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I was lucky enough to sit down for a (virtual) glass of bubbles with this gorgeous lady, Jerri Jones. Jerri launched her eponymous label, JERRI.JONES in 2014 in Melbourne, with her husband, Nathan Jones – you may recognise him as the AFL Captain of Melbourne. Inspired to pave a road away from trend focussed, disposable, ‘fast fashion’, Jerri wanted to rediscover the appeal of simplicity, longevity and quality pieces worth investing in. Each season, Jerri curates a small collection of luxe leather essentials for men and women – dependable classics with timeless appeal.

Today, we chat with Jerri about her business and of course, we couldn’t help but ask her to spill the details about her Fitzroy gardens wedding in Melbourne too.

Tell us about you and your business:

I have a fashion label I started 3 years ago called JERRI.JONES – The label focuses on luxury classic leather and easy wearing wardrobe essentials. I am a believer in less is more and this is true in my brand’s ethos and product offering too.

Tell us about your wedding?

Our wedding was a big party, and that was the way that we approached planning the event! We got married in 2012, the ceremony was in the Fitzroy gardens in Melbourne and the reception followed directly after, across the road at COMME. We didn’t want guests to wait hours in-between, so we had quick photos for 30 mins whilst our guests had cocktails. We planned the speeches and formalities early. During speeches we had the room transformed to move all the tables out and the DJ and Photo Booth set up – so the party could kick off! 5 years on, we still have guests tell us fondly that they had such a great time, which is exactly what we wanted to achieve.

What was your most memorable moment (or moments!)?

My friend gave me a great piece of advice to take some time to just my husband and myself, to soak it all in and enjoy a quite moment together. This was amazing advice as you have so many loved ones there, you tend to split up and try and speak to everyone! After our quick photos, we had a cocktail together before joining our guests which we remember fondly now – as the whole day just goes by in the blink of an eye.

If you could change one thing what would it be?

I had two dresses, which I loved, one off-the-rack simple classic lace dress and one custom party dress made by Kyha from One Day Bridal. If I was to do it over, I would have one gown crafted by Kyha instead!

Who were your favourite vendors?

  • One Day Bridal: A dream team and I wholeheartedly recommend. Over the years, I have become great friends with the very talented designer and owner, Kyha. She has since dressed me for 5 Brownlow dresses too.
  • Papyrus Designs: Crafted us our beautiful wedding stationary.

 

What advice would you have for others planning their wedding?

To remember that the day is about celebrating you and your partner’s marriage – don’t get caught up in details or issues that don’t matter in the long run. Enjoy every moment and be true to yourselves. Don’t be afraid to shy away from traditional wedding style, not everything has to be wedding-y!

About Jerri Jones: Jerri is happily married to AFL Melbourne Captain Nathan Jones and they have 2 beautiful children together Remy (one) and Bobbi (three).

 

Photographer: The White Tree

With a British background, Emma and Matt wanted to show off the beauty of country Australia to their wedding guests. Their Dunkeld country wedding was the most beautiful way to invite their loved ones not only into their own private love story, but also their love story with the incredible country side. Looking back on the planning of their big day, Emma has some practical advice to share with engaged couples who are getting married on a long weekend in the country…

Emma says: “Looking back I do remember a couple of things that I wish I had thought of beforehand.

1. Organising/booking a wedding on a public holiday weekend (in our case Easter weekend) remember to take in/consider the additional costs/expenses for those suppliers you will be using on your big day.

2. Consider the distance that your guests will need to travel on the day and also the distance for your suppliers. A couple of incurred costs which we did not take into consideration was due to the distance that our suppliers had to travel to make our weekend, some do require overnight accommodation.”

Photographer: Circular Ink
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My dress was created by the super talented Jacob Luppino and Anthony Pittorino from J’Aton Couture for our ‘New York Chic’ Wedding (that was actually held in Melbourne, Australia). I have always loved their work and am always in awe of everything they create.

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Before I met with them, I went to a few different bridal designers around Melbourne to get an idea of what styles I liked and what suited me, and what didn’t. When I had my initial consultation at J’Aton, I still didn’t really know what I wanted but after a brief discussion, Jacob sketched me up a design in front of my eyes and I was so impressed and happy to run with it.

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From then on, I basically just left it all up to ‘The Boys’ to design my gown. I loved how it was always a work in progress so it was always a surprise, even to me, and it was so beautiful and special watching my gown evolve during each fitting. My gown was made out of organza and mesh with Valentino lace embroidery cut out and strategically applied all around the bodice and neckline, with cameo appearances on the skirt. I had a long train with ‘WJ’ embroidered at the end of it which could be seen when the dress was both down and bustled up. J’Aton Couture truly are the masters of their craft!

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I was also given extra lace and organza that was used in my dress so my Grandma could make four pocket squares for the four most important men in my life, to wear on our wedding day. Wes, my father, my grandfather and my father-in-law all wore a small piece of my dress in their pockets and have a sentimental gift to keep.

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See Justina’s outstanding dress in all its glory in Jus and Wes’ wedding video here:

Ms Zigzag Says: Truth be told, Jus is actually one of my good friends! Unfortunately we didn’t know each other well at the time of the wedding so I never got to see Jus wearing her beautiful J’aton Couture dress, but it was a pleasure learning about all of the intricate details through this post.

About Justina: Hi, I’m Justina and I’m happily married to my beautiful husband!  I love traveling, trying new things, flowers, fashion and champagne! French wine, friends and family are at the top of the list too!

Photographer: Ben Swinnerton