An old-fashioned Illawarra wedding day

Self-confessed old-fashioned couple Damien and Venessa Ferri on their wedding day. Pictures: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Self-confessed old-fashioned couple Damien and Venessa Ferri on their wedding day. Pictures: CHRISTOPHER CHAN

Newlyweds Damien and Venessa Ferri sure know how to make an entrance.

Inspired by all things traditional, the couple arrived at their wedding reception on Saturday in a horse-drawn carriage led by Italian folk band Fratelli Del Sud.

Stepping back in time, guests embraced the traditional theme by donning clothing plucked straight from the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

The ladies wore hooped skirts with slender bodices, or feminine gowns draped in lace.

For the men, long pin-striped frock coats with a waistcoat or vest was a popular choice.

The newlyweds with Italian folk band Fratelli Del Sud.

The newlyweds with Italian folk band Fratelli Del Sud.

Groom Damien Ferri said the entire day was a reflection of the couple's personality and was a fitting way for them to unite in marriage.

"We basically have always been a really old-fashioned couple," he said. "We've always loved the old way of doing things, with carriages and antiques, that sort of thing, and we wanted to do something original and different than what normally happens at weddings and which definitely captured the culture and the old way of doing things back a hundred-plus years ago."

Bride Venessa Ferri (nee Nasso) put in months of research to create her dream Victorian-inspired dress, which featured a dress coat, layer of lace, decorative roses, a corset and puffed sleeves.

Her day started at 4am to ensure her hair and make-up were done for the 9.30am ceremony at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Warrawong.

She was only a little late.

The reception was held at Kembla Heights Community Hall where an Italian buffet was served, followed by some traditional Italian tarantella dancing.

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