RACV Torquay Resort

Our couples

We have a selection of images from our past weddings, along with details of suppliers to help you visualise your ideal wedding.

The Wedding of Sean & Michael 24.02.18

Their Story

Once we were engaged, we knew the wedding would have to be in Torquay. We’d both been visiting all throughout our childhood, and my family bought a home here in 2012. We wanted to use as many local Torquay businesses as possible for the wedding, and we couldn’t believe the talent that was on offer. We also wanted to use our friends’ businesses for hair, make-up, the cake and the artwork - we always wanted our wedding to be as inclusive an affair as possible, with a real focus on our families and friends.

The Meeting

Sean and I met in 2009 when I started working for him at a frozen yoghurt store he opened in Melbourne. We were best friends before we were anything else, and whilst it was probably love at first sight, we weren’t officially a couple until 2013.

The Proposal

Sean proposed to me at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. He waited until the show was over, and we were alone, and popped the question. It was a total surprise. We’d been travelling around Europe for three weeks before then and lost our luggage twice whilst flying so it was a miracle he still had a ring.

Favourite Moment

I’m glad there’s not just one, there’s so many things that made this the best day of our lives. Being able to handcraft the wedding to how we wanted it, walking down the aisle with both our parents, having flowerboys, and page-girls, a first dance where we both could lead. Just seeing how the guests responded to the whole day with so much love being shared around the room was my favourite part.

Words of Wisdom

Think first and foremost about who you are as people, and have your wedding reflect that. There’s no right way or wrong way to have a wedding. Make it weird if you’re weird, a big party, relaxed, or a serious time to commit to one-another - make it a celebration of love and life and make it uniquely you – that’s what the guests respond best to.

Funny/Disasters

Flipping a coin 30-minutes before the ceremony to work out whether we’d do it inside or outside. Fate made the right decision.

Anything Else

Sean and I are so grateful for how our wedding was received by not only our friends and family, but also all the businesses that played such a huge role in making the day happen. We understand not everyone chooses to celebrate the love that we have, but being able to be married in our own country, in a place that means so much to us, amongst those closest to us, made the day even more special.

  • Ceremony – Peppers The Sands
  • Reception – RACV Resort Torquay
  • Celebrant – Damon Hughes
  • Guest list – 170
  • Photographer – Brown Paper Parcel
  • Videographer – Moment Seeker
  • Transport – The guests were taken to Peppers and RACV on McHarry’s buses, and we used a McHarry’s mini-bus for the wedding car, so we could be all together as a wedding party.
  • Ceremony Décor – Yo-get-it cups and ‘Yes’ newspaper pages for the petals
  • Arbour and Chair Ends – Robertson’s Farmgate
  • Suits – Traveller’s Apparel – Collingwood

Accessories:

  • Happy Socks;
  • Sean wore Michael’s tie from his Year 12 formal
  • Batsanis and Ted Baker shoes
  • Michael wore his late-grandfathers cufflinks, who also provided the gold that was made into both our wedding rings.

The Wedding of Sarah & Dale 13.10.18

Their Story

Dale proposed to Sarah on a surprise trip to Tasmania after hiking into Wineglass Bay carrying a picnic lunch, a scrapbook he had made outlining their time together, a beautiful ring and a bottle of champagne.

Sarah and Dale initially connected over their love of the beach, and spend as much time as they can in Torquay. The gorgeous view from the RACV Torquay Resort was the perfect setting for their wedding reception.

Their wedding was a true reflection of their characters – meticulously organised prior to the event, but relaxed and full of laughter and smiles on the day, as they celebrated with close friends and family. Highlights were the hilarious, yet sentimental speeches and the delicious wedding cake – a team effort by the Groom and the Mother of the Bride!

Sarah and Dale loved working with Symone and her fantastic team at RACV Torquay to create their perfect day.

