Real wedding – Adam & Tiffany, Bellarine VIC

Real wedding – Adam & Tiffany, Bellarine VIC

From a romantic mountain top proposal, to seamlessly arranging their special day, this perfect pair remained true to their laid-back, loved-up selves.

It was nestled among the olive groves of stunning venue Oyl that local sweethearts Adam and Tiffany stood before their favourite people and vowed to be each other’s forever. Their evening continued at Jack Rabbit, where not even a havock-wreaking storm could stop the relaxed newlyweds from smiling.  It was with the support of much loved and talented family and friends that Adam and Tiffany’s wedding day dreams came to life.

Relaxed romance would best describe their beautiful Bellarine celebration, that lit up the room with love and was captured by Duuet photography.



How it all began.

We met at the local pub in Terang. Adam was a good friend of my cousin. Although both born in Terang, we did not meet until I was 18 when back from Melbourne visiting family on Easter weekend.

Finding ‘the one’.

We were together for two years, then we split for four! Adam went to Canada to work/travel, then when he came home, I went and did the same thing in London for two years. We stayed in touch and got back together not long after I got back to Melbourne. We both probably knew the whole time, but was important to us both to go do our own thing before we settled down.

The proposal.

Adam proposed on a snow trip to Mount Beauty. I was terrible at snowboarding but with the help of some of our friends, Adam got me up to the top of Cloud Nine, where he drew a big heart in the snow and got down on one knee. I was so shocked I could hardly speak! Having some of our favourite friends away with us at the time was awesome and we all celebrated that night.

The lead up.

I actually really enjoyed the planning process. I loved injecting our personalities into all the little details. My sister also loves planning, so she played a big a role in helping us out. I was the crazy ideas woman and she was the realist when it came to budget and practicalities! Adam is very laid back, so he was happy for me to take the lead, and I think he was actually shocked on the day with how much work we had put in.

Style inspiration.

We really just wanted to have a chilled, happy weekend away and a massive party with our most favourite people in the world. Lots of love and laughs!

The dress.

I spent two or three full days looking at dresses with my mum and bridesmaids. After following The Bridal Atelier on Instagram, I knew I would find something I loved there! Their style is whimsical, modern and a little out of the ordinary. My dress was by designer ‘Theia’ and was beautifully hand embroidered, sequin and beaded, in a simple cut. It was nothing like what I thought I would ever wear, but I loved that it was different to any other dress I had seen, and I knew Adam would like it!

Favourite moment.

My favourite moment of the day was definitely seeing Adam when my Dad and I were walking down the aisle. Our families love a party so it was also nice to look around on the dance floor at the end of the night and feel the love in the room – it was like nothing we could have imagined.

The meaning of marriage.

Spending the rest of our lives as best friends – a life of laughter and love!

Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: Bella by Angus and Julia Stone

Reception Entry: Real Love by Clean Bandit

First Dance: You by Nathaniel

Near disasters?

There was a crazy storm coming over the bay when we were having our photos taken at Jack Rabbit, by the time we were sitting down to dinner, it was in full force and had blown away our photobooth and other props set up on the deck!

…a few final words

Writing this submission has made me realise how much our friends and family played such an important part in our special day! From the cake to the entertainment to my veil! Everyone was so helpful and we are so lucky to have a very talented bunch of people around us.



Ceremony location: Oyl – Owned by Sarah Roe, who is a just such a lovely person, very relaxed and beautiful to deal with.

Reception: Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Celebrant: Leanne Duffy

Photography: Duuet Photography

Styling: Elle from Bloominel

Props: Peppa & Peach Hire and Lush Events

Florist: Bloominel

Hair and make-up: Trish Sousa for make-up and Mehrium Ajaib for Hair. – Both Melbourne girls who travelled to Portarlington for the day and were an absolute delight on the morning of the wedding!

The Dress: Theia – The Bridal Atelier.

Veil: My aunty made my veil for me after I showed her pictures of what I was after

Accessories: I wore my Mum’s pearl earrings, my engagement ring and a rose gold Mimco bracelet given to me by my bridesmaids.

Shoes: Forever New

Rings: Michael Hill

Bridesmaids dresses: My bridesmaids all chose their own dresses. I wanted them to wear white, but asked them to choose something that was their own style. It was important to me that they wore a dress that they loved!

Menswear (shoes, suits, bowties): Connor

Catering: Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Favours: The making of our favors was a bit of a family affair – everyone was so kind in offering their help. We gave our guests succulents that my aunty grew for us and planted in copper tins that my dad collected and painted. We also gave them little bottles of olive oil to represent getting married in the olive groves – Mum was in charge of these!

Cake: Our cake was made by Adam’s talented sister Renae from ‘Cake Love at Pindari’. It was a four tiered semi-naked cake made from white chocolate mud. Each tier had a different flavour ganache: toblerone, caramel and white chocolate.

Stationery / Signage: I designed all of our stationery myself with the help of Eden Nairi’s beautiful calligraphy. Bloominel did our signage and our table numbers came from Thicket and Thatch.

Entertainment: Adam’s good friends Mykel Dixon and Jeremy Kirk.

Transport: We used a friend’s super cute Kombi for the day!

Honeymoon: We are planning our honeymoon to South America for later in this year.