Real Wedding – Jacinta & Nick, Collingwood VIC
Real Wedding – Jacinta & Nick, Collingwood VIC
Real Wedding – Jacinta & Nick, Collingwood VIC
Real Wedding – Jacinta & Nick, Collingwood VIC

Real Wedding – Jacinta & Nick, Collingwood VIC


When Jacinta and Nick scoped out inner city venue Rupert on Rupert for their engagement drinks, they instantly knew it was the perfect place to celebrate their wedding day instead.

Using lots of natural foliage they shared their vows under a stunning floral installation that was guaranteed to wow their guests and make for some incredible photo moments.

A beautiful backless gown, gorgeous greenery and smiles aplenty, this autumn wedding is guaranteed to warm your heart and is perfectly shot by Alex Motta.

In Jacinta’s words…


The meeting.

In Nick’s exact words “I was in the smokers area of a night club in the city, talking to a friend about something inappropriate that I’d seen on a recent trip to Thailand.  Jacinta just appeared out of nowhere and said that she had also just come back from Thailand.’

We started talking, and so the night began, we hit it off instantly. Nick sent me a message from my phone and the next day he organised a breakfast date. As it turned out, we both lived in Collingwood about a 1km apart, so we arranged to meet in a café in the middle and just to ensure maximum cool factor, Nick rode his motorbike the approximate 200m to the café.

Nick was tall, dark, handsome and dashing with a dimple. He didn’t need a motorbike to impress me. He had me at dimple.


The ‘one’.

We are both explorers and enjoy going on all kinds of wild adventures together. We encourage and motivate each other. We see the future as being a continuation of today, enjoying life and each other’s company, embarking upon more adventures, travelling the world, hunting down good food, constantly ticking off our enormous bucket list.


The proposal.

As it went, Nick called up a ring designer in Sydney two weeks before we were heading on an overseas holiday back in Dec 2016. Somehow they managed to squeeze in the most beautiful engagement ring ever into those two weeks and it arrived the day before we were due to fly out (thank you, Grew and Co).

Nick said that asking permission for my hand in marriage from my father was actually more daunting than the proposal itself.  Permission was granted, and Nick requested that my dad Trevor not tell Carol my mother. He immediately told Carol!

The plan was to propose in New York the first stop on our trip, but the right moment just didn’t pop up, so instead, he dragged the ring around some of the dodgiest parts of the world in central America!

His next proposal attempt got washed out in a 4 day storm on a small island in Panama, so back home we came, un-engaged, and with Nick failing to tell Trevor that he just couldn’t find the moment! I was still blissfully unaware the whole time.

The right moment appeared during a beautiful hike in Gembrooke. The proposal was so perfect, Nick has made a photo-book of the past five years we had spent together and as I got to the last page he used the trick of misdirection (knocking the Tupperware lid from our picnic off the side of the cliff) so that when I turned back around he was down on one knee asking for my hand in marriage.


The process.

It all started when I initially enquired at Rupert on Rupert for our engagement drinks, but as Mali from Rupert predicted, this quickly turned into our beautiful wedding venue. We both fell in love with the indoor plants and industrial feel at Rupert. Reflecting back, we couldn’t have picked a more perfect place to celebrate our love to each other.


Style inspiration.

I wanted to celebrate our love of nature (and indoor plants) and match the stunning venue so we used lots of natural foliage for the bouquets and flower installations throughout Rupert. The color scheme was a burgundy with navy blue which we felt really suited an autumn wedding and the décor of the venue.


The dress.

I was so lucky to have the best bridesquad. While away on an overseas trip with work, one of my bridesmaids had booked us into a few favourite wedding dress shops for a shopping date with my four bridesmaids on my return. From the moment I tried on the dress I knew it felt right. The open back with  beading took my breath away- I felt so special.


Favourite moments.

I absolutely loved every part of the day. From spending the pre night/day with my girls getting ready, to having my father walk me down the aisle and seeing all my loved ones, to sneaking off to the back room of Rupert with my new husband just to take a few minutes out and soak it all in together.


Meaning of marriage.

Having your own happy ever after.


Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: Can You Feel the Love Tonight (acoustic version) by Elton John

Reception entry: I Gotta Feeling (acoustic) by Black Eyed Peas

First dance: A Thousand Years by Christina Perri


Funny stories (or near disasters). 

Literally being lifted up on the dance floor by our guests – its 100% something I will never forget.


Planning surprises.

I would call myself an organised person but at times it was definitely like juggling a second job. Coordinating vendors and guest list etc can definitely be a hurdle but once it all comes together on the day, all the stress in the lead up is totally worth it.


Words of wisdom.

Give yourself plenty of time to pan your dream day. Enjoy all the moments leading up the wedding together. And give each other some credit, it’s a hard job planning the big day and it will get stressful at times, but cut each other some slack. Also remember it is your day and you don’t have to live by every tradition in the book. Do what makes you both happy.



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Ceremony and reception: Rupert on Rupert

Celebrant: Shannon Jeans

Photography: Alex Motta – Motta weddings

Styling: a friend of the bride – Carli Cook

Florist: Florette

Hair: Flair for Hair

The Dress(es): Eternal Weddings – Pronovias Dravida

Shoes: Public Desire

Rings: Grew and Co

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Coco and Lola

Groomsmen’s suits: Wolf Kanat

Bow ties / ties: Wolf Kanat

Catering: Rupert on Rupert

Bar: Rupert on Rupert

Cake / Cake topper: Madeline Kannas

Entertainment: Tom Carter on Guitar, Clint Hargraves DJ – Unplugged Entertainment

Transport: Uber Black

Honeymoon: Maldives

Photo Booth: Heartbreak Hotel 

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