  • Ceremony - The Geelong College Chapel
  • Celebrant - Tim Edwards
  • Guest list - 84
  • Photographer - Michael Renga
  • Hair - Coralea Gellion
  • Make Up - Cassandra de Bruin
  • Dress - Rachel Gilbert
  • Suits - Oscar Hunt
  • Accessories - Veil: Alice Haute Couture, South Yarra
  • Entertainment - Baker Boys Band
  • Transport - Family cars
  • Florist - Charlie & Co Flowers
  • Furniture Hire - Memphis Hire
  • Cake - Groom and Mother of the Bride

The Wedding of Maggie & Daniel 30.12.2017

Their Story

Maggie & Daniel are High School sweethearts.  After meeting and falling in love in Year 12, the two have been inseparable ever since.  Daniel surprised Maggie with a heartfelt proposal after a beautiful weekend away in Melbourne.

Their wedding day was a classical and elegant event which was 8 years in the making.  Bringing together family and friends for a whole lot of fun!!  It was important that the day reflected them both as a couple which included a phantom race call by Ric McIntosh, a first dance remix of all of their favourite songs and good quality food and wine shared with those they love most.

The Ceremony was held at the impressive St Mary of the Angels Basilica, Geelong and Maggie was driven there by her proud Grandfather Stan, in his Mercedes E350. The reception was in the Ballroom of RACV Torquay Resort and with black Tiffany chairs from Memphis Hire adding a charming point of difference.

Words of Wisdom for other couples, “Throughout the fast paced day, take a moment to step back and take it all in”.

  • Ceremony – St Mary of the Angels Basilica, Geelong
  • Celebrant – Fr James Clarke
  • Guest list – 140
  • Photographer – Kate O’Neill
  • Videographer – Turbo Productions
  • Hair & Make up - Vesna & Mila from Chantilly Avenue Hair and Make-up
  • Wedding gown – Justin Alexander
  • Photo locations - RACV Torquay, The old Fyansford Bridge, Mount Duneed Estate and Torquay Surf beach.
  • Suits – Eddy Elias
  • Transport – Grandfathers Mercedes and a limousine from Murrell Group
  • Reception Styling – The Bride with the help of the amazing staff at RACV Torquay
  • Reception Chairs – Memphis Hire
  • Flowers – The Posie Place
  • Cake – Jenelle's Custom Cakes
  • Entertainment – The Craig Francis Band

The Wedding of Georgia & Daniel 14.01.17

Their Story

Georgia and Daniel were married at her family’s home in Jan Juc, a place that is special to them as they both met and now live in the area. Their laidback style was evident in both their ceremony as well as their reception in the Great Ocean Ballroom at RACV Torquay resort – they enlisted the help of Daisy from As Daisy Does to transform the versatile space with gorgeous hanging floral statement pieces, along with beautiful hardwood long timber tables.

They made sure to take some time to themselves on the day, and headed out to the golf course at sunset with their photographer to catch some special moments. The pair shared their dream day with 72 of their friends and family, and kept it simply casual, with no wedding cake, bonbonniere and the bridesmaids selecting their own dresses.

  • Ceremony - Family home in Jan Juc
  • Celebrant - John Harmon
  • Guest list - 72
  • Photographer - Nikole Ramsay
  • Hair & Make Up - Studio 2 Makeup & Hair
  • Dress - Kenneth Winston gown from Raffaele Ciuca
  • Entertainment - James Sidebottom
  • Transport - Georgia’s father’s jaguar
  • Florist - As Daisy Does
  • Furniture Hire - Pepper Sprout Hire

The Wedding of Brigid and Troy 27.02.16

Their Story

Brigid and Troy met at good old Beavs Bar in Geelong, while Brigid was on her friend’s hens party, indulging in a few too many champagnes! From that night on they were inseparable. Troy proposed early on Christmas morning 2014, and Brigid immediately burst into tears. Once she had managed to take herself outside to get some air, she realised she hadn’t even answered him! Of course the answer was yes, and they spent the entire day celebrating with family.

