coastal wedding clifftop – Chris & Clare

Chris & Clare’s coastal wedding was held at Clifftop in Smith’s Beach on 8th April 2017.  We like to get to know our couples a little better, so we ask them some questions about how they met, their wedding day and their future plans together.  Below is Chris & Claire’s response:
 
Q. When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?

A. Chris and Clare met in 2014 at their good friend Tess’s 30th Birthday in Ocean Grove. Tess, along with their friend Denise, had grand plans to set the couple up. Tess’s failed attempts at subtlety enabled Clare to realise something odd was going on! Clare was initially interested in Chris because he had a nice flannelette shirt on and could bounce a footy (turns out he actually had no idea about AFL). Chris was initially interested in Clare because she apparently could tell good jokes and was easy to get along with, chilled and talkative

Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. The proposal took place at Smith’s beach in Phillip Island. Clare had mentioned to Chris that if he were to ever propose, he should do it when no one else was around. So, whilst on the beach, Chris started acting very strangely whilst literally waiting for every man and his dog to leave the beach. When he finally proposed, Clare was so excited she forgot what finger the ring was supposed to go on.
 
Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
A. No plans have been set in stone yet. We plan on heading to the Whitsundays early next year.
 
Q. What are your future plans together?
A. We plan on upgrading to a larger house later this year and starting a family at some point. We would also love to travel a bit more together.
 
Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. Both the ceremony and reception are taking place at Clifftop in Smith’s Beach. Clare has been going to Phillip Island since she was young. Chris also proposed to Clare whilst on a mini holiday at Clifftop. Clifftop is such a beautiful venue so the location seemed a perfect choice.
 
Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a detailed description and also include any accessories including jewellery and shoes.
A. The dress is an Anna Campbell fit and flare ivory dress. There is a scoped neckline with plenty of beading. From the waist down, the dress is made of lace. The shoes are flat with plenty of beading and jewels.
 
Q. Do you have a Theme or style to your wedding? And if so, what is it?
A. No theme. Just a relaxed, beach feel.
 
Q. Hair & Makeup – please describe what your hair and makeup is like and who the suppliers are.
A. Hair and make-up will be done by Ally De La Rosa. Hair will be mainly up with a bun to the side.
 
Q. Who is the person conducting your service? (celebrant, minister, priest etc).
 
Q. Florist – what are your flowers like & who is the supplier?
A. The supplier is Ivy Rose Events. The flowers are natural looking with pastel colours.
 
Q. Wedding Favours & Cake – what are they like and who is the supplier?
A. Clare’s amazing mum and her sisters are having a massive yoyo bake up to make the wedding favours. My lovely cousins wife Nicolle is making the delicious cake..
 

Q. Food & Drink – what are they like and who is the supplier if not venue?

A. Priors catering are providing the delicious cocktail food for the event.
 
Q. Is there any other supplier you would specifically like to mention:
A. Of course Lens to Life!
 
Photographer: Jade White
Music: Daniel Lunn

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gippsland wedding venue – Darren & Serene

Q. When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?
A. We met at the university of Melbourne back in 2002 at an Engineering Society Mentoring Scheme. We were selected by the university to be mentors Year 1 engineering students.
Darren: She is a very sweet and caring lady. Obviously, she is a very attractive lady as well. Her friendly-self always go an extra mile to express her help and support towards me. Captivating my liking towards her.
Serene: When first met (Engineering Society Mentoring Scheme), what get me noticed is someone with a Singaporean accent and that caught my attention. After we started chatting, my impression of Darren is that he has a good sense of humor and talkative.
Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. 14th Feb 2003 after we spend our 1st Valentine day together. Amazing! Now, the new date is 28th Feb 2015!
Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
A. We are heading to USA for our honeymoon! In for a road trip around the west coast from LA to San Diego, then head up to Las Vegas follow by SFO to wrap up back in Melbourne.
Q. What are your future plans together (e.g. buying a house/starting a family)
A. Kids kids kids kids kids! 🙂
Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. Clifftop Accommodation and Wedding – It’s such a nice venue where families and friends are really really enjoy and celebrant such a lovely day of ours. Enjoy the four seasons..the sun, the bay, the wind and the rain! 🙂
Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a detailed description and also include any accessories including jewellery and shoes.
A. Ballerina Style! Red and White.
Q. Do you have a Theme or style to your wedding? And if so, what is it?
A. Ballerina with sweet color theme (soft pink, lavender and light silver)
Q. Hair & Makeup – please describe what your hair and makeup is like and who the suppliers are.
A. My good friend – DIY
Q. Who is the person conducting your service? (celebrant, minister, priest etc).
Q. Florist – what are your flowers like & who is the supplier?
Q. Wedding Favours & Cake – what are they like and who is the supplier?
Q. Food & Drink – what are they like and who is the supplier if not venue?
Q. Is there any other supplier you would specifically like to mention:
A. Rachel and Helen (of Clifftop) have both done such as wonderful job. They have absolutely help make this celebration a beautiful reality!
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Clifftop Wedding Phillip Island – Jason & Rachel

