Phillip Island Winery Wedding – John & Kristen

John & Kristen’s Phillip Island Winery Wedding was held on 11th February 2017. Below are a few questions we like to ask our couples so we can get to know them a little better.

Q. When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?
A. We meet on the 3rd of January 2009 at a friend’s house, we shared many close friends but strangely had never meant until this night. John actually thought on first meeting me that i could do with another drink because i was so quiet. I thought John was a bit loud but also a bit cute.
Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. The proposal took place the morning after John’s grandma’s 80th birthday party. The 80th was held where John’s mother had grown up and also where his parents married in Moulamein. The following morning, they went down to the old pier before heading for home. This was almost a non-event as they had a 6 hour drive ahead of them and i really just wanted to hit the road but John did finally convince me to go down there with him. John said “Now that you have met the whole family, do you think you can cope with them all?” As i was thinking, “Well yeah I’ve been with you for over 6 years, I think I know what I’m in for,” John pulled out the engagement ring. I was in total shock but it didn’t stop me from snatching the ring out of John’s hands. In fact, i don’t even remember saying yes until prompting from John later in the day.
Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
A. Unfortunately we are not going on a honeymoon straight after our wedding, however we are planning a big trip to Europe in June this year.
Q. What are your future plans together?
A. After our big trip to Europe we are planning to move back to Victoria, possibly buying another house and definitely ready to start having a family of our own.
Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. We chose Phillip Island Winery for our ceremony and reception. We wanted a venue to cater for both our ceremony and reception, have an outdoor area with a relaxed feel, upon viewing the winery and meeting with Sierra, who is just wonderful to deal with we booked it in.
Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a detailed description and also include any accessories including jewellery and shoes.
A. My wedding dress is from Maria’s Bridal Salon in Wonthaggi. It’s a strapless lace beaded grown, i have a short veil, small stud earrings and a necklace.
Q. Do you have a Theme or style to your wedding? And if so, what is it?
A. Our style for our wedding is vintage, relaxed and a little bit country.
Q. Hair & Makeup – please describe what your hair and makeup is like and who the suppliers are.
A. BH Beauty is doing my makeup. My makeup will be quite natural with pinks and a soft glow. Jessica McCurdy is doing my hair. My hair will be an up do with curles.
Q. Who is the person conducting your service? (celebrant, minister, priest etc).
A. Jacky Webster is our celebrant.
Q. Florist – what are your flowers like & who is the supplier?
A. Emma from Big Twig Florist is doing my flowers. We are keeping our flowers quite simple with pink roses and baby breath is all our jars, buckets of baby breath, my bouquet is full of pink and white flowers while my bridesmaids have 2 different types of white flowers to balance out their lavender dresses.
Q. Wedding Favours & Cake – what are they like and who is the supplier?
A. Elaine Cakes is doing my cake. As we are having a cocktail style wedding we decided on cupcakes for our cake.
Q. Transport – what mode of transport did you choose and who was the supplier?
A. We have a family friend lending us their car for the day.
Q. Food & Drink – what are they like and who is the supplier if not venue?
A. Essenz Gourmet Catering
Q. Is there any other supplier you would specifically like to mention:
A. We are hiring furniture from Shimmer Marquees and My Sweet Events.

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phillip island winery wedding – Dave & Louise

Dave & Louise’s Phillip Island Winery wedding was held on the 12th April 2014.  Here are some words from the bride about how the couple met and their fantastic wedding day…

Q. When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?
A. We met online and had our first face to face meeting at Cookie in Swanston Street in January 2012. Initially we were both quite nervous but after a drink or two the conversation started to flow and we found out each was much better than we both ever expected.
Q. When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
A. Dave proposed on his 33rd birthday in Queens Park Moonee Ponds. It came as a big surprise to me as I thought I had planed the picnic in the park at our special spot for his birthday celebration, and all the while he had this secret proposal in mind. Dave could barely get the words out and I was balling my eyes out. Initially Dave claims I didn’t even answer him.  I just got my phone out to call my mum and sisters and after all the calls he said ‘is that a yes’?
Q. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
A. We have already had our honeymoon in October 2013. We went on an amazing 4 week holiday in Europe. We started in London and took in as many sites as possible. The went to Copenhagen and Stockholm to visit Dave’s cousin. After this we took the most scenic train either of us has even been on from Oslo to Bergen in Norway. The train went through mountains, fjords and even a glacia (this was definitely a real highlight of our trip). From Norway we moved onto a warmer Italy. We spent a lot of time in Italy and loved the warmed weather and all the delicious food and especially the gelati. From Italy we went to Paris and both fell in love with this beautiful city and can’t wait to return again one day. After the wedding we are planing 2 nights away in the Yarra Valley at Balgownie Estate to recover after the wedding.
Q. What are your future plans together (e.g. buying a house/starting a family)
A. We hope to renovate and extend our beautiful new home before hopefully starting our own family.
Q. Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
A. Our ceremony is at Trenavin Chapel in Phillip Island. We both fell in love with the chapel from afar while walking along the beach and knew it was the place we had to get married.
The reception is at the Phillip Island Vineyard and Winery and we decided on this after meeting the owners and seeing the grounds and again falling in love. We loved the relaxed country feel and once we met Tim we knew the place would meet all of our needs well.
Q. What does your wedding dress look like? Please give a detailed description and also include any accessories including jewellery and shoes.
A. My wedding dress is from Melbourne designer Gwendolynne Burkin. My dress is a perfect example of Gwendolynne’s design approach which explores tradition in a contemporary way. It is ladylike (without feeling over the top) and combines delicate fabric with vintage-style embellishment. It is elegant, sensual and romantic and reminds me of something out of the 1920′s.
Hair piece is a beautiful hand beaded oval comb by Melbourne milliner Richard Nylon.
Earrings are beautiful vintage inspired ‘bow peep’ drop earrings with a touch of glamour by Australian designer Stephanie Browne.
Shoes are embellished open toe Alan Pinkus heels.
Q. Do you have a Theme or style to your wedding? And if so, what is it?
A. No real theme, just country, relaxed with a lot of homemade touches.
Q. Hair & Makeup – please describe what your hair and makeup is like and who the suppliers are.
A. Hair is being done by my good friend Emma. She isn’t a hairdresser but just loves doing hair and I think she is amazing. Makeup is being done by Fiona Coolegem (good friend of dave’s sister Lizzy).
Q. Who is the person conducting your service? (celebrant, minister, priest etc).
A. Nicole Chambers (marriage celebrant)
Q. Florist – what are your flowers like & who is the supplier?
A. Flowers are being provided by Mimmy’s Florist and gifts Phillip Island. The flowers are a non structured posy with a rustic country feel.
Q. Wedding Favours & Cake – what are they like and who is the supplier?
A. Wedding cake made by Dave’s sister Lizzy Marshall.
Q. Food & Drink – what are they like and who is the supplier if not venue?
A. Cocktail finger food and local wine from the winery. Beer is penguin beer (trying to keep things local)
phillip island wedding photography: Jade Walton

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