Real Wedding – Diana & Brendan, Coldstream VIC
A pash-and-dash turned into a proposal for Diana and Brendan, who were wed on the grounds of Coombe in the Yarra Valley.
Diana’s dress was a show-stopper so we were hardly surprised when we found it was handcrafted by the talented team at Luci Di Bella. Wanting something bold but classic with a modern twist, Diana absolutely wowed as she made her way down the aisle towards the love of her life.
Exchanging vows in front of their nearest and dearest was a magical moment, especially as the sun shone, creating a relaxed and stunning atmosphere to then party the night away.
Tribe superstar, Fern and Stone Photography was behind the lens – check out her incredible images as well as some savvy words of wisdom on wedding planning by the bride herself.
Brendan and I met seven years ago (2012) in line at the Bridge Hotel in Richmond! We had a great night out and while I thought it was a pash-and-dash, he asked me for my number and called me the next day to take me out to coffee!
I feel like we knew we had something good – for me, I think I knew I found the one when I realised that our relationship got better and better as they years went on, we grew together and it just all clicked!
Brendan popped the question on my Graduation Day. When we met was when I changed my career path. So for first next five years of our relationship, I was studying! I did say to him, please whatever you do, don’t propose to me whilst I’m at Uni! So it was fitting that he popped the question on the day of my grad!
It was overwhelming at first, then there was a period where I felt organised and in control of it all. Brendan proposed in April 2018 and we got married November 2019, thank goodness we had plenty of time to sort it all out!
I wanted a classic, but modern wedding and my main inspiration were your classic American wedding movies, where they have their weddings at some grand beautiful house and the ceremony is in the stunning manicured gardens.
So I only had one picture of a dress that I had seen on Instagram that I liked – I’m not into beading or lace details, I wanted something bold that would stand out as a whole rather than have to look closely for details. I would describe my looks as the same as my wedding, classic, with a modern twist! I had a thigh-high split, with a classic pump and stunning gold and pearl drop earrings from a.b.ellie, they were my touch of modern. I tried on a couple of dressed at one place, then went straight to Luci, from Luci Di Bella, showed her my inspiration picture and said, can you make me something like this? She whisked me into her studio and before you know it, we were all on the same page and had such a great experience. It does help knowing exactly what you want too!
My favourite moment was walking down the aisle and seeing Brendan for the first time that day and then realising that the sun had come out for us as it was forecasted to rain the entire day! (Not a drop came down!).
Meaning of marriage.
Brendan and I completed a marriage education course months prior to getting married and we came out of it stronger and more aligned – we both agree that marriage is a partnership that needs love, attention and communication in all aspects.
Aisle: Higher Love – played live.
Reception entry: I think the band played Signed, Sealed, Delivered when we walked in. We love our band so much and trusted them, that we said, ‘play whatever you want!’.
First dance: There’s no way by Lauv feat. Julia Michaels.
Funny stories (or near disasters).
The most nerve-wrecking thing is the weather in Melbourne – we had an outdoor ceremony and if it rained, it just wouldn’t have been the same! That was the only thing I panicked about!
Other than that, my freeze-dried rose petals didn’t arrive, but my florist stepped in, the day before and sorted that all out for us! What a legend!
I have planned many events and no one ever has to know what you are planning on doing, they just turn up! But with planning a wedding, families are involved and want to know what is going on – so it was an adjustment to Brendan and I to explain what we have planned – it was hard explaining at time when nothing was being done!
Words of wisdom.
- Plan, Plan, Plan! Every day there will be an email sent, just get used to it! Ha!
- Lists – Create lists for your photography, your bump-in/out items as well as delegate family and friends who will be taking them home after the wedding
- Morning schedule – create a schedule and send it to your hair and makeup artists as well as your bridesmaids
- Make sure you either inform your suppliers when there is a crossover or get your suppliers to speak to each other
- Create a contact page list – make sure that all your suppliers have one, so if there are any issues on the day, they can contact that supplier straight away – and sort it out before you even know about it!
- ENJOY! Don’t be that relaxed bride (or groom) leading up to the event thinking everything will sort itself out, it wont. Plan the hell out of your day, so when the day comes, you are free from anything and absolutely enjoy every second of it!
Take a leaf out of Diana’s book and plan your day to perfection. To read our guide on how to get started, click here.
DIANA & BRENDAN’S TRIBE
Ceremony and reception: Coombe Yarra Valley – I can’t speak highly enough of Coombe, especially Shae – so helpful from the beginning right though to the end.
Celebrant/Officiant: Fr. Terry Kean of St. Francis Montmorency – Fr. Terry was fantastic – he was so supportive, caring and made such an effort for us. It was a joy to have him marry us.
Photography: Fern & Stone Photography (Jess) – From the beginning, I knew Jess was a legend – she offered to meet up with Brendan and I for a drink to talk about our needs. It was so comforting and it just made us feel like we made the right decision – and we did!
Videography: C2 Films – C2 was so professional – with every email and phone call, they were fantastic! Then we met Axel and we knew he was going to make our day fun and enjoyable.
Florist: Ambrosia Floral Designs – Leanne is an old friend of mine and I knew I wanted her to do our flowers from the beginning – she is so easy to work with, she gave me all the time in the world to decide on flower style…up to the week before! I just want to thank her so much for coming through with the rose petals at the last minute – when my other supplier fell through! Leanne is an absolute delight!
Glam team: Little Dollface – Alisia is my sister. There wasn’t anyone in the world that could do my hair they way I wanted it, excect for her!
Kath Carlin – Kath brought to much good energy to the morning, such a pleasure to have around!
Tahlia Raniti – Tahlia is just gorgeous! She is fab to work with and a legend with her brushes!
Skin and tan: Complete Laser Co (Claudia). Skin is my thing. Claudia is also my sister – she helped me prep my skin for my wedding day with high-grade Tixel treatments and planned this out for me months in advance, couldn’t have looked as good as I did without her!
The Dress and veil: Luci Di Bella – Luci and Caitlyn – Always arrived to my appointment with smiles and nothing was ever too much. As my dress was ‘couture’ they carefully put my dress together and considered everything I mentioned I wanted. And it turned out AMAZING!
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Rings: Gregorgy Jewellers
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Rebecca Vallance
Groomsmen’s suits: Expedition Apparel
Bow ties: TM Lewin
Cake: Renate Elise Designer Cakes – Renate is so lovely and warm! And makes bloody delicious cakes!
Stationery / Signage: Pigment and Ink (Alfie) Alfie was a legend and designed all our stationery and made it look amazing!
Entertainment: Like This Corporate Band – Just the best band in the world! Utter confidence in their ability to get the dance floor going!
Transport: Melbourne Deluxe Chauffeurs
Décor: Posie Place – Hire of gold vases and arbour – Rachelle was all over it and I loved that about her!
Hire: Having a Party
Honeymoon: Luxury Escapes! Koh Samui (Vanna Belle) and Singapore (Fairmont).
Dance Lessons: Next Step Co. (Roshin) Rosh, I could not recommend her enough! Non-cheesy dance moves, with the right amount of class and romance!