The proposal. The wedding planning. The Big day.
Proposal and lead up to the wedding. Brent proposed on a weekend away in Rye. It was a couple of months before our 4 years together. We were getting ready to go out for dinner and I walked into the room to Brent down on one knee with the ring. I didn’t expect it at all and it was so perfect.
One of the first things we planned was the wedding venue. A friend had told me about The Stones of the Yarra Valley and the pictures just looked beautiful. We decided to go there on a day off work and check it out. Brent’s Mum and Nan came along with us for a day out. As soon as we arrived we thought “yes this is it!” The amazing barn and chapel won us over with its rustic charm. We were very grateful that Brent’s Nan came along that day, as she passed away a few months later and we knew she was there looking over us on our wedding day
What was the inspiration behind your wedding theme/vibe?
Our inspiration was the venue. All we had to do decoration wise was add flowers. Everything else was already styled perfectly. We loved the long oak tables and decided on three long tables for the reception. We had a band which just added to the party vibe.
Favourite detail and/or moment of the day?
Our favourite thing about our day was the atmosphere created by everybody coming together and having fun. From start to finish we could tell that our families and friends were having a good time, and that in turn made our day even better.
Did you undertake any DIY projects, if so what were they?
Yes, we created kraft paper seed packets for the wedding favours. Using a template we made the packets and filled them with herb seeds from Diggers Club. We then stamped the front with the name of the herb.
Any family or religious traditions incorporated into your day?
Brent wore a ring that his Grandad and dad wore on their wedding day. I had a ring that belonged to my Great Grandmother tied to my bouquet.
What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage for us means showing our love and commitment to each other, being there for each other always, and striving to be the best that we can be in ourselves and to each other.
My wedding dress was from Jason Grech White. I fell I love with it as soon as I tried it on. It was hard not to with a thin belt and Swarovski crystals sewn in around the waist. It was certainly not the style I had in mind initially. After looking at shop after shop trying on princess style full of tulle dresses, all of which were beautiful dresses but none of them gave me ‘that feeling’, I decided to change it up and check out Jason Grech White. The moment I walked into their studio I knew I wanted my dress made here and after months of searching I had found it.
Any funny stories in the lead up to or on the day?
Yes. After the ceremony John Warren, our photographer, wanted to get some photos of us on the road with the wedding car. The car was a 1971.. white Monaro belonging to Brent’s cousin. The gears were a little stiff, especially getting it into reverse. With Brent driving, we got to the end of the road and tried to do a u-turn but didn’t quite make it. No worries just put it into reverse and off we go…however Brent could not shift the gear stick into reverse. The only solution was to get a push. Not the ideal situation to be in but this made for a great photo!
Advice for other couples planning their wedding?
Plan one thing at a time and don’t get overwhelmed by it all. Have a clear style or theme in mind and work around that. Enjoy the process and have fun.
Photography: Warren Photography
Dress, hair piece & veil: Jason Grech White
Accommodation: Yarra Valley Grand Hotel
Bridesmaid dresses: Zimmermann
Bridesmaid shoes: Tony Bianco
Makeup & nails: Makeup With Me
Flowers: Blooming Brides
Suits, ties and shoes: Menz Club
Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley
Wedding rings: Trewarne