Photo by Stephen Govel
Lizzy and Miko
I love engagement photo locations that mean something special to the couple. Camp Cove was the place where Lizzy and Miko were engaged, so it made sense that they returned there with photographer I Love Wednesdays to capture their engagement session.
Lizzy and Miko met at church, Lizzy telling, “We met at our church, which my father was pastoring at the time. I noticed Miko when he first walked in and thought he was kinda cute, but a little too young for me. As it turned out, he only LOOKED young – I discovered that we were in the same year in high school! We ended up talking quite a bit, but only over the ancient mode of communication that was MSN Messenger – we were a little too awkward to attempt any sort of conversation in real life.”
Lizzy tells, “What I love about Miko is his heart, his courage and his humility. He puts others before himself and is constantly trying to find new ways to bless his friends and family. While he is extremely caring and protective of me, he never shies away from pushing me to grow and become a better person.”
Miko remarks, “I love the way that Liz has challenged me and changed me as a man. Being more of an introvert, Liz’s outgoing ways forced me out of my shell and allowed me to flourish as an individual and as a leader. She encouraged me to dream. She makes me feel completely at ease – I can totally be myself around her.”
Lizzy remembers, “Despite obviously having the same last name as my dad, it didn’t occur to Miko that he was dating the pastor’s daughter until he first came around to visit. So it was a bit of a shock for him when my dad answered the door. At one point, he leaned over and whispered, “I didn’t know Pastor Louie was your dad!” ”
Miko remembers, “When we started talking over the phone early on in our relationship, I wrote up some “cheat notes” – topics in bullet point form to make sure the conversation kept going. I was nervous that I couldn’t keep talking for that long! ”
The couple’s Camp Cove engagement story goes something like this. “ When we first started going out nine years ago, Miko and I had this really geeky thing with numbers – I was fixated on the number 3 while he was obsessed with the number 5. When we got together, we combined the two to form 8, which was apt, since, on its side, it stood as the symbol for eternity. “3 + 5 = 8″ became our “thing.” On our 8th anniversary, Miko told me that he wanted to make it extra special for the both of us.
At first I thought we were just going out for breakfast, but when he picked me up in the morning, he informed me that he was going to take me to eight different places that symbolized something that he loved about me. On the sixth stop, he took me out to Watsons Bay, where he first asked me to be his girlfriend. He took me to a lookout point close to one of the lighthouses and said, “All day I’ve been telling you about what I love about you. But now I want to tell you about myself – I’m sporty, I’m a bit of a geek, I am a social worker, I am a church leader… But something that I want to become that I am not yet is a YES.” At that, he knelt and asked me to marry him. I THINK I said “yes” – I was too busy crying! Then rain started pelting down on both of us.
Later on, my sister and a few of my closest friends jumped out of the bushes and surprised me – they’d been hiding that whole time! For the 7th and 8th stops, he took me to see my family and some of our closest friends to announce and celebrate the news. It was the most amazing day ever.”
“Miko and I always had our heart set on having our wedding at Belgenny Farm, Camden. When we did our research to see how the place looked, we came across Len’s beautiful shoot of Gem and Dunc’s wedding. While that certainly cemented Belgenny Farm as our choice, it also became the standard to which we held all other photography.
What I love about Len’s photos is the gentle and whimsical way that she plays with natural light, but more so the fact that all her couples are clearly at ease in front of the camera. From the beginning, Miko was completely apprehensive about our engagement photos – he HATES having his picture taken.
Len, however, made us feel totally in our element, simply by being such a warm and funny individual who we were just comfortable being ourselves with. Miko and I both ended up having a ball, which I think is quite evident from the wonderful images she’s produced!”
Beckie & Warrack
The modern hotels that are popping up around the place are absolutely fantastic venues for an ‘all in one’ wedding venue. The Olsen Hotel, being one of my Melbourne favourites, was just the right choice for Beckie and Warrack’s modern wedding day, captured by Ben Capp, allowing them to sleep, celebrate and eat all in the one place!
Beckie and Warrack’s met at a bar story goes a little like this, as told by Becky. “We often joke about the fact we wished we had met in classier venue. We were both at after work drinks at a less than chic pub in Port Melbourne. I (Beckie) spotted Warrack at the bar and made the first move. A few dates on and we’ve never looked back!”
Beckie and Warrack met before the ceremony for photographs.
Of their photographer, Beckie remarks, “Benny Capp took our wedding photos – he’s a Melbourne based portrait & fashion photographer and a good friend of ours, he did an incredible job. We’ve got some beautiful pictures to treasure forever.”
The Olsen Hotel hosted the couple’s wedding in South Yarra, Beckie telling, “The Olsen is such a beautiful backdrop for a wedding and the simple colours and furnishings meant we could make it our very own. All of our family were coming from NSW and country Victoria, so it was important to have a central location and the accommodation meant that everyone stayed the night and made the most of the party. It turned into a weekend of festivities, which made it even more enjoyable and memorable for everyone.”
Beckie recalls one of the funnier moments of the day. “In true Beckie style, I, of course, had to go to the toilet just as I was supposed to walk down the aisle. Rewind 27 years and I’d done the same thing at my auntie’s wedding when I was a flower girl. The moment was captured on camera – my dad standing with my bouquet and shoes as I dash off to the loo!”
Bertie Blackman performed at the ceremony, Beckie telling, “Bertie Blackman is a close friend of ours and she performed a Mazzy Star song for the processional that we both love. Our guests haven’t stopped talking about it! It was one of the most special parts to the day.”
“Our dear friend Emma read a poem by John Olsen’s favourite poet. Which was very fitting for the venue and our friendship.”
Bianca Filer arranged the flowers for the wedding, Beckie explaining, “The flowers were by my dear friend Bianca, who didn’t need any briefing at all. She knew what I liked and loved.”
The white florals were featured amongst hand picked greenery from Warrack’s family garden, Beckie explaining, “Other than the usual jars for candles and flowers, I also asked my mother-in-law (to be) to bring some foliage from her garden. We had large lemon tree branches and blue gum from the yard to decorate the space. It was extra special as Warrack grew up among it. It was a touching addition to the white theme we had for the flowers.”
Burch & Purchese created the surprise wedding cake for the couple, a nod to Warrack’s love. Beckie tell,s “I surprised Warrack with a ‘wedding’ cake all of his own. He was obsessed with Lego as a child and it influenced his career as an adult, so I ordered a Burch & Purchese cake in the shape of this favourite toy. Which, of course, he loved!”
The couple chose not to have a first dance, instead, Beckie tells, “I actually had the first dance with my father, who’s been teaching me the waltz for the last thirty years! It was lovely to share that moment with him.”
I’ll admit it – I pulled out the Christmas albums this week and started playing them. Yes, it’s only November, and yes, they’re all mostly about snow and chestnuts and open fires – but sheesh it’s been cold here in Melbourne, and I can’t help but love the Christmas cheer that comes with popping on a Bing album. Perhaps it’s just a tradition of my family, as is the roast turkey, even on a stinking hot Australian Summer day. Do you have any traditions that endure, regardless of hemisphere or heat?
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