Natalie and I were married on 29 December 2013, in the beautiful garden courtyard of Quat Quatta, on what was the most memorable day of our lives.
When I proposed to Natalie in Hawaii, some 15 months before, we both knew that we wanted our day to be a reflection of our personalities and to display our love, heritage, and the importance of our families and friends.
When searching for our venue, we were both immediately impressed by Quat Quatta’s sense of elegance, quality and old-world charm. We decided for a late December wedding to allow family to travel from interstate and overseas to coincide with the Christmas holidays (Natalie’s favourite time of year). We were particularly grateful that Quat Quatta could cater both the ceremony and reception.
After many months of hard work and attention to detail, the day was upon us. Luckily, Melbourne’s unpredictable weather was on our side for the big day. We prepared at separate hotels in the city surrounded by our parents and bridal party. Natalie’s hair and makeup were skilfully executed by Bernadette Fisers. Natalie chose to wear a Maggie Sottero dress from Brides of Manuka in Canberra. The vintage lace style radiated elegance and grace and was a perfect match for the day.
We decided to have our bridal party photos with John prior to the ceremony. YHA Southern Cross cars chauffeured us to John’s perfect selection of scenic garden locations. John arranged a surprise reveal for us; seeing Natalie for the first time blew me away, simply stunning.
Four Seasons String Quartet provided the perfect entrance for the bride with Pachelbel’s Canon. Our best friend Daniel Crick presided over the ceremony, to the complete surprise of all in attendance. Daniel provided a perfect setting for our theme of family, friends and heritage. He included an official welcome to Natalie’s relatives in Croatian, and provided great insight into our relationship as a friend of many years. Additionally, our mothers celebrated both families joining together as one in a symbolic candle lighting ceremony.
As the ceremony wrapped up and we were announced as husband and wife, the celebrations kicked off. Heritage, family and friends remained the theme. Natalie’s very talented aunty made the amazing three-tiered wedding cake, and also the bridesmaid dress and many of the flower arrangements. My brother, Justin, and best friend, Jacqui, eloquently and humorously kept the reception flowing. Natalie and I opened the evening with a swing dance routine that Natalie put together, followed by traditional Croatian kolo dancing. We were so impressed by the staff at Quat Quatta, with many of our guests complimenting in particular the food and service.
The day was one that we will never forget, with all our hard work falling into place whilst surrounded by 90 of our closest family and friends in a perfect elegant setting. The events of the day were perfectly captured by John’s exquisite photography and David Ho’s (Tickle U Video Productions) impressive video. We can’t thank everyone enough for making the day so special and memorable.