M e l a n i e & C h r i s
Melanie and Chris celebrated their marriage with a traditional winery wedding set in the beautiful Yarra Valley. 'After a few false starts (Chris cancelled our first date three times, half an hour before he was due to pick me up!) I realised that it was 'love' a couple of weeks after our first date,' says Melanie. Chris proposed on bended knee in Tahiti, overlooking the beach at sunset. 'I remember being so excited and overwhelmed that when he pulled out the ring, all I did was reach for it, leaving him hanging with my answer!' recalls Melanie.
The couple opted for a neutral colour palate in order to complement the green vineyard setting of their winery wedding at Vue on Halcyon. Following a ceremony on the lawns Melanie and Chris enjoyed a sit-down meal with their family and friends in the brand new reception hall. They decorated using a combination of white orchards and branches with hanging tea light candles. The height of the centrepieces suited the venue's arched ceiling. A filigree butterfly sat on top of the red wine glass and served as place card, while guests took home a white box filled with lindt balls and a thank you tag with a stamp of Chris and Melanie's faces.
Melanie's dress was simply 'meant to be'. Browsing through dress styles online Melanie fell completely in love with a Lazaro gown, which to her great disappointment was only available in the United States. However, soon after their engagement she was flown to the United States on a business trip. ' I had some unexpected free time to spare between connecting flights, so decided to head into the small boutique in Beverly Hills where they had my dream dress ready and waiting to be tried on. I immediately fell in love with it and it was exactly how pictured it would be.'
'I knew that I wanted a very simple and elegant bouquet of roses. As soon as I walked into Debbie's studio she showed me picture after picture of exactly what I was after, and gave me great advice when it came to choosing colours that complemented the bridesmaid dresses, instead of blending in or standing out too much. I absolutely loved how uniformly perfect they were, and it was important that I had a flower that could handle the heat as my wedding was in unpredictable February.'
Here is everyone who made this wedding amazing:
Photography: Serendipity Image
Reception/Ceremony Venue: Vue on Halcyon
Bride's Gown: Lazaro
Bridesmaids' Gowns: Cocktail Boutique
Flowers/Table Centrepieces: Debbie O'neill
Cake: Cupcakes by Paolo