Jessica & Leigh: Port Phillip Estate, Featured on Ivory Tribe - Suzanne Harward

Jessica & Leigh: Port Phillip Estate, Featured on Ivory Tribe

SH Brides 29 August 2018

As soon as Jessica stepped her way down the aisle towards her husband-to-be Leigh, she knew she never wanted the day to end.

Dressed in a stunning Suzanne Harward gown and surrounded by a mix of moody florals, this perfect pair exchanged heart felt vows before their nearest and dearest.

On the magical Mornington Peninsula this duo would dance the night away with their jazz band providing an incredible atmosphere to party all night long. Damien Milan was there to capture the moments, so get lost in this special day.


Featured on Ivory Tribe.

As soon as Jessica stepped her way down the aisle towards her husband-to-be Leigh, she knew she never wanted the day to end.

Dressed in a stunning Suzanne Harward gown and surrounded by a mix of moody florals, this perfect pair exchanged heart felt vows before their nearest and dearest.

On the magical Mornington Peninsula this duo would dance the night away with their jazz band providing an incredible atmosphere to party all night long. Damien Milan was there to capture the moments, so get lost in this special day.

 

In Jessica’s words…

 

The meeting.

We met in 2010 at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, where we both worked. He was the Executive Sous Chef and I was a waitress.

 

The ‘one’.

He was moving away for six months, so our relationship grew strong very early on. Before he left to go to France, I had stayed at Leeroy’s (I never call him Leigh, ever!) house. I had had a dream that we were married on top of a grass mountain. When I hesitantly told him about my dream, he told me that he also had a dream that we were married. I couldn’t believed that we both had the same dream. Without sounding gross, but I just knew that we would be together, this guy was it!

 

The proposal.

In 2016, Leeroy and I travelled to the United States. Our last stop was New York City and it was the most special place we had ever visited, it was just incredible. It was our second last day before we flew back and we were staying in the Lower East Side, The Ludlow Hotel. I was still in bed when I heard a knock on the door. I looked at there was a man bringing in a bottle of Champagne and I thought to myself ‘It’s a bit early!’. I looked at Leeroy and he told me to put on my robe and come over to the dining room. I took a glass of Champagne and turned around and he was on his knee with a ring. He then told me to get into my finest (at 10am!) because we were being picked up very soon. The car took us to the most southern tip of Manhattan where we arrived at a helipad which then flew us around New York City. After we had landed, he told me that we were going for lunch. For months and months, I had been trying to make a reservation at Eleven Madison Park, but I couldn’t get one. I asked Leeory ‘We aren’t going to Eleven Madison, are we?’. He turned to me and said, ‘if you couldn’t make a reservation for months, how do you think I could get one?!’. Little did I know, we drove straight to the front of the restaurant! We spent about four hours, laughing, crying, and being engaged! There was one final stop after lunch. Leeroy told me there was a car picking us up for 8pm. We were picked up and taken to the Top of the Standard Hotel in the Meatpacking district. There was live jazz, and a view like no other, overlooking Manhattan. When we were taken to our booth, I saw two of my oldest friends at the table! He had flown them to New York as a surprise! There was Champagne, laughter and nothing but pure joy. That is our engagement story!

 

The process.

Some parts were stressful but I didn’t want to wish anything away! It was fun and challenging, but I had some very good family and friends who helped me along the way.

 

Style inspiration.

I wanted it to be romantic with moody florals and elegant with the styling.

 

The dress.

I went to Suzanne Harward and I tried on a few gowns. I went back to the studio once more and decided then! It was rather quick. I had my mother and bridesmaids with me for some advice and they all loved the gown and so did I.

 

Favourite moments.

The ceremony. It was unbelievably special. To declare your love for one another in such a way was beautiful. Every element that Leeroy and I had worked on really came together. We had live music during the ceremony, the world’s best celebrant, and everything about it was perfect. I remember saying to Leeroy, ‘I don’t want this to end!’ and it was only the beginning of the day!

 

Meaning of marriage.

It’s Leeroy and I being a family.

