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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Flipping a coin 30-minutes before the ceremony to work out whether we’d do it inside or outside. Fate made the right decision.
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.
The Wedding of Maggie & Daniel 30.12.2017
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
The Wedding of Rhiannon and Maurizio 05.12.2015
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
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