Real Wedding – Jackie & Peter, Collingwood VIC
Elegant romance, fresh modern style with a timeless twist, and just a hint of cheeky sass coalesce to perfection in Jackie and Peter’s dream day. Every fabulous frame by Nikki McCrone photography captures the uplifting emotion of the day, and just when we thought it couldn’t get any better – the newlyweds’s dog, Celine Dion, pops up for a cameo appearance.
Gorgeously effervescent, this is one celebration that reflects the fun-filled personalities of the couple and showcases their lifestyle beautifully. With a first-look photo shoot encompassing inner Melbourne’s iconic streetscapes and parklands, Jackie and Peter simply glow. Jackie wears a gown by Melbourne designer Popovski from the tasteful team at Bluebell Bridal, giving ultra-glam with a fun contemporary twist. Peter’s Institchu double-breasted suit is pure classic chic, elevated only by his permanent heart eyes – it’s obvious to all that this is one besotted Mr and Mrs.
Planning-wise, these two nailed the brief by keeping their celebratory aspect firmly front and centre while being decisive with their vendor choices. This allowed them to enjoy the process and ease into their dream day, feeling amped up and ready to feel the love.
We met online via an app called Happen. Jackie initially told her family that Peter was her real estate agent as she preferred a Disney-style story, but everyone caught on after the story kept changing!
Jackie: as soon as we met, I felt inner peace and like I had known him for years.
Peter: on our first date, I walked across the road to pick her up, and I gave her my elbow, and she locked her arm in mine, and when we crossed the road together, it felt like we had done it for 100 years.
It happened on our five-year anniversary at precisely 5.46pm – the day and time I picked her up for our first date. It was on a night out with friends.
Jackie: the process was easy as I was an MC for my cousin’s wedding the year prior, and I loved her videographer, photographer, and musician, so we booked them. All the rest was easy as we only gave ourselves four months to plan, so we didn’t have time to change our minds.
We love the modern, contemporary vibe, and the venue speaks for itself.
Jackie: I was blessed with a “human cheat sheet” as I own a beauty business, and I prep brides with all their beauty treatments prior to their wedding day. I soon learnt what to do and what not to do just through conversations with them.
Being able to have our chihuahua Celine Dion at our wedding and having a Celine Dion song play was a highlight. Our ceremony was romantic and fun, basically an extension of who we are as a couple. It was relaxed for our guests as the ceremony and reception were at the same venue.
Peter: I wore a classic black wool post-prohibition, tailor-made suit as I’m 6 foot 4 and struggle to find my size.
Jackie: For me, it was modern Greek goddess vibes, even though I’m Lebanese/English. I saw my dress online, and I knew straight away it was the one before I even went into the store. I loved the concept of a two-in-one dress.
Jackie: It’s so hard to say! I loved our first look and Celine walking down the aisle.
Peter: The speeches.
Meaning of marriage.
Peter: Feeling secure in our love, something I have wanted to accomplish for so long.
Jackie: When you find the person who brings out the best in you.
Aisle: Tale As Old As Time from the Beauty and the Beast Soundtrack (Orchestral version)
Recessional: A Whole New World from the Aladdin Soundtrack (Orchestral version)
Reception entry: Lebanese flute, drums and bouzouki, as Jackie is Lebanese and Peter is Greek.
First dance: Can’t Get Enough of You by Barry White, with a mash up of Freak Out, Beyoncé and Tom Jones.
Funny stories or near disasters.
The week before the wedding, we tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, two days prior, we tested negative – it was super stressful!
How the venues made it all come together, and how seamlessly the photographer made it for us.
Words of wisdom.
Do what YOU want to do, and the guests will feel the love and enjoy it so much more. If you worry about having the best of everything or sweat over the small stuff, you will lose what it is really about, which is a celebration of love.
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JACKIE & PETER’S VENDORS
We loved every part of our day and wouldn’t change a thing. We must mention that the venue allowed Jackie’s dad and uncle to cook Lebanese pizzas, which made our night so much more special. It was truly the dream wedding for us.
Ceremony & reception venue: Rupert on Rupert, Collingwood
Celebrant: Dimitrios, The Stellarbrant
Photography: Nikki McCrone
Videography: Artistic Films
Florist: Flower Head Events
Hair: Hair by Krystal
Make-up: Nhi Makeup Artistry
Veil: borrowed from a client/friend – thanks, Emily!
Rings: Janai – team lab-made diamonds all the way.
Suit & tie: Institchu
Catering & bar: Rupert on Rupert
Favours: Heartbreak Hotel photo booth, neon love heart sunglasses (Amazon).
Cake: Ladybird Cakes
Stationery / Signage: venue supplied
Transport: High Roller Limousines
Honeymoon: The Ville, Townsville.