Cheeky Simone captured Jess’ attention with his Italian good looks and bubbly personality. While it took shy Jess a little while to come around to his confidence, eventually she fell. Hard.
Their proposal story sounds like something straight out of a romantic movie. Simone organised for Jess to spend the day at a winery, while he spent the day adorning their home with an abundance of blooms and candles. An unsuspecting Jess arrived home to discover Simone down on one knee inside a heart-shaped ring of candles, surrounded by rose petals. Seriously, does it get any sweeter?
Two weeks later, the loved-up duo jetted off to Italy, so Jess could meet Simone’s family for the first time. Pure magic.
To theme or not to theme? It’s a question many couples ask themselves when wedding planning.
Jess and Simone decided to ditch the theme and instead allow the venue to speak for itself, simply adding some fresh florals to the already stunning space. And what is this ‘already stunning space’, you ask? Their big day unfolded at Rupert on Rupert in Melbourne’s inner north; an industrial, back-street haven, complete with a forest-filled conservatory.
Reflecting on their décor decisions, Jess says, ‘We kept everything really simple and refined. We also chose our venue, Rupert, partly because it has the most incredible natural greenery, so we really didn’t need to do too much more to make it look beautiful.’
Not one to shy away from a little DIY, Simone and his father made the table numbers (stuck into delectable Italian chocolates!), wedding favours and all the signage featured throughout the event. Guests were also treated to handmade egg maracas—and were encouraged to “Shake! Shake! Shake!” to get the party started!
Tips and Tricks
The couple has a few key pieces of advice to share with those in the midst of planning a love party.
Jess tells us, ‘Think about how you want to feel on the day. Don’t compromise with anyone other than your partner. Remember that it is one day, and it is your day to celebrate each other and the love that you share.’
‘It can be so easy to fall down the rabbit hole of all the things you think you should have, but really will not make much difference on the day. We tried to think of the top 3 – 4 things that were the most important to us—venue, music, photography, wedding dress—and that’s where we splashed out, otherwise we tried to be more conservative.’
‘Try not to make things too complicated either, it’s such a big day and if there is too much going on you will miss it!’
Scroll on to see all the images, captured by one of our favourite Melbourne photographers, It’s Beautiful Here.
Photography: Its Beautiful Here | Venue + Catering and Drinks: Rupert on Rupert | Event + Floral Styling: Mali from Rupert on Rupert | Florals: Monbulk Flower Market | Napkins: Harry the Hirer | Cake: Wildlife Bakery Brunswick East | Entertainment: Del Barrio | Wedding gown + Alterations: Made With Love Bridal, Bluebell Bridal + Amelia Agosta | Bridal Accessories: Country Road + The Outlier | Shoes: Jo Mercer + Aquila | Suits + Ties: Oscar Hunt Tailors, ASOS + Otaa from Muscrats Vintage | Engagement Ring: Fabiani | Wedding Bands: Tessa Blazey | Celebrant: Deb Stallard | Hair: Hair by Steph | Makeup: Caitlyn Iskra Makeup | Transport: Uber
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