Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship:
Liam works in corporate finance and I am an architect. We met at high school, and our relationship has grown from friends, to high school crushes, to dating and now to husband and wife.
We grew up together and know each other so well. Throughout these years we have watched each other grow both personally and professionally. We love to travel and enjoy exploring the outdoors. We have worked and studied abroad separately, yet despite the distance our relationship has remained strong.
Tell us about your special day, was there a specific theme or style? Tell us a little about the setting, the styling and some of your favourite details:
The style for the day was whimsical, with clean lines and muted tones.
I’m a perfectionist, so I wanted the details of the day to tie in together. I made a look book with inspiration images, a colour palette and stationery items. So that all the typography matched, I designed all the graphics for the day- from invites, booklets, seating charts, menus, place cards and bonbonniere. It was a bigger undertaking than I had anticipated, but worth it! We love going for bush-walks and hikes so we wanted a venue where the view and setting were the focus. Riverbank is such a beautiful location. The grassed area is surrounded by greenery and overlooks the vineyard. It was nice to see our friends and family taking photos in front of the view on the night. There is something romantic about dining under the stars. We sat among our guests on banquet tables, and loved the ambiance of dancing on the wooden dance-floor under the festoon lights.
Tell us about your main outfits:
I knew I didn’t want a traditional wedding dress. I wanted a dress with nude tones and clean lines, something that showed off my back, was figure hugging and tied in with the style of the day. I’m not often decisive but the dress was one of the easiest decisions. It ticked all the boxes, and I loved the geometric pattern in the beaded lace. Bridal Garden tailored the dress to exactly how I wanted it.
What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day:
We gave each other cards to read for the morning of the wedding. Instead of a traditional card Liam gave me a note cube! So many hilarious photos from all our travels and time together over the years, along with little anecdotes and messages. We involved our friends and family in the day as much as possible. We had our dads as witnesses, siblings as readers, one of our best friends as our MC, and my long-time family friend as our DJ. The day truly felt like a reflection of us as a couple. Unfortunately because of Covid-19 some of our very close family and friends couldn’t be there to celebrate our day. My brother who lives in Melbourne, organised for all our absent guests to send him video messages, which were played on the night. There were many tears and much laughter. It was such a special surprise and a memento from the day which we will treasure forever.
Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together:
Everyone always told us the day goes so fast. I wasn’t quite ready for just how fast it did pass! My advice to couples planning their wedding- factor in a few times in the day where there is nothing planned. Time that is solely dedicated for you and your partner to pause, and take in the joy and magic of the day!
Photography: @mitchandtijana | Ceremony location: Willeton Catholic Church | Reception location: @riverbankestate | Bride’s gown: @thebridalgardenperth | Groom’s suit: @penguinsformalwear | Engagement Ring: @nataliemariejewellery | Fragrance: @narciso_rodriguez | Bridesmaid’s attire: @shonajoy_ | Groomsmen’s attire: @penguinsformalwear| Note from Groom to Bride: @thenotecube | Flora: @mapleandwren | Cake: @robynscreativecakes | Lighting: @blacklabelevents | Dance Floor Co: @thedancefloorco | Transport: @belleclassiclimos