We finally tight the knot last November. It was by far the best day of our lives, with everything being just as spectacular as we thought it would be.
It all started at our accommodation, The Big Yarra View, a stunning large property sitting on 55 acres, at the heart of the Coldstream, near the Yarra Valley. Ben and I stayed at the property with the bridal party the night before, but at different sections of the house.
The girls and myself were up by 3am, jumping in the shower to start getting ready for the big day, as the make-up artist, the absolute sweetheart Nikki Dom (she’s AMAZING!) arrived at 4 am and the hair stylist, Sasha Madden, also amazing, followed with another hair stylist Phoebe. From the moment I woke up, I was smiling ear to ear, as I simply couldn’t believe this day had finally arrived.
Both the photographer and videographer, delivered outstanding photos and videos, with the videos making me tear up and re-living the most beautiful moments over and over again (just so perfect in every way), the photos being all stunning, amazing quality and loving every single one of them as Mark had captured everything so beautifully.
The cars hired from Classic & Prestige Cars, were 2 x 1962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud in white. It’d always been my dream to arrive in a classic RR and it is safe to say that this wedding met all my dreams.
My gown was purchased at Raffaele Ciuca, from the Maddison James collection, a stunning heavy lace bodice with a soft tulle skirt, in Ivory colour. The Bridesmaids wore the Multiway Ballgown from White Runway, which can be worn in 30 different ways, in the mesmerise colour which is a soft purple. The groom and the groomsmen wore navy Politix suits, brown leather shoes and belts.
The so famous Stones of Yarra Valley was the selection of our Venue. We booked 26 months in advance (September 2014), originally wanting the Saturday 19/11, however, was already booked, so we chose the Friday 18/11 instead (after all it is Ben’s lucky number). The struggle in finding the perfect venue for us was huge, being that we were looking at small venues for an intimate wedding of 60 people. We spent 2-3 months looking at venues and neither of us were too pleased with any, so when we saw the Stables at the Stones we knew that was the one for us.
We chose Rita from Blooming Brides as our florist, after following her work on Instagram for months. She was so easy to deal with, truly went above expectations with her work and both Ben and I were stunned at how gorgeously breathtaking both The Chapel and our venue The Stables looked.
For our ceremony we chose to have a celebrant, John McCullough, whom made the most beautiful little story about us and made it all so easy and simple for us. We also had a pianist at The Chapel, Calvin Leung. I got in contact with Calvin through The Stones recommendation list and I was really happy with him, as he was extremely easy to deal with and most importantly a great pianist, as our family and friends raved.
My wonderful maid of honour helped me out with my cake selection. We ended up with Jessica Cakes in Brunswick. We had a two-tier cake on a rustic naked look. I couldn’t decide on the flavours, as I loved them all so I decided to have two flavours, chocolate and Mars on the bottom tier, and on the top tier, Mars and strawberry twirl. We froze the top tier and we cut it for our one-month anniversary. The cake was still amazing and so moist. (Nom nom)
The day flew by so quickly, leaving me wish I could go back and re-live it all. There was not a single hick up and both Ben and I had the most amazing time. It was by far the best day of our lives, with everything being just perfect from start to finish. Surprisingly, I did not feel nervous or stressed at all, all day; instead, I was bursting of excitement and joy.
Once the ceremony was over and all the pictures were taken as the guests were having canapés at the courtyard, everyone was moved to the venue and we were welcomed in, as Mr and Mrs. We cut our cake, had our first dance, the father-daughter and mother-son dance, then moved to the three-course meal, which was outstanding (of course it would of as we’d chosen it, ha ha) but then the food at the Stones is always divine (as we’ve had a few lunches out there).
The speeches brought Ben and I in tears as well as our guests, but also had a good laugh. Once the food and speeches were over, we moved to the dance floor, opening it up with the so famous traditional Zorba the Greek dance. It was so much fun and truly joyful seeing all our family and friends giving it a go.
The wedding was over at 4 pm and Ben and I were dropped off to our accommodation at the Farmhouse Meletos (right next door to The Stones), staying at the absolutely gorgeous Tuscan Suite.