Let me set the scene — the rolling hills of Victoria (Australia) wine country, hanging wedding decor, and one couple pledging their love at a beautifully designed barn. And just wait until you hear the couples sweet love story! It was love at first sight that culminated in a Rustic Chic Wedding. Pair that romance with a stylish Rue De Seine wedding dress and The White Tree Photography behind the lens, and you’ve got a day made for the pages of BTM. See even more pretty this way in the FULL GALLERY.
The Love Story…
How did you meet?
We actually met at a burger café and after chatting, Chris asked me out on a date. The first thing I actually noticed about him were his amazing blue-green eyes; there was something so gentle and genuine about him!
One date led to another and we started dating long distance as I was living in country Vic at the time. I’d never met anyone like Chris and after 6 months, I knew that I had to move back to
Melbourne. I think I knew that I’d marry him after our first meeting though. I remember driving home in complete and utter shock, thinking to myself that this guy could be the one!
How did he propose?
A year after we met, he took me out to dinner and as we were strolling along the water front at Williamstown, he got down on one knee and proposed.
Wedding Dress Shopping…
How did you choose your wedding gown?
I walked past a bridal store with a window display that really caught my eye. The styling was very bohemian and romantic and unlike most places. I went in and within 10 minutes I knew I’d found my dress. I felt beautiful, and most importantly I felt like myself.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
We wanted a theme that suited the venue – which was quite rustic with rolling country side views and a wedding that was beautiful but warm and joyful, just like my relationship with Chris.
Any DIY décor elements?
I made the cover for our wedding guest book (from typo), and guests took polaroid’s and taped them into the book with a message. I added a touch of rustic twine around the guest’s names and bonbonniere jars as well. Most of the decoration was also a collaboration between Zonzo estates and us.
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Absolutely nothing! the whole process of planning and the day was stress-free, well organized and lovely.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
1. Start planning early- keep records of everything (spreadsheets)
2. Consider hiring a car vs. expensive chauffeurs.
3. Do lots of research on Pinterest, Instagram and online and make sure you read lots of reviews.
4. Do what you like! Don’t be pressured by other people’s opinions.
Photographer: The White Tree // Dress: Rue de Seine from The Bridal Atelier // Ceremony and Reception Venue: Zonzo Estate, Yarra Valley // Flowers: Debbie O Neill // Makeup: Eve Gunson Freelance // Hair: As Above // Shoes: Zomp // Accessories: LOVEON Jewelry // Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss // Stationery: Adorn Invitations // Cake: Let them Eat Cake // Food: Zonzo Estate // Celebrant: Mike Larkin // Bonbonnieres: Cunliffe & Waters