Lara & Cardin – 13 December 2013

by Lara Antonelli 
Photography by: Beck Rocchi Photography

Cardin’s Mum, Diane suggested we check out the Convent Gallery, as she had fallen in love with the Chapel some years ago. When we saw it we knew instantly that it was the perfect spot. My late Mum, Franca also came to see the Convent a couple of months before she passed away and she really loved it too. There is a sacredness about it; a tranquillity and lightness that seemed like the ultimate spot for us. We also love how the light falls in the chapel and atrium, as a resounding feature of our relationship is the constant reference to sunshine and light. That is how we refer to one another – I guess it’s how we feel about being together. Life is full of sunshine, light-heartedness, laughter and love, even in the darkest of times.

The Convent also has a majestic and mysterious feel to it, whilst still being quaint and intimate. The gardens look like a Tuscan postcard and the St Lawrence atrium with its glass roof and honey floorboards spilling out into the garden behind, blooming with roses, is so spectacular.

We loved the Convent, not only for the location, but the fine food and wine that comes from the Daylesford region.

The Ceremony

The Convent Chapel. It was magical, with candles and blue mason jars filled with flowers lining the aisle. Simple yet rustic and sophisticated.


Bridal Processional – In your light, Gotye
Signing of Register – Fallen, Mariachi El Bronx

The Reception

Entrees (cooked and served before guests):

1) Hand made potato gnocchi cooked before your guests with creamy blue cheese basil and walnut
2) Traditional Spanish paella with meat and seafood, flavoured with saffron

Mains (served alternating):

1) Slow roasted Lamb shoulder with warm farrow, heirloom tomato and basil salad drizzled with yogurt herb dressing.
2) Pesto grilled chicken fillet, basil mayonnaise, and melted Roma tomato, truffled potato mash, pancetta and onion tossed silverbeet.

The food and service was phenomenal. Liam especially was a sensational and trusted part of our day, making sure that everything ran smoothly. He understood what we wanted and was flawless in his service, advice and help. He manages the staff extremely well for any eventualities that may have occurred.


We had glass skull shot glasses for everyone. As a nod to the Friday the 13th date of our wedding, we thought a toast out of a glass skull would be perfect. And instead of champagne, guests were offered Crystal Skull vodka or Sailor Jerry spiced rum shots.


Hair & Makeup by: Melinda Wain, Makeup by Melinda

Flowers by: Wombat Hill Nursery & Florist

Dress by: Gwendolynne

Veil & Headpiece by: Richard Nylon

Suit by: Prinzi Collection & Dormeuil London 

Wedding styling by: BLUSH

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