Model Monika Radulovic’s Garden Wedding
Former Miss Universe Australia Monika Radulovic first met artist Alesandro Ljubicic during a chance meeting on Facebook in 2012. “We chatted online for about two days until Alesandro asked if I wanted to go to the movies with him as he had been given some free tickets,” says Radulovic. “I politely declined saying I was busy. One of my girlfriends was having birthday drinks the night after though, so I invited Alesandro along thinking it would be the perfect way to meet in person and with my friends around so I could give them “the look” to save me in case we didn’t get along.” Of course, Radulovic wouldn’t need to use “the look” that night – they chatted all night and she describes the meeting as “love at first sight.” A year later they visited Paris’ love lock bridge. “I made Alesandro promise me that one day we would go back to Paris together and visit our lock one day.” A few months later they were back in Paris visiting their lock on the very same bridge. “When we got to Pont de Arts, I excitedly walked over to the locks and quickly found ours.” Before I knew it, Alesandro was behind me holding a wrapped package that he handed to me.” It was another lock, this one engraved with: “Monika, Will you marry me?” They were married on March 24, 2018.
The bride’s bouquet by Mr Cook.
Shoes by Badgley Mischka.
Invites and stationery by Social AF, rings by Gregory Jewellers.
The bride met with Galia Lahav herself – thanks to her romantic husband.“Alesandro surprised me with tickets to New York over dinner! We were going to the Galia Lahav runway show and I would find my wedding dress! I couldn’t believe it. It was a dream come true.” The bride’s usual style is fitted and sleek, but the moment she put on a princess gown she knew it was the right fit for her ceremony. The dress she chose was a ball gown which featured a semi-sheer skirt with a hand-embroidered corset. The bride worked with her wedding dress designer on a magenta overlay, covered with sequins and Swarovski crystals, which was made to represent one of her husband’s paintings.
The bridesmaids wore gowns by White Runway.
Colourful rose petals were handed out to throw over the newlyweds.
Exiting the ceremony as husband and wife.
The bride and groom with their bridal party.
“I also had a floor-sweeping veil which mimicked the bodice and featured the same magenta embroidery along the bottom, trailing up,” says Radulovic. “The whole look was spectacular!”
“Because we could have both the ceremony and reception on the grounds, it meant our guests didn’t have to travel in between the ceremony and reception.”
Instead, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in the gardens while the couple had photographs taken.
“As boring as it sounds, our wedding planning process was relatively stress free!” says the bride.
“Because my dress was so dramatic and unique, I decided to offset it by going with a really simple, classic beauty look and accessories.” She wore simple diamond studs for the ceremony.
Her make-up was by Alarna Bell from Kolorz and Klawz and featured a soft base and a neutral palette.
“After the ceremony, I took off the veil and magenta overlay to reveal the sweetheart neckline of the corset.” The groom wore a suit by Mr A Taylor.
The bride entering the reception, also held at Miramare Gardens.
For the evening reception, the couple decided on a moody and romantic vibe.
“We focused on darker hues; a black backdrop and dance floor with velvet charcoal tablecloths.”
They again worked with Mr Cook on the florals. “Alesandro is a successful Australian artist who is known for his grand-scale, thick abstract paintings of bright, bold florals. Sean Cook from Mr Cook, our incredible florist, has collaborated with Alesandro for the last few years – creating bouquets for Alesandro to paint – and he knows us both personally. We gave Sean creative reign on our wedding flowers, completely trusting that he would create a floral masterpiece in the reception ballroom and he certainly didn’t disappoint.”
“The flowers were so representative of Alesandro’s paintings which I absolutely loved, and the vibrant hues really represented who we are as a couple.”
Candelabras gave a touch of elegance to the space.
The bride added accents of gold in the cutlery and charger plates.
“Chandeliers added some opulence to the ballroom and tied in the mirrored tables,” said the bride. “But the most incredible part of the reception was by far the florals.”
In terms of how they decided on the styling, the bride said it was a collaboration between herself and her husband. “Alesandro and I have the same aesthetic and taste so we found ourselves agreeing on pretty much everything when it came to the style of our wedding. It was really important to us to incorporate our personalities in the wedding, and have it reflect on who we are as a couple.”
They didn’t hire planners – instead the bride focussed on their personal vision for the day.
The catering was by Miramare Gardens.
The incredible cake by Valentina Toto.
“The morning after, when we woke up, we kept repeating to each other, “we’re actually married!” We had to keep pinching ourselves and to be honest we still do it to this day! It’s such a wonderful feeling.”
The couple took their first dance to How Long Will I Love You by Ellie Goulding. “The number one thing I’d say to other brides to relax during the planning stages. It doesn’t have to be a stressful time and it’s much nicer to look back on the planning as a fun experience. I’d also say it’s really important to be present on your wedding day. Focus on you and your partner and all the love on the day, as that’s what it’s all about.”
By: Danielle Gay, Vogue Australia
Bridal gowns: Galia Lahav
Bridal shoes: Badgley Miscka
Hair: Sizanne Henderson
Makeup: Alarna Bell from Kolorz and Klawz
Florals: Mr Cook
Grooms suit: Mr A Taylor
Invited & Stationary: Social AF
Rings: Gregory Jewellers
Bridesmaid Dresses: White Runway
Venue: Miramare Gardens
Cake: Valentina Toto