Lovely gippsland bride Melissa recently married her fiance’ Steve on the 23rd November 2013 during their Traralgon Wedding. This is what Melissa had to say about their relationship and their big day.
In the brides words…
When and how did you meet? And what were your first thoughts?
We met in 2007 in Turkey on an Anzac Day tour. We were both on a working holiday living in London. We spent a lot of time together within the 1st few weeks & it was obvious to everyone that we were falling in love. We were very surprised when we 1st met that we only lived 40mins apart back in Australia, Melissa in Warragul & Steve in Traralgon. During the 6 months in London we spent 3 months apart, when Steve went to America but we still managed to keep the romance alive & a month after Steve returned to London he was due to head back to Australia & I decided to go with him.
When and how did the proposal take place and how did you feel?
Steve proposed the day before our daughters 1st birthday, 24th April 2013. We were just about to go out for dinner with the kids when Steve asked me. I was not expecting it so it was a lovely surprise & was nice to share the moment with the kids.
Where are you going on your honeymoon?
We are going to Fiji with the kids for 10nights.
What are your future plans together?
We plan to buy a home sometime in the future but it’s not a priority. We do plan to extend our family ASAP We already have 2 children, Jonty almost 3 & Mia 19 months.
Where is your ceremony and reception being held and why did you choose these venues?
Ceremony- Railway Reserve, Traralgon. We chose this as we wanted an outdoor wedding and it was all we could find available for our date.
Reception- Premier Function Centre, Traralgon. We love the building & the service the staff offer, it is in town so convenient for everyone & a nice big building to hold all the guests.
What does your wedding dress look like?
My dress is by Roz la Kelin. Ivory, strapless, beading along neckline. Tiny pleats along bust & midriff that fall into front overskirt. Panelled back. Scooped on either side at different heights with a beaded motif. Medium sized train. I wore a long ivory veil trimmed with beads. Satin ivory peep toe, sling back shoes. Ivory assorted flower bouquet.
What is the Theme or style of your wedding?
No particular theme. Fairly classic, beads, Diamontes.
Jewelry & Accessories
I wore diamanté bracelet & diamanté chandelier type earrings. I purchased these from the bridal store where I purchased my dress, Thera’s Bridal & fashion boutique, Traralgon.
Hair & make up
Hair was all up in flat curls done by Terri at Bowjanglz Hair Studio, Traralgon.
Makeup was quite natural in brown tones using Napoleon makeup done by Vanessa from Guardian Pharmacy Traralgon.
Wedding Favours & Cake
Wedding favours- bride & groom cake pops made by Jo at Chocs & Pops, Currumbin, Gold Coast, QLD.
Wedding cake was a simple 3 tier cake, middle tier quilted with diamontes, top tier had thick band of charcoal ribbon with a pearl/diamanté brooch. Cake was topped with a diamanté twin heart. Bottom tier choc mud, middle white mud, top caramel mud. The cakes were made by my mum, Di Ronalds and decorated by Trish from Patty Cakes, warragul.
Invitations & Stationary
I made the invitations myself. They were an open out card style in a dark grey colour, trimmed with a persimmon coloured ribbon & diamanté buckle. Place cards & menus on the table were similar also made by myself.
Food & Drink
Food & drink done by the Premier Function Centre. Chicken salad & lamb salad for entree, chicken and a beef dish with vegetables for main. White choc cheesecake & sticky date for dessert.
Any other supplier you would specifically like to mention:
Our band was sweet lips from traralgon. We used a photo booth by paparazzi snaps, traralgon. We hired a black Chrysler limo from Enrik limousines, Melbourne.
gippsland wedding photography: Jade Walton