Having enjoyed the planning process together, Troy and Brigid made sure they included everything they had their hearts set on for the wedding day. Their personal touches included handmade concrete candle and cookies as bonbonniere, LOVE light letters, a gentleman’s Scotch bar and beautiful Peppa and Peach styling. Their wedding day was filled with touching moments, with highlights coming from the delicious food, impeccable service, and watching their best friends boogie on the dance floor all night long!

  • Ceremony - St. Therese Church
  • Celebrant - Father Linh
  • Guest list - 116 guests
  • Photographer - Smitten Photography
  • Hair & Make Up - Blondie Hair and Cosmetica
  • Dress - Amaline Vitale
  • Cake - Dylan Garnham Rae Cakes
  • Entertainment - Tom Issac and Taylor, booked through Geelong Entertainment Services
  • Florist - Smellies

The Wedding of Fiona & Jordie 26.11.16

Their Story

Jordie proposed to Fiona on Christmas Eve in 2015 on their daily morning walk down on White's Beach, Torquay.

Jordie joked how they should both write Christmas messages in the sand, take a photo of both messages and then send it out to our families and friends as a Christmas Card - Fiona thought it was the craziest idea he had come up with, promptly ignored him and kept walking. She eventually came back to find "will you marry me" written in the sand and Jordie down on one knee holding a Ring Pop - they’d always agreed that when they did get engaged, they would shop for the ring together.

Their wedding was a true reflection of their relationship – full of laughter and big smiles, never a dull moment, and brimming with family and friends. The traditional Barr family piñata was designed by Jordie’s sister, and their bonbonniere featured succulents picked from Fiona’s mother's garden. She put them in small pots with handmade love-heart clay tags. Both of their fathers handmade a sensational ironbark cake board. Their love was celebrated as soon as they were announced as husband and wife by a large noisy group of cockatoos who flew directly overhead, after taking flight from an old ironbark tree.

  • Ceremony - Family garden overlooking Bells Beach
  • Celebrant - David Curnow
  • Guest list - 113
  • Stationery - Colour and Skulls
  • Photographer - Katie Wheeler
  • Hair & Make Up - Blondie Hair and Cosmetica
  • Dress - Karen Willis Holmes
  • Cake - Sweet Designs by Claire
  • Entertainment - After Five
  • Transport - 1959 Holden FB Wagon
  • Florist - Pearl and Boston
  • Prop Hire - Memphis Hire

The Wedding of Marijana & Sam 04.02.17

Their Story

Marijana and Sam were both studying Law at Deakin University, but didn’t start dating until they finished uni - after a mutual friend got involved and forced each of them to ask the other out! Fast forward 10 years, and Sam found a picturesque location where they had fish and chips overlooking the beach and a special moment involving an engagement ring inside chocoholic Marijana’s dessert of Cadbury Favourites.

The couple gave everything a personal touch for their wedding, from making the hanging light features for the reception out of driftwood and glass terrariums with LED candles inside them to the bonbonniere of small jars of lemon curd homemade by the bride. Marijana even sang a song on stage at the end of the night! Marijana’s father and Sam’s mother made a standing sign for the ballroom, and Marijana’s family worked hard the previous day to bake the traditional and elaborately decorated Ukrainian wedding cake called the “Korovaj.” The highlight of the night was seeing both of their grandparents attend the day - especially watching the bride’s 89 year old grandmother dance with her walker at the reception and the grooms 92 year old grandfather enjoying himself!

