• Desiren Wedding Photography.

Double the wedding bliss

By Bride and Groom 06 August 2018

On the other side of the world, when she was least expecting it, Irishwoman Leona Rogan met the man of her dreams Angelo Sciacca.

Bringing together their Irish and Italian heritages, the loved-up couple celebrated with not one, but two, wedding days.

 ​​​​​Travelling to Australia in search of adventure Leona never expected to stay more than a year, maybe two.

But just a month into her working holiday, she met Angelo at Sciacca Orchards near Shepparton and never left.

“Now this is home,” Leona said.

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Desiren Wedding Photography.
Happy Days Photography.

As soon as the wedding planning began, they realised having all their loved ones in one place was simply not possible.

Instead they decided to mark the occasion with Angelo’s family in Shepparton before returning to Leona’s homeland for a second reception.

“We wanted to celebrate with everyone but most of my family and friends couldn’t travel,” she said.

Desiren Wedding Photography.
Desiren Wedding Photography.
Happy Days Photography.

Almost four years after their chance meeting, they declared their love at Shepparton’s St Brendan’s Catholic Church.

To represent their beginning and future on the orchard, The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank was decorated with apples and pears for the reception.

Desiren Wedding Photography.
Desiren Wedding Photography.
Desiren Wedding Photography.

The newlyweds danced the night away to Italian and Irish music, while guests drew from Angelo’s heritage by wrapping the couple in streamers.

Just two weeks later they continued the celebrations in Balbriggan, Ireland.

Happy Days Photography.
Happy Days Photography.
Happy Days Photography.

“Over here I did a rustic theme and at home I did a more glamorous one, so I got the best of both worlds,” Leona said.

“After all the planning of both the Australian and Irish weddings, the most memorable part was seeing Angelo at the end of the aisle.”

Desiren Wedding Photography.
Desiren Wedding Photography.
Desiren Wedding Photography.

See more photos from Leona and Angelo's wedding day over on our Instagram.

Wedding date: Saturday July 8, 2017

Bride's parents: Linda and Declan Savage

Groom's parents: Maria and Giuseppe Sciacca

Service: St Brendan's Catholic Church, Shepparton

Reception: The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank, Kialla

Australian photography: Desiren Wedding Photography

Irish photography: Happy Days Photography

Bride's dress: Angelo's Bridal, Ireland

Bridesmaids' dresses: Michele's Bridal and Formal Wear, Shepparton

Suits: Matt O'Keeffe Mensland, Shepparton

Flowers: Blooming Buckets, Kialla West

Cake: Goulburn Valley Cakes, Shepparton

Hair: Hair on Bishop, Kyabram

Make-up: Katrina Vitullo Hair and Beauty

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