Adriana & Andrew’s Real Wedding

Adriana & Andrew’s Real Wedding

A winter-styled winery wedding in Melbourne for Adriana & Andrew.

The two met during their Christmas holidays on the beach in Mornington Peninsula through mutual friends. During a romantic weekend away, Andrew proposed at one of their favourite places – Teddy’s Lookout at Lorne. The couple celebrated with their loved one at Stones of the Yarra Valley.

How did you and your partner meet?
Andrew and I met through mutual friends, while we were both on Christmas Holidays, we met at the beach in the Mornington Peninsula. 

How did he propose?
During a weekend away at my parent’s holiday house at Lorne, and after a very long and beautiful day of site seeing down the Great Ocean Road, Andrew proposed at one of our favorites places in Lorne at Teddy’s lookout. 

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
I have only been married for a short time now, but Andrew and I have been together for many years. I would say that the most important part of maintaining a strong relationship would be to never take yourself or your relationship too seriously and don’t forget to have fun. 

Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
The most important thing to me when I chose my gown was how I connected with the designer. I had a vision in mind, but it was up to the designer to lead me on the journey. Leah was laid back in her approach and not over powering, and that was important to me. My dress was different, I hadn’t seen anything like it and I was so happy with the outcome.

What style did you envision for your wedding day?
I had always envisioned my wedding day to be a laid-back and a glamourous styled one. A winter style winery was perfect for this, and Stones of the Yarra Valley nailed that brief. Stones can be anything you want it to be. Our hanging chandelier of florals with tea light candles, along with drooping fairy lights, really set the mood. There was an open fire pit outside the back doors overlooking the vineyard, it was perfect. 

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Definitley the fireworks at our evening reception. 
I’m a sucker for those big, bright sparkles in the sky, and Andrew knows this. Part way through Andrew’s speech, he surprised me and our guests with a show of amazing fireworks over the vineyard. It was magical. 

Any DIY décor elements?
All in all, the team at Stones are amazing event coordinators. They prompt you with things that you haven’t even thought about in terms of décor, but some things that we added were fairy lighting, outdoor fire pit, and a bird cage for our ‘wishing well’.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I can honestly say, I wouldn’t change anything. Nothing is perfect but to us, our wedding day was stunning and most importantly, it was a huge celebration with friends and family, filled with love, laughter and of course, great food and wine. 

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Be organised – there is no fun in a last minute stress sessions. In the last 6 months, set your ‘to do’ list and order it in priority. The highest priority items, set to action 6 months prior, and work the list backwards so that you have certain things to action, every month. Plan to have a blank ‘to do’ list two weeks prior, because things will pop up.

The Team

Dress: Leah Da Gloria
Makeup: Cassandra Lusi
Hair: Rokk Ebony
Shoes: Valentino
Accessories: Tiffany & Co
Personalised Wedding Gifts: Adorn Invitations
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Grooms Suit: MJ Bale
Photographer: Darin Collison
Video: Life in Light Films
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Cake: Cakes by Raymond Tan 
Flowers: Blooming Brides
Ceremony Venue: St Mary’s Star of the Sea, West Melbourne
Reception Venue: Stones of the Yarra Valley 


Samantha & Hasan’s Real Wedding

Samantha & Hasan’s Real Wedding

Samantha and Hasan had their hearts set on a timeless vintage styled wedding in Australia

The couple met at their gym and discovered they had crossed paths at high school.  Their wedding day saw them celebrating into the night with their loved ones and 220 guests.

How did you both meet?
Hasan was a personal trainer at a gym I had recently joined. We first met at the initial consultation and realised we had both attended the same high school although we were a few years apart. I left my water bottle at the gym and he used the opportunity to message me. It was the chemistry and fun that brought our relationship together.

How did he propose?
It was at my house in front of our family. 

What’s your most important piece of advice for creating and maintaining a strong relationship?
Trust – without it it’s difficult to lay the foundation for your relationship. And always treat each other as if you’re on your first date. 


Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
It was the  first dress I tried on when I walked in to Belle et Blanc. I tried on a few more dresses however I kept coming back to the first one. It was exactly what I was looking for – a long train and delicate sleeves.

What style did you envision for your wedding day?
A timeless, vintage look with gold throughout.

What was your favorite moment from the day?
Walking into the venue and finding everyone all dressed and ready to meet us. It was a reminder of what great family and friends we have. 

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
I’d definitely try to stress less.

Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Small things may go wrong so my advice is to just make the most of every moment. Before you know it, the night is over and you’re saying goodbye to your guests. 

The Team

Wedding Invitations:
Adorn Invitations
Dress: Jasmine 2016 from Belle et Blanc
Makeup: Karla Roccuzo
Hair: Vera
Shoes: Zu
Accessories: Bariano
Bridesmaids Dresses: Custom by Belle et Blanc
Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss

Photographer: Lahza Photography
Menus & Place Cards: BWedding Invitations
Cake: The Sweeter Side

Flowers: Lily Pad
Ceremony Venue: Home

Reception Venue: San Remo Ballroom