  • Ceremony - St Mary of the Angels Basilica
  • Celebrants - Father Kevin Dillon and Father Ihor Bakay
  • Guest list - 119
  • Photographer - Hails and Shine Photography
  • Videographer - Love Soldier
  • Hair & Make Up - A friend and Hilary Holmes
  • Dress - Pearls and Roses Bridal
  • Cake - BettyButter
  • Entertainment - Carovna Noc “Charming Night”
  • Transport - Private E-type Jaguars, the Groom’s Porsche and a Limousine from the Murrell Group.
  • Florist - Flower Theory

The Wedding of Jaimie & Shaun 22.04.17

Their Story

Jaimie & Shaun’s easy going, loving nature was evident throughout their wedding day – and it’s one of the things they love most about each other. They met at a fun dress up function in 2011, and Shaun proposed in New Zealand while they were taking photos with friends.

Their outdoor wedding ceremony was held on Torquay Common (with RACV Torquay Resort in the background).  They ensured their day was full of personal touches, by making their own chair sashes and arranging the table centrepieces.

The one thing they both mention about the big day is to not stress, and to take time out during the night to take it all in!

  • Ceremony - Torquay Common
  • Celebrant - Lana Ryder Civil Celebrant
  • Guest list - 122
  • Photographer - Love By Shae
  • Videographer - Video Story
  • Hair & Make Up - Holly at Stella & Hutch, and Hair & Make Up By Jenna
  • Transport - Murrell Chauffeur Drive
  • Dress - Embrace Bridal
  • Cake - Sweet Boutique
  • Entertainment - After Five
  • Florist - Leah’s Blooms & Grooms
  • Prop Hire - Occasional Settings & Surfcoast Party Hire
  • Styling - Bride’s own

The Wedding of Steph and John 21.05.16

Their Story

These high school sweethearts met at Geelong College - and returned years later to be married at the school’s chapel! John planned a surprise proposal at a lookout in Lorne, combining an incredible sunset, an abundance of candles and even CFA tape to corner off the area so that no one could interrupt their moment.

The reception at RACV Torquay Resort brought together nearly 200 of their friends and family, and that stunning hanging floral wall behind their bridal table was their biggest personal touch. Designed and made by hand, the couple enlisted MOSS Industry to coordinate the flowers and pops of colour.

  • Ceremony - The Geelong College Chapel
  • Celebrant - Reverend Tim Edwards
  • Guests list - 200 guests
  • Photographer - Tori & Sal
  • Hair & Make Up - Blondie Hair and Cosmetica
  • Dress - Pearls & Roses
  • Cake - Sweet Indulgence
  • Band - Like This Corporate
  • Styling & Florist - MOSS Industry and themselves

The Wedding of Bec and Bowen 21.02.2015

Their Story

The stunning beach side ceremony on Spring Creek Reserve captured the relaxed feel of Bec and Bowen's wedding day. Steven King also captured their free and easy nature while they walked along Torquay front beach and the Jan Juc cliff walk. RACV Torquay Resort was in the background, where they would later enjoy an evening of celebration in the Great Ocean Road Ballroom with their loved ones.

  • Ceremony - Spring Creek Reserve
  • Celebrant - Jo Bettz
  • Guests list - 150 guests
  • Photographer - Simon King
  • Ceremony Styling - Pepper Sprout Hire
  • Reception Styling - Memphis Hire
  • Florist - Beachside Blooms
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The Wedding of Rhiannon and Maurizio 05.12.2015

Their Story

Rhiannon and Maurizio were a delight to help with all of their wedding plans.

The happiness they shared shows in their faces and the faces of all guests that attended their wedding.  Leanne Kelly's images captured their day beautifully.

  • Ceremony - St Peters and Paul's Catholic Church Geelong
  • Guests list - 125 guests
  • Photographer - Leanne Kelly Photography
  • Videography - Cutting Edge Videography
  • Band - Test Pilot Molly
  • Reception Styling - Bride and groom

The Wedding of Tina and Travis 07.11.2015

Their Story

Travis popped the question on the 9th of August 2014 with an engraved padlock that was then locked to the Southbank Bridge. Although it wasn’t purposefully thought out that way, the 9th of August was a significant date for them both, as exactly two years earlier it was their very first date.

