Real Wedding – Lanita & Michael, Euroa VIC
When it came to their wedding day, Lanita and Michael wanted a dreamy location and the grand old Euroa Butter Factory provided the perfect backdrop for their celebration of a lifetime.
Creating a relaxed and simple atmosphere, they filled tables with gorgeous green leaves, shared platters full of fabulous food and celebrated their commitment.
They let their day completely reflect them as a couple and there to capture it all was Marnie Hawson.
In Lanita and Michael’s words…
Lanita: We met 7 years ago at University, where we were both studying music. He was in the year above me and would always walk past and smile. One performance afternoon he sang “Pretty Girl” by David Ryan Harris and kept glancing at me. From then on, we started talking on the phone every night, as we lived an hour and 30 mins from each other.
Michael: “As soon as I saw Lanita, I ran to my friends and told them that the she was the girl I was going to marry.
Lanita: I didn’t have the same first response ha ha! When he asked me on a date, I actually said, “I just want to be friends”. But I eventually agreed to go on a ‘friends only’ date and it was the most amazing day. We couldn’t stop talking as we had so much in common. After that day I knew we had something special and he was the one!
Michael: We went back to where we had our first date at the Lindt Café, Melbourne. I was nervous the whole morning and was trying to hide the ring box in my pocket on an extremely hot day. I couldn’t wear a jacket, so this made it really hard. The ring box was wrapped in foil with the Lindt branding on it, which made it look like a piece of chocolate. I asked Lanita if she wanted any, and funnily enough she said “no!” It was then I asked her to open the wrapping, and after about 30 seconds she realized what it was. I held her hand and said everything I loved about her. I then went on one knee and asked her to marry me.
The planning process.
We both agreed from the start that we didn’t want to let the planning process stress us out. We were pretty relaxed throughout, and some friends even joked that they were stressing more than us, and didn’t know how we were so calm! It got a bit overwhelming the week before the wedding when we decided to make DIY signs, place cards, and bonbonniere gifts at the last minute. It took a lot longer than we thought, so that was a bit hectic. But other than that, everything ran smoothly. Our main priority in the planning process was to find a venue, which after numerous hours of researching we found Euroa Butter Factory. As soon as we got there we fell in love with it and knew it was perfect for us a couple. After booking the venue, we did a rough budget and started researching photographers, music, florist etc. The free checklists we got from magazines were a big help as it set realistic goals.
We wanted the day to reflect us as a couple. For us, our wedding day was about our love for each other and celebrating that with our close friends and family. Our vision was to create a simple and relaxed atmosphere where our guests could enjoy themselves without anything being over the top. To create this, we held the ceremony in the garden under a tree, with a cross between us symbolizing God in the center of our relationship. We wanted it to be rustic but still with lots of ‘pretty’ elements. We love food, so that was a big part of the day. The venue did absolutely incredible food and it was served on share platters on the table, which made it less formal. It was all homemade, and a lot of ingredients were from their own garden, which we loved!
Lanita: I knew I wanted a fitted and backless lace dress with sleeves. I looked for months and couldn’t find anything that fit my budget. The one I went with was really close to what I envisioned, but without sleeves. It was the first one I tried on, but in a much bigger size which made it hard to see the shape. I kept coming back to it and when I tried it on for the second time, I knew it was it!
Seeing each other for the first time down the aisle. It was so surreal after talking about it for 7 years; we were just so happy that this moment had finally come! We also had so much fun dancing with everyone, to the most amazing band playing all the R’n’B songs we loved!
Meaning of marriage.
For us, marriage is a commitment to each other for the rest of our lives. That no matter what we face, we will stick by each other. The most important thing for us is that we continually put God in the middle of our relationship, and everything will flow from there.
Aisle: Bridesmaids – Live Piano Instrumental of A Thousand Years – Christina Perri,
Bride – Live Piano Instrumental of Kissing You – Des’ree.
Reception Entry: Improvised Funk Groove by Wedding Band
First Dance: Into You Tamia – Wedding Band
Lanita: The planning was definitely more challenging, and not as enjoyable as I thought! It was a time-consuming process that was hard to plan between our busy schedules, but we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day; everything went to plan!
Words of wisdom.
Choose to not let the little things ruin your Big Day, you may as well enjoy it!
See that the bigger picture is not about the material things like perfect flower or table arrangements, but about the beginning of your future together.
LANITA AND MICHAEL’S TRIBE
Ceremony and reception venue location: Euroa Butter Factory
Celebrant/Officiant: Richard Bryant Celebrant
Photography: Marnie Hawson – Marnie is an incredible photographer and a lovely person. She made us feel so comfortable and we didn’t have to do any awkward poses for any shots!
Florist: The Flower Shed
Make Up: Cassandra Ame (Best friend)
The Dress: Roxanne – Wendy Makin
Veil: Glamour Bride
Bride’s Shoes: Wittner
Rings: Larsen Jewellery
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Kookai, Swish
Groom’s suit: Godwin Charli
Groom’s Shoes: Aquila
Bow tie: James Harper
Ties: Jack London
Catering and bar: Euroa Butter Factory
Favors: DIY – Tea from T2. Test tubes from Custom Favors. Favor tags from
Cake / Cake topper: Manilyn Theobald (Sister)
Stationery: Marilyn and Michelle De Castro (Cousins)
Entertainment during Canapés: Acoustic act – Tino Tusitala and Liona Tatafu
Hire: Lawn Games – One Day Your Way
Honeymoon: South of France