Jess • A One Day Bride

Jess and Brent created a modern wedding with breathtaking views of the Melbourne city skyline. With the groom undertaking most of the wedding planning this time, each element carefully curated to ensure their guests had a great time.



WEDDING DATE… 24 January 2016


Brent and I were set up my mutual friends five years ago. My friend gave him my number and he took 10 weeks to call me! Lucky for him, I was still interested by the time he called me.

On our first date, he took me to Mizuzu in Albert Park. I knew he was a ‘keeper’ when he picked me up, rang the doorbell and met my parents (before he had even met me… I was upstairs and running late as usual!) Despite the awkwardness of our first date (it got more awkward, a story for another time), he called me for a second date (brave man).

The rest is history!


We chose Aerial for a few reasons:

  1. We had a fairly large wedding (with 200 guests) and wanted a venue, which could hold a large group of people and still have a massive dance floor for the horas (a type of Jewish dance where we dance around in a large circle and throw the groom and bride up in the air).
  2. We wanted a venue with a modern, light feel. We loved the crisp, white décor at Aerial, the large windows and the fact that you could see the city skyline through the windows.
  3. We had heard great things about Food and Desire’s food. 

We chose to have our ceremony at Point Park because it was within walking distance to Aerial (and we wanted to walk along the boardwalk with all of our guests to the venue). We also loved the fact that no one else had their ceremony at Point Park (that we knew of). We also love the water- having our wedding ceremony by the Docklands marina on the banks of the Yarra was the perfect setting for us.


The theme/ style of our wedding was modern and urban with a pop of pinks, purples and blues. We worked with Lucy from Where the Grass is Green to achieve this look.


My mum told me to smile and not to take myself too seriously on the day (no matter what went wrong). It was the best advice I was given by far. I didn’t stop smiling all day.


My husband’s non-negotiable was lots of hors d’oeuvres (he thinks it’s the most important part of the wedding)! Our other non-negotiable was to have an awesome band (with lots of contemporary music) and a massive ‘hora’ (a Jewish dance) where we could both crowd surf.


My twin sister and other bridesmaids organised a surprise ‘Legally Jess’ themed hens night (I am a lawyer, so the theme was perfect). All my girlfriends came dressed up in their sexy corporate outfits, and I wore a ‘Legally Blonde’ dress with a sparkly tie and a barrister’s wig. My twin sister decorated the house with ‘evidence’ of my single days, we played ‘Jess Jeopardy’ (questions about my previous boyfriends, my vices etc.) and my sister prepared a video of Brent ‘on trial’ (dressed in a jailbird outfit) answering questions about our relationship. We also did an awesome Twerkshop Class (which turned out to be much harder than expected) and ended up at a RnB club in the city. The night was a complete success!


CEREMONY VENUE: Point Park, Docklands

RECEPTION VENUE: Aerial, South Wharf 

EVENT STYLING/PLANNING: Where the Grass is Green

Given that I work long hours, Brent did most of the planning, and attended most of the meetings. Brent raved about Lucy from WTGIG from the minute he met her, and she loved how involved he was in the look and style of the wedding. Brent and I worked with WTIG to achieve a modern, crisp and elegant look. We chose a simple, modern white canopy with seasonal white flowers and luscious foliage for the reception (we wanted the canopy to match the white boats floating in the marina that formed the backdrop of our ceremony). In keeping with the modern feel of Aerial, we decided to have rectangular tables with white linen and an abundance of white seasonal flowers in small jars along the bridal table. To ensure that there was a pop of colour, we chose a mix of pink, purple and blue fluffy chrysanthemum, lisianthus and dahlias to line the guests’ tables, along with tea lights. We also wanted to make use of the space – Lucy from WTGIG arranged hanging glass baubles from the roof, with a mixture of pink dahlias and tea lights, so that the room twinkled and sparkled when the sun went down, against the backdrop of the city skyline.

