It may be Thanksgiving week here in the U.S. (and happy Thanksgiving, by the way!), but we're traveling across the globe for today's real wedding. Chris and Frances were married at the amazing Zonzo estate in Australia's Yarra Valley. The landscape is breathtaking and the couple added their own touch of beauty to the ceremony and reception site. They incorporated timber tables for the rustic look and hung luscious florals above the tables for the chic effect. And speaking of beautiful, isn't Frances's lace and crochet gown just the prettiest thing you've seen today? There's a lot more pretty coming your way thanks to The White Tree photographers.
How did you and your partner meet?
We actually met at a burger café and after chatting, Chris asked me out on a date. The first thing I actually noticed about him were his amazing blue-green eyes; there was something so gentle and genuine about him! One date led to another and we started dating long distance as I was living in country Vic at the time. I’d never met anyone like Chris and after 6 months, I knew that I had to move back to Melbourne. I think I knew that I’d marry him after our first meeting though. I remember driving home in complete and utter shock, thinking to myself that this guy could be the one!
How did he propose?
A year after we met, he took me out to dinner and as we were strolling along the water front at
Williamstown, he got down on one knee and proposed.
How did you choose your wedding gown?
I walked past a bridal store with a window display that really caught my eye. The styling was very bohemian and romantic and unlike most places. I went in and within 10 minutes I knew I’d found my dress. I felt beautiful, and most importantly I felt like myself.
What sort of style did you envision for your wedding day?
We wanted a theme that suited the venue – which was quite rustic with rolling country side views and a wedding that was beautiful but warm and joyful, just like my relationship with Chris.
What was your favorite moment from the day?
Chris’ face when I was walking down the aisle! I’ve always been a sucker for his eyes.
Any DIY décor elements?
I made the cover for our wedding guest book (from typo), and guests took polaroid’s and taped them into the book with a message. I added a touch of rustic twine around the guest’s names and bonbonniere jars as well. Most of the decoration was also a collaboration between Zonzo estates and us.
If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Absolutely nothing! the whole process of planning and the day was stress-free, well organized and lovely.
Any tips that you can give to future brides?
1. Start planning early- keep records of everything (spread-sheets).
2. Consider hiring a car vs. expensive chauffeurs.
3. Do lots of research on Pinterest, Instagram, and online and make sure you read lots of reviews.
4. Do what you like! Don’t be pressured by other people’s opinions.
Dress: Rue de Seine from The Bridal Atelier
Hair and Makeup: Eve Gunson Freelance
Accessories: LOVEON Jewelery
Grooms Suit: Hugo Boss
Photographer: The White Tree
Stationery: Adorn Invitations
Cake: Let them Eat Cake
Food: Zonzo Estate
Flowers: Debbie O Neill
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Zonzo estate, Yarra Valley
Celebrant: Mike Larkin
Bonbonnieres: Cunliffe & Waters