Real Wedding – Daniella & Mathias, Coldstream VIC
From the very beginning of their relationship, Daniella and Mat have cultivated that laid-back, ease-filled approach. So it makes perfect sense that their wedding day would unfold with the same relaxed reverie, topped off with a huge dose of timeless style.
From the delicate lace details on Daniella’s divine dress to the epic, abundantly flowing florals by Flowers St Germain, this day is all about sensorial delight and beautiful balance, subtle layers of textural delight, white on white and soft shades of lush deep green. The crisp, creamy vanilla florals pop against the deep, pine green backdrop of Coombe’s classic Italian Gardens and lofty, light-filled reception space.
Daniella was nothing short of a bombshell bride in her custom-designed gown by Annette of Melbourne. We can’t get enough of the simply smouldering atmosphere of the sunset shots, captured to exquisite perfection by tribe legend Courtney Laura Photography. Scroll on for a day that is equal parts styling perfection, fun-fueled and emotion enhanced!
We met through work a few years back and were colleagues for some time before getting to know each other a bit more.
After spending time together, we realized it was really easy, and we wanted to spend more and more time together. We had a lot of fun and balanced each other out perfectly.
He popped the question in Ubud, Bali. We had been on a day tour for around day hours and checked into our resort at around 5pm. You can imagine we were all sweaty and humid from the day out, and Mat said, ‘hurry up and get changed we have a sunset dinner reservation in half an hour’. He was acting strangely, but I didn’t think anything of it. We arrived at the location, and it was a private dinner on the edge of an infinity pool overlooking the forest. It was really romantic, and I was not expecting it at all!
We booked our venue, and I locked in the designer for my dress 12 months before the date. Then Covid hit, and we weren’t sure we were going to be able to have a wedding at all! Around four months out, we ended up locking in all suppliers, so it was a mad rush to get it all planned in such a short amount of time.
I like minimal and sleek styles, so for me, it was all about keeping it simple yet elegant at the same time. We didn’t want to follow any trends; we just wanted to have something we would look back on in future and feel like it was timeless.
Inspiration through real weddings was really helpful, as it was raw and relatable. It also provided more attainable ideas as some magazines or styled shoots are more high end and out of reach for most couples.
Our ceremony was romantic, intimate and it was all about the emotions and, most of all, LOVE! It was all about us, and having it in the Italian Gardens at Coombe set the tone we were after.
I have always liked a specific style of dress which is more of a fitted, sleek look with a longer train. What I had in mind and what I ended up with was a special journey as you can have an idea of what you like, but when you start designing your dress, you need to trust the designer and what suits you. Find a reputable designer who you can trust, and the rest is easy and fun. Seeing my dress come to life was the most enjoyable part of the wedding prep.
It would have to be walking down the aisle, seeing everyone’s faces filled with raw emotion and then looking at my future husband and his reaction. It was a surreal moment and one I will never forget.
Meaning of marriage.
It is the unity of two people, represented as one unbreakable team. It is a symbol of commitment and everlasting love.
Aisle: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Kina Grannis
Reception entry: Danza Kuduro by Don Omar & Lucenzo(my husband is South American!)
First dance: I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing by Boyce Avenue.
Funny stories or near disasters.
Everything went quite smoothly; we were lucky. We were quite relaxed, so we just went with the flow.
The amount of time that it takes to plan every little detail for one day! You always know that planning a wedding is a big task; however, until you are in the thick of it and going through the motions, you don’t realize how much is involved.
Words of wisdom.
It is really easy to go over budget but think about what is most important and if it will matter after the day is over. Some couples choose to go all out for every little detail, but a lot of it doesn’t get seen, so we spent our budget on things that would make a difference.
For timeless, textural theming inspiration, look no further than styled shoot Sophisticated Subtleties. This one has everything we love about contemporary weddings; a mix of old-school glamour with a fresh modern twist.
DANIELLA & MAT’S VENDORS:
Ceremony location: Italian Gardens at Coombe Yarra Valley
Reception venue: Coombe Yarra Valley
Celebrant: Georgia Mills
Photography: Courtney Laura Photography
Styling: We did it all ourselves
Florist: Flowers St Germain
Hair: Hair by Julia
Make-up: Stephanie Alexandra Jones
The dress: Annette of Melbourne
Shoes: Jeanette Maree
Rings: Parker Diamonds
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Bec + Bridge
Suits & bow ties: Ferrari Formalwear
Catering & bar: Coombe Yarra Valley
Favours: Boxed up desserts
Cake / Cake topper: Boxed up desserts
Stationery / Signage: Chicreative
Entertainment: DJ Marz
Transport: Exquisite Limousines