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Emma & Daniel

If a relaxed and country wedding vibe speaks to you, you’ll fall in love with Emma and Daniel’s day! The sun shone as these lovebirds said ‘I do’, surrounded by friends and family. The day went by without a hitch as the couple chose simplicity and a little country aesthetic to be captured by Perspectives Photography. Bride Emma shares the details of their wedding in September!

Our wedding was at Tinaroo Lake Resort on 6th September 2019. It was simple, rustic and country. Sometimes less is best!

Trying on wedding dresses was actually a little nerve racking; I ended up choosing the very first dress I put on (Essense of Australia). It’s true when people say you know “the one” as soon as you put it on!

Daniel is very simple and refused to wear a suit! We settled on cinch jeans, white button up shirt, top boots and jazzed it up a little with a navy blue vest.

I walked down the aisle to ‘Diamonds or Twine’ by Ryan Hurd.

We wanted to keep our ceremony short, honest and fun.

Lake Tinaroo Resort has it all, lake front ceremony, beautiful reception area (exposed timber beams, Stone fireplace) accommodation and staff that treat you like family. Everything is in one spot which is excellent for the oldies and the party goers!

Our florist was a close family friend, I told her the theme and the colours we were wearing and let her have free rein!

Our bridal party consisted of: Maid of Honour – My sister Rachel Bridesmaid; Sam & Mickayla and Best Man – Hayden; Chris (Uncle) Luke (Friend).

All of our vendors were amazing! We weren’t pushy or demanding and let the vendors do their job and it will all fall into place!

Our photography was PERFECT! This would almost be an understatement. They captured our day so beautifully and made everyone feel very comfortable in front of the camera. Natural photos filled with raw emotions and laughter mean so much more than a fake pose and smile. At the end of it all, the dress will be put away, the cake eaten and all you have are the photos and memories!

We were so lucky, every detail of our day was perfect! We cannot pick just one.

Our first dance was definitely not your typical “Display First Dance”! We chose Lovin on You by Luke Combs, so a rather upbeat song. We had a few practice runs in the kitchen and winged it! (with a few beverages under our belt).

Hands down, the best photo would have to be our night time photo over the lake!

Our advice for future couples is: it’s your day so don’t let anyone tell you how to do it. Don’t sweat the small stuff, it’s not what you’re there for. Have fun and everyone else will have fun with you. Most of all enjoy and cherish every moment, it will go by so fast!

Ms Zebra Says: Congratulations to this wonderful couple on their special day! We wish you all the best for your lives together as husband and wife. 

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  • Makeup Artist
  • Rachel Whiting

Hannah & Joey

Imagine a couple so relaxed on their wedding day! Hannah and Joey blew it out of the ball park as they got ready together with their kids, embraced silly photos and celebrated with their nearest and dearest as they said ‘I do’! Simply the best! Choosing Melbourne cafe Friends of Mine to host their wedding soiree, Pierre Curry was there to capture all of the special moments. Not to mention, the fabulous dance floor that kicked off post dinner! The Bride shares their incredible day and fills us in on all the moments that make your heart melt. 

We met as housemates 9 years ago. We’ve lived together for as long as we’ve known each other. We started out at friends but quickly turned into something more. After a few years we were joined by our first son, Jed, and then by our youngest, Archer. The story of us has been a beautiful whirlwind as we’ve grown together, made a family and now finally chosen to get married.

Our wedding was relaxed, light-hearted, fun, non-traditional!

We got ready together at Crown towers. The bride’s family were also there while we got ready which included 4 kids under 6 so we needed a bit of space! Friends of Mine was chosen because of the size and feel of the space. We wanted the space to fit the style of us. We’ve spent many hours in cafe’s during our relationship, so having it in a cafe suited us.

We loved how the space at Friends of Mine transformed into an elegant and intimate wedding venue. It was important to us to have the ceremony at the same location as the reception so that our guests didn’t have to move around in between and so the night flowed from one thing to the next. Friends of mine was able to host the ceremony and seamlessly transition to drinks/canapés, to sit down dinner and then to dance floor!

An heirloom on the day was my grandmothers wedding band. Cousins who have been married before me have also worn the ring. It was very special (a beautiful picture was taken of me holding the ring while we were getting ready).

I wore pants and a top from Zimmermann. I didn’t want to wear a ‘wedding dress’ but was open to trying different things. I chose the outfit on the one and only day I went shopping with my sister, my mum and my cousin. The girls at Zimmermann in Armadale were so lovely and helpful, it was a really nice experience.

