Real Wedding – Bryony & Jordan, Sunbury VIC
From the beginning of their wedding planning journey, Bryony and Jordan wanted a wedding celebration that was intimate and relaxed, and the beautiful Gonna Warra Vineyard was the perfect location to achieve exactly that.
They began their day with a sensational ceremony lead by one of our favourite celebrants, Lisa Graham. Bryony stunned in her Raffaele Ciuca gown before an emotion filled ceremony, with heartfelt vows that exuded the warmth and happiness their loved ones felt in seeing this perfect pair become husband and wife.
Their romantic reception, with sweet florals, encompassed beautiful stationery by Sea + Paper, as well as the most thoughtful favours, bottled olive oil from the family’s very own olive grove. As the sun set, they hit the dance floor with exuberance which is easily achieved with entertainment gurus, The Baker Boys, at the helm – capping off the most wonderful day.
There were so many moments of magic, so be sure to scroll on and see the incredible imagery captured by Ivory Tribe favourite, Courtney Laura.
We met on a cruise to Fiji in 2016. Jordan was on a family holiday, and I was working as a nanny for a large family. We walked past each other one night outside of the nightclub on the boat and there was an instant connection. After a few nights of meeting up on the boat and the airport farewell, we both knew that we would definitely be seeing each other once we were back home.
It didn’t take long at all. We lived an hour away from each other on opposite sides of Melbourne. After a few times travelling back and forth we both realized we were in it for the long run.
We went on a road trip through the centre of Australia with some friends. After a few car troubles along the way, we made it to Uluru. We were sitting on top on Jordan’s four-wheel drive watching the sunset over Uluru when he got down on one knee. It was a perfect moment and very us.
We really enjoyed the planning process as we planned most of the wedding on our own. We started quite early which worked out well as “you know what” happened right after we started organizing everything. We really wanted to make sure that none of our family and friends had to stress too much throughout our planning. We found that setting a budget and having a spreadsheet to track everything such as payments, suppliers, meetings, important dates, and guest info was very helpful for us.
From the start we had both wanted a really relaxed and intimate wedding. We even looked at a small overseas wedding in Italy. But I think it was when we found our beautiful venue Goona Warra Vineyard, that the style just kind of flowed through everything we chose. Goona Warra is a stunning little vineyard that has a really relaxed, warm, home feel. The Italian style terrace sold us, it was exactly what we had pictured for our ceremony.
Our ceremony was very special and full of emotion. It had felt like a long time coming for all of us with all of the uncertainty around lockdowns and restrictions. It was the first time a lot of our families had come together in a very long time, and it was just like breathing a big sigh of relief to walk up the steps of the venue terrace and see Jordan and all of our loved ones there.
For me it was the first dress I tried on at Raffaele Ciuca in Armadale. It was about 5 sizes too big but as soon as I put it on all the ones I tried after just weren’t the same.
For Jordan we found Lord’s Design Menswear in Geelong by chance, a great little suit shop on Pakington Street. We knew that the colour was going to be navy and Jordan wanted to be slightly different from the groomsmen. The owner pretty much took it from there and was very helpful in helping find the right look.
We both loved our ceremony and feel that it was definitely the standout moment for us looking back. Our amazing celebrant Lisa Graham had a way of making everyone feel so comfortable and at ease, that it just flowed so beautifully. Of course, driving away in Jordan’s car that he has been rebuilding for the last ten years was also a big highlight.
Meaning of marriage.
For us, marriage means having someone there no matter what, a best friend who makes you want to be the very best you. We get to continue building our lives together and start a family with someone who we love and trust more than anything.
Aisle: Here comes the sun by The Beatles
Signing: I’ll Be by Edwin McCain
Recession: All of me by John Legend
Entry: You make my dreams (come true) by Hall & Oates
First Dance: Die a happy man by Thomas Rhett
Last song: September by Earth, Wind & Fire
Funny stories (or near disasters).
Everything went so smoothly on the day! We had a few guests arrive a little bit late due to some traffic, but that was about it. In the lead up things were just a bit uncertain with restrictions. There was a time when we didn’t know if it would go ahead, we had locked in a backup date for the following year and we weren’t sure if everyone would be able to get vaccinated in time. But it all worked out so well and we were glad that we didn’t have a really large number of people coming, just our family members and friends who meant the most to us.
That it all came together so well from planning it ourselves. It was so exciting to see all the vendors there on the day, coordinating and doing their thing!
Words of wisdom.
There is a really big gap in between researching/booking all of your vendors and those final phone/zoom calls the week or two prior to the day. There were times when I wondered if they were really all going to be there on the day. The waiting game feels a bit long and it’s easy to find yourself looking at extra details and things that you probably didn’t know other people have at their weddings. We found that every now and then, just sitting down and chatting about what was really important to us for the day was super helpful and grounding.
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BRYONY AND JORDAN’S SUPPLIERS
We found a lot of our suppliers online. The Virtual Wedding fair was great as we had just started our research when COVID hit and had only locked in our venue so far. Looking at real weddings on Ivory Tribe and Instagram were also a big help to find inspiration and vendors through others. Our venue and all of our suppliers were absolutely outstanding and we were so lucky to have such a dream team to help make our day so special.
Ceremony and reception: Goona Warra Vineyard, Sunbury
Celebrant: Lisa Graham
Photography: Courtney Laura Photography
Florist: Miss Petal and Co
Hair: Hair by Amanda Audrey
Make Up: Moore Beauty
The Dress: Pronovias dress from Raffaele Ciuca
Veil: Raffaele Ciuca
Shoes: Charlotte Mills from The White Collection
Rings: Michael Hill
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Shona Joy
Grooms suit: Lord’s Design Menswear
Groomsmen suits: Ferrari Formalwear
Favors: DIY Olive oil bottles with oil from Casarra Estate (The families Olive Grove)
Cake: Miss Ladybird Cakes
Stationery / Signage: Sea and Paper
Entertainment: MC – Charlotte Valentini
Singer/Guitar – Belle Lynch
Band: Baker Boys Band
Transport: Cassars Limousines
Accommodation: Werribee Mansion
Honeymoon: Hamilton Island