If a couple can survive a bout of gastro early in the relationship, you might say it’s true love.
“Marrying my husband proved to me to me that fairy tales do come true,” says 32-year-old Petra Gran of John Graves, 31. Not least of which proof was their early trip to Mexico. “John came down with a horrible bout of gastro and it resulted in a 3am trip to the local hospital of a small town where I attempted to use as much Spanish that I knew to help him,” she explains. “I witnessed things that I’m sure couples who have been married for decades have still not witnessed.”
But not long after, things got a little more serious than a stomach bug. Petra was diagnosed with cervical cancer and as a result had to have tough discussions with John about children. “Conversations about marriage, children and each other’s desires suddenly got quite serious but I knew inside that this man would never leave my side,” says Petra. Then, when her mother suddenly passed, John was again there as her rock.
The loved-up Melbourne couple married on May 2, 2015 with an modern elegant wedding. “Our wedding theme summed up everything about us – modern, elegant and contemporary,” smiles Petra. “We celebrated with 68 friends and family at Alto Event Space on top of Melbourne’s iconic GPO building.”
Photos courtesy of Dansk Photography.
Petra wore a fitted couture gown from Judith Valente.
“The girls wore gorgeous long black dresses with one shoulder strap and a rouged bodice,” says Petra. They were by Young Designers Gallery.
“Our wedding was the light at the end of the tunnel,” reflects Petra.
The couple honeymooned in Koh Samui, Thailand.
Bomboniere: Melbourne Deck of Secrets / Brides Accessories: Jeanette Maree / Brides Gown: Judith Valente Bridal Couture / Brides Shoes: Own shoes / Bridesmaid Shoes: Own shoes / Bridesmaids Accessories: Jeanette Maree / Bridesmaids Dresses: Young Designers Gallery / Cake: Regnier Cakes / Caterer: Damn Fine Foods / Celebrant: Wendy McRae / Ceremony Music: Calibre Entertainment / Entertainment: Calibre Entertainment / Flowers: Flower Jar / Gift Registry: Myer / Grooms Attire: Germanicos Bespoke Tailors / Groomsmen Attire: Germanicos Bespoke Tailors / Hair: Ellie Hair & Makeup / Honeymoon: Koh Samui / Invitations: Inspired Design / Makeup: Ellie Hair & Makeup / Photographer: Dansk Photography / Rings: Renato Jewellers / Transport: A TOUCH OF SILVER LIMOUSINE AND CAR HIRE / Venue: Alto Event Space / Venue Decor: Flower Jar, Stellar Weddings & Events, DIY / Videographer: Purple Ribbon Weddings / Wedding Night Accommodation: Westin Hotel