Nearly two years and a couple of date shuffles later, Felysia and Stephen finally said “I Do” in their elegant classic wedding ceremony and reception.

The long-awaited day was as magical as they had hoped for. The Ballara Receptions team was committed to making this elegant classic wedding everything this lovely – and patient – couple deserved.

One glance at all these gorgeous photos by Fotogenica tells you that this wedding was as sophisticated as they come. Niki at Fotogenica worked tirelessly alongside Hey Jack Films to capture Felysia and Stephen’s day to perfection. The always fun Paul Bonadio (A Stand Up Celebrant) guided them as they tied the knot.

Ballara Receptions - Elegant Classic Wedding Venue - Fotogenica

Felysia was beautiful in her custom Silvana Tedesco gown, with hair and makeup by NHI Makeup Artistry and Krystal Hairstylist. The look was completed with a stunning bouquet by Lillypad Weddings, and the floral arrangements on the Ballara gazebo added an extra touch of elegance that complemented the reception table décor enjoyed by everyone later in the day. Her wonderful bridesmaids also looked phenomenal in their dresses, with divine bouquets in a matching neutral colour palette.

Of course, Stephen and his groomsmen fit the theme with classic suits, reminiscent of 1950s Hollywood refinement. Coupled with their prestige wedding car hire by Always Classic Cars, their elegant wedding theme was accomplished brilliantly.

So much to celebrate!


Great music was definitely a priority for Felysia and Stephen, with soloist KB from Hey Jack adding a rich, soulful tone to the day, followed by DJ Luke Todd, who inspired everyone to hit the dance floor and celebrate. Paul Bonadio doubled as MC to help coordinate the formalities, which included the most exquisite wedding cake by Kat’s Cakes.

Ballara Receptions - Classic Wedding Ceremony - Fotogenica
Ballara Receptions - A Stand Up Celebrant - Fotogenica

We love happy couples…


At Ballara Receptions, we love what we do! Helping couples like Felysia and Stephen realise their wedding day dreams is what we’re all about. Felysia’s review, which she posted only a few days after their wedding, had us smiling.

“We could not have been happier with our choice to have our wedding at Ballara.

From the moment we first got there for a tour, all the staff were lovely and welcoming, they gave great advice and took the time to answer all of our questions. We booked our original date the same day we first looked at the venue because we knew it was the one.

Across about 18 months and two wedding dates, the team were always quick to respond to our queries and so flexible and accommodating with our plans. Postponing our wedding due to covid was not stressful at all thanks to the wonderful team at Ballara. Being a family run business, it is very clear that they genuinely want your day to go ahead without a hitch and provide so many options when it comes to postponing to meet your requirements.

We left our final meeting 2 days before the wedding feeling so looked after and confident after going through our final arrangements with Loretta – she is amazing and so organised.

When I arrived ready to walk down the aisle Loretta and Jan were both there to help keep everything on track and Jan was even helping to calm my nerves moments before I walked down the aisle.

We were constantly looked after throughout the day with drinks and whatever else we needed and did not have to worry about anything at all.

The food was INCREDIBLE.

The menu is huge and overwhelming because everything looks so good, but that is a great problem to have. We have had guests contact us over the last few days raving about the food.

Thank you all so much for making our day so special, we will definitely be back in the future for other events as we just loved it here!”

To Felysia and Stephen, the Ballara team wishes you every happiness in your marriage. Thank you for trusting us with your wedding.

If you’re looking for your perfect wedding venue, contact Ballara Receptions for a chat or to book a tour.




Celebrant & MC: @standupcelebrant⁠

Custom Gown: @silvana__tedesco⁠

Videographer: @heyjack_co⁠

Florist: @lillypadweddings⁠

Hair: @krystal.hairstylist⁠

MUA: @nhi.makeupartistry⁠

Soloist: KB from @heyjack_co⁠

DJ: Luke Todd⁠ @ LT Entertainment

Cake: @katscakesmelbourne⁠

Transport: @alwaysclassiccars

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