From the Photographer

After a proposal at the lighthouse of Byron Bay, the wedding was planned for the most stunning venue in Victoria, Stones of the Yarra Valley. The color theme was mainly pastel tones. Seasonal flowers like roses, delphiniums, snapdragons, hydrangeas and dahlias, which were complimented with seasonal foliage such as laurel, camellia, peppercorn, olive and ivy. There was a gorgeous hanging installation with tea lights above the bridal table which served as a centerpiece when people entered the reception.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

We always wanted a picturesque venue. We visited over a dozen venues within the Yarra Valley, Red Hill and the Bellarine Peninsula, with Stones of the Yarra Valley early on in our search. On return, it took our breath away the moment we stepped into the chapel. The Chapel at Stones was the most beautiful venue for our ceremony.

 

After the flower girl and her three bridesmaids, I walked down the aisle with my mom to the song ‘River Flows in You’ by Yiruma. The ceremony was modern with a celebrant and grand pianist – it was light hearted and fun, but also heartfelt and showed our love for each other. We wrote our own vows which reflected our journey to be there that day. Andrew’s sister did a lovely reading by a French philosopher called ‘Love is an Adventure’ by Pierre Tielhard de Chardin. Our decorations were minimalistic but included a welcome board, floral altar arrangements and pew ends in the same neutral color tones to creating a flow across the ceremony.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

We chose neutral tones to complement our color theme. Our guestbook was wooden and matched the ‘save the dates’ we initially sent out. We personalized marble name tiles with our guests’ nicknames and used this as their place cards on the table.We had an engagement lunch in Taiwan 6 month prior as some of Christine’s family could not make the trip to Australia. Whilst there we had a photoshoot for ‘traditional’ Asian wedding photos. These were put on display as well as a couple of albums.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Our color theme was mainly pastel tones. Sugar Bee helped us with seasonal flowers like roses, delphiniums, snapdragons, hydrangeas and dahlias, which were complimented with seasonal foliage such as laurel, camellia, peppercorn, olive and ivy. We wanted a gorgeous hanging installation with tea lights above the bridal table which served as a centerpiece when people entered the reception.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

Our generous friend Rachel created a beautiful 3 layer cake with buttercream and gold foiling – chocolate, salted caramel, raspberry and white chocolate… All whilst managing two toddlers and heavily pregnant with their third.See Q7 for favorite parts of the wedding.

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

Daylee is a beautiful V neck backless dress by Rosa Clara. Designed and made in Spain the lace is soft and beautiful on the skin and the beading is absolutely meticulous. The dress is classy with a sexy flair – it has the mermaid look and a gorgeous stunning long train at the back. Christine fell in love with the dress when she tried it on and had it altered to perfection.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We matched online on eHarmony. Our first date was at a rooftop bar overlooking St Kilda beach. What was meant to be a quick drink on a Monday night turned into dinner over three hours. He proposed on a beautiful sunny day in Byron Bay after a morning hike up to the lighthouse. We were standing above the cliffs overlooking the beach, sitting on a hang gliding launching platform soaking it all in. He suddenly dropped down onto one knee, shaking nervously, proposing, but forgetting to open the box with the ring. Of course she said yes right away without even looking.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

For her, walking down the aisle towards him in the chapel, followed closely by the Wedding Dance! For him, he unexpectedly enjoyed walking the gardens taking photos after the ceremony. He was with his beautiful new wife and we were taking photos which would become the memories of our wedding day.

 

Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Have fun with the planning and don’t stress over the small things because everything will turn out beautifully in the end. The day goes by so quickly, make sure you take time out with your husband to look around and just soak it all in. We both helped each other with the planning and decision making as the ‘excel list’ will continue to expand and it can become quite daunting, although not insurmountable. Be there to help each other.