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Claire & Daniel's picturesque country Victorian wedding

Posted on 13 Apr, 2017
Claire & Daniel's picturesque country Victorian wedding

A long, elm-lined driveway, the Murray river & an old Estate was the setting for Claire and Daniels summer Victorian wedding, photographed by Sarah Godenzi Photography. Since the two have been together, every summer has been spent at their holiday house nearby which made it an easy decision for them to find a winery in the area.  As the Estate came with such history, they really wanted to play into the heritage and let the venue speak for itself.  The wedding was romantic, relaxed and filled with soft complimentary tones of pale powder blues and greens.  Blue gum foliage and king proteas made up the arbor and lined the banquet table by florist Rutherglen Florist- as the couple's friends and family feasted on a delicious spread and danced the night away. 


How did you meet your partner?  We met through mutual friends at a music festival over New Years in 2008

How long have you been together? 7.5 years

Do you have a proposal story? We had planned a trip to Bali with friends and decided to add a couple of days in Nusa Dua before everyone arrived. I thought Daniel was acting a little strange going through the security check but didn’t think anything of it (he was trying to hide the ring!) On the first night, we had drinks on the beach to watch the sunset. As we were surrounded by a few other tables, and not wanting an audience, Daniel came up with an excuse to go back to our room before dinner so that he could get me alone. On our way from our room to the resort restaurant, through a quiet courtyard, he dropped to his knee. Coincidently, it was 33 years to the day since his dad had proposed to his mum.

The Wedding

What was your wedding date? Saturday, 4 February 2017

Ceremony Location? The Rose Garden, All Saints Estate – Wagunyah, North East Victoria

What made you choose there? Having a holiday house in nearby Yarrawonga, we have spent every summer on the Murray River since we’ve been together. As it is a location that holds great memories for us, we always knew we wanted to get married in the region. The first venue we visited, All Saints Estate blew us away as soon as we drove down the elm-lined driveway. We loved the history of the Estate and that it combined two things we love: gardens and wine!

How did you find it? We researched a couple of wineries in the region and although we had another venue in mind, as soon as we saw All Saints Estate we knew it was the one. With the Murray River just down from the Estate, we were sure to escape to the nearby riverbank with our bridal party after the ceremony.

Reception Location? The Great Hall, All Saints Estate – Wagunyah, North East Victoria

What made you choose there? We were after a venue that could accommodate both our ceremony and reception to allow guests to relax in between and enjoy some drinks and lawn games while we snuck off for photos by the river. The Great Hall was lined with historic wine barrels and festoon lights; guests sat on long banquet tables, which made it both intimate and relaxed.

How was the weather on the day? Perfect for North East Victoria, 35 and sunny. The Rose Garden was shaded in the afternoon and we provided a bowl of hand-held wooden fans for our guests, which they appreciated!!

Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? We’ve always loved our summers spent on the river so it was an easy decision to get married at that time of year. We wanted our guests to experience and share in our love for the region and it was beautiful to spend our days before and after the wedding by the water.

The Wedding Details

Theme? We were after a relaxed, romantic theme with lots of native greenery to tie in with the location. All Saints Estate has such a rich character so we wanted to keep our theme simple and fitting to the venue. Our florist created beautiful blue-gum foliage garlands for the banquet tables and adorned our arbour with King Proteas and native foliage to match the girls bouquets. The girls wore gorgeous powder blue dresses with romantic, textured hairstyles and the boys had light linen jackets with matching pocket squares.

Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? Instagram, Hello May, One Fine Day Bridal Fair and Etsy.

Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? Daniel’s father Jeff built our beautiful arbour and Daniel made our card box.

Bridal Party

Bridesmaids – who/relationship? Having a close bond with our sisters I always knew that one day they’d be my bridesmaids. My sister, Michelle was my Maid of Honour and Daniel’s sisters Kylie, Brooke and Sharn were my bridesmaids. To have them a part of our wedding was incredibly special to both of us.

Groomsmen – who/relationship? Daniel’s best friend Heath was his Best Man and close friends James, Sam and Daniel were his groomsmen.

Wedding Gown (the most important part!)

Claire looked stunning in our BESPOKE 'Gianna' lace wedding gown. 

What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? Karen Willis Holmes came highly recommended to me from close friends and family who wore KWH on their wedding days. I loved vast range of classic yet modern gowns, which extenuate the female figure.

Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? A couple of my friends wore Karen Willis Holmes to their weddings, as did Daniel’s cousin; each dress unique and equally as beautiful. I also loved the new range at the One Fine Day Bridal Fair.

How many gowns did you try? Karen Willis Holmes was the first boutique we visited; I found the 'Gianna' in the first hour of looking. I tried on about 8 dresses and 'Gianna' was the first one that I didn’t want to take off!

Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Karen Willis Holmes, Armadale VIC. Leana and Brianna were amazing in helping me find my dress. Having lost 10kg in the months leading up to our wedding, my fitter Enza did an incredible job in altering my dress so that it fit perfectly.

