'The car I will give you away with'

By Bride and Groom 27 May 2016

Early on in the wedding planning Melissa Lago decided she wanted to carry a bouquet of ivory open peony roses. “We were engaged for two-and-a-half years and I was very lucky as peonies only bloom for a short period each year and our wedding day happened to fall right in the middle of the blooming period,” Melissa said.

Melissa Lago and Adam Mercuri 
November 8, 2014


A beautifully restored maroon 1967 Ford XR Falcon transported Melissa to the church for the ceremony. “Dad restored that car when we were little and he always said ‘That is the car I will give you away with.’ It was very important to him.”

The groom’s farming background was reflected in the large hay bales providing a unique and personal backdrop for the post-ceremony photography.


Melissa and Adam exchanged wedding vows in the century-old Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Tatura, the same church where Melissa’s parents were married. The groom’s cousin Amelia Rosella and a friend’s daughter Sienna Tedesco were excited to be flower girls and were a delightful addition to the bridal party.



Bride’s parents: John and Michelle Lago

Groom’s parents: Phil and Josey Mercuri 

Service: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Tatura 

Reception: Sherbourne Terrace, Shepparton 

Photographer: Kim James Photography, Mooroopna

Bride’s dress: D’Italia, Melbourne 

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Online 

Suits: Identity, Shepparton

Flowers: Bonnie Weidenbach Floristry, Murchison 

Cake: Simply Delicious Cake Decorating, Tatura

Hair: Penny Lane Hairdressing, Tatura

Make-up: Le’Dee Makeover, Shepparton

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