Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Studio Olympia Favourite Wedding:
Clarissa & James

Clarissa and James met during an audition. James was casting new singers 
for the opera group ‘Encore’. After a long and exhausting day during which 
James had not been able to find the singer he wanted, Clarissa, the final 
soprano came in.

Her beauty instantly blew James away and his next hope was that she could sing. He was not disappointed. James offered Clarissa the role on the spot. Over the next few months, Clarissa and James worked side by side for long hours.

What began as a shared passion for music soon developed into a passion and love for each other.

Then, when Clarissa was contracted to perform in Melbourne it happened to be when James was also working in Melbourne on a project for his theatre production company, Encore Production House. The timing was perfect, and James couldn’t think of a better opportunity to propose to Clarissa.

Carrying a dozen striking red roses, James met Clarissa at Melbourne Airport before heading down to Studley Park Boathouse in Fairfield. Clarissa was under the impression that they were going to have a quick bite to eat before heading to the venue and hopping into a little boat.

James had organised a portable CD player to take with them in the boat, and when the pair finally reached calm waters, he wasted not another minute: he pushed play and proposed.

While travelling abroad on tour, Clarissa and James had experienced many wonderful and romantic locations. However, they decided that their special day should be shared with their family and close friends at home in Australia. 

That decision made, there was no reason to look any further than a little church in Hunters Hill, the Holy Name of Mary Parish Catholic Church, where their families had spent many happy times celebrating numerous special occasions.

Clarissa’s gown, veil and jewellery were all made for her in Kobe, Japan – and after a relaxed morning spent getting ready, Clarissa arrived at the church in her stunning Abiste creation. The gown’s gorgeously beaded sweetheart bodice gave way to a full skirt that floated around Clarissa’s waist, which was accentuated by a plain black sash. 

James looked dashing in a Giorgio Armani suit, accessorised with a pleated white shirt and black bow tie. 

After the couple had exchanged their vows before 140 guests, the celebration moved on to the Royal Automobile Club in Circular Quay, just a short stroll from the Sydney Opera House. It was the perfect location for Clarissa and James’ reception, given that it was so close to the iconic Australian landmark that had inspired both their dreams and careers.

During the reception, the couple’s guests were treated to a spectacular performance from the Encore vocal group, with whom Clarissa regularly performs, before a romantic first dance to Somewhere from the musical, 
Westside Story.

Following their fairytale wedding, Clarissa and James were scheduled to 
leave for a two-week honeymoon. However, two days after the wedding, 
Opera Australia invited Clarissa to join the company for a tour scheduled to commence immediately. 

Because of a commitment to their art and an understanding of its demands is a shared bond, the couple decided to postpone their honeymoon to allow Clarissa to take advantage of this wonderful offer.

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Friday, May 3, 2013


Deborah McCallum has a long history of creating weddings in Heritage-listed venues, commencing in 1987 at Ruby’s. Utilising her talent in decorating and procuring antiques, Deborah, along with her husband Jim, transformed the 1893 Doctor’s family home, Ravensthorpe in the year 2000. It has since become an ideal setting for a country-style wedding where preparations, ceremony celebration and recovery all take place in one perfect location.

Deborah believes the ultimate wedding takes place in the garden of a heritage home, with the ceremony and celebration in close proximity, enabling guests to relax and enjoy Ravensthorpe’s stunning marquee and perfectly manicured gardens. 

As a trained chef with the French school, Le Cordon Bleu, Deborah is able to guide families through bespoke menu options, and personally creates one-of-a kind dessert style cakes that are a signature of the Ravensthorpe wedding package.

With the ceremony, celebration and accommodation all located on the gorgeous homestead, Deborah and her experienced and professional team are able to oversee every element of the entire wedding event and will ensure your day runs smoothly. For over 20 years, Deborah has been facilitating weddings and events with a passionate and professional touch that reflects the personal style of every bride and groom.

A wedding at Ravensthorpe is where memories are made and exceptional, personal service is delivered to ensure the most perfect wedding day for any happy couple.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cassandra & Shane | Photography by Distinct Image Photography

Cassandra met Shane chose Adelaide’s beautiful Veale Gardens for their October ceremony, and the ballroom at Ayers House for their reception. Cassandra, a self-confessed ‘girly girl’, opted for a romantic wedding theme with a pink, white and silver colour palette. Her style inspiration was to create a romantic, fun day that was understated yet elegant.

Prior to their wedding the couple were living in Tasmania, so much of the wedding planning was done online. They ordered Shane and his groomsmen’s suits on the internet in a package that included shirts and shoes, while the boys’ Georgio Armani ties were purchased online from David Jones. 

Cassandra chose a dreamy silk and chiffon Fiorenza empire gown that featured a glittering diamanté brooch just below the bustline. She accessorised with a diamanté bracelet and matching earrings, and wore ivory white Tony Bianco shoes with stilletto heels and a silver diamanté bow. The bridesmaids looked divine in baby pink halter neck dresses, and as the weather was chilly, Cassandra gave each girl a matching chiffon wrap. 

The couple hired chairs and a carpet runner for the ceremony, and purchased tea light candles for the reception. Cassandra and her bridesmaids did an amazing job of creating beautiful floral table decorations, and on the eve of the wedding, made their own delightful bouquets.

A solid week of rain before their garden wedding day caused Cassandra and Shane more than a little anxiety, and the forecast for the weekend was for more rain, so imagine their delight when they awoke on the day to bright blue skies and relatively mild weather! They say that they could not have asked for more perfect conditions.

The ceremony was held in front of a beautiful water feature, with the afternoon sun slanting through the trees to create some truly wonderful photos. Following their sincere and heartfelt ceremony, they signed the marriage documents and celebrated with a glass of Freycinet Radenti before a wonderful photo shoot in the parklands. The bridal party continued celebrating in the limousine on their way to a fantastic reception. With an à la carte menu choice of two entrées, and three main meals, everyone enjoyed a delicious meal before a dessert of delectable cupcakes.  

As the Ayers House ballroom is already quite opulent, the couple kept their reception decorations relatively simple. Their cake was much admired by their 32 guests. Made up of individual cupcakes with one large cutting cake sitting on the top tier, each cake was decorated with a pretty heart. The cupcakes were white chocolate with baby pink butter icing, each sitting in an elegant black paper case. Cassandra and Shane opted for a bomboniere of mixed chocolates presented in a clear gift box. 

Cassandra and Shane had invested in a number of dance lessons before their wedding and although their first dance wasn’t quite as professional on the night as they had hoped it would be, they had a great time and enjoyed themselves immensely!
  Their DJ was a definite hit, playing guest requests and keeping everyone on the dance floor as they happily danced the night away. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day. After a celebration they will never forget, the couple honeymooned for ten days in the Maldives, before spending a further ten days in the north island of New Zealand at Puka Park Resort.

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