Real wedding – Kelly & Charles, Curlewis VIC

Real wedding – Kelly & Charles, Curlewis VIC

Almost a decade after they met, Kelly and Charles’ wedding day was the perfect beginning to their happily ever after.  While Charles did have Kelly fooled that she might be gifted an oven for her 30th birthday, she was more than pleasantly surprised when it was a marriage proposal she received instead!

The pair made a vow not to sweat the small stuff throughout the planning of their big day – and the result was a relaxed soirée, with a distinctly country-vintage feel.

One Day Estate, was the perfect location for Kelly and Charles to celebrate their day and the talented Stephlee Photography was their to capture every love-filled moment.



The meeting.

We have known each other for almost 10 years. We met at the Queenscliff Football and Netball Club, where we both played.

Finding ‘the one’.

I don’t think that there was a definitive place in time when either of us had a lightbulb moment. I guess over time, things happen when you realize just how much of a legend your partner is, and how lucky you are to have them in your life… when they make each day better and encourage you to be a better person. Maybe it’s when you look into the eyes of the other person and know that you can put your trust in them for every day of your life.

The proposal.

I was turning 30 and Charlie was talking about getting me a new oven for my birthday. He got up early and said he would make me breakfast. He came in with a tray and the ring was sitting in a little white box. Way better than an oven. I didn’t eat the breakfast either.

The lead up.

We both wanted the wedding to be relaxed and fun. I didn’t want to get hung up on small details because to me that just equals stress. We involved our families as much as we could and tried to go with what we thought, rather than the thoughts of others.

Style inspiration.

Charlie grew up on a farm and I have always loved a bit of country-vintage style. The venue has its own wonderful quirky style so we didn’t need to decorate. We wanted everyone to feel relaxed so there was plenty to drink, plenty of places to stand and have a chat and lots of food around. Everyone could just eat, drink and chat to who they wanted to chat to, not sit next to a mouldy old relative and have to make small talk.

The dress.

Erin from The Bridal Atelier sold my sister her wedding dress when she had her Pakington street store, and she was a delight to be around. Friendly, cruisy and knew her stuff. I knew that I wanted my first wedding dress shopping experience to be with her. I had no idea what I wanted, just that I didn’t want to drag myself around from shop to shop stressing. I pretty much asked, “What do you think would look good?” and bought the third one I tried.

Favourite moments. 

Having the overwhelming calmness wash over me right before I walked down the aisle, knowing that I was marrying such a wonderful person.


I wore my great grandmother’s amethyst necklace, which was special. We also lit a candle for some of the special people in our lives that have passed. We wanted to remind ourselves that their spirits are always with us.

The meaning of marriage.

Marriage to us means making a commitment to stay on the same path. Life can lead you down different roads. Our marriage means walking alongside each other and experiencing life together.

Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle – Unst Bridal March played on the piano by my Dad’s partner Ruth.

Reception entry – ‘Sign Sealed Delivered’ by Stevie Wonder, played by our band.

Words of wisdom.

Do not stress the small stuff. In the end, it doesn’t matter and no one notices if you don’t have a ribbon tied around a pole. The only person who will notice will be you when you look at your account balance.





Ceremony and reception location: One Day Estate

Celebrant/Officiant: Sally Cordner

Photography: Stephlee Photography

Styling: The Bride, Kelly

Florist: The Bride, Kelly

Hair and makeup: Access Hairdressing and Shannon Beulke makeup

Dress: The Bridal Atelier

Head wear: Head circlet was by Danielle at Moss Industry

Accessories: From the bride’s Nanna

Shoes: Wittner Shoes

Rings: Portobello Queenscliff

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Zimmerman

Menswear, shoes and accesories: Menz Club

Catering: Scof Catering

Cake: Sweet Indulgence

Cake topper: Made by the Bride

Entertainment: Like This Corporate

Honeymoon: Yet to be decided