Real Engagement – Sarah and Ryan, Middle Park VIC

Real Engagement – Sarah and Ryan, Middle Park VIC


Ryan and Sarah were engaged and will celebrate their wedding day in the winery region of the Yarra Valley, though both admit they are beach lovers at heart. So it became important to them to celebrate their engagement in a coastal location, and where better than gorgeous Sandbar Beach Cafe in Middle Park.

On a stunning summer day, set under clear blue skies and basking in the sunshine, Sarah and Ryan celebrated their engagement with all their loved ones, and there to capture the happy energy of it all was Cassie Sullivan.

In Sarah’s words…

The meeting.

Ryan and I met through a mutual friend. We originally became friends and after Ryan being awfully persistent I eventually agreed to a date despite saying no the first few times. I am very thankful he pursued me now.

The one.

I knew early on in our relationship that he was “the one” – he has so many amazing qualities. We have so much in common and share so many hopes and dreams, we are best friends in love and together make an amazing team – not to mention his a bit of a spunk!

The proposal.

Ryan had organised a night away and was keeping where we were going a surprise. He arranged for us to leave from my parents which at the time I didn’t think was odd as he had played local football that day and I had work, it was a halfway meeting point. Little did I know he actually wanted to ask my Dad for my hand in marriage prior to leaving. Since Dad is terrible at keeping secrets Ryan wanted to leave it till the last minute.

We jumped in the car and headed towards the Yarra Valley arriving at Stones of the Yarra Valley, where Ryan had booked a night to stay at Meletos – the beautiful accommodation on site. We checked in and then made our way over to the stables where we enjoyed the most beautiful meal accompanied by wine to match.

During dinner Ryan questioned if I was feeling tipsy as he was – therefore he thought I must have been. He then ushered the waiter away with the wine menu as I was feeling extra merry and was about to order another bottle! We finished our delightful meal and began to make our way back to our room walking through the beautiful grounds of Stones. Ryan began to lag behind me and appeared to have his hand caught in his jacket so I let go of his other hand and began to walk ahead as I was getting impatient. He then yelled out “Sarah can you wait a minute.” I stopped, turned around and he was on one knee, he then asked the question I had been so eagerly waiting to hear and of course I squealed YES!!

Engagement shoot.

We did a shoot because it seemed like a perfect opportunity! We had already the lovely Cassie Sullivan to photograph our engagement party, so we thought why not make the most of it – we are so glad we did.

The party.

Our engagement party was held at the Sandbar Beach Café in Middle Park. Since Ryan and I are such lovers of the beach, but had our hearts set on a winery wedding, we really wanted to incorporate the beach into our engagement.

Favourite moment.

It was great fun roaming around the local streets and finishing with a stroll along the beach. We really wanted some photos that we could look back on and relive this special time in our lives.

Wedding planning.

I am a self-confessed control freak. Luckily our chosen wedding venue, Stones of the Yarra Valley, have made it very easy to find suppliers with the information pack we were given when we booked. Ryan has been overseeing final decisions and that’s working really well. I am much more laid back than I, and everyone else, thought I would be and that is thanks to both Ryan and my mum for being so supportive and helpful.

Meaning of marriage.

Love, laughter and happily ever after.

Final words.

Bring on the 3rd of March 2017, I can’t wait to be Mrs Morrison.



Sarah and Ryan’s Tribe.

Photography: Photography with Cassie

Venue: Sandbar Beach Café

Flowers and decorations: My mum Debbie, who works at Flowers on McKinnon

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