Real Wedding – Genevieve & Daniel, Red Hill VIC
The lure to the magical Mornington Peninsula was strong for Genevieve and Daniel. Coupled with a love for the region, they have always adored the cool Autumnal weather, and dreamed of bringing together their loved ones for a relaxed and cosy wedding celebration.
Roaring fire places, delicious shared food and even the exciting addition of a roaming magician to keep guests giggling – their day was everything they had worked hard to achieve.
Styling was soft and simple, and in her Jane Hill gown, gorgeous Genevieve surely stole the show.
Fern and Stone Photography have documented this dream day, and if we do say so ourselves – it’s surely worth a peek.
In Genevieve’s words…
We studied together at university and met during Anatomy and Physiology classes. Dan was snacking on some almonds and shared them with me. I don’t really like almonds, but ate them anyway.
After finishing our uni degrees, we decided to go travelling together for four months through Europe and India. When you spend that much time with each other and make the best travel buddies you know you can last a lifetime! I remember a particular moment while we were in India and I was struck down with Delhi Belly. I was so sick I couldn’t do anything for myself and Dan washed and blow dried my hair for me (as best he could!). I knew anyone that caring would help me get through anything in life.
Dan wanted to propose in a way that represented our easy going lifestyle and in a place that we visit often. We have some of our best chats and discussions about life while walking our dog at the local park. On one of our usual walks Dan started to walk unusually slowly and then got down on one knee with a ring! Now each time we walk past that place it reminds me of how lucky we are to have each other.
The first decision we made was the venue where we wanted to have a wedding and the rest flowed on from there. I have always loved the warm and rustic feel of The Epicurean and when we went to see the venue we both knew it was the one. I wrote lists of what we needed to organise and then gave Dan some jobs. He was in charge of music, a priest (who would marry us outside of a church) and our honeymoon flights. In the final few weeks we had a list on the fridge that we chipped away at together before the big day.
We both love cooler weather and the colours of Autumn. We wanted to have an outdoor ceremony followed by an indoor reception with a warm interior and roaring fire places. Bringing families and friends together with long tables and shared food with a relaxed feel was everything we had hoped for. We also love adding fun and laughter and Dan’s idea to have a magician roaming around and doing tricks (they were seriously mind blowing) was amazing!
With my trusty bridesmaids by my side we went and explored the beautiful dresses that Melbourne has to offer. I carefully watched the faces of the girls as I walked out in each dress and that gave away a lot of honest information! I love classic and simple designs and fell in love with my Jane Hill dress which had some minimal but beautiful detailing.
Dan was keen to try and do something different, but tasteful. He went in to Oscar Hunt to meet with a fitter (Wei), who sat down over a couple of sessions and figured out a custom suit that would be a good balance of different, but appropriate for the occasion. I sat in on a session to make sure Dan didn’t go too rogue. He was excited to go for more ‘warm’ colours and textures that would blend well with the beautiful autumn leaves on the peninsula. Then he just wanted to match his shoes to his watch.
We had been worried there might be rain during our ceremony as it was planned to be outside. The clouds were threatening but we stuck to our plan and when the ceremony started the rain stopped and a beautiful rainbow appeared in the backdrop of our ceremony!
Meaning of marriage.
Making your best friend your family. Promising to love and support each other through whatever life may bring.
Aisle: Latch by Sam Smith
Reception entry: Holiday by Naughty by Nature
Funny stories (or near disasters).
We loved Father Bob from the Father Bob Macguire Foundation as our priest. With his busy schedule and laid back approach, our wedding slipped his mind and when we called to confirm three days before the wedding he said “Jesus, Mary and Joseph….this weekend!?”. Luckily he was able to still make it even though it was not in his calendar.
Dan was feeling nervous about his vows and he was surprised that it was his favourite part of the day. I was also surprised at how far in advance some suppliers book out.
Words of wisdom.
Allow yourself time to research options and don’t be scared to make decisions. I’m a list and spreadsheet person and these helped me to keep on top of things and feel organised. Don’t put pressure on yourself to achieve perfection. You will love you day and the hiccups always work out in the end and make for good stories in the future.
Team work makes the dream work and we couldn’t have made our special day happen without the brilliant team of suppliers.
Take Gen and Dan’s lead, locking in a superstar lineup of suppliers to make your day a breeze. Our Tribe is the place to start!
GENEVIEVE & DANIEL’S TRIBE
Ceremony: Max’s Restaurant, Red Hill Estate
Reception: The Epicurean, Red Hill
Celebrant/Officiant: Father Bob Maguire
Photography: Fern and Stone Photography
Florist: Poppy Culture
Hair and make-up: Makeup by Sophie Knox
The Dress(es): Jane Hill
Veil / headwear: Something borrowed
Groom’s suit: Oscar Hunt
Groom’s shoes: Aquila
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Coco and Lola
Groomsmen’s suits: MJ Bale
Bow ties / ties: Otaa
Cake / Cake topper: Nikos Cakes
Stationery / Signage: Paperlust
Entertainment: The White Tree
Transport: Lachy Teague (friend)
Décor: Poppy Culture
Honeymoon: Eastern Europe
Other: Will Marks Magic – People are still talking about him