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No disrespect to my gorgeous husband who popped the question with a sweet, $15 proposal ring one Christmas Day, but this proposal could well be my all-time favourite.
Engineer, Richie Roberts, was planning another one of his surprises. This time it was for his anniversary with girlfriend, Lisa Paton, who he’d fallen for six years before.
When Lisa received flowers at her work, with a card that read, “Happy anniversary, babe, grab your things and head downstairs,” she was none the wiser that in a few hours she would become a fiancé.
A chauffeur was waiting to pick her up – she had a leave-pass from her boss – and off they set to the secret destination which Lisa soon discovered was Melbourne’s ‘fashion capital’ – Chadstone. (Only the biggest shopping centre in the southern hemisphere.) The driver handed Lisa another little note which this time read, “Grab something small to eat, you’ll be meeting Cindy outside Myer, level two.”
Cindy? Who on Earth is Cindy? Lisa thought.
Well, Cindy turned out to be Lisa’s own personal fashion stylist for the afternoon. Heaven! With only one requirement to satisfy – pick something to wear to dinner – Cindy helped Lisa choose a whole new wardrobe, commanding attention, service and some hefty discounts from fashion retailers eager to make an impression – and a sale. (I’m thinking Richard Gere in Pretty Woman… “we need some major sucking up.”)
Arms laden with fancy boutique bags and a killer pink frock for dinner, the fun was not yet over and Lisa was treated to hair and makeup styling at Myer before being chauffeur-driven home.
It was at Eureka Skydeck later that evening that Richie asked Lisa to marry him. Lisa tells, “We were in the restaurant on the top floor having a beautiful eight-course meal and I needed a little break from eating. We went into the beautiful foyer which overlooks the city and when I turned around, Richie was on one knee. My hands went up to my wide-open mouth and I started crying. The staff who were watching on were clapping but I was so in shock, I didn’t even hear them!”
Eighteen months and a baby boy later, Lisa and Richie exchanged vows in front of 90 friends and family in a gorgeous vineyard wedding styled and planned by the talented Angie at One Day, Your Way.
|Lisa and Richie’s baby boy, Hunter, who was four months old at the time, was the most adorable ring bearer.|
|Wedding stylist, Angie, from One Day, Your Way, says, “We placed fun facts about the couple around the gardens for guests to read as they explored the venue prior to the ceremony.”|
|A beautiful arch using wood from the couple’s 60-acre farm was constructed to enhance the ceremony location, which was beside the vines at Grange Cleveland Winery. It is now resides in a special place on their land.|
|With a four-month old baby, Lisa and Richie opted for a day wedding and, besides, “it was such a stunning location, we did not want to waste the views by having the reception at night,” explains the bride.|
|Lisa wore a simple and elegant one-shoulder gown with plaited belt from Stellini, whilst her bridesmaids looked fresh and summery in coral frocks from Sheike. The boys were suited by Ferrari Formal & Bridal, with lovely coral long ties to co-ordinate.|
|Purchased from Flourish Bomboniere, guests received an orange jasmine seedling with a sweet note attached, “All things grow with love.”|
|“We really loved our wedding and looking back we wouldn’t have changed a thing,” says Lisa. “This was confirmed by guests telling us how beautiful and relaxing the day was and how every detailed aspect seemed to carry a moment of its own.”|
|Photos by Sarah Wood Photography.|
Melbourne couple, Clare Nicholson and Daniel Young, were living and working in London – as so many Aussies do – when they got engaged and started planning a wedding back home.
Despite loving London (they intended to go for a year and are still there six years on), the wedding they planned, with the expert assistance of Simply Wed wedding planners, was essentially an antidote to the chilly climate and London way of life.
Their vintage-inspired picnic wedding was held under the beautiful oak trees of a private vineyard in Victoria’s Yarra Ranges and the weather was perfect – warm and calm – and still a balmy 25 degrees at midnight. A dance floor was set up on the lawn beside the vines, with jazz music playing by the Baker Boys Band and, with none of the formal wedding traditions like seating plans, cutting the cake or a bridal waltz, there was only one word to describe how everyone felt – relaxed!
For dinner, guests could grab a picnic basket to share between 10 and plonk down on a rug to enjoy gourmet goodies such as meats, cheeses, olives, pate, crackers and fruit. For the main affair, a modern Aussie BBQ was served with a mixture of red and white meats, fresh seafood, tantalising salads and mini bread rolls, whilst for dessert, everyone helped themselves to a vintage style dessert buffet.
