Real Wedding – Emma & Chris, Wonga Park VIC
It was private property perfection when Emma and Chris wed at a family property in Wonga Park.
Being an ‘at home’ wedding, there was much to do, but family and friends pitched in every step of the way, giving the day itself an even more magical feeling.
Setting up a Sperry tent under the stars, they made it their mission to not sweat the small stuff and instead focus on a gathering filled with their favourite people, fabulous food and a whole lot of fun.
Taking a walk at sunset to soak up their love and their stunning surrounds, Tribe talent Ali Bailey captured this stunning celebration in all its glory.
In Emma and Chris’ words…
We met in 2012, out in the city one night through friends who worked together (my friend worked with his friend).
Emma: When ‘like’ became ‘love’ – we had been dating for a few months, and he became my best friend.
Chris: I just knew, I didn’t want to do life with anyone else; it’s just a feeling and you know.
One day we did a day trip down to Sorrento. We were eating fish and chips on the beach, and Chris (who usually hates when I ask him for a photo) suggested we take a selfie at the beach – then he did a sneaky and put the ring into the picture!
I had gathered various images that made up our theme, and we just started to contact the suppliers we thought could help us make it happen. We wanted to create a magical space that our guests would enjoy – a full set up on my mum and step-dad’s property in Wonga Park.
So many people helped us to create the perfect day. My step-dad built a deck over the dam for our ceremony – which created the perfect scene for our I do’s! In the week leading up to the big day, we had so much help from family members doing bits and pieces, it was such a special time in our lives, and we’re so grateful for all the help we received.
Our theme was modern, with textural elements – so we had a lot of white/light grey, with moody, textural flowers. Our favourite part was the beautiful Sperry Tent – it really helped to create a magical vibe!
I went dress shopping with my mum, sister, nanna and soon to be mother-in-law. I had made three appointments at different bridal shops. The first dress I tried on at the first shop was the one! I tried on other dresses and went to all the appointments, but nothing compared!
When we went off to have sunset photos, and we walked back to the set-up, hand in hand, the sun was nearly down, but it all just looked so perfect and magical; seeing our nearest and dearest all enjoying themselves and having everyone here celebrating our love and marriage; it was a really special feeling.
Meaning of marriage.
Doing life with your best friend; enjoying even the smallest moments and tackling the biggest challenges together; being on the same team. It’s laughing with each other, talking to each other, exploring together and dancing in the kitchen!
Walking down the aisle: I Get to Love You, by Ruelle
Just Married: You Make My Dreams, by Hall & Oates
Reception Entry: Sweet Lovin’, by Sigala
First Dance – Just the Way You Are, by Billy Joel
Words of wisdom.
As long as the fundamentals are all sorted, the finer details won’t matter – your guests won’t know if a floral arrangement should have looked different, if the place cards didn’t turn out as expected; so don’t sweat the small stuff, try and enjoy the process and not forget what it’s all about!
It can be a stressful and tiring lead up, but on the day, nothing else matters but you two, your friends and family, and it will be one of the best days of your life!
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EMMA AND CHRIS’ TRIBE
Ceremony and reception location: My mum and step-dad’s property in Wonga Park, VIC
Celebrant: Megan Thompson
Photography: Ali Bailey – an absolute superstar!
Videography: Bluebird Media – the best videography! So warm, personal, and a great keepsake to have of our day.
Styling: Make Today Amazing
Event Coordinator: Zayna Fratto Weddings and Events – Amazing! Zayna made sure everything ran smoothly, and was so attentive to every detail.
Florist: Raven and the Rose
Hair and Make Up: Cassandra Lusi
The Dress: Karen Willis Holmes
Veil / headwear: I wore my Nanna’s headpiece that she had worn to her wedding
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Shona Joy
Groomsmen’s suits: Joe Black
Catering and Bar: Essential Catering – they were so great to deal with in the lead up and on the day! Very attentive and delicious food!
Marquee: Under Sky
Favors: Homemade cookies by my Nanna and Chris’ Nonna
Cake / Cake topper: JY Cake Designs
Stationery / Signage: Make Today Amazing
Entertainment: Melbourne Entertainment Company
Gelato Cart: Bianco Latte
Décor: Ruffles and Bells
Hire: Dann Event Hire
Portable Toilets: Black Tie Toilets