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We were engaged on our last night in Paris overlooking the city (on the ferris wheel) on a trip to France in November last year, however we both had to admit we didn’t really understand what was involved in planning a wedding and hadn’t given the idea too much thought until we were engaged! We floated ideas of eloping, perhaps a surprise registry marriage or an engagement party wedding, but we settled on the Melbourne Museum for June 30th this year. Who could pass up the chance to be married in such an iconic Melbourne location, surrounded by dinosaurs and other historic treasures?

We decided to do things our way, which included:

  • Selecting a date that allowed 14 weeks to organise the wedding…. It seemed easy at the time!
  • An overseas ‘bucks party’ with the groom and his friends arriving back in country 3 days before the wedding.. what could go wrong?
  • Waking up and getting ready together in the hotel on the day of the wedding
  • Our first look at the hotel and photos before the ceremony, which allowed maximum time to be spent with guests on the day
  • Our photographer Rachel Breier gave us a lift in the back of her car to the wedding after our Uber had a 10min wait (how is that for service!).
  • We had no bridal party, instead celebrating with all those they love

I wore a Suzanne Harward gown (Galaxy 2.0) and veil. Its modern mesh fabric and classic outline suited the both the venue and my personality perfectly – it also had pockets! Heath had his suit, along with his two brothers (Guy and Scott) and Grandfathers (William) made for the occasion at Germanicos in Melbourne.

My beautiful mother, Debbie Burns who is a school teacher, made all the flowers for the occasion – which included the bridal bouquet, button holes, corsages, table arrangements and foliage installations! Whilst my Dad, Bob and Heath’s friends Ben and Damir helped us to install everything the evening before.

We had a very emotional ceremony in the Kayala Room, which was officiated by celebrant Megan Watson, which included many tears and much laugher! I proudly carried my great grandmother Ester’s – who has now passed – broach on my bouquet, which I recall fondly playing with as a kid.

Surrounded by dinosaurs, we had 100 guests to help us celebrate to the sounds of live jazz tunes, cocktails and canapés in the Science & Life Gallery.

A full sit down reception followed in the Treetops Rooms. We all danced the night away to tunes from the Baker Boys in the Te Pasifika Gallery under carved paddles and crab-claw sails created by Islander artists.

Guests took home homemade marmalade and plum jam that I’d made with fruit grown on our family property in Kinglake.

I’m a keen equestrian and couldn’t pass us up the chance to have a photo with the Phar Lap in my wedding dress, so Heath politely agreed!

 

Photographer: Rachel Breier / Bride's Dress: Suzanne Harward / Groom's Attire: Germanicos Bespoke Tailor / Hair & Makeup Artist: Janice Wu / Flowers: Debbie Burns / Ceremony Officiant: Marry Me Megan / Venue: Melbourne Museum / Band: The Baker Boys / Favors: Bride / Accommodation: Ovolo Laneways / Wedding Cake: Neila Skollas / Engagement Ring: Ellissi Jewellery / Wedding Ring: Ellissi Jewellery

How we met:

Tim and I were introduced through a mutual friend. She basically thought we would be great for each other and we met for the first time and have been inseparable ever since!

How he asked:

It all began with my best friend Nicky turning up to my work with a card on Valentine’s Day. The card had a message in it from Tim saying, “Angie, I’ve arranged the day off for you with Dawn and there will be a car picking you up at 10:30 am SHARP!”. Off we went, feeling rather excited and confused, we proceeded to get in a luxury car, giggling to each other, wondering what was actually going on! We were told by the chauffeur that we were going on a “scenic drive” of Sydney Harbour.

As we approached a stunning vantage point overlooking Sydney there was a young beautiful lady holding a red rose (who I now know was Tania from ‘my proposal co’). The car stopped and she asked for my name and told us to follow her and wait by a fence. We were given strict instructions to not look around the corner. At this point, I thought Tim and Nicky’s husband had arranged a really nice lunch for us for Valentine’s Day and we both still had no idea what was going on.

We were given the okay to go around the corner and as I turned, I noticed my goddaughter, Nicky’s husband, Edie my close friend, my Mother, Father and Sister all standing in a line, each holding a red rose. I finally realised what was actually going on as soon as I noticed Tim was standing there with another red rose – next to a singer with her guitar, singing one of our favourite songs ‘kiss me’.

I walked down hugging and kissing all of my closest family members and friends, each of them handing me a rose until I got to Tim. He got down on one knee and proposed to me under a cherry blossom tree, with candles, pictures, and flowers surrounding us. I, of course, said yes.

But wait, there’s more!!! As I was walking down collecting each rose from my closest friends and family, I noticed a film crew and a TV host recording everything. My whole proposal was LIVE on national TV across Australia!

My proposal was incredibly special. I felt completely blown away by the whole experience and the best thing about this, is that we will always be able to look back on this day and retell the story to our children and even show them the televised footage! Thank you to my amazing fiancé and to my proposal co. for exceeding anything I could have ever expected.

The Footage:

 

Credits:

  • Proposal planning and styling: my proposal co.

Ms Zebra Says: Wow, what a way to propose!! That’s definitely a proposal story you won’t/can’t forget! Well done to My Proposal Co. for planning an epic ‘yes’ moment!

About the contributor my proposal co.: my proposal co. is a customised, creative and confidential service specialising in luxury marriage proposals. Headquartered in Sydney, we plan proposals all over Australia and across the world.

Photographer: Captured By Kirri / Cinematographer: Studio 10 / Styling: My Proposal Co. / Proposal Planning: My Proposal Co.

There is a refined luxury and elegance to Zoe & Toby’s Wedding at Hopewood House. It’s beautiful to see a couple so in love & excited to say ‘I do’! Zoe shares her advice for bride’s and other couples planning their wedding:

Be you!! Don’t listen to others, do you and enjoy the process.

Every wedding will (and should be) different. I love that about weddings, they are all a reflection of each couple!

Photographer: Alma Photography