The phillip island wedding of Jason & Rachel was held at the wedding venue Clifftop on Saturday 5 April 2014. Below are a few words from the bride about their big day and how their relationship blossomed:
Q. When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?
A. We met in England where Jay had been living for about 9 years. Jay owned and ran a hairdressing salon which Rachel happened to go into after a recommendation from a friend.
Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. Proposal took place on Smith Beach, Phillip Island. Jay wrote some messages in the sand without Rachel knowing and then took her for a walk with the dogs to stumble across the proposal just as the sun was setting.
Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon? Please include dates of departure & return (dates are for our info only).
A. Honeymoon will be in Thailand.
Q. What are your future plans together (e.g. buying a house/starting a family)
A. Buying a house and visiting family and friends in Europe with perhaps a small snowboarding diversion trip!
Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. Ceremony will be on Smith’s Beach and reception will be held at Clifftop Boutique Accommodation, a great place for guests to stay as well as being a short walk from the beach, situated on top of the clifftop overlooking Smiths Beach.
Q. What does your wedding dress look like?
A. White halter neck full length wedding dress with small train. Made from Chiffon with 2 layers, a lace up back and some diamonte detailing on the front.
Q. Do you have a Theme or style to your wedding? And if so, what is it?
A. Beach theme, sea shells.
Q. Hair & Makeup – please describe what your hair and makeup is like and who the suppliers are.
A. Hair and airbrushed make-up is done by Ally from Make-Up and Body Art.
Q. Who is the person conducting your service? (celebrant, minister, priest etc).
A. Bronwyn Heffernan
Q. Florist – what are your flowers like & who is the supplier?
A. No florist. Bouquets were made by Rachel and her maid of honour Pennie, and are made out of seas shells.
Q. Wedding Favours & Cake – what are they like and who is the supplier?
A. Cake supplied by Elaine at Party Cakes and Bakes situated on the island.
Q. Food & Drink – what are they like and who is the supplier if not venue?
A. Smokin Barry’s food truck for main meals. Bite-sized desserts done by a family friend.

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Clifftop Wedding Phillip Island – Tom & Kellie

Tom & Kellie’s Clifftop Wedding was held on Phillip Island on Saturday 1st March 2014. It was followed by a lovely cocktail reception at the same venue. Here is a little about the couple and their big day in the brides own words:
Q. When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?
A. Tom and I met when we were both working in Melbourne, we actually met a couple of times and either time I didn’t remember who he was (secretly I thought he was abit too cool). A couple of years later we had another chance meeting when we started working in the same building. I still didn’t realize we had already met. We started dating and we were a few months into it before he advised me he was that same person years earlier that I’d had lunch with! He likes to remind me of this from time to time!
Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. It was in my home town of Warrnambool on the 25/12/2012 Tom very bravely in front of my family Tom bent down on one knee (Actually both knees because he didn’t know which one to use!) he gave me a book…inside the book Tom had cutout a square hole through all the pages and there sat a beautiful ring to which I said yes! It was all very exciting and so nice to be able to share the moment and celebrate with family.
Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
A. We are going to Europe for six weeks leaving in July to take advantage of a European summer, we are visiting, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Greek Islands and Switzerland..cannot wait!!
Q. What are your future plans together (e.g. buying a house/starting a family)
A. After our honeymoon we look forward to enjoying ‘Island life’ in our home at Smiths Beach and maybe starting a family, in addition to our four legged babies ‘Sadie’ and ‘Poppy’.
Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. Both the ceremony and the reception are being held at Clifftop, We love living at Smiths Beach and we really wanted to keep things local to reflect who we are. Clifftop really suited the relaxed and earthy feel that we were after with the beautiful views overlooking our local Smiths beach.
Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a detailed description and also include any accessories including jewellery and shoes.
A. My dress is designed by Wendy Sullivan, the bodice features vintage lace with a sweetheart neckline and a delicate one shoulder motive, the skirt is a soft flowing chiffon. I tried on alot of dresses and was so relieved when i found ‘the one’! I will team it with simple pearl earrings and shoes are from Jo Mercer.
Q. Do you have a Theme or style to your wedding? And if so, what is it?
A. Rustic romance
Q. Hair & Makeup – please describe what your hair and makeup is like and who the suppliers are.
A. The creative Jess Kramp from ‘brush and brows‘ did my makeup and was so lucky to have my talented cousin Damian Wardle do my hair.
Q. Who is the person conducting your service?
A. Cam Abood from Leongatha.
Q. Florist – what are your flowers like & who is the supplier?
A. The colour palette through out is soft pinks and creams, the majority of my flowers are being completed by Coastal Wedding and Event decor which I am co-owner, I am extremely lucky to have my bridesmaides mum Anna prepare the flowers for me.
Q. Wedding Favours & Cake – what are they like and who is the supplier?
A. The cake is supplied by the creative Beck Harland, 5 tiers of vintage cupcakes and a tier tier cake made of white chocolate. We also have a fun sweet station for the sweet tooths!
Q. Transport – what mode of transport did you choose and who was the supplier?
A. In keeping with the rustic theme we were so lucky to arrive in our friends blue combi van ‘Betty’. The combi had a makeover in time for the special day and looked quite a treat! Supplied by Kerrie and Stephen Wright.
Q. Food & Drink – what are they like and who is the supplier if not venue?
A. The creative team from Kooks catering from Fish Creek put together our menu, we had a cocktail style wedding. Definitely worth the drive to Fish Creek to try their food!
Q. Is there any other supplier you would specifically like to mention:
A. It really was a team effort. Working in weddings myself I was soo lucky to have great people around me and putting in the hardyards to make my vision come to life. My bridesmaids are amazing and kept me on track the whole time. Of course the team at Coastal wedding and Event decor 😉
It was amazing to see how much people really care and want to help. A big thanks to all our beautiful friends and family.
Photography: phillip island wedding, photography locations were on location, Smith’s Beach and Oswin Roberts.

