“We always wanted a small wedding with a very specific guest list. We wanted it to feel like an intimate party filled with love and warmth. Our style was minimalist and natural. Lots of pastel and terracotta-coloured decorations, and earthy flowers.”

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love…

We are both teachers (Kellie a primary teacher and David a high school maths teacher). We love to travel, drink coffee, cook (David does, Kellie likes to eat his creations), talk about our Springer Spaniel Roger and laugh together/at each other. David is a former dual Olympian table tennis player. Kellie is originally from regional Victoria, while David has been a city boy from the beginning.

How/where/when did you meet – and what were your first impressions?

We met in April 2015 at Clogs Pizza Restaurant in Bendigo, Victoria. I (Kellie) was out for a few drinks with a close friend and David had just arrived into Bendigo from Melbourne to play a table tennis tournament that weekend. David chose the first place he drove past to order some dinner after arriving later than expected. As he was waiting for his order, he noticed me staring at him. After a bit of passive flirting back and forwards, David collected his food and started to walk to his car. My close friend, with some prompting from myself, ran after David and asked if he had a girlfriend to which he replied no. She then asked him for his number so she could pass it on to me and we texted back and forth that night. The following night we went for a wine at The Wine Bank on View in Bendigo and the rest is history…

When did you first realise that this was someone you’d like to spend the rest of your life with?

We spent the first part of our relationship in hotels, with David living in Melbourne and myself in Bendigo. I remember the moment I realised I loved him as the time he stuck his head out around the corner of the bathroom and comically drank water from a mug. It didn’t feel momentous, but it’s the moment that sticks for me.

Was there a proposal? Tell us a little about it…

I got up one Saturday morning and told David I was going to a yoga class. He tried to will me to stay in bed, but I was having none of it. When I got back from my class he said he had a surprise for me and pulled out a chai latte from behind his back, which completely put me off the scent of what he did next. He then proceeded to tell me he had a second surprise and this is when he pulled out the ring from behind a cushion. It was perfect for us, understated and private.

Tell us about the vision you had for the mood or style of your wedding…

We always wanted a small wedding with a very specific guestlist. We wanted it to feel like an intimate party filled with love and warmth. Our style was minimalist and natural. Lots of pastel and terracotta-coloured decorations, and earthy flowers.

What was one element you were happy to splurge on?

Photographer and videographer.

Did anything happen on your wedding day that you laugh about in hindsight (even if it was stressful at the time)?

My sister-in-law turned up to get ready at my house and travel with us to the venue, but she soon realised she had brought two different shoes with her and had to rush to the shops to buy herself a matching pair. We were a little later than planned and my bridesmaids had me meditating on the car ride there!

Ceremony + Reception location: Riverstone Estate, @riverstoneestate / Photographer + Videographer: Lost in Art, @artfotopie / Celebrant: Megan Jordan, @meganjordancelebrant / Flora: Dope Florals, @dopeflorals / Cake: Cake Chic by Lyndell / Brides Attire: Ghost London, @ghostlondonbridal / Grooms Attire: Peter Jackson, @peterjacksonau / Ring/s: Nick Vrettas, @nickvrettasjewels / Other jewellery: La Lune Collective, @lalunecollective / Makeup + Hair: Kate McCleary, @katemcclearyhairandmakeup / Bridesmaid attire: Dress Hire AU, @dresshireau