Image by Lindy Photography
Saranya & Meth
There is a gorgeous sense of style about Saranya & Meth’s elegant country engagement photos captured by Lakshal Perera. The couple chose random spots in the Victorian countryside complete with golden light to celebrate this very special moment in their lives. Dotted between Woodend and Lauriston this gorgeous afternoon unfolded to make the most beautiful of memories.
On how they met, Saranya tells, “We were introduced by mutual friends. Our phone numbers were exchanged and we briefly messaged each other for two days before meeting up for brunch. Before our first meet up, we exchanged photos to identify each other. Meth had sent me his first, and my initial thought was that he’s way out of my league. I decided to send a ridiculously bad photo (which was edited to look worse) of me to sabotage our meeting. It didn’t work!!”
On what they love about one another, Saranya tells, “We love how we are brutally honest and unfiltered with each other. We place great importance in keeping each other happy and not taking each other for granted.”
The proposal was very special, the bride to be remembering, “Meth had organised my sister to take me out for a manicure. After my manicure, he picked me up and we had lunch at Hutong Dumpling. We had a great day at the city just venturing around the gardens. Once we came home he wanted to speak to my parents. Noting the house was so quiet I went to look for them in the backyard. My parents were not there but what I did find was a beautifully laid out table for 2 surrounded by fairy lights, flowers and candles. I then realised he had set everything up whilst I was out with my sister. He brought over a present and I opened it to find a photo frame with our favourite goofy photo booth picture. He had written ‘Will you marry me?” on top. I broke into tears and let out the happiest yes! He did try to get down on one knee but I stopped him. We stood as equals when he placed the ring on me. Meth had purchased all my favourite foods for that night! Roti change from Pappa Rich for dinner to dessert from Gelato Messina! It was truly magical and thoughtful!”
“We liked the simplicity and intimacy of the portraits. Lakshal has a unique eye and has an unconventional approach. Subtle emotions are captured so beautifully.”
Erin & Michael
There is so much country charm to Erin & Michael’s sweet Flowerdale Estate wedding. The couple, choosing to pair things right back and include only what mattered to them worked with Loco Photography to capture their day with what was truly a beautiful country celebration that lasted three days!
A garden ceremony, a marquee with the cool breeze blowing, dancing shoes for sore feet, signs that guided guests along the way – the wedding was heartfelt and very much handmade.
“We chose to have no bridal party. It was really lovely having so many people pop in and share in the excitement whilst we were both getting ready. It was truly something sharing this intimate moment with so many of our friends rather than having to make a decision between them.”
Erin chose Baccini and Hill to make her wedding gown, remembering, “Wedding dress shopping was the most stressful part of the entire process. I almost didn’t make the appointment at Baccini and Hill and if it wasn’t for my mum dragging me along I might almost have stayed in bed and not gone. It was love at first sight when I cast my eyes upon the made to order gown. Sherrilyn and the ladies at Baccini and Hill made the entire dress experience so personal and relaxed and I truly thank them for their professionalism and kindness that they showed me. To me, the dress was classy, sophisticated and elegant. It was everything that I’d like to be and it was exactly what I was looking for. I felt like a princess wearing it.”
“We wanted a back to back wall photo together before the wedding. We didn’t want to see each other but we wanted the anticipation to be seen in our photos. Our photographer Theo really captured some special emotions in these photos which are telling of our love for each other.”
“Some of our guests described our wedding as a rustic fairy tale. It was country farm meets DIY rustic. The entire weekend was perfectly relaxed with love and laughter filling the air.”
“We like to do things with a bang. We hired three Pacific Islander singers to serenade me down the aisle singing “Somewhere over the Rainbow” with a freestyle flair.”
Erin and Michael were married at Flowerdale Estate, the bride telling, “Our wedding was a three-day affair. We wanted to have a relaxed weekend-long wedding. Michael found the venue by accident. I wasn’t sold at first but upon arriving for an inspection I knew that Flowerdale Estate was the perfect place for us.
