The best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – just ask bride Lisa Laurino.
The Bunbury beauty knew she had chemistry with fellow school teacher Michael Brook, but how to win him over? “As a good Italian girl, the only way I knew how to do this was through food. So, one morning, I brought him in a piece of my mum’s famous chocolate cake,” Lisa, 28, recalls.
An epic “10-hour coffee date” followed and about two years later Michael, also 28, took Lisa to a secluded stretch of beach near her family property and popped the question. “The rest of the day was wonderful and that evening, Michael and our parents planned a surprise dinner where Michael’s parents, siblings and partners came down from Perth and we had a big family dinner,” Lisa says.
The loved-up couple saw no reason to wait and planned their Bunbury wedding for nine months after the proposal. The couple wed at St Patrick’s Cathedral on January 9, 2016 in front of 120 family and friends.
“We were married at the same church as my parents were. We used many of the same songs and readings as well as they had meaning to everyone and a history with my family,” Lisa says.
Lisa credits the smooth running of the reception to former Channel Nine news anchor Russell Goodrick, who she once worked with, and who agreed to come on board as MC.
“He absolutely made the night come together with his wonderful television/radio voice and professionalism,” she says.
Photos courtesy of Tameika Brumby Photographer.
Lisa discovered her Augusta Jones gown at Collezione Bridal Couture. “This was the first shop and first dress I tried on,” says Lisa. “We went to other stores, but none of the dresses matched up to this one.”
“The best compliment we got on our wedding day was people could not tell whose family and friends belonged to who,” says Lisa.
Michael, originally from the UK, looked dapper in his George & King tailored tuxedo, while his groomsmen weren’t far behind in lounge suits from Roger David.
Bomboniere: Homemade / Brides Accessories: Provided by family / Brides Gown: Augusta Jones, Collezione Bridal Couture / Brides Shoes: Novo Shoes / Bridesmaid Shoes: Novo Shoes / Bridesmaids Accessories: Forever New / Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New / Cake: Family friend / Celebrant: Father Jess Navara / Ceremony Music: Maher Brothers / Ceremony Venue: St. Patrick Cathedral / Entertainment: DJ Darren Gittos, MC Russell Goodrick / Flowers: Hope Ryan / Grooms Attire: George and King / Grooms Shoes: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Attire: Roger David / Groomsmen Shoes: Own shoes / Hair: Alicia Bearman, Emily Franco / Invitations: Irene Laurino / Lolly Buffet: DIY / Makeup: Moving Make-up / Photographer: Tameika Brumby Photography / Reception Venue: Wyndham Resort Dunsborough / Venue Decor: Wez Enterprises / Videographer: Phil Strachan