Real Wedding – Hannah & Matt, Daylesford VIC
When guests arrived at Hannah and Matt’s dreamy Daylesford celebration it was as though they had stepped into a fairy-tale.
With fabulous florals everywhere, this perfect pair celebrated on a stunning day filled with sunshine. Choosing to share their personal love story with their guests, there was a lot of laughter as well as meaningful moments.
Hannah and Matt and their family and friends hit the dance-floor until late with espresso martinis and doughnuts to keep everyone’s energy up, and there to capture the moments was photographer Cam Grove.
In Hannah’s words…
We met on a night out over eight years ago and just instantly clicked. We were both studying at Deakin University and he asked to meet at the library to study together, which was clearly a ruse as he was studying Biomedical science and I was studying International relations!
I knew he was the one very early on, everything was just so easy together. It was when I took up an opportunity to work overseas in Scotland that I knew I was really in trouble though, the distance was challenging and really confirmed how important we were to each other. He picked me up from the airport the day I got home and the rest is history…
We planned a trip camper-vanning around the south island of New Zealand. I had a suspicion Matt might be proposing, so he waited until our very last day when I had given up all hope! We took a helicopter up to the top of Franz Josef Glacier where Matt got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Our pilot took a photo of the moment which is one of my most treasured possessions.
Matthew and I had a fun road trip home to Victoria, it was great to have that little break together before the wedding. All the planning was under control as we had some really special people involved in running the day. We were both looking forward to getting all our loved ones in once place and letting our hair down as we don’t get to seem them very often!
We decided to get married in Daylesford as it was close to both our families and we really love the feel of the town being in the country but with great food and wine. We wanted our guests and families to enjoy a weekend away and the Convent Gallery is such a beautiful, impressive venue with a great mixture of indoor and outdoor space. This really guided our style on the day. We decided to hold the ceremony in the upper gardens with a beautiful arch behind us by our florist, Prunella. Prunella carried the garden feel inside the venue by filling it with beautiful flowers, including a gorgeous statement arrangement. Cara had placed candles everywhere making it feel very romantic while our guests enjoyed espresso martinis and doughnuts while taking in the views over Daylesford.
I tried on so many dresses! I knew I’d found ‘the one’ when I saw it hanging in Karen Willis Holmes in Paddington, Sydney. The team there was so wonderful, and the dress was made of tulle which was soft, romantic and fit the entire feel of the day.
It was very special having both my parents walk me down the aisle and of course seeing Matt for the first time that day!
Meaning of marriage.
Marriage means making a commitment to walking the rest of our lives together. To being each other’s support and greatest champions. Its celebrating all the big moments, but remembering to treasure the little moments too.
Aisle: La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf
First dance: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
Funny stories (or near disasters).
I was woken up very early the morning of the wedding by a Scottish highland festival and about 100 bagpipers outside my window – it was hilarious!
I also ordered wedding earrings last minute that didn’t arrive in time, luckily my Mum was on the ball and I borrowed a pair of her pearl drop earrings which were even more perfect then the ones I had ordered.
Other than that, I knew nothing about any problems! We had a great team at The Convent looking after us, Tina the owner was even there to greet me with a hug when I arrived! I chose to focus on the fact I was marrying my best friend that day, I let everything else fall by the wayside.
Words of wisdom.
Enjoy the planning and all the fussing, and when the day finally arrives – throw everything out the window. Whatever happens, happens. Just laugh it off and enjoy your special day with those that love you most.
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HANNAH AND MATT’S TRIBE.
Ceremony and reception: The Convent Gallery, Daylesford
Celebrant: Jo Betz
Photography: Cam Grove
Videography: C2 Films
Styling: Chic by Cara
Hair and makeup: Momu
The dress: Karen Willis Holmes
Veil / head wear: Karen Willis Holmes
Jewellery/Accessories: My mother’s pearl earrings
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Rings: Musson Jewellers
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Shona Joy
Groom’s suit: Ferrari Formal Hire
Groom’s shoes: Aquila
Bow ties / ties: Hardy Amies
Catering: The Convent Gallery, Daylesford and Mr B Coffee
Favours: Outrageously flavoured little bottles of alcohol
Cake / Cake topper: My beautiful and talented Aunty Chrissy
Stationery / Signage: Musings from the Moon
Entertainment: Baker Boys Band
Honeymoon: Bora Bora and New Zealand