What did you especially like about your gown? I loved the delicate lace and modern front split; it was so comfortable to wear and so classic in style. We tweaked the original design slightly to create a ‘V’ with the straps, which finished the gown perfectly. As North East Victoria in February is typically very hot; with the anticipation of it being over 40 degrees, I loved the 'Gianna' gown as it was light, flowy and perfectly suited the location.


Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? The girls wore Pia Gladys Perey ‘Carla’ dress from White Runway. It was such a flattering dress that complimented each of their figures beautifully; the fabric was light, and perfect for a warm summers day.

Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Daniel’s navy suit was from Briggins matched with a paisley bow tie from TM Lewin. Dan’s groomsmen wore Daniel Hechter linen jackets and Industry chinos.

What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I have always been a big fan of Samantha Wills so I gifted the girls matching Bohemian Bardot rings and earrings. I wore some simple pearl studs from the Samantha Wills Bridal collection

.Where did you get your shoes from? Jane Debster at Myer. It took me a lot longer to find my shoes than it did anything else; as you could see them through the split in my dress. They were extremely comfortable (even when walking through fields of grass/over logs by the river!)

Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? My florist created a beautiful floral headpiece for the ceremony. For the reception, I wanted something to suit the evening so I wore the ‘Ava’ embellished headpiece from Anna Campbell.

What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding? I tried to book one thing per week, that way it was more manageable and allowed more time closer to the day to relax and enjoy the lead-up. On the day, take a moment to sit back and take it all in together; it’s not every day that all of your special people are in the same place. Enjoy your time together and dance all night!

What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Have fun and make a day of it! It’s not every day that you get to try on beautiful gowns so go in with an open mind and try on a range of styles; you never know what you might find!

Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? We loved making the day our own, from keeping to some traditions and breaking away from others; it was important to us to personalise and tailor the day to suit. Having raised me, it was so special to have my mother walk me down the aisle along side my dad. In place of a formal reading, we had my aunt and godmother Moira read a children’s book ‘Henry and Amy’ by Stephen Michael King.

Something Old? My late Oma’s pearl necklace, which I wrapped around my bouquet

Something New? My dress

Something Borrowed? My grandmother’s engagement ring (tied to my bouquet) she wasn’t able to attend so it was lovely having a part of her there with me

Something Blue? My bridesmaids!


We felt extremely fortunate to have an incredible team of vendors, both local and those willing to make the trip from Melbourne; we would highly recommend all of our suppliers.

Photographer – Sarah Godenzi Photography.

Having photographed a couple of our friend’s weddings, we fell in love with Sarah’s candid and relaxed style. Sarah was able to capture the day perfectly, she was there for every big and little moment and we loved sharing the day with her.

Florist – Rutherglen Florist

Carla did an incredible job of our flowers and foliage; from our beautiful native bouquets, blue-gum table garlands and the gorgeous arbor decorated with King Proteas; it’s no wonder that Carla comes highly recommended throughout the Rutherglen Region.

Celebrant – Sam Watterson.

Having married Daniel’s cousin recently, we knew Sam was exactly what we were after in a celebrant. As a firefighter by profession and a celebrant as a passion, Sam sees people on the worst and best days of their lives. Sam was personable and ensured that the ceremony was authentic, real and relaxed.

Make-Up & Tans – Jessica Schifferle

I had been following Jess’ beauty blog for some time and was excited to hear that although now based in Melbourne, she was from the region. Jess was incredible and made everyone feel and look amazing!

Hair – S & Co Hair Styling by Shan

Shan did an incredible job creating textured, romantic hairstyles for myself, the girls and our mums

Music – Marc Lucarelli (DJ). Marc came highly recommended to us and didn’t disappoint! The dance floor was incredible and full from start to finish!!

First Dance – ‘Endless Summer’ by The Jezabels (Josh Pyke cover)

MC – Jayden Weatherley (Our close friend and Daniel’s business partner)

Event hire – Hens Teeth Trading.

We hired gorgeous timber benches from Hens Teeth Trading in nearby Tocumwal

Cake – Burnt Butter, Richmond.

As we love cheese, Lisa at Burnt Butter did a wonderful job in sourcing a cheese wheel cake for us. Not only did our guests love our cake, we also enjoyed it on our trip along the New South Wales South Coast in the days following

Stationery – CouturePress, Etsy.

Clare did an amazing job designing our engagement and wedding invitations, welcome sign, menus and seating chart. TheBritishRule, Etsy designed our custom illustration‘ Save the Dates’ which we just loved!

Bombonieres – KatrinaLouiseDesigns, Etsy

Katrina created gorgeous wooden laser cut nameplates for each guest, which added a personal touch

Wedding Bands – Holdsworth Bros Jewellers.

It was very special to have Tim and Carmen Holdsworth create our wedding bands. Carmen is my sister’s best friend, having grown up together it was so lovely having them involved in our day.

Robes – Le Rose robes.

They were so lovely and comfortable to wear.