Joey wore suit and shoes by Wolf Kanat. He wanted something different from your traditional wedding suit. He wore a navy suit, white shirt and apricot tie. I think he had more trips and time spent shopping for his outfit than I did for mine!

We walked in together to ‘I got you’ by Amy Shark.

We wanted our ceremony to be as relaxed and informal as possible. We wanted it to be a reflection of us. Our celebrant, Megan Watson, absolutely nailed the ceremony. There was the perfect balance between light and fun and serious when it needed to be. Our guests stood around us so we were conscious that we didn’t want to make it too long. No formal readings, just our surprise vows to each other.

We have a tradition on my side of the family that at any big occasion (Christmas, easter, family events) that we toast to absent friends. There are some very special people in our lives that would’ve really loved to have been a part of our special day but have sadly passed away.

It was really important to us that our ‘absent friends’ toast was included. My cousin Ben did this toast after the speeches and before the dance floor kicked off!

Our vows were probably our most favourite part of the day!

We didn’t have a bridal party. Our boys handed us the rings during the ceremony but that was it!

Our photographer was Pierre Curry. I can’t even convey how happy we were to find him. From the moment we met him, he put us at ease, had fun with the kids and just did such an amazing job of capturing day so fantastically.

Even receiving the photo’s after the big day was a really fun experience. There was so much thought and creativity put into how the photos were delivered. We couldn’t recommend Pierre highly enough. Many of our guests commented on how great he was as well.

We only had 3 main vendors, Megan our celebrant, Pierre our photographer and Alex the event planner at Friends of Mine. They were all a dream to work with. I felt very safe in their hands and had no stress of wondering how the day would go as they were all such professionals and experienced in their fields. I really loved seeing the ceremony come together by Megan. It was a really lovely time spent reflecting on our relationship and the love we have for one another.

The flower arrangements at the venue were created by my cousin Bron who used to be a wedding florist. The table arrangements were provided by Friends of Mine, we just told them the colour and theme that we were after which was white and leafy green.

I think my favourite photo of the day would have to be one of the very last ones of me dancing with my family. It shows how much fun everyone was having. I also really love the picture of our boys clapping after the ceremony. They both look so happy. So difficult to pick a favourite, we really loved all of our photos.

Our advice to future couples? Don’t sweat the small stuff. It will all come together on the day. Guests just want to see you happy and having a great time, not the tiny details.

Ms Zebra Says: Congratulations to this gorgeous couple! What a fun night – spent laughing and with great friends! We wish you all the best for your happy future together.

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  • Engagement Ring
  • Cartwrights Jewellery
  • Wedding Ring
  • Cartwrights Jewellery

Lauren & Tyson

The saying ‘opposites attract’ speaks to this lovely couple who bonded over their mutual love of great food and embrace each others differing personalities! This also happened to become part of the central focus for their incredible, laid-back wedding at Alchemy Distillers where guests were treated to great food and great drinks. Their ‘Feast-ival’ wedding was intimate with Smokey Oscar capturing everything from candid moments to the mind-blowing cuisine that flowed throughout the day and night. Bride Lauren, who proves her foodie status as the brains behind Foodie Melbourne, shares their day and details all of the background for how this fabulous, feast-ival day came about!

Tyson and I met on Tinder in 2016, immediately bonding over my love for the Melbourne food scene and his love for burgers. I had just bought my little bachelorette pad for me and my dog Ollie, but before I knew it, he had moved in with his dog and we were smitten with each other despite being total opposites. When we got engaged in Paris at the end of 2017 and started planning our big day, we knew we had to find a wedding venue that was the perfect balance of both our personalities – me, the highly strung food snob with a food blog, who loved a whimsical, bohemian theme and him, the outdoorsy, sports-loving, laid back and loveable bogan who could not be more chilled!

And so, our ‘Food + Gin Wedding Feastival’ was born. Tyson had the great idea to hit up our friends who had recently opened the gorgeous Alchemy Distillers in Healesville and see if we could have our wedding there. Their mostly outdoors, rustic vibes were perfect for Tysons’ ideal venue, and their incredible cocktail options worked for the food snob in me. The gang at Alchemy were pretty happy to take care of the bar and us take care of the rest, so we were able to bring in all the food I could imagine (with Tyson’s one request- burgers).

Our wedding was exactly what I imagined. With a little help from the amazing coordination of Christine from the I Do Crew to help me bring my vision together, everything went exactly as I imagined (despite the 38 degree weather forecast… boy was it hot!)

