Friendship quickly took a romantic turn when Jessica Versegi and Aljosa Andric reunited after high school.
“We moved in together quickly and became inseparable,” Jessica, 24, says. “In the following years, life certainly did throw some tough challenges our way, but we came out on top.”
The Canberra couple were together about two years when Aljosa, also 24, popped the question while on a romantic trip to New York. From that moment, Jessica knew what she wanted her big day to look like.
Contemporary architecture at the National Arboretum, Canberra set the scene for the elegant wedding ceremony on February 13, 2016. Celebrant Tim Arnold married the couple in front of 110 loved ones and celebrations continued at the National Gallery of Australia, which provided a neutral backdrop for the bride’s ivory and gold styling.
In honour of Aljosa’s Slavic background, guests were surprised with a traditional kolo folk dance, bringing friends and family from many different backgrounds together on the dance floor to celebrate the newlyweds’ union.
“The day could not have been more perfect,” smiles Jessica. “It was magical, elegant and full of real laughter and genuine smiles.”
Photos courtesy of Bel Combridge Photography.
Michael Hill supplied the couple’s wedding bands.
“From the word go, I knew the wedding I wanted and engaged the suppliers and people close to me early on,” organised bride Jessica says. She had help planning the big day thanks to Shampagne Wedding Planning.
Bomboniere: PackMyProduct, Vistaprint / Brides Accessories: Annabel's Bridal Studio, Michael Hill Jeweller / Brides Gown: Annabel's Bridal Studio, Roz La Kelin / Brides Shoes: Forever New / Bridesmaid Shoes: Betts / Bridesmaids Accessories: Devine Goddess / Bridesmaids Dresses: Angelic Inspirations / Cake: CakeDesignz / Celebrant: Tim Arnold Celebrant / Ceremony Venue: National Arboretum Canberra / Entertainment: Kiwi G DJ / Flowers: Jamison Flowers / Grooms Attire: Ministry Menswear / Grooms Shoes: Oxford / Groomsmen Attire: Connor / Groomsmen Shoes: Ministry Menswear / Hair: Boys 2 Men / Honeymoon: Koh Samui / Invitations: Shampagne Wedding Planning / Makeup: Jessica Peris Beautique / Photobooth: Instabooth Canberra / Photographer: Bel Combridge Photography / Reception Venue: National Gallery of Australia / Rings: Michael Hill Jeweller / Transport: Canberra Chauffers / Venue Decor: A Touch of Elegance / Wedding Night Accommodation: Hotel Realm / Wedding Planner: Shampagne Wedding Planning