Real Wedding – Emma & Tom, Euroa VIC
In the gorgeous town of Euroa, Emma and Tom created an incredible country wedding that was as stunning as it was natural.
In a gorgeous Gwendolynne gown, Emma made her way down the aisle to Tom, before they shared a heartfelt ceremony with their much loved guests.
They opted to use the beautiful and natural surrounds of their venue and this helped them create an intimate and elegant atmosphere, which is exactly what they wanted.
With Michael Renga at the helm and capturing romance at its finest, we think you will adore this dream day.
In Emma’s words…
We met when we were 18 and I had just finished high school. Tom picked me up from my best friend’s house and before that we had only chatted on Facebook! We had mutual friends also but really had not known each other or crossed paths before he creeped me on Facebook.
To be honest I don’t think I just had a ‘ting’ moment in my head. It’s always fun though when you are quite young and talking about “our wedding day” and “our kids” one day. We always made those passing comments early in our relationship, I think it was something that just grew for us over time.
On Christmas morning we had the family around to have a champagne breakfast and celebrate us moving into our house the week before. Little did I know that Tom also had a proposal planned. We were all in the lounge room with our champagne when Tom came in with Sunny (our fur baby) and I actually hadn’t clicked until Tom was on one knee in front of me proposing. I was in so much shock I said, “nooooo”, out of disbelief but I was crying with excitement, so it was obviously a yes.
The planning process was a bit of a roller coaster, sometimes I loved it, sometimes I couldn’t be bothered thinking about certain things any more. Once we found the Butter Factory and booked it in I felt like everything came together more easily, as we could visualise things better , such as placement, what you need and what you don’t need to worry about.
The Butter Factory was such a beautiful setting I really didn’t feel the need to go OTT with the decor. I definitely enjoy a nice moody, intimate atmosphere with nice simple complimenting styling. We had a lot of candles down the tables, accompanied with white baby’s breath alongside lovely raw-edged napkins and table runners.
My maid of honour actually booked in all of my dress appointments. I had no wedding dresses in mind before getting engaged so went into it all open minded. There were some styles I thought I might lean towards but I didn’t end up going down the original road I thought I would. Before going to Gwendolynne I had tried on a few dresses already and was pretty confident in getting one from another place but there was something special about the dresses Gwendolynne has. It’s quite funny that all the dresses everybody else picked up for me ended up being the ones I preferred compared to the ones I picked for myself. I definately think it pays to be open minded and try on a variety of styles and things that others pick for you as well.
I don’t think anything will beat when you first walk down the aisle and all that anticipation of your wedding day becomes a reality. The build up and anticipation just before it all begins was also something I loved and was soaking in. I will never forget the moment when myself, my dad and my three bridesmaids were all standing upstairs hearing the music and knowing that everyone was downstairs waiting for us and us having our last sip of bubbles together before walking down the stairs. It was such an exciting, heart beating moment and I have never been so excited.
Meaning of marriage.
Marriage is a celebration and commitment of your loving connection with your forever human. A commitment to growing and developing through life together alongside your special somebody.
Aisle: Fallen So Young by Declan J Donovan
Reception entry: World of our love by Client Liaison
First dance: Come What May (Tom loves Moulin Rouge)
Funny stories (or near disasters).
The weather. Our plan was always to get married outside underneath the large tree at the Butter Factory. There was a back-up plan to get married indoors but myself and Tom definitely preferred the idea of getting married outdoors in the beautiful scenery we were surrounded by. The weather apps where not looking good and were saying there was a 70% chance of rain at the time of the ceremony. We took our chances and stuck with outside and thought, ‘if it rains it rains, we have a bit of protection from the tree, we will be alright’. We were very lucky in that it didn’t rain although there was a little bit of spitting rain that passed and the sunshine came out right at the end of our ceremony.
Always good to communicate with the venue on your plans and what you are thinking as they might already have something for you or be planning something. For examples we nearly paid to hire 126 bentwood chairs but the Butter Factory was already planning on ordering these so that was a great saving and conversation to have.
Words of wisdom.
When something is done it is done, don’t think about it anymore.
Getting a fragrance for the wedding was something I did last minute and I am so glad I did. I just got a small size which I just used on the wedding day and the honeymoon. It is pretty crazy how a scent can transport you back but I definitely remember putting on my perfume when I was ready on my wedding day every time I smell it.
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EMMA & TOM’S TRIBE
Ceremony and reception: Euroa Butter Factory – Absolutely love this place! Such an amazing venue & place to stay. I remember leaving on Monday walking around the beautiful factory just soaking it all in. Loved the country town and getting away for the weekend. We stayed there for 3 nights, Jill and the team were so lovely and had our breakfast cooked down by the fire every morning with the coffee machine ready for our orders. It is a very relaxed and cosy environment that I can’t wait to go back and stay at. We loved having our reception and ceremony at the same location, created a fuss free day with no relocated until the end of the evening.
Celebrant/Officiant: Hannah May Weddings – Hannah is such a warm and lovely character that Tom and I instantly clicked with. She was very informative and helpful with the process and was outstanding on the day and the lead up. She is such a friendly and calm person to have there and I am so glad we chose her to marry us.
Photography: Michael Renga – The photos we have from the wedding are amazing and we couldn’t be happier with the collection of memories we have from the day. We felt very relaxed getting our photos taken by Michael, it was very fun and easy and I think that comes through in the photos as well. Michael is very talented in getting such a wide variety of images and he definitely goes above and beyond, very grateful to have him there on the day, he is a very warm and fun character.
Florist: As Daisy Does – Absolutely loved our flower bouquets! I was confident in what they were going to create as I always love their work. Very easy process on brainstorming ideas and colours and then in the end leaving it up to them to make something amazing, which they did.
Hair: Cate from Rok Paper Scissors hair salon in Geelong
Make-up: Nikizsha Lyons – Very talented make-up artist who knows I don’t like going OTT. She made me feel very naturally beautiful and special on the day without feeling like I was over done and not myself. A lovely human to have around the morning of your wedding as she is very relaxed, friendly and brings a very warm vibe to her surroundings.
The Dress: Gwendolynne – Gwendolynne was such a dream to work with and visit for dress fittings. I loved everything about her store, the atmosphere is lovely. With French music playing, it was always great to go up and work through the finer details of the dress.
Veil / headwear: Gwendolynne
Rings: Paul Whittaker Bespoke Jewellery
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Shona Joy
Groomsmen’s suits: Bellington Estate – Professional and fantastic service. Very comfortable and fun atmosphere to do fittings with a beer and friends. They made the process easy and enjoyable and felt vert individualised. Arch was a great bloke to go through the process with.
Bow ties / ties: OTAA
Entertainment: M & The Best Men
Transport: Benella Bus Line
Décor: Event Art (napkins), loved the fabric they supply, it and comes in such a nice range of colours.
Hire: The Small Things Co
Honeymoon: Spain, Morocco & Italy
Fragrance: Coffee Break by Maison Margiela.