And it wouldn’t be a Melbourne wedding without lattes! Coffee lover, Daniel, even went to the trouble of having his own coffee blend created just for the event. ‘Clare & Dan’s wedding blend’ was packaged up and given as bomboniere and was also served by Flying Bean mobile barista for the duration of this very chilled-out soiree.
|The bride wore a 1930s-inspired, unstructured, silk satin wedding gown from Mariana Hardwick – “perfect for sitting on picnic rugs,” says Clare – whilst the bridesmaids wore dusty pink tea-length dresses, designed by one of the girls and made by a private dressmaker.|
|Daniel and his groomsmen wore pale grey three-piece suits by Spurling Formalwear with pink/grey floral ties purchased in London.|
|“Working with Gail from Simply Wed was a huge help for us. She helped us secure a venue, caterer, florist, hair and makeup and helped us set up on the day. I did not want to be climbing ladders and hanging lanterns on my wedding day!” says Clare.|
|“My dad, a dairy farmer, cried throughout the whole ceremony which I thought was really sweet,” says the bride. Luckily I had my back to him otherwise I would have been a mess!”|
|Clare’s floral arrangement was the more unusual teardrop style, made up of cream roses, white, purple and pink lisianthus and lavender. The bridesmaids each carried a posy of the same flowers.|
|Prestige Events did all the catering and Daniel made a special trip out to some of his favourite breweries to handpick specialty beers for the day. Clare says, “We had so much beer and wine left over which we couldn’t take back to the UK with us, so guests went home with their arms full of coffee, lollies, beer, wine and thongs!”|
|To think that all of this was planned from abroad via Skype and email! The couple flew into Melbourne only a week before the big day. Clare praises, “Gail helped us to create a wedding that was not ‘off the shelf’ and we really valued her calm and creative approach.”|
|Photos courtesy of Chelsea Nicholson Photography.|
Style-savvy bride, Hayley Wandelt-Smith, had just graduated from a Bachelor of Fashion Design in Canberra when her beau of seven years, Chris Morgan, proposed (more about that later). It was an exciting time. A fashion degree, a wedding to plan and then, a move to Melbourne – Hayley had accepted her first design role at a company unlikely of an upcoming fashionista – Australian Defence Apparel. Designing protective clothing for the military and law enforcement, she says, “I design body armour by day and more girly things in my spare time!”
And there’s fewer more girly things to design than a wedding. Hayley was her own wedding planner and, armed with a fashion degree, she styled the pair’s modern romantic wedding using mood boards to outline her feminine vision. “It helped to get everyone on the same page,” she says.
Despite having all the skills and creativity needed to design her own bridal gown (she had already designed her aunty’s wedding dress), Hayley decided not to put herself under unnecessary pressure and opted to buy a ready-to-wear design from Fairytales Bridal Boutique. “People expected that I would design my own gown, but I wanted to enjoy the experience of planning the wedding and not have to worry about doing my own fittings,” she explains.
In front of 120 guests, Chris and Hayley exchanged vows before a beautiful release ceremony on the steps of the picturesque Chateau Wyuna chapel in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges.
|High school sweethearts, Chris and Hayley were together for seven years before Chris proposed. Hayley says, “He planned a surprise proposal, but I totally knew what he was up to. You don’t spend seven years with someone and not know what they are up to!”|
|She adds, “He took me out to one of my favourite places for dinner (Black Mountain Tower). It was so cute to see him nervous! By the time we finally had dessert and went up to the lookout, I was so excited that I didn’t even let him finish the proposal! As soon as I saw the ring box I started to squeal and cry and practically bowled him over. Poor guy didn’t even get the chance to get down on one knee.”|
|The couple chose Chateau Wyuna for its breathtaking scenery and it was one of venues in the area that could cater for their 120 guests. With so many friends and family attending from interstate, the venue’s affiliation with a nearby hotel was also a major attraction for the pair.|
|Hayley says, “If you are being your own wedding planner, make a list of everything you need and check it twice. Involve family and friends as much as you can because not only can it save you a fortune, it also makes the whole experience more personal and memorable.”|
|Photos courtesy of Whitepoint Photography.|
It’s never too late to find true love.
This sweet older couple, Kim and Greg, found each other later in life but were definitely not too old to say ‘I do’ in this laid back, western-inspired vintage wedding in the historic country town of Gundaroo, NSW.
Whilst 68-year-old Greg is a born and bred Aussie bushman and technology isn’t really his forte (he doesn’t even send text messages), 45-year-old Kim is much more computer savvy and quite the internet shopper. She did most of the styling for their vintage wedding herself, buying bits and pieces online (she hates shopping the regular way), and found her 97-year-old vintage wedding dress through a local vendor on Etsy who had sourced the gown from a museum.
Greg (who has 34 grandchildren – Kim jokes she knows all their names off the top of her head) looked cool yet gentlemanly in his Whatt Earp-style outfit, also purchased online – from the US. Kim’s limited edition Diane Hassall wedding shoes (with Swarovski crystal butterflies) were ordered the same way from London.
