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Bride with high bun and halterneck dress

As Steph chatted to us about her modern winery wedding, she advised how important it is during the planning stage to work out what is really important to you as a couple – what are the things that are non negotiable, that you really just can’t live without? Once you’ve decided on these and costed them out, you know exactly how much budget you have left over for those added extras.

“Make a list of things you want for your wedding and stick to this when booking your venue. Simple things like an extra hour of partying can really impact on your night! Also when planning your budget think about what is important for you both and spend the money on it  – then make sacrifices on things you don’t think are as important. For us the most important things we wanted were the band and the venue and we did not regret it!!”

Clyde Park Winery Wedding Reception

Clyde Park Winery,

Bride and bridesmaids in halterneck dresses

Band with Mr and Mrs Marquee Lights

Bridal party in countryside

Bridesmaids in raspberry red

Black and white photo of bride

Country wedding with bridesmaids in red

Daniel Brannan

Head table at wedding at Clyde Park

Images by Daniel Brannan

Mia and Dennis

Our stars aligned one night at the Long Room Bar in Melbourne. It was a girls’ night out and I was the designated driver. I first met Dennis at the table lounge area where he offered me some food – I couldn’t say no to food (haha). It wasn’t love at first sight, but it turned out to be one of the biggest loves I have ever found. We spoke, there was no flirting, and became best friends!

Fast track one and a half years later to September in Europe where we were travelling with my best friend who was living in London at the time and three other very close friends from Melbourne. As we were strolling along the golden bridge at Pont Alexander III in Paris, we all turned around to take a group selfie with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

As the camera clicked, my best friend pulled out banner showing ‘Mia, will you marry me’? I turned to Dennis and he was then on his knees with the ring and proposed. It was the most emotional day of my life. I was so happy I could not hold back my happy tears all night! We were so blessed and grateful to have our closest friends there to be part of the proposal that was executed so perfectly in a city of love that I hold so closely to my heart. A dream comes true.

Dennis and I are both self-proclaimed highly efficient and organized people. We had our suppliers and venue booked within the first month of being engaged. Wedding planning was a breeze and stress-free. We wanted the day to be enjoyable for the bridal party, friends and family so we had no DIY duties and outsourced everything with the help of Amelia from Make Your Day. From room service, styling and reception, we had A grade vendors take care of everything. Our guests enjoyed a bay side party at Sandringham Yacht Club with great food, dancing and unlimited gelato!

There is nothing we would change about our wedding day, it was a perfect day and we spent the whole day laughing.

Ms Chinoiserie Says: Congratulations Mia and Dennis; such a beautiful celebration beside the water!

Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero / Bridal Salon: Raffaele Ciuca / Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair and Make-Up: La Mia Artistry Make Up / Bridesmaid Dresses: Thurley / Ceremony Venue: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Middle Park / Reception Venue: Sandringham Yacht Club / Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss / Wedding Planner: Make Your Day / Photographer: TruPhotography / Flowers: Thrive Flowers and Events / Invitations & Stationery: Elm Paper / Catering: Crystal Palace Catering / Gelato: Bianco Latte / Wedding Cake: Tasting Kitchen / Donuts: The Dessert Parlour / Photo Booth: Boothalicious / Cinematographer: Flying Kites Weddings

Bride in Lisa Gowing

As we chat with Kahlara about her sweet Watson’s Bay wedding, she reminisced that after all the build-up and planning, your wedding itself is really just the start of your journey together as husband and wife.

“The wedding is just the beginning. Try not to stress over the small details and don’t let the planning cause a rift between you and anyone.”

Wild at Heart Photography

Bride wearing Lisa Gowing

Bride with half up halff down hair style

Silhouette Sydney Wedding photo

Sunset Sydney Wedding

Images by Lina Hayes (Wild at Heart Photography)