When a wedding is set amidst lush greenery and wild foliage, it’s really hard not to fall in love with it. I have always loved weddings that is surrounded by nature’s best. It’s romantic, refreshing, and invigorating.
Today’s wedding is just that. Achingly stunning with it’s simplicity + nature’s raw, pristine beauty, bride Melissa describes to us how she envisioned their wedding day to be, “We wanted the day to have a mixture of classic and formal elements, but a relaxed and warm feel with neutral tones and elements of nature. We’re both animals lovers and I am a vet so it was really important for our dog Mia to be part of the ceremony. The Yarra Valley was an easy choice as we visited this area when Nick visited from Vancouver and it held many significant memories. Coombe was our top pick, it’s history and glorious big Oak tree was perfect for the ceremony. The reception venue with its large windows and modern yet classic décor fit our style perfectly. The gorgeous grounds also provided the perfect backdrop for our photos.”
It was a relatively small wedding of 104 guests, with their pet dog Mia stealing the scene as their ring bearer. Melissa’s dream of a relaxed wedding did come true and she even advises soon-to-be brides to take it easy on the wedding day itself. She shares, “Enjoy each moment of the day, it really does go by so quickly. Don’t worry about the weather or any mishaps, they make for a memorable day and remember why you’re there – to marry the love of your life so as long as that happens then nothing else really matters!”
And her favorite moments of the day? It’s seeing the face of her groom as she walks down the aisle and of course, their dog Mia delivering their rings! Melissa gushes, “I have two! Walking up the aisle with my dad, seeing Nick’s face. He was trying to hide his tears, but I could see them. We just locked eyes and everything else just disappeared for that moment. It was magical. The second was when Mia delivered our rings – she just sprinted down the white carpet straight to us with her little flower-adorned collar, completely oblivious to the meaning of her entrance or the event. All she wanted to do was lick our faces and tell us how happy she was to see us! It was very grounding and made everyone relax and have a good laugh.”
Such a heartwarming day indeed! Kudos to Milk Photography for taking all these lovely snaps of Nicholas and Melissa’s big day! Here are the rest of the photos… Enjoy!
The Dream Team:
Photography: Milk Photography | Dress: L’Amour Bridal Boutique | Ceremony & Reception Venue & Catering: Coombe – The Melba Estate | Makeup: Maria Gullace | Hair: Darani and Dior | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Accessories: Paspaley | Rings: Larsen Jewellers | Ring Bearer: Only 1 member of bridal party, the ring bearer (Mia the dog), who wore a custom-made collar by Willow dog designs that was hand engraved and dressed with fresh flowers to match the bride’s bouquet | Invitations: Adorn Invitations | Grooms Suit: Oscar Hunt | On The Day Stationery: BWedding Invitations | Guest gifts: Emmelle Home and Body personalized candles | Cake: Splendid Servings | Flowers: Jumping Jonquils | Entertainment: Darcy String Quartet & DJ Mimi: Top Dog