Posts Tagged ‘Tea ceremony Melbourne’

james and Jen’s St Joseph’s church and Quat Quatta Wedding

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Jen + James: A fusion of Sri Lankan and Chinese cultures

It truly is a testament to Jen and James’s relationship that their wedding—which blended Sri Lankan, Chinese, and Australian traditions—went off so seamlessly. The Melbourne couple’s ceremony at St. Joseph’s Church and reception at Quat Quatta was as heartfelt and unique as they are.
The day started at Jen’s parents’ place, which was bursting with colour, family and food for a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. With a little guidance, James’s Sri Lankan family stepped comfortably and warmly into the tradition, making it a lovely fusion of the two families.
James was wowed by his bride at the wedding ceremony. “I still remember when I first saw Jen appear at the back of the church looking amazing in her vintage-looking dress,” he said. He’d actually pointed out the dress in a shop window months before the wedding, not realizing it was the dress she’d be wearing down the aisle.

Apparently the tea wasn’t enough for this caffeine-loving couple, because they convinced us to duck into a coffee shop after heading to the church. They really are Melbournites!

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Wedding location: Quat Quatta
Ceremony Official: St. Joseph’s Church, Malvern
Bridal gown: Jannifer Wu, Brunswick
Groom’s attire: Herringbone
Groomsmen: Topshop
Bridesmaids: Fiona’s
Shoes: Tony Bianco
Makeup/hair: Liszu Phan
Flowers: Tribal Rose (bride’s bouquet), other flowers by Jen and her bridesmaids
Cars: Melbourne Classic Cars
Cake: Ab Fab Cakes
Music: John Adams and his band
Rings: Sargisons Jewellers of Hobart, TAS.
First night and honeymoon: Coastal View Cabins in Wilsons Promontory

A Treacy Centre Māori and Vietnamese Wedding

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Linh and Rangi // Wedding

Linh and Rangi shared the most amazing multicultural wedding with their friends and family at the Tracey Centre. Combining elements of each of their cultures, the ceremony featured Mauri traditions including the Haka and a Mauri procession, and was followed by a Vietnamese tea ceremony.

Linh and Rangi are such beautifully genuine people, and their families and friends were so obviously pleased and excited to be sharing their wedding day with them.

Before the reception at the Luxor Centre, the bridal party enjoyed an impromptu picnic in the grounds of the Tracey Centre. The picnic had been lovingly prepared by a friend, and it provided a great scene for us to snap a few photos while everyone relaxed and had fun.

Linh and Rangi have been together since high school, and they’re still so happy and excited to be together. They live across the road from Linh’s parents, so we were able to wander between the two houses to capture photos of both the bride and the groom getting ready.

The couple and their families were always so thoughtful and inclusive. At the reception there was a lolly table for guests, and a special one for the kids who were running around having a lot of fun! Family is such a big part of this couples’ life, so it was lovely to see everyone together enjoying the day!

Tea Ceremony and Wedding at Rippon Lea and Merrimu Receptions

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

This may be a my biggest blog post ever, but this was a big day!

Mary tells me that their wedding day started when she and the girls woke at 3:30 a.m. to begin preparations. You wouldn’t know it though! I’ve never met such a bright and chipper group of girls. Her lovely bridesmaids had travelled from near and far to be there. They couldn’t have been more genuinely pleased and excited for their friend and were always eager to be by her side. Nothing was too much trouble for Mary and every time I asked her if she was ok, she’d say “I’m absolutely fine; don’t worry about me. I can clamber up this hill, heels and all”. She didn’t even seem concerned that she was going to be blown off the top of the hill, even though Melbourne treated us to gale force winds!

Hoi was great fun to work with too. I believe that he thought he was the luckiest man alive to be marrying Mary. It was obvious to everyone that he absolutely adores her. Despite the jokes that were made in speeches, the way he looks at her and talks about her says it all.

The day started early with a traditional tea ceremony. It was fantastic to see all them incorporate elements of traditional Chinese and Vietnamese culture into their wedding day. Personally, it reminded me of getting together with my Chinese family in Malaysia.

Mary and Hoi were married under a beautiful old tree in the gardens of Rippon Lea Estate in a civil ceremony. They went on to enjoy an eight-course banquet at Merrimu Receptions, where their impressively choreographed wedding dance was a highlight of the evening.

The wedding details:

Wedding location: Ripponlea (Elsternwick)

Ceremony Official: Deb Holder

Bridal gown: Linze Couture (Beaumaris)

Grooms attire: Saba white shirt, Saba full suit, Saba black tie, (Chadstone), Aquila (Chadstone)

Groomsmen: Saba full suit, (Chadstone)

Bridesmaids: Baccini & Hill (GPO Melbourne)

Shoes: Top End Luxe Collection

Makeup/hair: Sassy Hair and Make Up

Flowers: My Flowershouse (Myers in Melbourne City)

Jewellery: Swarovski Earrings & Swarovski Necklace (Chadstone)

Cars: Classic and Prestige Cars

Cake: Cakes and the City (

Music: Soul Divas (Chadstone)

Bonboniere: Bride’s own glass jars tied with coloured themed ribbon and flowers consisting of lisianthum, hycianths, garden roses and dahilas set on guest tables and given out to guest as they left.

Invitations: Bride’s own in consultation with I heart paper designs (

Wedding Rings: George Jensen (Chadstone) & Janai Jewellery (Melbourne City)

Bridal accessories: Hair piece Stephanie Brown (Armadale)

First night: Grant Hyatt (Melbourne)

Honeymoon: Bali and Langkawi