Real Wedding – Kate & Dave, Coldstream VIC
There is no better backdrop than the beautiful Yarra Valley and when Kate and Dave first saw their picturesque venue, they knew it was the ‘one’.
Rustic and romantic, they let their surrounds do the talking while adding sweet personal touches that ensured their day reflected them.
In a gorgeous Suzanne Harward gown, Kate truly wowed and there to capture the magic was Katie Harmsworth.
In Kate’s words…
Our first date was at Panama Dining room in Collingwood, the other venue we considered for our wedding! It’s one of our favourite places for yummy cocktails and food, and of course great memories! However, the setting of the Stones won us over.
I think it was when we started to know what the other one was thinking and everything just ‘clicked’. It just felt right and we couldn’t imagine things being any other way!
Dave and I were in my home country, New Zealand over Christmas 2016. Dave waited until we had an entire beach to ourselves in the amazing Tawharanui National Park. He dropped a knee and the rest is history!
Planning our wedding was pretty easy once we had our venue sorted. We originally thought we would get married somewhere in the city but after a trip out to the Yarra Valley and seeing the grounds of Stones we were sold – it’s such a beautiful spot and felt special. We were keen on the idea of a winter wedding; the lighting was beautiful, everyone dressed up in their (faux) furs and we served whiskey and cigars under heaters!
Our venue set the tone for the day. Stones is made up of an old stable and barn and we got married at their Tuscan inspired chapel under the oak trees. Our wedding style was a rustic and romantic vibe with timber hand written seating charts, hessian bag favours tied with twine and rosemary and we had a polaroid picture wall made from twine + branches.
I originally had something minimal and simple in mind – no lace or tulle but ended up with the complete opposite! I had always wanted a Suzanne Harward gown, I love their designs and style. I tried on around 20 dresses during my fitting and as they say I knew my dress was ‘the one’ as I felt like a ‘bride’ when I tried it on. I didn’t want to take it off!
Definitely once we had said “I do” and getting the party started. We could then relax a bit and enjoy the moment.
Meaning of marriage.
I guess I’m a bit traditional so being married means we have solidified our commitment to each other, along with our beautiful Weimaraner, we really feel like a family. It feels really nice.
Ha! Well it was a mixed bag. Dave entered the chapel with his groomsmen to Little Green Bag, I had Singing in my Soul by Fly My Pretties, first dance was Temper Trap Love Lost.
Funny stories (or near disasters).
Everything actually ran like clockwork. There was a close call getting a bus full of Kiwis out from the city in time but everything else ran smoothly. Dave’s wedding vows had everyone laughing, he doesn’t take much seriously, but they were still lovely.
Just the sheer speed of how quickly it all went by! We had such a ball but wow did it go by quickly!
Words of wisdom.
Do whatever it is you want to do to make it your day. It’s the one day that is all about you and you partner so do it well and make sure you take the time to absorb all the magic of the day.
Picture yourself being married in the picturesque Yarra Valley? Here’s the round of our favourite venues.
Kate and Dave’s Tribe
Ceremony and reception location: Stones of the Yarra Valley
Celebrant/Officiant: Sylvia Johnson – she made the ceremony feel very personal and included our bridal party and guests. It wasn’t formal and reflected us as a couple.
Photography: Katie Harmsworth – amazing! So talented, she really captured the feeling and emotion of the day and did a beautiful job of telling the story of the day through images.
Videography: Red Smith – long time friend who offered to video the wedding for us.
Styling: The bride, with a lot of help from our florist and venue.
Florist: Blooming Brides – can’t recommend highly enough. Rita was so lovey to work with and was able to achieve the look we wanted without too much direction from us. I knew I could trust her to do an amazing job which she did.
Hair and makeup: Studio 2 Makeup and Hair
The Dress: Suzanne Harward
Veil / headwear: Amaline Vitale
Bride’s Shoes: Zimmerman
Rings: Cushla Whiting
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Seed – both my bridesmaids were 6 months pregnant and this dress was a perfect cut to flatter their bumps and comfortable to wear.
Groom’s suit: Godwin Charli
Bow ties / ties: Hugo Boss
Catering: Stones of the Yarra Valley
Favors: Hessian bags with filled with Haigh’s Chocolates
Cake / Cake topper: Cherrytree Bakehouse – Chocolate Jaffa + Zingy lemon – was delish!
Stationery / Signage: Designed by the Groom
Entertainment: The White Tree – they catered to everyone’s tastes, old and young
Honeymoon: 4 weeks in Europe including Tuscany, Amalfi coast and Paris – bliss!