Real Wedding – Steph & Simon, Bellarine Peninsula VIC
Steph and Simon chose Jack Rabbit to celebrate their day, and how could they not, the views over the Bellarine Peninsula are sublime!
Pair the view with a gathering of their nearest and dearest, fabulous food and wine, a stand out ceremony and of course Steph’s stunning gown, and you have the making of a wedding day that will always be remembered.
With a talented Tribe behind them, Steph and Simon celebrated their day their own way and capturing it all was Brett Danielsen.
In Steph’s words…
Many years ago! Ten to be exact, in a stinky old nightclub! I was friends with his brother for years prior. He introduced us one night and we hit it off from there.
I don’t know if I can recall the exact time. But it was very early on in our relationship.
It was the cutest proposal ever! I came home the night before my birthday (June 3rd, 2015) to the entry wall of our house hand painted with:
Don’t worry about the paint on the wall.
This is a one-time thing after all.
I love you to the moon and back,
So babe, will you marry me??
(in his abbreviated, laid back wording).
It stayed there until we decided to rent out our house and it had to go.
It wasn’t as stressful, or hectic as what people make it out to be. I’m an organised person, so I think that helped. A lot was organised months and months in advanced, then a few weeks out from the wedding I found myself running around confirming the final details. I loved it!
I’m an extremely creative person. I work in the fashion/design industry, so I would have to say I know what I like, and knew exactly what I wanted for my wedding day for a long time. Pinterest was a huge help!
Don’t even get me started! I can’t stop talking, or thinking about how incredible my dress was. Again, I have my own taste and style, so I knew exactly what kind of dress I wanted – sleeves and backless. It was the first dress I picked off the rack and tried on at Soho Bridal in Geelong. I tried it on and I fell in love straight away. I changed it slightly in the fitting stages, with sleeves added (which was an option for this dress), and creating more of a fitted look around my waist and bottom. The dress was fully embellished lace, and lined in silk. The hem and sleeve opening were finished with the scalloped edge of the lace, it just looked so beautiful and elegant. The dress was topped with an incredible long mesh train – it was divine!
It was all so memorable. But I just remember standing at the alter with Simon, holding hands while the ceremony was happening and just being so in the moment. I felt like it was just him and I, both of us so happy and crying. Everything felt so silent, even though it wasn’t. Our day had finally arrived.
Meaning of marriage.
To be honest, I’ve never really cared for marriage, I mean, of course we wanted to marry each other, but it wasn’t most important to us. Madly in love and concentrating on other aspects of our lives was what we did for such a long time. Simon and I have been together for 10 years, we’ve built our careers together, Simon runs his own successful business, we have a house and an investment property together, we’ve renovated, and we’ve travelled. I guess those things came first for us, setting ourselves up together and ensuring we were going to be ok in life. It came out of nowhere when Simon proposed. But the timing was perfect, and we couldn’t be happier to now say we have ticked off marriage as well.
This was the one task left for Simon. He is the music guru, definitely not me!! He chose an exquisite singer for the ceremony and a DJ to finish off the night. Our aisle song was – Perfect by Ed Sheeran. Not a dry eye in the house with this song. Our first dance song was – Slow Hands by Niall Horan.
Funny stories (or near disasters).
Everything was going so perfectly, so there had to be at least one disaster! About one hour before I was due to walk down the aisle, the zip broke on one of the bridesmaid’s dresses – it turned frantic, so I feel like it was all a blur from there. We all raced to the dress alterations ladies house (Jay – she was my life saver not only on the day, but on countless times leading up). She had the needle and thread ready to go when we pulled up, and she sewed Alycia into the dress. My heart was in my mouth at this point, and I was so anxious I was going to be ‘that bride that was ridiculously late’. Thank god it all came together, and the timing ended up being perfect for our arrival.
Words of wisdom.
Be in the moment! Keep grabbing each other throughout the night so you’re experiencing everything together (it’s easy to get occupied else wear). Time flies when you’re having fun! And what doesn’t go to plan on the day won’t be noticed by anyone, they didn’t know it was to happen in the first place.
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STEPH AND SIMON’S TRIBE
Ceremony and reception venue: Jack Rabbit Vineyard
Celebrant/Officiant: Zoe Starr Events
Photography: Brett Danielsen Photography
Florist: As Daisy Does
Hair: Mariah Fox
Make Up: Cassandra De Bruin
Veil / head wear: Marquise Bridal
Shoes: Valentino RockStud
Rings: Charles Rose Geelong
Grooms suit: Roger David Geelong
Catering: Jack Rabbit Vineyard
Favors: Simon’s nanna made her infamous tomato relish that we put in small jars with personalised stickers – they were a hit!
Cake / Cake topper: Bernie – I work with Bernie at Cotton On. She’s the brains of the business, but her hobby is creating incredible cakes.
Stationery / Signage: Bride – I have a side business creating invitions and other stationary – @alfieandmedesigns on instagram
Transport: We drove my white range rover, along with a friends matching car.
Hire: Pepper Sprout Hire for the ceremony furniture