MORGAN + RYAN

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Morgan Connoley’s favourite song was playing when Ryan Jamieson got down on one knee.
With Into My Arms by Nick Cave setting the tone, Ryan proposed to his girlfriend of seven years during a Melbourne getaway with a rose gold band.
“It was a very beautiful moment,” says Morgan, the talented illustrator and designer behind Colour & Skulls.
“The next morning Ryan took me to Paul Bram and we had an art deco engagement ring made.”
A glamorous sprinkling of gold was the magical dusting for the couple’s special day at Oakdene Vineyards.
From Morgan’s gorgeous antique gold Claire Pettibone gown to the gold leaf stationery and glimmering giant balloons, the January nuptials were shining bright with love.
To match the metallic mix, Morgan and Ryan decided on a ‘Love in Bloom’ theme early on. Bursts of vibrant hues and fancy florals made for an eclectic and stylish statement. And it was only natural that the illustrator and designer made the couple’s stationery. She spent a year intricately designing and penning the lettering of the glimmering set, which included invitations, table settings, menus and signage.
“I watercoloured all of the flowers and handfonted all of the lettering, which was then printed in beautiful gold foil,” she says.
‘We had four different menus at our reception – each had a beautiful quote on the back – and every person received a seed packet at their place setting.”
The final creative touch was the ‘Practical Guide to Enjoying the Connoley Jamieson
Wedding”, a sweet bundle filled with all of the details for the evening and a muslin bag full of rose petals, which was given to each of their 95 guests on arrival.
Oakdene proved to be the perfect setting, with the venue’s restaurant already holding a special place in the couple’s hearts as one of their favourite date
night spots.
“The place is full of quirk, artwork, sculpture, colour and fits our personalities,” Morgan says.
“Our ceremony was in the Train Station which is a beautiful big old shed full of rusty unused tools and overgrown plants, then our reception was in the garden marquee and restaurant.”
With food and wine two of the couple’s big loves, the venue ticked all the boxes for them.
They loved sharing its gourmet delights with their loved ones, with the menu including blue swimmer crab cakes for entree and a pork stuffed with cognac-soaked prunes carrot saffron puree main.
The highlight for Morgan came later in the night, with a hilarious rap from their emcees – bridesmaid Teneisha and groomsman Trent – who did their own
rendition of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song.
“They changed it to be The Fresh Prince With Blonde Hair,” Morgan says, laughing.
“I made Nieshy promise years ago to sing at my wedding and she definitely went over and above!”
Once the formalities were over, the summer evening was filled with more laughs, a few silly selfies at the bridal table and plenty of dancing.
“I’m quite partial to a dance floor – we had a ball,” Morgan says.

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WHO MADE IT HAPPEN
Ceremony: Oakdene Vineyards
Reception: Oakdene Vineyards
Catering: Oakdene Vineyards
Photography: Smitten Wedding Photography
Gown: Claire Pettibone
Shoes: Sandler
Headwear: Intique & Co
Hair: The Nest hair & makeup room
Make-up: Hilary Holmes Makeup
Cake: Sweet Designs by Claire
Flowers: The Flower Dispensary
Bridesmaids’ dresses: Keepsake the label,Cameo Collective, MNG and Shona Joy
Suits: Country Road
Rings: Baby Anything and Lord Coconut
Transport: Couple’s own cars
Entertainment: Test Pilot Molly
Stationery: Colour & Skulls
Celebrant: Sarah Scott and Jo Betz
Prop hire: Pepper Sprout Hire Co, Nomad Styling and Peppa & Peach
Honeymoon: USA and Canada

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