On the 17th March 2012 we were pleased to attend and capture the Mornington Peninsula wedding of Ben & Sarah. This is what the couple had to say about their day:
How did you meet? “We’re kind of the proverbial boy and girl next door…or about 5 doors, in our case,” Sarah explained. “We went to the same high school, and had a couple of classes together that were always at the end of the day, so we would walk home together and got to know each other that way. We ended up getting our act together early in 2001, when we were 16 and 17.”
Where and how did the proposal take place? Ben proposed on their 10th anniversary, having arranged to spend the night at the “amazing” Linden Gardens Bed & Breakfast on Mt Dandenong. Ben said he started the day off with a decoy card and present, “just in case”. After a trip to the 1,000 Steps walking track, and an afternoon lazing around, the couple were just about to head out for dinner when Ben starting reading from a second card he’d gotten Sarah – Sarah said it wasn’t until right at the very last moment that she actually realised what was going on. “A very treasured surprise!”
Where was your wedding held? Ben and Sarah’s wedding was held on Gunnamatta Beach on the Mornington Peninsula, a location which reminded the couple of the beaches they used to spend time on near their hometown in south-west Victoria. The weather even behaved on the day, with the bride greeted by a bright blue sky (and quite a stiff breeze!).
Who was in your bridal party? Sarah was attended by her sisters Ebony and Lauren, and university friend Jacinta. Ben had his brother Charles by his side, along with life long friend Julian, and friend and business partner Trevor. Sarah’s niece Tully was the couple’s flower girl.”
What was your favourite moment of your wedding? “We tried to narrow it down,” said Ben, “but we’re not having much luck! I think for both of us, just having all of our family and friends with us to celebrate in one place, that was what it always came down to.” Sarah agreed, saying “we were thrilled at how it all came together.”
Reception: The reception was held immediately afterwards at The National Golf Club. “My brother Adam stepped in as MC only a few days before the wedding, after Ben’s dad injured himself and had to pull out,” Sarah said. “We both thought he did a fantastic job, and are still so grateful he was able to help us out like that. I doubt people would have even known of the switch if he hadn’t mentioned it! Diana McNaughton at The National Golf Club was brilliant to deal with as well – we couldn’t have had a more organised and helpful person. The venue on the night looked fantastic, with the tables looking out over the course over to Bass Strait.”
What was the Theme or Style: “We didn’t really want a full theme, so we just stuck with a ‘touch of blue’ when we were pulling things together,” Sarah said. “We didn’t have anything in particular in mind, but just tried to weave in different shades of blue where we could.”
Favourite Photo and why (after you receive your proof booklet): [Not sure yet!]
Honeymoon destination: Ben and Sarah spent the first few days after their wedding in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, before heading over to Moorea and Bora Bora in Tahiti for a well-earned tropical break.
Invitations: Ben said it was his “extremely talented cousin” who helped out in this area. “My cousin Melissa is a designer, and is involved in the wedding industry through her company Personalised Favours (www.personalisedfavours.com.au),” Ben said. “From the invitations, to the menus, the seating chart, the place cards, Mel did it all. We were incredibly lucky to have someone as talented and imaginative as her to help us.”
Celebrant: “We were fortunate to have Beryl Gregory, a relative of Ben’s, able to conduct our ceremony for us.” Sarah said. “Beryl was one of the very first civil marriage celebrants in Australia, back in the early 1970s, and it meant a lot to us to have a friendly face on the day who knew us and our family.“
Cake: The wedding cakes were made by Janine from Peninsula Cake Art (www.peninsulacakeart.com.au). “We’re extremely grateful for Janine’s huge amount of work in creating our cake, with each guest having their own little chocolate box as their dessert.” Sarah said. “We still haven’t had the opportunity to tell Janine about the huge number of compliments her work received – the white chocolate and raspberry mud cake seemed to be everyone’s favourite.”
Flowers: Hello Blossoms (www.helloblossoms.com.au) supplied all the flowers on the day. “We really wanted someone who could take care of that whole side of things for us, right down to all the deliveries of the bouquets and buttonholes, given we were all travelling to the region,” Sarah explained. “Hello Blossoms was fantastic and incredibly professional, right from our initial meeting, and we were thrilled at how all the flowers turned out. I couldn’t believe how fantastic the bouquets smelt, even at the end of the day.”
Groom’s Suit: Ben was “kitted out in Hugo Boss, who fixed me up from head-to-toe.”
Bridal Outfit: Sarah’s dress was her own design, made by a local dressmaker with fabric from D’Italia. Her earrings were a present from her mother, with the bracelet from Stephanie Browne (www.stephaniebrowne.com.au). A brooch of a small bluebird, worn by Sarah’s grandmother at her wedding, was borrowed and placed on Sarah’s bouquet on the day.
Bridal Shoes: Sarah wore Blix in Navy, from Wittner. “I’d looked in probably far too many places, trying to find a pair of navy shoes I liked and had almost given up when I found these guys during a bit of random window shopping during lunch one day.”
Wedding cars: “We actually had our own car, our Suzuki Grand Vitara, to get Sarah to the beach.” Ben said. “We weren’t that worried about cars, so it made sense to us to get ours in there. I had someone sneak around to where Sarah was staying on the morning of the wedding to put a white ribbon on the car.”
How did Lens to life contribute to your day? “We originally had no idea how we were going to select our photographer, until we came across Lens to Life’s work.” Sarah said. “The style of the photographs was beautiful and relaxed, and seemed to capture everything about the day, which fitted in with us perfectly. On the day, Lucas was great – it was surprisingly comfortable having our photos taken, and having him around throughout the day.”