Jenna Lo Bianco and Daniel Velardo took a class in romance when they met working as teachers at the same school.
“I was teaching and he had been an ex-student many, many years prior,” explains Jenna, 28. “Daniel arrived that fateful morning to begin his teaching round placement … the rest they say is ‘history’.”
The two now work at the same school as fully qualified teachers. Their employer graciously granted them 12 months leave to travel and work overseas and Daniel, 26, jumped at the chance to propose to his educational mate. “On New Year’s Day Daniel proposed at the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy, a place that was very special to both of us,” recalls Jenna. “It came as such a shock – he had to ask me three times.”
Jenna and Daniel married with a classic wedding on March 28. 2015 starting with the ceremony at Newman College Chapel at University of Melbourne. A reception with 160 guests followed at Roselyn Court, Essendon.
“We wanted it to be a reflection of us as a couple; playful and fun loving,” says Jenna. “During the reception, when it came for Daniel to give his speech, he surprised everyone with a digital storybook version of our journey together, complete with embarrassing baby photos, in-jokes and lots of laughter.”
Photos courtesy of Mark Avellino.
Jenna fell in love with her Anna Campbell gown 18 months before her wedding day.
The groom wore a dashing, classic black suit by Oscar Hunt.
Jenna’s bridesmaids were adorned with accessories from Michael Hill Jeweller.
Bomboniere: Implant Media / Brides Accessories: Anna Campbell, Michael Hill Jeweller / Brides Gown: Anna Campbell / Brides Shoes: Alan Pinkus / Bridesmaid Shoes: Edward Meller / Bridesmaids Accessories: Michael Hill Jeweller / Bridesmaids Dresses: Review / Cake: Eiffel Tower Cakes / Celebrant: Fr Jude Pirotta / Ceremony Music: Live organ / Ceremony Venue: Newman College Chapel / Entertainment: DJ Rob Malandra / Flowergirl Dress: Ollie's Place / Flowers: Bouquet of Melbourne / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Oscar Hunt / Grooms Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Anthony Thomas / Groomsmen Shoes: Aquila / Honeymoon: Bali / Invitations: Inspired Design / Makeup: Jessica Gerges Makeup Artistry / Pageboy Attire: Ollie's Place / Photographer: Mark Avellino Photography / Reception Venue: Roselyn Court / Rings: All Diamonds / Transport: Melbourne Classic Car Hire / Venue Decor: Bouquet of Melbourne / Videographer: Turbo Productions