbotsford Convent Wedding
Abbotsford Convent Wedding
Abbotsford Convent Wedding
Abbotsford Convent Wedding
Abbotsford Convent Wedding
Abbotsford Convent Wedding
Abbotsford Convent Wedding
Abbotsford Convent Wedding
Abbotsford Convent Wedding
Abbotsford Convent Wedding
“My florist, Zoe was everything you could ask for in the perfect vendor. Straight away we clicked and I knew she would be able to deliver what I had imagined. She was flexible with ideas and always made sure that it was about my taste, never imposing her own taste but always coming up with great ideas to make our joint vision work. I also wanted a really unique invite that reflected the wedding and she didn’t disappoint. Zoe even dropped the wedding arch to my in-laws house the next day for our recovery bbq and is helping me create beautiful thank you cards to reflect the wedding. I’m looking for excuses to throw another party so I can get her to style it!”
Deana
Abbotsford Convent Wedding

EVENT DETAILS

Venue: The Abbotsford Convent
Catering: Bursaria
Photographer: Jonathan Ong
Brides Dress: Jenny Pakenham
Cake: Cherrytree Bakehouse