Lilian & Bruce – by Dan O’Day

The beautiful wedding of Lilian & Bruce as featured in issue 14 ..

Bruce studied architecture and worked in the building industry. Lillian studied nutrition and currently works as a model. One of our biggest loves is travel and since our wedding in March 2018, we have been travelling, first through Australia and Europe, where we are currently. We love exploring new places and cultures together and plan to do a lot more of it! We were high school sweethearts. We met when we were 15 and started going out soon after. Because we experienced all the fun, strange and scary times of being teenagers together, we have a strong friendship. Our wedding was an intimate affair. We had our immediate family and a few close friends as guests. We chose The Convent Gallery as our venue, located at the top of a hill in Daylesford. The style of the building and the beautiful view has a Tuscan feel to it. Our wedding was classic and minimalist with a rustic vibe which came through in the Australian wildflower table decorations and the character of the venue. We chose the flowers the day before the wedding at the Prahran market. The florist put together a bouquet and, on the morning of the wedding, Lillian’s friends arrived early to arrange the rest of the flowers on the dining table. They did a beautiful job and it was very special to have our friends do this lovely thing for us on our wedding day. Because it was a small group, everyone who attended the wedding was given the opportunity to share their favourite memory of us as a couple. It led to a lot of laughs and some tears and it made us grateful that we’d decided to have a small, intimate wedding. A little clichéd, but another highlight for us was the incredible sunset we got to witness from the balcony of our dining room at the Convent. Everyone was outside with a drink in hand, enjoying the beautiful view and company. It was the perfect golden hour! Drawing from our own experience of dating for a very long time, we think it’s important to get to know each other well before you decide to tie the knot. Having a strong friendship and knowledge of the other person means you are well prepared for what lies ahead of you as a couple. Knowing what the other person needs in all sorts of circumstances, and how they deal with different things means you can be there for each other in a very meaningful way, and this has made our love and appreciation for each other continue to grow stronger.

Photography: Dan O’Day Bride’s dress: Lover  Groom’s attire: Institchu Groom’s shoes: Aquila Flora: Sourced from the Prahran Markets Special song: ‘Your Song’ (Cover) by friends by Ellie Goulding   Bride’s headpiece: Heather McDowall Makeup & Hair: Mae Taylor Celebrant: Craig Anderson Groom’s tie and pocket square: OTAA Catering: The Convent Gallery Ceremony venue: The Convent Gallery, Daylesford Groom’s ring: Mazzucchelli’s Bride’s ring: Natalie Marie Jewellery Bride’s shoes: Tony Bianco Bride’s cuff: Allure South Sea Pearls