Real Wedding – Erin & Andrew, Bannockburn VIC

Real Wedding – Erin & Andrew, Bannockburn VIC

What do you do when you experience weather conditions from hell on your wedding day?… Conjure up your inner Taylor Swift and ‘Shake it Off’? That’s exactly what Andrew and Erin did when the weather wreaked havoc on their outdoor wedding at Andrew’s family property in Bannockburn.

From the beginning, Erin and Andrew’s vision was to create a celebration that was sentimental to them, their family and their friends.  It was about bringing together the people they love, sharing their love for each other and dancing into the night – rain, hail or shine.  Captured by Lakshal Perera, we came away from this wedding with a new item on our bucket list – dancing in the rain – all night long!



How it all began.

We crossed paths briefly in 2000 when working together, but were formally introduced four years later by mutual friends. We met in the back of a friend’s ute while going to collect a trailer – can’t say it was the most memorable or romantic moment of our lives but one that we certainly would not be here without!

Proposal moment.

On a beach in the Algarve, Portugal, during our seven-year UK/European stint.  Andrew proposed not long after the birth of our little girl, Saskia.

Wedding inspiration.

We always knew we wanted to get married on Andrew’s family property in Bannockburn – the property itself was our inspiration. Andrew’s father is a stonemason who built the family home with his own two hands. The property has evolved over many years with input of many family and friends. We only outsourced what was necessary and relied upon the talents of many people we love to create a simple, fun and relaxed environment where people could share and enjoy great food, a beverage or two and appreciate the unique surroundings.

The dress.

Shop two, dress one – sold!  A beautiful Claire Pettibone gown.

Favourite moment.

Dancing in the rain with 120 of our closest family and friends!  We loved that our guests couldn’t have cared less about their outfits or hair and makeup, they got down and boogied ’til the wee hours.

Wedding soundtrack.

I walked down the aisle to the same song as our first dance – Mumford and Sons ‘I will wait‘.  We used the acoustic version for the aisle walk.  Due to the rather inclement weather and the fact the rain was hitting us sideways, it seemed appropriate that our DJ decided to play Dragon’s song ‘Rain‘ when we entered into our reception.

Funny memories.

We had, quite possibly, the worst weather you could wish for. 41 degrees and hot winds, followed by a dramatic cool change, more crazy winds, thunder, and then rain that continued well into the night. We were forced to relocate mid-ceremony and mid-speeches and were literally drowned rats by the end of the evening. But, we all danced as we’ve never danced before!

Planning surprises.

We moved back to Australia eighteen months prior to our wedding day and decided to take on some projects to further beautify the property.  We didn’t quite anticipate the man hours it was going to take to complete – although it isn’t every day that you and your family choose to build walls, design and build water features, create new garden beds and pave your dance floor –  all in preparation for your wedding day!

Words of wisdom.

Ensure you have plans A, B, C (and D, E, and F, just in case)

Dance in the rain! You and your guests will never forget it.






Ceremony and reception venue: ‘The Round Room’, family property in Bannockburn, Victoria.

Photography: Lakshal Perera

Celebrant: Jo Betz  – sister of Andrew.

Styling: Helen Herrod – a very clever and much loved Aunty.

Florist: Village Blooms

Hair: Natalie Raffaele of Lincoln Salon

Make Up: Peta Smith  – cousin of Andrew.

The Dress: Claire Pettibone

Veil: Intique & Co

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Alannah Hill

Groom’s suit: Peter Jackson

Catering: The Paella Pan

Cake: The mother of the groom, the beautiful Mrs Robin Betz

Stationery: Norwood Paper Co

Entertainment: Ceremony music was by our gorgeous and talented cousin, Alice Tovey.  Acoustic music by Tom Carty and DJ from Geelong Entertainment Services.