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Gippsland Wedding – Adrian & Liz

The Gippsland Wedding of Adrian and Liz was held on Phillip Island on Saturday 22nd February 2014.
To learn more about this couple we asked the bride and groom a series of questions about how they met and their big day, here is their answers:
Q. When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?
A. We met through mutual friends over 16 years ago. We started to hang out and from then on we were pretty much inseparable. I remember when we first met thinking gee that surfy guy is cute! Adrian is still a surfy and still cute!
Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. It was our 15 year anniversary. We had taken a night out from the kids and were staying in a B&B in the Mt Dandenong’s. I was standing on the balcony taking in the view when he came up behind me with the ring. It was an amazing feeling so much so I burst into tears pretty much instantly. Can’t really remember saying yes to be honest!
Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
A. No immediate plans for a honeymoon, but are looking to take a family holiday to Coffs Harbour
Q. What are your future plans together?
A. Not sure as to what lies ahead, we have a happy home and a beautiful family already. Probably back to business as usual, many a new toy to save for.
Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. Both Ceremony and Reception are at Clifftop Boutique Accommodation. We always new we wanted to get married on the Island as it has been a family holiday destination for both of us for many years. We found Clifftop on the net and instantly fell in love with it when we first went there. The view just speaks for itself and is the perfect venue for us given our love of the ocean
Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a details description and also include any accessories such as shoes.
A. Its a Mancini Gown in a light Ivory, Empire Cut with a full skirt and detailed train, with Swarovski Crystals details on both bodice and train. My shoes were designed by me with the help of a company called Design your pedestal in America. They are light ivory pump with rhinestones up the heel and an ivory bow. I have had the date and my married name added in blue on the soles for my something blue. They would have to be my favourite accessory.
Q. What is the Theme or style of your wedding?
A. No major theme but went for a relaxed beach feel.
Q. Jewelry & Accessories
A. My jewelry came form Fletcher & Grace, Pearl and Crystal Necklace, Bracelet, earrings & hair comb
Q. Hair & make up (what’s it like and who is the supplier?)
A. Ally De la Rosa is doing both Hair and Makeup for both myself and my bridal party
Q. Who is conducting your service?
A. Robyn Meikle – Civil Celebrant
Q. Florist (what are your flowers like & who is the supplier?)
A. We are lucky enough to have a talented florist in the family. Adrian’s sister has done the flowers for us. A combination of cream and purple roses.
Q. Wedding Favours & Cake (what are they like and who is the supplier?)
A. Wedding Cake is a white chocolate mud cake with raspberry curd and white chocolate ganache which has a beach theme with all edible shells and hand made by Abby Yarronton. Favours are custom chocolates and real shell name place holders which double as a photo holder
Q. Invitations & Stationary (what are they like and who is the supplier?)
A. Invitations are from Swish Invitations, all stationary featured a beach photo of 2 hearts in the sand.
Q. Food & Drink (what are they like and who is the supplier if not venue?)
A. Our dinner and canapes will be supplied by Paul Stafford of Spice Island
Q. Is there any other supplier you would specifically like to mention:
A. We would like to thank all of our suppliers and especially Rachel and Helen & Paul Stafford from Clifftop, they have made this a smooth ride which we appreciate. We would also like to thank Lens to Life Photography. Every interaction with you has been so smooth and professional and we cant wait to see the finished result. Also our DJ and Master of Ceremony DJ PK. He provided the photo booth and the entertainment