Young-at-heart Kim even chose a song from teen movie, Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 1, for the ceremony – if you’re a Twi-hard you’ll know Bella’s wedding processional, Butterfly Waltz. “When I heard the song I loved it,” says Kim. “It has an old world sound that is absolutely gorgeous – no modern techno sounds!”
It was a beautiful, warm Autumn day for the couple’s civil ceremony at the heritage listed, Gundaroo Colonial Inn, with their good (and quite younger) friends, Dion and Erin as attendants.
As the celebrations continued into the evening, Kim says, “People started piking at about 11pm but I wanted to keep going! Everyone had a rip-roaring time.”
|Photos courtesy of Brilliant Family Photography.|
This is a love story with little twists and turns of fate proving you just can’t plan everything, even if you tried.
Web developer, Marcus Uitert spotted art director, Laura Fritsch, in a sea of 20,000 revellers at music festival, Stereosonic. She was not even meant to be there. Having been convinced by a friend (who then stood her up!) to go along, she’d spent the day with strangers and, at 10pm when the festival came to a close, the crowd converged toward the exit gates of Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. About 10 metres from the gate, Marcus approached Laura asking where the after-party was (subtle!). They got chatting, exchanged numbers and three months after their first date, moved in together.
Two-and-a-half years later they were engaged (on a surprise trip to Paris organised by the romantic Marcus). Upon their return, they booked a vineyard wedding on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula. The rustic theme and decorations were all sorted, invitations were designed and they’d had several meetings with the priest from the only Catholic church in area.
Then, with six months to go, Marcus received a phone call from the winery – they could no longer hold the reception there due to permit issues. “Are you serious!?” they said (a bit more, too, I’m sure) and a mad dash ensued – a new venue (Abbotsford Convent), a new date, shuffling of suppliers and booking new ones.
It was chaos. But then luck (or destiny) prevailed. The priest relocated to Coburg (just 10 minutes from the venue). Some of the older guests were relieved not to have had to travel so far. And the new caterers at the Abbotsford Convent turned out to be absolutely amazing. Delectable food and presentation to die for.
Laura says, “Despite all the stress that was created from having to change venues, Marcus and I had the wedding of our dreams and couldn’t imagine doing anything differently. It was the perfect day.”
The couple’s morning wedding was held at 11am with a sit-down lunch at 12.30pm. With no time for photos in between (they were held afterward instead), “the joy and spirit from the ceremony flowed really nicely into the reception without that huge gap in the middle,” says Laura.
It was meant to be.
|Laura’s stunning gown was from Melbourne designer, Linda Gorringe Couture. Laura tells, “Before I even knew Marcus was going to propose, a girlfriend of mine took me to Linda Gorringe to buy some accessories for her wedding. Whilst she was in the change room, I saw a woman having her fitting and I thought to myself, that’s the dress.” She adds, “The staff were really friendly and attentive.”|
|Marcus wore a light-coloured lounge suit by Calvin Klein which emphasised his Dutch/Lebanese good looks!|
|Laura walked down the aisle to classic wedding melody, Pachelbel’s Canon, and an instrumental version of The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony was played for the exit. “YouTube definitely got a workout,” says Laura of their search for the perfect wedding music.|
|The couple chose fabulous wedding band, The Baker Boys, to entertain their 70 guests. Laura tells, “The day started with a mix of blues and jazz while the guests had starters and sipped champagne in the courtyard. Then, everyone was ushered inside to gather around the dance floor as the bridal party made their entrance. Our first dance to Jackie Wilson’s Higher and Higher followed and the band kept the energy up the entire time, playing one great song after another.”|
The Grand Rosina Room of Abbotsford Convent was styled with bright bunches of colourful flowers, which Laura did herself using flowers sourced from Dandenong Market.
The bride’s mum made and decorated the beautiful three-tier wedding fruit cake – with an elegant Eiffel Tower cake topper the reminder of a perfect Paris proposal.
She also made Cointreau cupcakes for the bomboniere. “Mum was up all night baking and still managed to look stunning on the day,” praises Laura.
|The bride’s musical uncle and MC wrote an upbeat love song and sang it to the couple on the day. “It brought everyone to tears,” says Laura.|
Laura’s bridesmaid, Kelly-Anne, wore a floor-length teal gown by Out with Evie, which they found at Myer. Laura tells, “She flew down from Darwin; I had half a day to spend with her so we went to Myer and I threw dozens of dresses into the fitting room for her to try on. The blue one looked the best on her and fitted so well.”
With just one attendant on either side, the groomsmen wore a charcoal suit he already owned, and Laura says she could afford to buy all of Kelly-Anne’s outfit, including her shoes and jewellery.
|This gorgeous wedding ends with a surprise honeymoon – organised by Marcus of course – to the sensational Maldives.|
Photos courtesy of Whitepoint Photography.