Real LifeMatty Bulger

Jack + Ricardo

Real LifeMatty Bulger
Jack + Ricardo

After smiling at each other from across their gym in Richmond, Victoria, for several months, Jack finally built up the courage to ask Ricardo out for a drink. And four years later, he built up this same courage to propose! In January 2015 while they were visiting Ricardo’s family in Brazil, they returned to the Fasano Hotel. Having stayed there once a year since they met, Jack felt it was the perfect place to plan an unforgettable evening for his proposal to Ricardo.

Picture was a warm summer evening in Rio, a magnificent suite overlooking Ipanema beach and a candle-lit dinner and the scene is set. Jack handed Ricardo a hand written note recalling the many happy times they had shared in the five years together, explaining how Ricardo had fulfilled him, and proposing they get married. Ricardo was quick to accept!

Keen for their special day to be an intimate occasion, Jack + Ricardo sent invitations to 60 family members and close friends for a date of Saturday 9th January, 2016. It was important to them that the environment of their most important day together thus far reflected their tastes and personalities and therefore they chose to host the occasion at their recently completed home in Toorak, Victoria.

Hosting a wedding at home is a big job, and so Jack + Ricardo decided to entrust their day to Zayna Fratto, a well-known wedding planner in Melbourne. Capable of running the show and achieving what was required without their constant presence, Zayna met with the happy couple only four times throughout the process, allowing them the time to enjoy being engaged! The first consultation involved an in depth discussion about what Jack + Ricardo had dreamt for their ideal wedding day, which was followed by a second consultation where Zayna presented an overall mood-board for the occasion as Jack + Ricardo had dreamt it, and advised of overall costs for their wish list. The third consultation was a table mock-up in the dining room at Jack + Ricardo’s home where the reception dinner was set to take place. This mock-up was inclusive of all furniture, floral arrangements, table accessories and stationery options, and it provided a great opportunity for the couple to see the look come together. As Jack + Ricardo tell it, this was the moment the excitement for the day itself really kicked in! The final consultation with Zayna was to finalise any small last minute details, and then the day was upon them!

On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in January, the ceremony was held in the rear courtyard of the couple’s home. Vows were exchanged on a glass platform over the pool with the guests seated around them.  Ricardo and Jack wore Tom Ford tuxedos; Jack’s was navy blue whilst Ricardo went for a bolder look with black pants and an ivory jacket. The ceremony was officiated by John O’Hara, a celebrant the couple had met with several times in the lead up to the wedding. John took the time to get to know them and was therefore able to articulate to the guests just what the day meant to the couple, while his informal and personal approach made the ceremony meaningful for Jack + Ricardo.

Once vows were exchanged, the couple cemented their love with Canturi ‘Cubism’ rings and the curtains were then opened to reveal the room where the sit-down reception dinner was to be held. To welcome Ricardo’s family who had travelled from Brazil, and to bring a higher energy to the reception, guests were treated to Brazilian music and dancers between the entree and main course, and family members including parents and siblings all played a part in the day and night through speeches or readings.

In terms of styling for the day, Flowers Vasette brought a contemporary and innovative approach to the floral design. The ceremony was surrounded by white arrangements of Hydrangeas, Singapore Orchids and roses arranged in bold bunches in tall vases.  A more dramatic theme of hot pink Singapore and Phalaenopsis Orchids, deep burgundy long-stemmed roses and Calla Lillies was used for the internal reception area.  Flower arrangements were in abundant volumes, arranged in bold bunches in vases of varying heights, placed informally through the centre of the tables.

With the vibrant floral arrangements as the main feature, the table settings were kept clean with the use of white linen tablecloths, silver-grey napkins and black cutlery with menus to match. Black Chanel chairs with white piping completed the look.

Guests were treated to the wonder of catering by The Big Group’s with canapes, a Caviar Station and champagne at the start of the evening followed by a sit down dinner and desserts.

Overall, Jack + Ricardo’s wedding was exactly what they had envisaged, and as you can see from these divine images by Tony Marin Photography, that was no small feat! Enjoy xx


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Matty is the brains behind the beauty that is Groom + Guy. Dreaming up the concept while browsing bridal magazines, Matty started Groom + Guy from his kitchen, designed the launch-in-print edition on his iMac and continues to be the publisher, creative director and editor behind the whole site.

On top of that he is one half of The Chroniclers and runs a digital creative agency, Hello Thrive, creating websites, defining brands and marketing a range of businesses from wine to hair & beauty salons.

Bendigo born and raised, Matty now makes home in Melbourne and his loves outside of business are his partner Tony, his miniature dachshund Aleksandr and a good french rosé, champagne, pinot noir, well any drop of wine really!