The girls bridal party had a wonderful and relaxing day getting ready at a local Airbnb, kept chilled by the calming presence of our makeup artist Maddison Tippet, who just exuded zen all day as she worked on us and made us beautiful.

For such a huge day in my life, with the help of my wonderful bridal party and Mum, it was such a relaxing day and I didn’t feel overwhelmed or stressed at all. Putting on my beautiful Madi Lane dress from Luv Bridal was definitely a pinch me moment, as it was exactly the kind of dress I envisioned and the flower crown by Rainflorist completely nailed the bohemian vibes I was looking for.

Over at Alchemy in the upstairs apartment, despite a few wardrobe malfunctions (wrong pants sizes, oops!) the boys had the same experience getting ready. Both Tyson and I were both super lucky to have friends that were calming presences for us, so that the lead up to the big moment really just felt like hanging out with our besties, but wearing nicer clothes than we normally would!

We had the lovely Jenna from Smokey Oscar capturing every special moment of our day with her keen, artistic eye and she did a great job of following my brief – candid shots, with a focus on the food and guests enjoying the evening. Our videographer also did a great job of capturing all those special moments. We umm-ed and aah-ed about paying for a videographer, but we are so glad we did, as they captured so many moments we didn’t get a chance to see.

Pontoon lighting and some giant games from Swan Lane Hire were all that was really needed against Alchemy’s stunning canopy of bright leaves, as well as some simple, stunning Autumnal florals by Rainflorist Diamond Creek. We were treated to acoustic tunes by a duo from Lark Music, which completely suited the chilled festival vibes we were looking for. Even our celebrant, Samuel Miller, added to those vibes by being super laid-back, fun and helping us make our wedding vows into a hilarious love party, rather than super serious.

Food-wise, a talented group of vendors helped make our food dreams a reality. Our catering (all external to the venue) had enough style and finesse to impress me, but the food was casual and rustic enough to impress Tyson. We began the night with a well stocked graze table by Stasia Fox, then moved into canapés and ‘burger and chips’ (Tyson’s one insistence) by the amazing team at Gringlish Co.

Dessert had to be my favourite course, as we managed to organise a Sicilian style cannoli cart by the wonderful N’Cannuolo, complemented by roving canapés by Gringlish Co and a stunning cake by Katielou’s Cakes.

Since then, I have had so many wedding guests tell me they were some of the best desserts they have ever had, especially that freshly piped cannoli, which means as a foodie I achieved my goal. The other element we got so much good feedback on (unsurprisingly) was Alchemys’ incredible cocktails, and we felt so lucky to be looked after by the team there and able to offer our guests an absolute ripper drinks list.

Once that hot sun finally went down, I remember having a moment with Tyson as we sat back and looked around and realised that I (we, but mostly me, he would admit that) had actually pulled this together. We were surrounded by our favourite people in the world, who were loving the cocktails, grazing all night, listening to music that was perfect for the balmy summer evening and everyone just seemed so relaxed which suited us as a couple and our family and friendship circles perfectly.

The best advice I got during the wedding planning process was to do what we wanted, not what others wanted us to do, and I am so glad that I didn’t listen to people who tried to cajole me into having something more sophisticated, or ‘sit down’ as opposed to the way we did do it.

The main advice I would give brides and grooms going into the process is not to sweat the small stuff. I did my best not to do this, and because of this, the whole wedding planning process was fun, not stressful. Surround yourself with a bridal party and vendors you trust and who seem to understand your vision, and don’t be afraid to let go of the reins a little bit and take a step back so you can enjoy the day.

Something that feels so huge looming over you is over in the blink of an eye, and just becomes something you ‘awww’ over in your photos and videos, so it is so important to be able to breathe and take in every moment of the day. We had about 15 minutes where I told our photographers to stop during our bridal party shoot and we just sat with our bridal party, passed around a bottle of bubbly and spent time with them, and I am glad we had that before the craziness of the reception!

It was all over so fast but I feel like we managed to make the most of every minute and for me personally (as it should) it was one of the most magical days of our lives… Tyson says it is for him, but second to Richmond winning the Grand Final – there’s that loveable sense of humour again.

Thank you to all our vendors who worked with us to make the day possible and to bring our vision to a reality!

Ms Zebra Says: What a foodie’s heaven! Congratulations to this amazing couple – and for putting on the most ‘feastabulous’ wedding event. 

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  • Samuel Miller