Bride Genevieve tells us all about her gorgeous vineyard wedding in the Yarra Valley, Australia…
How did you and your partner meet?
We met at our old job. It was my first day of full-time work as an accountant and we met at one of the morning/afternoon tea breaks. We were in the same group at work and sat across from each other for the first year. We both felt an instant connection when we first met and knew we had to get to know each other better. We were just work friends for almost a year before we kissed one night at a bar and the rest is history!
How did he propose?
Josh organised a picnic at Polperro Winery. He hadn’t made it obvious he was going to propose because he lied and said it was a Groupon deal! I was also unsuspecting because Josh is always doing sweet things like this! The whole time I was thinking of how good a Groupon deal it was haha. We got there early at around 12pm so there wasn’t anyone there yet and set up our picnic at a nice secluded spot near the water. We set up the picnic and then he got the ring box out of his jacket pocket and proposed! It was better than I could have ever imagined but the beautiful picnic food went to waste because neither of us were hungry after he popped the question – there was too much excitement!
Tell us about your wedding invitations:
The wedding invitations were one of the areas we used to keep the budget down – we did a cheaper option from Zazzle. We chose green leafy boarders and just kept it simple! For all details, we set up a website with withjoy.com
Tell us about your wedding gown and how you chose it:
I loved my wedding gown! But it was also an area I didn’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on. Luv Bridal has a large range of gowns for reasonable prices. Luv Bridal stocks Madi Lane gowns and all of their designs are stunning. I wanted something different, which I why I loved the unique lace on my dress. I also wanted something loose fitting, so I knew I would feel comfortable on the day.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
We really wanted a simple style with a bit of a rustic feel, just simple but beautiful! I always imagined getting married outside but as soon as Josh and I walked into Immerse’s vineyard chapel we were sold – it felt so magical in there, we actually didn’t even know what to say – we were a bit speechless! We also envisioned a small and intimate wedding, as neither of us like being the center of attention. We just wanted to have the people we love most be there to celebrate with us!
Describe the cake:
Our wedding cake was made by Caked in Mud who is absolutely amazing. The bottom tier was a marble design with a plain white second tier. We then just had white flowers and a black topper from Etsy with “Mr & Mrs Squillace”. The best part about the cake though was getting to eat it – it didn’t just look beautiful but was so delicious too! The bottom layer was chocolate mud and with chocolate frosting and the top layer was red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Immerse were kind enough to put some back in our room after the reception was over and we were eating it for breakfast the next day!
What flowers did you use in the bouquet and at the venue?
Our flowers were consistent throughout the venue and bouquets. We wanted simple green and white with a pop of colour which we chose to be orange! Flowers for the reception were the same as the chapel but in square wooden boxes on each table and along the front of the edge on the bridal table.
How did you choose your table décor?
Immerse is such a stunning venue that it doesn’t need too much to make it look amazing. For tables, we added grey tablecloths and had square tables for guests and one long bridal table. We decorated guest tables with square wooden flower boxes, tealight candles, white napkins, round names cards and wine cork as the guest gift. On the bridal table we had flowers all along the front of the table and pillar candles.
Name your wedding soundtrack:
Aisle entrance: Acoustic version of Something just like this by the Chainsmokers
Signing: Perfect – Ed Sheeran
Exit: Just the way you are by Bruno Mars
First Dance: Yours by Russel Dickerson
Last Song: Shake it off – Taylor Swift
The aisle entrance, signing and exit songs were performed by the extremely talented Brendan & Sabrina and they even learnt the entrance song for us!
Our first dance song Josh picked. He had heard the song whilst living in San Francisco and it reminded him of us! I thought it was very sweet he had kept that song in his back pocket until we were planning the wedding!
The last song was Shake it off by Taylor Swift as that was the song, we danced to the first night we kissed!
What was the biggest splurge of the day?
The biggest splurge was the photographer! We decided to book Rick for his 10-hour package so we could get sunset and nighttime photos. It was definitely worth it to be able to have him there for majority of the day and to capture so many special moments. I think the photographer is one of the most important parts of the wedding day, it’s what you’re going to look back on for the rest of your life. So definitely worth splurging on!
The only thing we splurged on that was outside the budget was the photobooth kombi van. Josh and I love photobooths at functions and when we saw this kombi van we loved how unique it was! This was definitely worth the cost, everyone absolutely loved it and just resulted in even more photos to keep forever!
How did you save on costs?
I think the biggest way to save on costs is to be realistic and to not get carried away. For example, it was easy to look at invites that cost thousands and want them (they are stunning!) But the reality is they end up in the bin after the wedding day. Wedding dress/bridesmaid dresses and suits are important but again, they are only going to be worn once so that is another good way to cut down costs. I think you need to sit down, prepare a realistic budget and try to stick to it. However, we are two accountants, so this is our strong point! I would also recommend getting several quotes so you can compare costs – especially for flowers and hair/makeup!
In hindsight, anything you would have done differently?
The day was amazing and only a couple of slight hiccups! The main one being I wouldn’t overuse pimple cream the day before the wedding – I had used so much I burnt my chin!! Good thing I hired the most amazing makeup artist that was able to cover a completely burnt chin! There was also a little bit of confusion with the timing of walking down the aisle so I would have made sure I clarified that to the venue – but when you look back on these minor things, they don’t matter at all!
Where did you go on honeymoon?
Bali & Singapore – was the perfect honeymoon!
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
Try your best to enjoy every moment of it! Trust me, when it’s over you’ll wish you could do it all again!
And try not to stress about little things on the day. When you look back on the day you will always remember the magical moments and not any little thing that didn’t go perfectly to plan.
If you could sum up your wedding in one sentence, how would you describe it?
The most amazing day of our lives! Can we do it all again?
Wedding Date: 5th December 2019
Wedding feature thanks to: Giant Invitations http://giantinvitations.com.au/
Photographer: Rick Liston https://rickliston.com/
Wedding Invitations: Zazzle
Dress: Madi Lane from Luv Bridal https://luvbridal.com.au/Makeup: Cosmetique Makeup
Hair: Hair By Brittany
Accessories: Pearl Earrings – Secrets
Bridesmaids Dresses: Chancery
Groom’s Suit: Studio Italia
Groomsmen Suit: Daniel Hechter
Cake: Caked In Mud
Flowers: Flower of Yarra Glen
Ceremony Venue: Immerse in the Yarra Valley https://immerse.com.au/
Reception Venue: Immerse in the Yarra Valley
Entertainment: Ceremony/Canape Music – Brendan & Sabrina. DJ – Music with Memories
Celebrant: Danielle Binaisse
Wedding Favours: Wine Corks from Celebritem (Etsy)
Photobooth: The photobooth girlA