I think saying “I do” surrounded by your family and closest friends in a dreamy rustic vineyard is just magical. The sweeping rows of grapevines waiting to be made wine, the crisp air and homey feel of a farm and the mouth-watering food served (wood-fired pizza, anyone?) in Yarra Valley made it the perfect venue for Chris and Frances’s wedding. Frances knew she wanted a rustic wedding and this was the most apt place to have it. She shares, “we wanted a theme that suited the venue – which was quite rustic with rolling country side views and a wedding that was beautiful but warm and joyful, just like my relationship with Chris.”
The couple made sure everything was personal and intimate, “I made the cover for our wedding guest book (from typo), and guests took Polaroid’s and taped them into the book with a message. I added a touch of rustic twine around the guest’s names and bonbonniere jars as well. Most of the decoration was also a collaboration between Zonzo estates and us.” And just like any other bride, Frances’s most cherished part of the day was seeing Chris as she walks down the aisle. She gushes, “Chris’ face when I was walking down the aisle! I’ve always been a sucker for his eyes.”
Her top 4 pieces of advice to future brides? “Start planning early- keep records of everything (spread-sheets), consider hiring a car vs. expensive chauffeurs, do lots of research on Pinterest, Instagram and online and make sure you read lots of reviews,” and lastly, “Do what you like! Don’t be pressured by other people’s opinions.”
The White Tree did a wonderful job in capturing this beautiful day and we couldn’t be more grateful that they did! Here are the rest of the photos… Enjoy!
The Dream Team:
Photography: The White Tree | Ceremony & Reception Venue + Catering: Zonzo Estate, Yarra Valley | Dress: Rue de Seine from The Bridal Atelier | HMUA: Eve Gunson Freelance | Shoes: Zomp | Accessories: LOVEON Jewelery | Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss | Stationery: Adorn Invitations | Cake: Let them Eat Cake | Flowers: Debbie O Neill | Celebrant: Mike Larkin | Bonbonnieres: Cunliffe & Waters