Maddie & James – by Georgia Verrells

Tell us a little about yourselves, what you do, what you love, what is unique about you and your relationship…

Madeleine works in healthcare, as a consultant for a national company and also as a paramedic in Victoria. James is an architect, specialising in aged care. We both love being outdoors – skiing, hiking, camping. Our relationship is, and always has been, a partnership. We support one another in our aspirations and pick up the slack for the other when we need.

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…

After seeing a semi-renovated Provenance space and the raw Truffleduck Great Hall at The Old Papermill Site in Fyansford, so close to James’ family home, we knew it would be the perfect spot for our celebration. To both Truffleduck and Scott and Jen’s (Provenance Wines owners) credit, the
spaces were perfect on the day and particularly the Provenance team did a wonderful job in getting the renovation complete well in advance of our wedding.

We took our inspiration from both these great spaces and wanted to only install small elements that would enhance and enliven these two great buildings. The raw beauty of the area was something we really wanted to express on the day.

Tell us about your main outfits:

James’ mum is a dressmaker who was always hoping to make Madeleine’s dress. Therefore no search was required. After what seemed like endless fabric shop visits and fittings, Madeleine couldn’t have been happier with the perfect dress her new mother in law had created.

What were some of the most memorable/unique moments from the day?

No surprises for us, but we kept the move back into Truffleduck’s Great Hall space for the after party a surprise for all the guests. After our first dance, Rutherford Entertainment’s DJ Dan Martin broke out playing the saxophone, which made for an epic dance floor that was enjoyed well into the night. As was the ability for guests to stay at James’ family property in a glamping village set up by Swell Shelters. The post-wedding bonfire kept the fun and festivities going into the early hours of the morning.

Any advice for other couples planning to spend the rest of their lives together?

Take a moment or two on the day to step back and take it all in. It goes so quickly. We would also really encourage grooms to get involved in the day and get yourself a whiskey bar! Enjoy the moments when something minor goes wrong. It is always nice to have a few surprises to work through.

Photographer: Georgia Verrells |Ceremony Location: The Old Paper Mills | Flowers: Charlie & Co | Glamping Village: Swell Shelters | Cake: Love it Cakes | Cake Topper: Charlie & Co | Celebrant: Marriages by Tessa | Entertainment: Rutherford Entertainment | Hire: Memphis Hire Geelong | Catering: Truffleduck | Bridal Gown: Groom’s mum | Groom’s Attire: Oscar Hunt | Wedding Bands: Ellissi Jewellery | Bride’s Shoes: Wittner | Groom’s Shoes: Aquila | MUA: Kathryn Deller | Hair: Anna Penn | Bridal Party Bouquets: Kenney’s Flowers