Flowerdale Estate was built in 1840’s and was originally a sheep station. It’s recently been renovated and operates as the perfect retreat for anyone who wants to experience pure decadence. Given that I’m from the country it was only fitting that I had some of my country roots included in our wedding. The staff were simply amazing. They catered to everyone and everything we requested. It was simply magical from the old ballroom, cigar room, piano room, the suites and the dining room not to mention the stunning grounds and all the hidden gems they have to offer.
We spent three days at Flowerdale Estate. We had our rehearsal dinner there, our wedding brunch, wedding games, ceremony, reception and photographs. It was perfect.”
The couple celebrated with guests over champagne and cheese and a very big surprise, the bride explains. “Michael and I have a grand love of champagne and cheese. Everyone who knows us knows that these were the two things that brought us together, the two things Michael included in our engagement. Our engagement party was even champagne and cheese themed. The beautiful Maria from Flowerdale Estate presented us with the biggest bottle of champagne I have ever seen during our champagne and cheese hour before the reception. It was amazing.”
“Michael created the story of us table with old photo frames that we collected in the lead up to the wedding. We created fresh rose petals in hand rolled newspaper cones instead of confetti. We had our order of service cards printed on paper fans for the ladies. ”
Erin created much of the decor herself, noting, “I’m a teacher so have plenty of time during the holidays to get my hands dirty or should I say get my hands planning and mouth instructing others to help. I purchased a book to keep all my notes in and I did DIY everything. We recently built a house so have loads of timber around. I had my mother in law paint all the signs for us. I printed thank-you cards myself to tie to the wedding favours. I mixed and matched items from home and Flowerdale Estate to decorate the marque.”
Of their first dance, the bride remembers, “We had two dances. First, Barry White “Can’t get enough of your love”. It was our entrance song at the opening of the reception. It certainly got the party started. Our official bridal waltz was to Rod Stewart “Have I told you lately?” Michael fancies himself a Rod Stewart. He often sings this to me. It was the perfect song for us.”
“We had our lovely friend Denise plan, organise, book and present our mystery honeymoon to us at 8.30 on the night of our wedding. We had no idea where we were going until then and we were ecstatic to learn that we were going to Mexico and San Francisco. We left one day after the wedding and spent two amazing weeks exploring, soaking up the sun and enjoying our first two weeks as husband and wife without the pressures of the real world. The anticipation of the announcement was electric.”
Video Boutique fimed the day, the most beautiful capture of the relaxed day.
Congratulations Erin and Michael! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Loco Photography for sharing today’s celebration!
Happy Friday Dotties! After a massive week I have a lot to get checked off my list this weekend – life admin as they say. But with big weeks comes a heck of a lot of awesome content and I am excited to get in and round it up!
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Dreaming of a Yarra Valley wedding? Yarra Valley Lodge are holding an introductory wedding special for weddings held and confirmed prior to March 31st 2017. The very special package includes everything from discounted accommodation for your guests (and wedding night accommodation for you), a private menu tasting, three-course choice menu, five hour beverage package and so much more! Visit their website to find out more and book.
Brand new Sydney venue STUDIO, Sydney Tower is hosting a Wedding Open Day . 305 metres above Sydney CBD. Join the team on Thursday 10th of November for a night of drinks and decadence as you enjoy the 220 degree views and beautiful wedding inspiration. Visit their website to confirm your place.
Bridal gown designer Cathleen Jia has launched the Cathleen Jia Bride Academy for brides to be! The very first event, on Sunday, November 6th, is a three-hour workshop where Cathleen shares her tips and tricks on finding a gown to suit your style and body shape. Visit the website to book your tickets.
A Lavish Affair are holding a wedding open night at 7pm on 8th of November this time with Anna Campbell, C2 Films, Blumenthal Photography, Bluetrain Entertainment, Fred and Ginger Catering, Abfab Cakes, and Russell Healy Wedding and Civil Celebrant. See more in our events calendar and RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your place.
Metropolis Events are hosting their very first bridal showcase to welcome Melbournites to the brand new riverside venue! On Sunday, November 6th, they’re inviting you to visit their Southbank venue and meet the team along with their favourite vendors as you enjoy canapes and bubbles! Visit the website to RSVP.
Our film of the week comes from the crew at The Wedding Fair. The fun city wedding of Peta and Troy captured the magic of the city and a so very special love story amongst its laneways.