The ultimate show of trust for your husband-to-be? Letting him plan the wedding!
But for Cristina Puscasu, 32, this was a no-brainer. Her groom, Roderick Micallef, is the owner of renowned Yarra Valley wedding venue, Zonzo Estate – which became another no-brainer when the couple, who first met at a birthday function there, decided that’s where they would marry.
“I had complete faith and trust in him,” explains Crissy, who later went on to join the Zonzo Estate crew as an admin co-ordinator. “I know that anything Rod would do would be beyond my expectations… and it was.”
After four years together, 38-year-old Rod proposed (with a chauffeured vintage Bentley and a gorgeous ring he chose himself) and then, surprisingly, suggested the pair start looking for a wedding venue. “I remember laughing because I thought he was joking (perhaps he just wanted to give me the option),” smiles Crissy. “But there was no other venue that I’d seen/heard of/been to that was the full package like Zonzo Estate.”
Four short months later, on December 31, 2014, the Yarra Valley duo prepared to ring in the New Year with 100 of their own adoring revelers. The celebrations started with a traditional ceremony at St Patrick Catholic Church, Lilydale followed by a (mostly) white wedding reception. “[We wanted] white, white and more white, (with a touch of gold), something elegant, classic and timeless,” says Crissy.
Guests were treated to a mouthwatering Italian menu boasting canapes on the terrace, antipasto, meat platters, Zonzo Estate’s famous wood-fired pizzas and a selection of three desserts. “There is always an abundance of food at Zonzo weddings,” praises Crissy. “No drive-through stop on the way home needed!”
“It was literally a wedding that every girl dreams of,” she smiles. “We loved that everyone got involved and help bring in the New Year – we couldn’t ask for anything else.
Photos courtesy of Jonathan Ong.
Crissy’s stunning sparkly gown fit for New Year’s Eve was by Karen Willis Holmes while Rod donned a navy Hugo Boss tuxedo.
Crissy says although their wedding may have looked “over the top,” it was actually very relaxed and simple.
Crissy’s hot wedding planning tip: don’t do a house renovation at the same time!
“I feel very fortunate in being involved with the perfect venue,” Cristina says.
Bomboniere: In The Booth / Brides Accessories: Samantha Wills, Karen Willis Holmes Pty Ltd / Brides Gown: Karen Willis Holmes Pty Ltd / Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaid Shoes: Tony Bianco / Bridesmaids Accessories: Mimco / Bridesmaids Dresses: Saba / Cake: The Cake Company / Celebrant: Father Arsenio / Ceremony Music: Neville Philpot / Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick Catholic Church / Entertainment: SPIN Cover Band, Blaso Pyrotechnics / Flowergirl Dress: Origami / Flowers: Blooming Brides / Grooms Attire: Hugo Boss, Calibre / Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Attire: Calibre / Groomsmen Shoes: Calibre / Hair: Rokk Ebony / Invitations: La D'Vine / Makeup: Makeup With Me / Pageboy Attire: Bardot Kids / Photobooth: In The Booth / Photographer: Jonathan Ong / Reception Venue: Zonzo / Rings: Rocks & Rings, Northwood Bentwood Rings / Transport: RR Classic Car Hire / Videographer: Purple Ribbon Weddings / Wedding Night Accommodation: Yering Gorge Cottages / Wedding Planner: Zonzo