Now, you may remember all of the padlocks had to be removed from the bridge due to the weight of them. Travis secretly went to the location where thousands of locks were stored in big containers for people to search for their lock. Some people had searched for hours for their locks only to give up. Travis located their lock within seconds of being there. As a surprise, he presented it to Tina on their wedding day at RACV Torquay Resort.

  • Ceremony - Private property at Bells Beach
  • Guests list - 180 guests
  • Photographer - Sarah J Photography
  • Videographer - Cutting Edge Video Productions
  • Kombi Van: Matt from Coastal Kombis
  • Celebrant - Maureen Carlson from Amour Celebrations
  • Ceremony Arbour, deck and styling - KNIGHTS Design & Construction
  • Ceremony LOVE Sign - KNIGHTS Design & Construction
  • Ceremony Chairs - Event Lane
  • Reception Styling - KNIGHTS Design & Construction
  • Flowers – Great Ocean Road Flowers
  • Cake - Ab Fab
  • Band - Kris Woodward DJ
  • Hair – Rod from Zamazaan
  • Make up – Holly from Coco Daisy
  • Wedding Gown: Custom made gown by Amaline Vitale
  • Suits – Eddy Elias
  • Accessories - Jeff Banks, By Charlotte

The Wedding of Nat and Lachey 23.03.18

Their Story

Natalie & Lachlan met in High School and a friendship blossomed when Natalie was the only girl in Graphics class! The proposal was a complete surprise to Natalie and took place at Split Point Lighthouse, Arieys Inlet, where Lachlan’s family have a holiday house nearby.  The next day, all of their families and friends joined them for lunch at the holiday house which was very special.

The search for the ‘perfect dress’ was something that made Natalie feel quite anxious but thankfully on only her second outing she found the perfect dress at Mariana Hardwick, feminine but sleek, simple but a touch of bling, a silhouette with clean straight lines and a simple V neck with a split.  It was simply breathtaking. She kept an eye out for things after trying this dress, but nothing could come close to comparing how comfortable she felt in that dress.

Both the ceremony and reception were held at RACV Torquay Resort. Natalie & Lachlan both instantly felt a sense of calm and relief after their first visit there and were happy to do the whole thing at RACV. The plan was to have our ceremony on the terrace, but due to rainy and unpredictable weather, the night before we made the call to proceed with plan B, having the ceremony in the foyer indoors. And we don’t think anyone has ever had a more successful plan B than them! The foyer was stunning, and the sleek architecture of the interior was the perfect backdrop for their ceremony styling, and they felt so comfortable knowing they didn’t have to worry about rain, wind, cold or heat.

What’s your advice for brides-to-be?

“As much as I wanted to do everything myself, definitely outsource and get help! I realized closer to the day that I couldn’t do everything myself, and started getting specific task outsourced, but later than I should have.  Pick a few things that you really want to take care of yourself, and get the rest allocated to professionals as early as possible.”

  • Ceremony & reception: RACV Resort Torquay
  • Guest List: 193
  • Photography: Ed Sloane
  • Videography: Love Clip
  • Dress: Mariana Hardwick
  • Shoes: Nine West
  • Hair: Tayla Jane’s Hair
  • Make-up: Lauren Middlebrook MUA
  • Accessories: Quella Collection & Mezi
  • Cake: Love It Cakes
  • Flowers: Sourced by Bride at Geelong Flower Farm
  • Bridesmaids dresses: Acler
  • Suits: Politix
  • Rings: Torres Jewel Co
  • Transport: Family members’ mustangs
  • Entertainment: Macedonian Band - Stella Band.  DJ - Jimi Crisp
  • Stationery: Designed by bride and groom
  • Celebrant: Anne Young
  • Styling: Emily Kiefel VM
  • Prop hire: Arbour from Igby, rest by bride and groom

The Wedding of Robert & Natalie 06.10.18

Their Story

When we first met all those years ago, who could have known where we would end up. What a rollercoaster of ups and downs it has been! But we made it, and no one can take that away from us.