 

Wedding soundtrack.

We both are big cheerleaders of jazz. We had Dave Brubeck playing down the aisle, then our band playing during the gaps. We then had our favourite jazz singer, Kelsey James, sing La Vie En Rose in French as our first dance.

 

Funny stories (or near disasters).

No disasters, but I wouldn’t have cared. Nothing could have made me upset on the day!

 

Planning surprises.

The cost, ha ha!

 

Words of wisdom.

Don’t wish anything away, you’ll never have it again. Take time with your partner during the day to reflect on everything you have created, not only for your wedding day, but for your entire relationship.

 


Credits

Ceremony & Reception: Port Phillip Estate

Celebrant/Officiant: Cassandra Duncan

Photography: Damien Milan

Florist: Cecelia Fox

Hair: Dimitri Kyvetos

Make-up: Kate Fletcher

The Dress: Suzanne Harward

Veil / headwear: Suzanne Harward

Shoes: Wittner

Rings: Sally Rose Jewllery

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Scanlan Theodore

Groomsmen’s suits: Oscar Hunt

Bow ties / ties: Oscar Hunt

Catering: Port Phillip Estate

Bar: Port Phillip Estate

Favours: The Everleigh and Port Phillip Estate wine

Cake / Cake topper: Celia Hinault – a dear friend who is a cheese monger

Entertainment: The Shuffle Club

Honeymoon: Bali


Measuring Guide
Conversion
Care & Alterations

How to measure

Simply measure your bust, waist and hips and enter below. The measuring guide will recommend the ideal Suzanne Harward gown size in accordance to the largest measurement given.



Conversion

AU Size
UK Size
US Size
Bust (cm)
Waist (cm)
High up (cm)
Seat (cm)
6
6
2
82
62
81
87
8
8
4
85
63
83
90
10
10
6
86
67
85
92
12
12
8
89.5
69
89
96
14
14
10
98
74.5
95
101
AU Size
UK Size
US Size
Bust (inch)
Waist (inch)
High Hip (inch)
Seat (inch)
6
6
2
32.3
24.4
31.8
34.2
8
8
4
33.4
24.8
32.6
35.4
10
10
6
33.8
26.3
33.4
36.2
12
12
8
35.2
27.1
35
37.8
14
14
10
38.5
29.3
37.4
39.7

Care & Alterations

General Care

Ensure you read the care label and cleaning instructions before attempting to clean.

By following the instructions on the care label you will keep your couture gown looking fabulous and at it’s absolute best.

Alterations

Suzanne Harward does not provide an alterations service and this also applies to Suzanne Harward online styles. We recommend you take your pieces to a reputable local tailor. Please contact our Customer Care Team should you require advice regarding alteration services in your area.

Delivery

Your couture gown will be delivered wrapped in acid free tissue paper. Gowns with embellishment will have a protective organza cover placed over the embellished area of the gown. Your gown will arrive carefully packed in to a keepsake heirloom box for safe keeping. This box will be packed inside a shipping box with a Suzanne Harward protective garment bag included in the delivery. To protect your exclusive Suzanne Harward gown we recommend you hang your garment within the protective bag provided.

Dry Cleaning

Each Suzanne Harward gown is individually handcrafted with great care and uses delicate fabric, embroideries, embellishment and lace to convey the same timeless, feminine and ethereal nature that is the Suzanne Harward handwriting. This may lead to variation in finish, colour and fabrication. Please take the utmost care when cleaning and wearing your gown as jewellery, finger nails and harsh detergents can harm delicate fabrics and finishes. Embellishments and fabrics may change in colour with time and wear adding to the charm and individuality of each piece. These are not faults in the production of the garment and are consistent with handmade couture quality. Your gown will arrive protected in acid free tissue paper and an organza cover covering any embellishment. A protective garment bag is provided to ensure the gown remains in impeccable condition. Please hang your gown in the garment bag when you receive your delivery.

If you wish to clean your gown after your special day we recommend you take your gown to a reputable specialist drycleaners experienced in cleaning of delicate couture pieces.

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