How did you meet your (now) husband?
We met at a 90’s music night at a bar in Melbourne, nothing like a bit of Peter Andre or Spicegirls to spark a romance!
How long have you been together? 5 years
Do you have a proposal story?
We got engaged on a USA trip. We were in NYC in Central Park. Hersch was so nervous that he put the ring on the wrong finger, and it was 2 sizes too big, luckily we were so close to Tiffany’s on 5th Ave, we got it resized that same day!
What was your wedding date? 5th April 2014
Location (Ceremony and Reception) Where?
Ceremony at The Mill, Portarlington, Reception at Bellarine Estate Winery, Portarlington
What made you choose there? The Mill was very different, nobody I know had been there which was nice
How did you find it?I searched endlessly for a place that was different, and I found The Mill on a wedding blog from a few years before, as for the Reception, Bellarine Estate was the first place we visited, and loved it!
Bridesmaids – My sister, Morgan
Groomsmen – Hersch’s best friend Rudra
How was the weather on the day? On our wedding day, we were so lucky with the weather, the sun came out early morning, and stayed out all day, it was a perfect autumn day
What made you decide to get married on this particular date? I love the month of April and autumn weather, and the 5th of April is also my parents wedding anniversary, it was their 34th anniversary on the day of our wedding which was very special.
The Wedding Details
The ceremony was held at the beautiful Portarlington Mill, an old building owned by the National Trust, which was once used as a Flour Mill. Our ceremony was short and sweet, we actually were seated for our ceremony, which felt very intimate and our lovely celebrant delivered the ceremony to us. My beautiful Aunty, and her friend, created an amazing 2m floral swag, which we got married beneath. I was actually lucky enough to spend the day with her, on an amazing Dahlia farm in Winchelsea, picking my own flowers for the wedding.
As the sun went down, we got photographs taken in the vineyards of Bellarine Estate Winery, where our reception was held, while guests enjoyed pre dinner canapés and drinks. The weather was perfect for guests to be outdoors, as they enjoyed some acoustic music, food and drinks. The rest of the night was perfect, the food was amazing, and everyone enjoyed dancing the night away, with Test Pilot Molly creating an amazing dance floor. We hired festoon lighting through Pepper Sprout Hire, which created a carnival like atmosphere in the dance floor.
As for our styling, I guess I just wanted the day to be simple, natural, pretty and a reflection of us. I did a lot of the styling myself, as I had spent months planning, pinterest-ing and collecting jars, vases, candles etc. I really wanted a soft and romantic feel to the wedding, without it looking too DIY. There were flowers galore, candles everywhere and the atmosphere really just felt amazing.
Wedding Gown (the most important part!)
What made you decide to come into Karen Willis Holmes? I found the Kayla gown on the KAREN WILLIS HOLMES website and had to try it on!! A friend of my sisters, wore the Caitlyn Gown from the same collection, which is how I had heard of KAREN WILLIS HOLMES.
Where have you seen our gowns (if at all) before? A friend of my sisters, wore the Caitlyn Gown
How many gowns did you try? Probably about 6, all different styles just to see what suited me!
Where did you purchase your gown from (which store or stockist)? Armadale store
What did you especially like about your gown? Very different and so pretty! Nobody had ever seen it before!
Who helped you pick the gown/who shopped with you? My mum!
Who is your bridesmaid dress supplier? Elliatt
Where did you get the groom and groomsmen’s suits? Country Road
We often hear of difficulties experienced by the mother of the bride and groom in finding an appropriate outfit for the wedding day of their son/daughter, do you mind sharing where they found their outfits at all?
My mum actually purchased 3 outfits for the day, and it wasn’t until a few weeks before the wedding that she found the right one, and it was from a small boutique in ocean grove
Florist – The florist is my beautiful aunty and friend from The Flower Dispensary (their own business).
Photographer – Jenna and Jemima from Smitten Wedding Photography, Jenna is a friend of my sister; they were absolutely amazing to work with, so much fun!!
Music – Test Pilot Molly, I grew up listening to Test Pilot Molly in clubs around Geelong, they were so much fun at our wedding, and my sister has even booked them for her wedding in January!
First Dance – Jack Johnson – Banana Pancakes
MC – Teniesha Gill, my sisters best friend, she is so funny and did such an amazing job on the night!
Celebrant – Jo Betz, I couldn’t have chosen any better, she was so lovely to work with, and I didn’t want her to leave on the day! We have remained friends and often catch up for coffee!
Stationery / Menu – My sister is a Graphic Designer (Paul Kelly Design to Print) and did all of my stationary, invites, menus, signage herself, she is so unbelievably talented!
Cake – Sweet Designs by Claire – My cake was White Choc and Raspberry mud cake, it was the best cake I’ve ever eaten, it went so quickly and people were asking for more!
Bombonieres – Little Jar Cakes – a business run by Phoebe Myatt from her home in Abbotsford, there was lots of cake at our wedding J
Cars/Transport – Family cars
Hair – My long time friend Mel who owns her own salon called The Nest Hair and Makeup Room
Make up – Hilary Holmes Makeup
Wedding Bands – Duffs Jewellers Geelong
Festoon Lighting in the Marquee - Sarah Ottens from Peppersprout Hire
Ceremony Styling – Dress My Wedding