CELEBRANT: Rabbi Shneur Waks


We only spoke to one photographer – Chris Kapa from ‘Me Love You Long Time’. Brent had been a groomsman umpteen times in the past, so he knew who Chris Kapa was and how much fun he would be on the day. I also fell in love with Chris from the first time I met him – he was eccentric, creative, confident and so much fun!


We had seen a number of wedding videos in the past, and we wanted our video to tell a ‘story’ and for our family and guests to be included in the video (we didn’t enjoy videos that focused solely on the bride and groom). Purple Ribbon’s videos told a story. We gave Ryan from Purple Ribbon instructions that we wanted our family and friends to be included in the video, and he did exactly that.


I trusted my mum and sister the entire time with my dress (I am a very indecisive person and the dress was always one of the most important parts of the wedding for me). As soon as I tried on the Stella Gown, my mum and sister fell in love with it. Khya and Steph also convinced me to go with the classic, soft lace style. I also loved the fact that it was simple and elegant, and that I hadn’t seen anyone else wearing it before me.

With Khya’s help, I also added some extra pearl beading to the bodice.

My only request for the veil was that it was long and flowing. I didn’t want it to be too fussy. The sheer veil that Khya and the girls from One Day Bridal made for me was perfect.


Monica Gingold did my makeup and Ashleigh Leeb did my bridesmaids’ makeup. They both did a superb job. I trusted them from start to finish, and they were incredibly calm and efficient on the day.


Maria from Hair Doos (the best hairdresser in town) did my hair – she listened to my ideas, and gave me her opinion about what would work and what wouldn’t work. I felt confident that she would do a fantastic job and she did.


As soon as I tried on the metallic shoes with my dress at ODB, I knew that I wanted metallic shoes for my big day… I also wanted strappy heels, given that it was a summer wedding and I didn’t know how hot it would turn out to be on the day. I fell in love with the silver/golden Jimmy Choo Lance heels (I chose the mid-size heel to ensure that I could dance the night away without worrying about my feet) – they were elegant, not too bridal, and so comfortable on the night!


I had six bridesmaids – my twin sister and five of my closest friends. I knew that I didn’t want them to wear a typical bridesmaid dress- I wanted my bridesmaids to look modern and edgy. I also wanted them to be comfortable, for the colour and shape to suit them, and for the dresses not to be too revealing! I wasn’t set on a colour, but I had pastel colours in mind. As soon as I saw how stunning the girls looked in the lilac, lace dresses from Thurley, I knew I was set!


Strangely, Brent took a keen interest in the flowers and décor.

We were going for a trendy, modern and summery feel. We chose small, clear vases on the tables with tea lights. In keeping with the theme, we chose purple lisiathus, pink dahlias and chrysanthemum and other seasonal flowers.

For my bouquet, I chose very pale pink, fluffy David Austin roses (as peonies unfortunately were not in season) and white roses and lisianthus for my bridesmaids’ bouquets. Helen Dillon arranged my bouquet and my bridesmaids’ bouquets, and WTGIG arranged all the other flowers for the day.

Helen Dillon from Bridie Bride also did such a fantastic job.


We didn’t have a wedding cake, instead we had a Lolly Bar which everyone went mad for (there were hardly any lollies left by the end of the night). Debi Cohen organised the Lolly Bar in the pink, blue and purple colour scheme.

During the ceremony, we also organized an ice pop cart for our guests to enjoy a sweet, yummy treat in the summer heat by Phil and Andrea’s Hand Made ice Pop’s.


Jonathan Zion Band – I am very fussy when it comes to music. Jonathan worked with me to create a song list of contemporary music, with a few classic old school hits. Jonathan was an absolute super star. He pointed out some extra hidden costs and went out of his way to get us a better price.


We chose to set up a gift registry at David Jones, which gave us the flexibility to return any duplicates and ensure that we got a whole new set of cutlery, crockery, bowls, platters and glasses for our new house (which we are currently renovating).