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Clifftop Wedding – Brad & Taryn

Brad & Taryn’s Wedding was held at the beautiful venue Clifftop in Smiths Beach on Phillip Island Saturday 15th February 2014.
Q. When and how did you meet?
We first met through our mutual friend Amy at her 18th Birthday party when Taryn was 16 and Brad 17.
Q. And what were your first thoughts of each other?
A.(Brad): I saw her dancing with a group of her friends looking down at the ground. I wondered what this pretty girl had to be so shy about. So I decided, very uncharacteristically, to go over and dance with her and I admired her beautiful eyes.
A. (Taryn): I was impressed by his outgoing nature but thought he was just charming all the girls. We shared our first kiss while dancing to ‘Tears in Heaven’. I had such a great time with him and was thrilled when he contacted me the next day.
Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. Brad proposed on Valentine’s Day 2012 after a lovely dinner in Docklands with our best friends, Matt and Emma (best man and bridesmaid). I noticed Brad was looking very anxious and couldn’t work out why he was so quiet then he went down on one knee. It was perfect to share the moment with our best friends, especially as Emma and I had had secret chats for years about getting engaged and had started dreaming about weddings.
Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
A. Thailand: Phuket and Koh Samui
Q. What are your future plans together?
A. We plan to continue to travel as much as possible, with regular trips back to the Bride’s home of South Africa. In the future we also plan to work overseas with developing communities, as Brad is a teacher and Taryn is finishing her Master’s in International Development. “No kids, more pets!” jokes the groom.
Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. Both the ceremony and reception was held at Clifftop in Smiths Beach, Phillip Island. Taryn saw an article in Cosmo Bride and we raced down to look at it. The moment we saw the venue we fell in love with it and loved how personal and unique we could make our wedding. We were blown away with the views and loved that we could all stay there together for the weekend.
Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a detailed description and also include any accessories such as shoes.
A. After shopping with her Mom, the bride chose an ivory sweetheart gown by Maggie Sorreto, and wore a long veil. A perfect mix of elegance and beachy. My shoes were ivory peep toes by Alan Pinkus.
Q. What is the Theme or style of your wedding?
A. Pink romance with a touch of coastal
Q. Hair & make up?
A. The incredible Ally De La Rosa.
Q. Who is conducting your service?
A. Reverend Gerry Riviere. Who was the Bride’s family pastor for years.
Q. Florist?
A. Kristy Gainfort. Soft, pretty mixes of pink roses, hydrangeas and Singapore Orchids. The long centerpiece boxes were a mix of pinks and leafy greens. The centerpiece boxes were made by the Bride’s father, Alan Muller, the groom, and the Maid of Honour’s boyfriend, Gareth Hunter.
Q. Wedding Favours & Cake?
A. Favours were white boxes of pink and white marshmellow hearts. Made by Gareth, Amber and Emma
Q. Invitations & Stationary?
A. Save the dates were hand made by Brad and Taryn. The wedding invitations were handmade by the Maid of Honour and the Bride, with help from the Bride’s family and Brad.
Q. Food & Drink?
A. The amazing team from Priors Catering. Alva was so open and excited to incorperate touches of South Africa cuisine. The food was a mix of unique South African food and summery seafood
Q. Is there any other supplier you would specifically like to mention?:
A. From the moment we met Lucas , we felt so comfortable and relaxed with him. We blown away by his unique talent and we were so excited to see what he could do for our wedding. Without the help of the lovely ladies at Clifftop our day wouldn’t have happened. Helen and Rachel were so kind, helpful and flexible. We left feeling like we were saying goodbye to family. Island Marquees did a fantastic job of setting up the marquee and the guys were so friendly and helpful.
We couldn’t have had our dream day without all the help from our family and bridal party. They all helped willingly to create the vision that we had in our minds. We thank them for all their hard work!

