Despite deciding he wasn’t “boyfriend material”, Stacey Kop couldn’t help falling in love with Yannick Leveque.
Stacey, 27, says despite connecting instantly when they first met, her “unfairly high standards” meant she and Yannick, 30, remained just friends for six months.
“We finally accepted we were together and made it official,” Stacey says.
Yannick popped the question in 2015 before whisking his bride-to-be off for a Fijian holiday.
On returning, the Melbourne couple began planning their intimate wedding, which Stacey explained was to avoid many major traditions.
“We wanted to have a wedding day that was small and intimate with just family as it would be a very personal day. We wanted a truly personal experience and excluded the clichés of weddings… we focused on what was important such as vows, the location and our photography,” she says.
The pair wed in a beautiful garden setting at Pioneer Park, Berwick on November 12, 2016 in front of 50 guests. Celebrations continued at the park’s cafe, a converted school house complete with timber floorboards and rustic touches.
“We put a lot of thought into our ceremony and by then end, had all our guests in tears with our heartfelt words,” Stacey says.
The personal elements did not end there, with the groom serenading his bride at the altar and performed again at the reception.
“Our wedding was perfect! The day couldn’t be faulted,” Stacey says.
“Yannick made me believe in love and our wedding honoured it perfectly.”
Photos courtesy of Image Haus Weddings.
“It was the first and only dress I tried on,” says Stacey of her Anna Campbell design.
Yannick combined cool and classic with his navy suit and bow tie.
Stacey used to work opposite the park and always admired it. “The garden was so beautiful in November, the roses were in bloom,” she says. Light rain meant the couple relocated their garden ceremony to a nearby rotunda.
Following their intimate wedding, the couple had a romantic honeymoon in south-east Asia.
“We didn’t have a ‘party’ wedding and didn’t want dancing – it was more a celebration with our family over food and conversation. We wanted an intimate gathering,” Stacey says.
Brides Accessories: Michael Hill Jeweller, Von Treskow / Brides Gown: Anna Campbell Boutique / Brides Shoes: Betts / Bridesmaid Shoes: Betts / Bridesmaids Accessories: Own choice / Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New / Celebrant: Georgia Mills / Ceremony Music: Angus Legg, Playlist / Ceremony Venue: Pioneer Park / Entertainment: Angus Legg / Gift Registry: Wishing well / Grooms Attire: Topman, Ted Baker / Grooms Shoes: Airflex / Groomsmen Attire: Own suits / Groomsmen Shoes: Own shoes / Hair: Color Me Happy, Rokk Ebony / Honeymoon: Carlton City Hotel, SIngapore, Novotel Avista, Phuket, Silverland Sakyo, Ho Chi Minh, Six Senses Laamu, Maldives / Invitations: DIY / Makeup: Color Me Happy / Photographer: Image Haus Weddings / Reception Venue: Primary at Pioneer Park Cafe / Rings: Michael Hill Jeweller / Transport: DIY / Venue Decor: DIY / Wedding Planner: Crown Melbourne