An old trick
Julie Cassar and Leandro Balan
Scenes from the wedding of Julie Cassar and Leandro Balan. Photo: Julie Trotti Photography
JULIE CASSAR AND LEANDRO BALAN
OUR LADY OF VICTORIES CATHOLIC CHURCH, HORSLEY PARK AND GLEDSWOOD HOMESTEAD AND WINERY, CATHERINE FIELDS, NSW
A mutual friend of Julie and Leandro was trying to set them up – unbeknownst to them – and invited them both to a picnic at Centennial Park. “I was immediately taken by her. I remember seeing her feed the cockatoos and one suddenly landed on her head and she laughed it off,” says Leandro. “I was smitten by how beautiful she was.” He managed to arrange a date by “accidentally” leaving his phone in her car when she dropped him home after a social event with friends. “An old trick, I know,” he says. But she returned the phone over a dinner together. “We talked for hours, and since then we couldn't get enough of each other,” he says.
Leandro had intentions of proposing on their overseas trip to visit his family in Argentina but he chose to do it before so that he could enjoy the holiday without the nerves. Instead he arranged to go horse riding in the Blue Mountains with a surprise picnic at the end. “I had the ring in its box, which really stood out, so I had to hide it in my sock or she would have seen it,” says Leandro. They rode over a hill to a pre-prepared picnic of all Julie’s favourite foods. As they sat down to eat she could tell something was weird as he was too nervous to eat. They walked down to the river and he got down on one knee and proposed. “She said yes straight away and we were both totally overjoyed,” he says.
The wedding day
They shared the day with about 80 guests at the Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church. They were trying to create their own unique spin on a vintage country theme and held the reception at the Gledswood Homestead and Winery. “Highlights were: seeing Julie walk down the aisle, leaving in the horse and carriage, doing our first dance at the reception and when the band kicked in and we were able to let our hair down and dance with everyone,” he says.
Julie wore the Anniston gown by Maggie Sottero – a white strapless, fitted A-line gown with a dipped neckline. It featured embellished corded lace on the bodice, a dropped waist and a gathered tulle skirt.
It was a three-tiered cake – marble, white chocolate and pistachio. It was made by Linny Mac Cake Designs.
The photos were taken by Julia Trotti Photography.
They went to Koh Samui in Thailand.
If you are from VIC, NSW, QLD or WA and would like your wedding to be featured on Wedding of the Week, please click here to provide us with the necessary information and pictures.