A cross-dressing bridesmaid proposing to a cross-dressing groomsman?
Don’t be too confused. Joel Morrison popped the question to his true love Bree Falla while in costume. The pair were taking part in their annual Winery Walkabout tour with friends where everyone was dressed to the theme “reverse wedding.”
“Joel was dressed as a stunning lady in a blonde wig when he went down on one knee and opened up a carefully sculpted, wax wine bottle which contained a plastic, $2 Shop heart-shaped ring,” laughs Bree.
She adds, “After eight years waiting for him to pop the question, my first reaction was to say, ‘Are you joking?’ – not once, not twice, but three times!”
The Melbourne pair were married on October 11, 2014 with 60 guests at Yarrawonga in Victoria. The ceremony and reception took place at Yarrawonga Yacht Club. The bride says there were many special moments at their vintage country wedding, including having their dog Barney, a beagle pug cross, as the ring bearer.
The first dance was also a highlight, according to Bree. “When the time came for our bridal dance, Joel surprised me by organising the best man and maid of honour to sing a stunning acoustic version of our favourite song ‘Endless Summer’ by The Jezabels.”
The couple headed to the other side of the country for their honeymoon, relaxing in Perth.
Photos courtesy of Duuet Photography.
Bree wore a vintage-inspired lace gown and carried country-style blooms which she arranged herself with flowers from South Melbourne Market.
“We chose Yarrawonga because we lived there for three years… Some of our most treasured memories and best friends where made there,” expains Bree.
Joel’s 1963 EJ Holden, which he has been gradually restoring since he purchased it for $99, is almost a family member according to Bree. “It was essential it was our wedding car,” she says.
The bride made all the bunting flags, signs and guest book and collected and hand-painted 60 jars for the guests to drink from.
“Our wedding was joyful, beautiful and outrageously fun,” says Bree.
Brides Accessories: Etsy - Miss Joans Bridal / Brides Gown: Allure Bridal Couture / Brides Shoes: JJ's House / Bridesmaids Accessories: Mondo Jewellery Design / Bridesmaids Dresses: Jessica Lauren Fashion Design / Cake: Ashlea Brown Cakes, Etsy - Itty Bitty Woode Shoppe / Caterer: Dalish Catering / Celebrant: Ann Carter / Entertainment: Ricki Wood / Flowers: South Melbourne Market / Grooms Attire: David Jones, Armani / Grooms Shoes: Aquila / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Shoes: Own shoes / Hair: Kira Hair Design / Honeymoon: Perth / Lolly Buffet: Homemade cupcakes / Makeup: Ash Blake Beauty Therapy / Photographer: DUUET / Rings: Amie Louise Fine Jeweller / Transport: Own transport / Venue: Yarrawonga Yacht Club