We wanted to spend our day surrounded by the people who know and love us. Our wedding was a true reflection of our relationship: full of laughter and big smiles. There was never a dull moment and we got to share it with our 4 beautiful children and family and friends.

  • Ceremony: The Carousel, Eastern Beach Rd
  • Celebrant: Beverley McIndoe
  • Guest List: 160
  • Photographer: Greg from Dolce Vita Photography
  • Hair & makeup: Jana Aquilina (hair) and Nicole Battaglia (makeup)
  • Dress: Cappellazzo Couture
  • Accessories: Ronza George Jewellery
  • Entertainment/Band: Midnight Blue
  • Transport: Cassars Limousine Service
  • Florist: Annabel - Belco Styling & Events
  • Furniture hire: Tiffany chairs – Chair Hire Co.
  • Cake: Mrs G’s Custom Cakes
  • Prop Hire:  Luna Twelve
  • Stationery: Mickey Loves Jacqui
  • Styling: Bride

The Wedding of Jacquie & Duncan 07.10.18

Their Story

We had our first date Valentines’ Day in 2015 and have been together happily ever since. 

We chose The RACV Springs Creek Retreat Room for its beautiful views and because it was the perfect size for an intimate family wedding - whatever the weather.  It was the perfect one-stop-shop for ceremony, reception and wedding night accommodation.

The reception and experience was more than we could have imagined thanks to the first class venue that is the RACV Torquay.

My family and I stayed the night before and the night of the wedding and could not fault our rooms, service and food.

We have such happy memories of this amazing experience we hope to return and stay for our one-year anniversary.

  • Ceremony: Springs Creek Retreat Balcony
  • Celebrant: Shannon Jeans
  • Guest list: 30
  • Photographer: Friend’s daughter - Ayva Mackay
  • Hair & makeup: Camilla Dighton
  • Dress: Bridal House Geelong
  • Suits: Myer - Gibson
  • Accessories: Shoes from Alan Pinkus
  • Entertainment / Band: Own music & Zuster Photo Booths
  • Florist: Button holes and hair flowers from Robertson’s Farmgate
  • Cake: Sweet Designs by Claire

The Wedding of Lana & Craig 23.11.18

Their Story

Craig chose his moment to propose on a busy weekend when Lana had dance commitments all day. He carefully prepared the house, dressed up in a suit and awaited Lana’s arrival home. When Lana called to say she was on her way home with a friend Craig almost ditched the whole plan, but some clever thinking and quick actions kept her friend at bay and made for a complete surprise proposal: one that Lana was definitely not expecting.

The ceremony

We have thrown many parties over the years but our wedding has to be the best one yet! From the 12-minute flash mob to Scottish karaoke, Craig and I had the most incredible day made possible by some amazing suppliers. In particular, our stylist Annabel from Belco who transformed an already beautiful setting into something magnificent. The day could not have gone any better

Craig and I wanted to have our wedding at RACV Torquay as it provides the perfect setting for everyone to celebrate in a style that best suits us. With a cracking party, loads of dancing and all our friends and family who mean the most to us

  • Ceremony: RACV Torquay
  • Celebrant: Chloe Jetson
  • Guest list: 150
  • Photographer: Smitten Photography
  • Hair & makeup: St Kristal & Blondie Salon
  •  Dress: Jane Hill
  •  Suits: Calibre & Joe Black
  • Accessories: Sol’s diamonds, Valentino shoes, Sammatha Wills earrings
  • Entertainment / Band: The White Tree
  • Transport: Wave rider
  • Florist:  Belco
  • Furniture Hire: Belco, Memphis Hire, Surf Coast hire, Leafy Design Co, Sketch & Etch
  •  Cake: Frankie Scales & Krispy kreme donut wall
  • Prop Hire: Belco
  • Stationery: Mickey loves Jacqui & Paige Tuzee
  • Videographer: The Love clip
  • Styling: Belco