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Phillip Island Wedding – Clifftop

Simon & Alannah’s ‘Clifftop Wedding’ was held on Saturday 28th December 2013, at the spectacular Phillip Island Wedding venue of Clifftop B & B.
Q. When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?
A. Simon & Alannah met in May 2009 in a traditional Irish pub in Belfast. Simon was visiting Belfast for the first time from Newcastle (UK) for a friend’s wedding and decided to go out for a few drinks the night he arrived. Alannah was out with girlfriends to celebrate her friend’s first night out since having a beautiful baby girl. Alannah saw Simon earlier in the night at the bar but was too shy to make contact. It was later in the night (after some Dutch Courage) that they got chatting at the bar, and the rest they say is history!
Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. After months of careful planning, Simon proposed to Alannah at the Penguin Parade on Phillip Island. Alannah (a huge penguin fan) had waited so long to visit ‘Penguin Island’, it was definitely worth the wait, a perfect emotional moment which they will both remember forever!
Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
A. As Simon & Alannah have lots of family visiting from the UK & Ireland for the wedding, they are taking everyone up to Sydney two days after the wedding to see the fireworks at the harbour. Not sure if this can be called a ‘Honeymoon’ as there will be 18 people going! 🙂 Perhaps after things quieten down in the new year, the two of them will get to go somewhere to relax and enjoy the beginning of their married life!
Q. What are your future plans together (e.g. buying a house/starting a family)
A. Simon & Alannah have big plans for 2014! They hope to buy a house after renting for so many years. They plan on getting a new addition to the family in January: a new puppy to accompany Bailey their Cavoodle. As for kids, they have to wait and see what the future brings 🙂
Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. The most perfect location to have the wedding was Phillip Island. They were very lucky to find a small secluded white chapel on a cliff top with a beautiful backdrop. The reception is to be held at the same venue where Alannah & Simon stayed the weekend they got engaged (The Clifftop Hotel) back in 2011.
Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a details description and also include any accessories such as shoes.
A. Alannah’s Mother had always wanted to be the first person to see her in a wedding dress, so she was not allowed to try any dresses on until she was with her Mother. This meant a flight back home to Belfast to go wedding dress shopping! When she found ‘the one’ she could tell, as it brought tears to her Mother’s eyes. The dress suits Alannah’s style as it is elegant, but not too extravagant. The shoes are satin and simple with a few diamantes, also from a shop in Belfast.
Q. What is the Theme or style of your wedding?
A. Natural, Earthy, Green
Q. Jewelry & Accessories:
A. The hair accessories and jewellery were handmade from Jeanette Maree in Armadale.
Q. Hair & make up:
A. A friend of Alannah’s is her hair and make up stylist, while Ally De La Rosa (from Make Up & Body Art) will be doing the hair and Make up of the girls in the bridal party.
Q. Who is conducting your service (celebrant, minister, priest etc).
A. Simon & Alannah’s local priest from Armadale is traveling to the island to conduct the ceremony.
Q. Florist:
A. Alannah’s Aunt has put together the Mother of the Bride & Mother of the Grooms corsages. The other flowers have been designed by Alannah.
Q. Wedding Favours & Cake:
A. Melva Smith a local from Phillip Island is making the cake, while Alannah has made the favours herself, which double up as the names for the place settings.
Q. Invitations & Stationary:
A. Simon is very talented with Photoshop and design and made the invitations and wedding stationery himself.
Q. Food & Drink:
A. Paul Stafford from Spice Island is catering at the wedding. His food is delicious and has a platter style way for serving the food to ensure everyone gets to try a little of everything.
Photography: Jade Walton wedding photography gippsland

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Phillip Island Wedding – Cameron & Lisa

Cameron & Lisa’s Phillip Island Wedding was held at the spectacular wedding venue ‘Clifftop‘ at Smith’s Beach. They were married on Saturday 5th October 2013. The Victorian weather was very kind to them (considering some of the weather we’ve had lately) and supplied them with a glorious spring day to tie the knot.
Gippsland Wedding Photography Locations: Clifftop, Cape Woolamai Beach & Sand dunes and a secluded bushland setting.

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Phillip Island Wedding – Clifftop – Daniel & Sheree

After four years of traveling around Australia, Daniel & Sheree finally stopped to hold their Phillip Island Wedding at the beautiful venue of ‘Clifftop‘ in Smith’s Beach. After their wedding, Daniel & Sheree enjoyed a honeymoon in Thailand and are now living back in Karratha for a year and then plan to return to Victoria to start a family. Our photographer Jade captured some amazing moments from the day and as you will see the couple were blessed with a sunset that is every photographers dream!

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