Georgie + Dave wed in the stunning Yarra Ranges with rolling hills and vineyards in the background, amongst their closest family and friends. What started off a stunning, beautiful Autumn day rapidly turned into a deep, gloomy impending sky the moment Georgie's foot stepped out of the limousine. This change in weather created a beautiful, dramatic backdrop for the gorgeous couple's ceremony, photographed by Candid Captures Photography. The relaxed and timelessly elegant reception served cocktails and wine, with the drop coming from the winery itself. Speeches took the couple and their guests through highs and lows, tears and laughter until the sounds of the 5 piece brass band filled the room and everyone let their hair down and danced the night away.
How did you meet your partner? We met at a mates Sunday BBQ, our first date quickly followed and have been inseparable ever since.
How long have you been together? 5 years
Do you have a proposal story? Dave took me away for our 4 year anniversary down near Wilsons Prom in a place called Bear Gully. He booked a gorgeous cabin right on the edge of the beach. We got up early one morning for a walk along the beach to find a lookout and needed to beat the tide. Dave had an injured knee at the time, but it still didn't click that something was up when he suggested climbing up the rock cliff face, so much so that once I had enough of the view, I started climbing back down not giving him enough of a chance to propose. He eventually caught up to me and proposed very simply and presented me with a stunning family heirloom antique ring.
What was your wedding date? 8.4.17
Ceremony & Reception
Location? Yarra Ranges Estate, Monbulk, Yarra Ranges, Victoria
What made you choose there? We wanted a relaxed venue where we could have a great time, good food and a great choice of drinks. This place was it! Coupled with the fact I am obsessed with autumn leaves and really wanted my wedding bathed in the orange and red glow of nature.
How did you find it? Funny enough I was at a local expo, I dropped in on the way to something else only staying for 15mins. What stuck with me was how lovely the owner was and relaxed she appeared about it all. Other vendors were giving me the hard sell which turned me off. The other reason we chose this venue is they were really reasonably priced… I was shocked with how expensive prices are!!
How was the weather on the day? Beautiful and 27 degrees when I was getting ready, then a nasty storm turned up as I got out of the car at the venue. We got our ceremony and pictures done in record time (20-30mins.) the storm then turned out as a blessing as it made our reception very cosy and everyone was excited to stay inside and mingle/dance and be merry.
Was there a reason you decided to get married on this date? I like even numbers and my mum who is a teacher told me it was a good date… turns out it was in school holidays. But that worked out really well as she helped out heaps the week beforehand.
The Wedding Details
Theme? The theme was old school glamour mixed with rustic fun, if that is a theme??
Where did you draw your inspiration/ideas from? My art deco ring. It is turn of the century and mixed with my glamorous dress I felt I needed to make sure the rest flowed! I also really like bold colours and was sure I wanted strong lips so I went with that idea which flowed on to the dress choices, flowers and groomsmens suits.
Were any aspects of your wedding D.I.Y? If so What? The flower piece hanging from the arbour for our ceremony is actually a hula hoop wrapped in greenery and flowers. My gold headpiece…it actually was $2 from Spotlight and on the day of my wedding I cut it into pieces and rewired it with florist wire. It worked out really well!
Bridesmaids – who/relationship?
3 x sisters and 2 x best friends.
Groomsmen – who/relationship?
2 x brothers and 3 x good mates
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
Georgie looked effortlessly glamourous wearing the beaded 'Josie' gown from the KWH by Karen Willis Holmes collection
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I used to work at Karen’s casually when I was at Uni! I really love her designs and couldn't imagine getting my dress from anywhere else!
How many gowns did you try? I tried on a few in Melbourne before flying up to Sydney for the sample sale!! I tried on a couple gowns; neither of which was the one, then I asked Lina if she recommended anything for me and she found me my perfect dress!!
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? I bought it from the sample sale which was held in the KWH HQ
What did you especially like about your gown? I love the fluffy bottom - It's little rosettes made of tulle. I also love the high neck, I have always found it suits me more, also the back cutout… I just loved it all.
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Rodeo Show. Best ever!
Who did your partner wear? His suit was from Menzclub.
What accessories did you choose to finish your gown and also for those in your bridal party? I got my girls a lovely freshwater pearl ring each, along with necklaces.
I wore a gorgeous brooch given to me by my good friend. I wore it fastening the back piece of my dress.
Where did you get your shoes from? They were from Miss KG. Blue velvet shoes which I borrowed from one of my lovely bridesmaids. I was searching forever and she found them for me.
Did you wear a veil/headpiece? Where did you get this from? I made my headpiece on the day of my wedding by cutting it up and rewiring it!
What advice would you give brides organizing their wedding?
-Careful with Pinterest as it can make ur ideas get grander and grander!
-Simple is beautiful and guests appreciate the emotion of the day. Not everything has to be perfectly staged.
-Delegate delegate delegate!! My bridesmaids were my team of highly skilled wedding helpers. I was super lucky to have really organised, crafty and industrious friends. They sourced my shoes, my amazing cheese layer cake (imported French cheeses,) decorations and one of my bridesmaids owns a beauty salon…hello!!
What advice would you give brides searching for their wedding gown? Have an idea of what shape suits you prior to going in. For example, I always look better with a high neck and when I pull in my waist. So I kept that in mind when choosing dresses to try on. Also, make sure you wear your spanks when you go shopping, that way you know, it looks how it will look. It makes it much easier to choose.
Anything extra that is special or you would like to share about your big day? We had an absolutely gorgeous day. It was perfectly imperfect. My view was to almost over-organise it, make a running sheet etc and send to all wedding party. Then 2 days before wedding forget all about it and don't talk about organisation. This way I was able to just focus on fun. It was great.
Something Old? My great grandmother's engagement ring and my grandmother's wedding ring… hopefully, that brings me good kudos
Something New? Dress!
Something Borrowed? Blue velvet shoes
Something Blue? Pearl brooch with blue sapphire eyes.
Photographer - Candid Captures. They were amazing!
Florist - Me! My bridesmaids and I put together our bouquets the afternoon before the wedding, accompanied by champagne.
Music - David Durrant and Co.
MC - Our lovely family friend, Kevin Rafferty
Celebrant - Lucy Gilfillan - She was my friends cousin and was fabulous and full of energy.
Stationery - My bridesmaid Jo created them with the help of Creative Market
Menu - Yarra Ranges Estate
Cake - Jo Templin - My amazing bridesmaid superstar.
Hair & Makeup- LoveCo- MUA Rachel. The best I have ever been made up. Highly highly recommend
Wedding Bands - Ruby Tuesday in Warrandyte adjusted my rings and made Dave’s gold band