Sandra & Rob in the Cappella – Wedding

When planning their big day, Sandra and Rob knew they would one day get married here. Both have a love of Italy, and wanted their wedding to reflect the warmth of Tuscany and it’s amazing food! The couple exchanged vows in our beautiful Cappella which complemented their aesthetic perfectly – modern with a rustic charm. Every detail was thought out in the most stylish way possible, from dressing the venue with gorgeous white flora and greenery, to adding little Italian traditions into the day, everything tied together perfectly. Below, we had the opportunity to document their love story .

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How did you meet?

I was Rob’s client. He was a hairdresser at Rokk Ebony Hair Salon. We started off as friends which developed very quickly into a relationship.

How long have you been together?

We have been together for 7 years.

What did you do for your first date?

We didn’t actually go on a first date. Rob asked me to model for a hair awards night. We spent every day together for about two weeks leading up to the awards night which made us realise we liked each other. That night we were on the phone for about 4 hours without realising it and from then I knew.

When did you know you had found your soul mate or ‘the one’?

Sandra — After our first holiday to America together. I knew we travelled well together and had the same interests. It worked very well. Rob – From the day I met her.

Tell us the proposal story?

Rob proposed to me in Venice, Italy. It was our second night into our European holiday. He booked this roof top terrace restaurant called ‘Terrazza Danielli’ which overlooked the Grand Canal in Venice. The piano player started playing one of our favourite songs, by Italian singer ‘Eros Ramazzotti’ and the next thing I knew Rob was down on his knee asking me to marry him! It was the most amazing night.

Celebrant — Clare Bath 

Photographer — Elizabeth Kinnaird

Videographer — Artistic Films

Styling — Ourselves

Additional Decorative elements — Polaroid Cameras, Guest Book & Wishing Well. Gelato Truck.

Florist — Sugarbee Flowers

The Dress — Misha Collection

Hair — Rokk Ebony

Make Up — Ib makeup artistry

Shoes — Tony Bianco

Bridesmaid’s dresses/shoes- Victoria and Woods/ Tony Bianco shoes

Groomsmen’s suits/shoes – MJ Bale and Aquila/Gucci (Groom’s shoes)

Food trucks or carts — Bianco Latte Gelato Truck

How did you hear about us? The story behind choosing Zonzo Estate as your wedding venue?

Rob and I had previously attended a wedding at Zonzo  and absolutely loved it. We honestly didn’t look anywhere else as we knew from that night that we could see ourselves getting married there one day. It reflected our love perfectly. The Italian/Tuscan feel with amazing food!

How was the lead up to your day? Describe the planning process.

The planning process was fairly organised. We had all our major suppliers booked one year out. I found it hard deciding on stationary and bridesmaids dresses. 

Any funny stories or near disasters in the lead up to your big day?

To be honest having a lot of friends around us that have been married before helped. We got given great advice which allowed us to be prepared. Having the Wedding Coordinators at Zonzo minimised any surprises as they made us feel excited and comfortable about the day.

Words of wisdom for other couples planning their wedding?

I think the key word is ‘organised’. Planning ahead and booking in advance is the way to go. All the good suppliers book out quickly so if you have your heart set on something book it before its too late!

Pinterest may have been your best friend! What was the inspiration behind your wedding concept/style?

I love Pinterest! Definitely used it for a lot of my inspiration. We were very much going for an Italian/Tuscan themed wedding. We wanted our guests to feel relaxed and like they were in Italy. We wanted a party vibe rather than a traditional wedding vibe and I think we got that!

Let’s speak about the dress/outfit. How did you go about finding the perfect one?

One of Rob’s clients is Michelle’s husband, the owner of Misha Collection. He said to Rob that Michelle would love to design and create my dream dress. I spent about two days bridal shopping with my mum and bridesmaids. This helped me discard the styles I didn’t want. After meeting up with Michelle for the first time and discussing my vision we came up with the final design.

What was your favourite detail from the day? What things were you really glad you did?

Our favourite detail from our wedding night was the Gelato Cart! We were very glad we arranged that in addition to our cake for dessert. I think it really complimented the theme. I’m also happy we didn’t have our bridal party on a separate table, we enjoyed sitting with our immediate family. We wish we had practised our wedding dance a little more as we are terrible dancers!

A favourite memory from the day that you will carry with you forever?

Walking down the aisle, the traditional tarantella/tonga line and my brother’s speech.

Describe the first moment you saw each other walking down the aisle? Or did you opt for a first look?

Sandra – I got extremely excited as soon as I saw everyone. I looked down the aisle at Rob and was instantly the happiest I’ve ever felt. It was so sentimental to have my dad walk me down the aisle, it was very touching.

Rob – I felt full of emotion, both nervous and extremely excited to marry my fiancé.

Any traditions that you included into your big day?

We included Limoncello bottles as our bonbonnière. Also, the Lauretta Mia (a traditional father, daughter dance.)

What were your song choices? Any special stories around your choices?

Our first dance song was Ed Sheeran and Andrea Boccelli – Perfect. It reflected our Italian/Australian life. We are also really big fans Andrea Boccelli.

What does marriage mean to you?

Marriage to us is being able to trust one another, be giving, and willing to change, support and empower one another, having someone to laugh with and create memories with.

Have you planned a Honeymoon?

We are planning a white Christmas in New York.

Where do you see yourselves in twenty years from now?

Living in Florence!

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