Today’s lovebirds Cassandra and Jarrod were introduced through their best friends (who, aptly, are also married to one another!) After hitting it off and falling head over heels, Jarrod popped the question on a weekend away at the Jackalope Hotel. “He was pretending to take photos of me on the balcony and as I turned around he was down on one knee with the ring and asked me to marry him” laughs the bride.

And today? We get the honour of sharing their beautiful lavender and silver wedding day. Captured by Silas Chau, their day is utter glamour meets garden beauty. A day filled with unexpected, yet beautiful styling (like Cassandra’s incredible couture lilac wedding gown, not to mention the bridesmaids in sparkling silver) the beautiful lakeside winery setting of Mornington Peninsula winery Lindenderry at Red Hill practically stealing the show on this stunningly moody Autumn day. Scroll on for their story.

Jarrod worked with tailors InStitchu on a custom dark grey suit with a coordinating vest.

Cassandra’s incredible gown? It was a custom creation by Melbourne designer Signor Mont Couture. “I chose a lilac dress 1950’s inspired. It was a custom made dress by the couturist Signor Mont. It was elegant, edgy and was truly a piece of art. The experience in getting this made was fantastic!” Cassandra noted her gown being made as her favourite part of the entire wedding planning process.

Cassandra and Jarrod held their wedding at Lindenderry at Red Hill; the winery venue, set by a lake, was just the “magnificent” setting these two had dreamt of.

Walking down the aisle with her father, Cassandra counts the processional as one of her favourite memories of the day, sharing “The day was so busy and went so quickly but I loved seeing my husband Jarrod when I walked down the aisle. Seeing his face and his eyes made me happy and relaxed and really symbolised a special moment in time.”

The ceremony was officiated by Kathryn Brandt with a special guest!  Cassandra noting  “The ceremony was magical. We got married by a lake on a grey sky 21-degree day so it was perfect with all the greenery around. We got my husband’s dad to marry us which made it really personal. We wrote our own vows, the ceremony was very personalised to us.”

The couple were surrounded by their favourite people on the day. “We had 10 in total in our wedding party” explains Cassandra. “The bridesmaids wore silver sequined 1960’s dresses with a split and a shoulder pad, very edgy. The guys wore a dark coloured grey suit with different lining for each of them.”

Sam Rizzo styled the simple but beautifully elegant floral details. “I had off white coloured roses with a tinge of lilac/grey in the petal. They were called earl grey roses to match my dress.”

“Silas was fantastic! ” remembers Cassandra of the couple’s wedding photographer. “He was easy to work with and so organized we got our photos and video within two weeks. The photos captured were beautiful and represent the day exactly as it was.”

If you’re yet to tie the knot? Take this advice from one who has done it herself! “Enjoy it, focus on your partner for at least some time on your special day and appreciate where you are.”

It was important to these two, that the wedding felt like a “theme”, Cassandra noting “So much of wedding was DIY – from the table settings with candles lit everywhere in brass candelabras, the music all handpicked by me (plenty of Italian music to honour my heritage). The ceremony was set up with rugs, lanterns. I choreographed a dance with my dad to a 70s disco song.

I made sure I included everyone sitting together. There was no head table, no bouquet thrown. The wedding was created by me and is reflective of the way I see the world. Equality throughout.”

For their dance floor debut, Cassandra  and Jarrod danced to “I Believe” by Andrea Bocelli.  “I choreographed the dance” remembers the bride. “We love Andrea Bocelli music and it symbolised my Italian culture.”

Congratulations to the newlyweds! What an utterly magic day you were blessed with. Thank you for sharing your stories and to Silas Chau for sharing today’s imagery with us.