The Wedding of Kristina & Tony 29.09.18
On our first-year anniversary, Tony and I decided to go to the RACV Healesville Country Club for a weekend away. Tony organised weeks prior with the in-house wedding coordinator a surprise proposal in the gazebo with a hidden videographer and photographer. The day was followed by a beautifully set-up picnic by the lake. With a breathtaking backdrop, Tony and I knew we'd look no further to host our wedding right there!
RACV Healesville Country Club was the only venue we viewed for our wedding and we knew instantly that we didn't need to look any further. It had everything we were after: spectacular views, beautiful decor, incredible food and the loveliest staff!
We instantly decided to set our wedding date a year after the proposal. Our dream wedding vision was to have our close and intermit family and friends celebrating our love in a beautiful weekend-away location where we could spend as much time with them as possible.
Both Tony and I were raised Orthodox, so though we had decided not to get married in a traditional church by a priest, we still incorporated the Orthodox crowning into our civil ceremony to respect our upbringing.
Our wedding day fell on the AFL grand final. As we have lots of footy fans in our family, we decided to have a 1pm ceremony and have a private room organised with food and drinks screening the game to ensure we had their full attention during the times that mattered. It worked well for us as we took the opportunity to take photos on site with golf carts and off site at the Rochford Winery.
Our reception was beautiful, simple and romantic. It was a compilation of good food, speeches that made you laugh and cry, lots of dancing (even the traditional Serbian and Macedonian Kolo) and lots of love!
We met many years ago at a mutual friend's engagement party, and as fate would have it, we were paired together as dance partners for that same couple's wedding reception dance. Over the next three years, we would bump into each other at random gatherings, but it wasn't until Utkarsh moved to Perth that we decided to start dating - only a convenient 13,000 km apart!
Utkarsh proposed at one of our favourite boutique wineries in the Yarra Valley (Elmswood Estate). He had organised for my best friends to bring me to the winery under the guise of an elaborate lie (the end justifies the means!). Once I arrived and walked through the winery surrounds, I was surprised by family and close friends doing a dance number to "I Got This Feeling" by Justin Timberlake. At the end of the song, I was directed to a pathway which eventually led to Utkarsh. He proposed and after I accepted, we all celebrated with lots of delicious food and wine.
Indian weddings can be a big, loud and chaotic event. But the moment we visited the beautiful surrounds of the RACV Healesville Country Club, there was a calm and serenity that engulfed us. At that moment, we knew that we wanted to permeate this feeling on our special day. We also just fell in love with the idea of having an outdoor wedding with the beautiful backdrop of the Yarra Ranges! The wet-weather backup plan of the Ballroom also gave us comfort that, in the event of rain, we would still be able to create a beautiful atmosphere.
Our parents were initially concerned if RACV would be able to cater Indian food for our guests, but after the food tasting, these concerns were swiftly brushed aside. In short, the venue surpassed all our expectations!
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Scott and Kate Buchanan were married underneath the gazebo at Healesville Country Club on a beautiful sunny day in March.
Kate said the day was perfect. "It's meant to be the best day of your life and it really was," Kate said.
Scott, who comes from a long line of RACV Club members, picked Healesville for the style as well as happy childhood memories. "I think the building complements the scenery really well. I like modern architecture and nature as well and I think they complement each other."
Kate said Healesville wedding coordinator Nikita King made everything run seamlessly and stress-free. "She made everything easy. She reminded me of anything I hadn't thought of, and answered all my questions in all my emails."
Kate said the guests enjoyed the food, and Scott said he loved the steak and that any guests' dietary requirements were well catered for. The couple had roaming dessert canapés and a tiered cake made from cheese instead of a traditional wedding cake.
"That was the best decision ever, it was nice for people who did want to sit after dancing but you weren't forced to sit down," Kate said. "We're not big cake eaters but we like wine and cheese and you like your wedding to reflect who you are," Scott said.
Kate said the florist did an amazing job decorating the room and the staff were attentive. "As soon as you'd ask for something it was there. Before the end of the night everything we asked for was in our room."
Kate and Scott plan to spend time at Healesville for each anniversary. "It's almost like a second home," Kate said.