Real Wedding – Georgia & Josh, Mt Duneed VIC
From the moment Josh surprised Georgia with a proposal, she got down to planning and created a day her guests will not forget.
Set at Mt Duneed Estate, they filled the barrel room with lush greenery and beautiful blooms under which they danced the night away. Their stylist, Jessica Alderton Events, helped bring their vision to life and make all their wedding dreams come true and Katie Wheeler Photography was there to capture Georgia and Josh’s love story unfold.
In Georgia’s words…
We met in the line of one of Geelong’s finest establishments – Home House Nightclub! A friend introduced us. Josh was trying to push in line as we were at the front of a long queue. He had no cash on him and so I offered to pay for his entry and he didn’t leave my side for the rest of the night. We clicked straight away.
On our first date at his dad’s place. He ran down the stairs to meet me and I immediately fell in love with his legs and smile! He has the best legs you’d ever see on a man!
I had been nagging for a proposal for a little while, but I had no idea it was coming. We spent the day in Melbourne and when walking back to the car he popped the question on a walk bridge overlooking the Yarra River. Neither of us are overly romantic people so it was absolutely perfect for us.
It was easy. The key is organisation. I had the location booked the first week after getting engaged. It helped that we already knew we wanted to get married at Mt Duneed Estate, and once we locked in the celebrant, stylist and photographer, the rest fell into place. I wanted to make sure that the week leading up to our wedding would be as stress free as possible, and having our stylist Jess was the best decision we could have made. Jess took care of every little styling detail and set up/packed down for us. She understood my vision and put it together perfectly. The peace of mind created by having her was invaluable! I highly recommend having a stylist.
All I knew was that I wanted lots of greenery (I really wanted to have hanging greenery so my stylist Jess went out to Mt Duneed Estate to hang it all at 7am the morning of my wedding). I also wanted lots of flowers, as well as wooden and gold accents. I wanted it to feel fresh and relaxed, and not too cluttered.
When looking for my dress I was looking for simplicity, a low back and no lace. As soon as I put my dress on I knew it was the one. I wanted to feel comfortable and not too constricted by layers and layers of fabric. My dress was a figure hugging, simple, white silk dress with thin straps and a low v- neck. It had a low back that is squared off and a flowing train. It was very light-weight and so easy to wear.
Seeing Josh’s face for the first time when walking down the aisle. It gave me butterflies! Also, reading our vows to each other was a beautiful moment.
Meaning of marriage.
That I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend. We are now an unbreakable team ready to take on the world together.
Aisle- John Legend, You and I
Entry- Michael Franti, Say Hey (I Love You)
First dance- Ed Sheeran, Tenerife Sea
Exit Song- Beyonce, XO
Funny stories or near disasters.
The only aspect of the wedding planning process that didn’t go our way was the hunt for the perfect bow tie for the boys. I left Josh the responsibility of sorting out the boy’s outfits and accessories and little did I know that he still didn’t have bow ties organised for his groomsmen the week before the wedding. So I took it upon myself to order some online. They arrived three days before the wedding and they were horrific! They didn’t look at all like the picture provided online. We raced into Geelong and, who would have thought that it would be so difficult to find 3 bow ties in a nice navy blue! We went into Eddy Elias and they had a supplier drop off bow ties for the boys the day before the wedding. Luckily, they could save the boys from wearing the hideous online ordered bow ties!
I was shocked by how many suppliers wouldn’t book themselves a year in advance. When I was originally trying to book florists (before booking my stylist, Jess), all I wanted to do was lock someone in for peace of mind, but they either were not taking bookings or for those that were, they were already booked out! For an organised person like me, it was driving me crazy!
Words of wisdom.
So many people told me not to sweat the small stuff, that it all comes together on the day and that the guests will never notice the aspects of the day that may not go to plan, even if you do. And they could not have been more right! There were several times in the night where I would stress that something wasn’t happening the way I wanted it to, and Josh would reassure me that no one would notice. No one did!
The planning process can become overwhelming and stressful. I found it important to keep reminding myself to enjoy every aspect of the process, because the lead up can be just as fun as the day! If you ever feel weighed down by the process, don’t be afraid to ask for help from family or friends.
Ceremony and reception venue: Mt Duneed Estate – Tori our event manager from Peter Rowland Catering was wonderful to deal with. Paul, the event manager on the night from Peter Rowland did an outstanding job.
Celebrant/Officiant: Dianne Schmidtke – as people who are not great at talking about our feelings, Di helped us relax and really got the best out of us. She was so much fun!
Photography: Katie Wheeler – Katie exudes warmth and happiness, which is contagious! She followed our brief ‘natural, no posing’ to a tee, which I think helped bring the best out of us. Katie and her assistant Tam made us feel so comfortable, it was an absolute pleasure to have them photograph our wedding.
Styling and flowers: Jessica Alderton Events – Jessica did such a wonderful job putting together such a perfect day! She began her day out at Mt Duneed Estate at 7am in the morning to hang greenery from the roof for us. She worked so hard to get everything done in time, with the extra challenge of having our wedding on the weekend of ‘Toast to the Coast,’ she was really put under pressure. Jess put so much effort into hand painting our wooden menu’s and seating chart, and at the end of the night she created a ‘Flower Bar’ where she created bouquets for the guests to take home. Such a wonderful idea!
Hair: Shelbi and Georgie from My Friend George – Shelbi and Georgie did such a wonderful job. They took time to understand exactly what we wanted, and made us all feel so beautiful!
Makeup: Briony Phipps – Briony is the only person I trust to do my makeup! She is a miracle worker!
The Dress: Sarah Seven from The Bridal Atelier
Veil: The Bridal Atelier
Shoes: Nine West
Rings: Paul Bram
Bridesmaids dresses: Zimmerman
Groom and groomsmen suits: MJ Bale
Bow ties / ties: MJ Bale and Eddie Elias Menswear
Catering: Peter Rowland Catering
Espresso martini’s and coffee: Mr B Coffee – everyone loved these! Simon from Mr B was an absolute pleasure to deal with and their service was fantastic!
Cake / Cake topper: Tantalise Your Tastebuds with flowers by Jessica Alderton Events
Stationery / Signage: Wedding invitations by Tara O’Keefe. Wooden backdrop with names designed and cut, as well as personalised wooden wishing well by Sebastian Wild from HBS Wild. Menu’s and seating chart by Jessica Alderton Events.
Entertainment: Luke Biscan
DJ: Ben Reyment
Transport: A luxury Range Rover driven by a friend and guests were transported by Cole’s Coaches.
Honeymoon: The USA – San Fransisco, Los Angeles and Hawaii