Real Wedding – Hannah & Mitch, Nagambie VIC
Magical Mitchelton, nestled in glorious country Victoria, was a dream venue for Hannah and Mitch to host their day.
The stunning setting of their venue drove influence over their style and vibe, as they opted to focus on the beautiful Australian landscape that surrounded them and keep things simple and elegant.
Hannah’s Georgia Young Couture gown was an absolute show-stopper and their ceremony will always be a moment they will hold close, especially when they could finally kiss for the first time as husband and wife.
As the sun set, they celebrated into the night with their much loved family and friends, knowing they had pulled off the perfect celebration. You can see it all unfold through the creative eye of Emotions and Math.
We met while working together at an Architecture firm in 2015, Mitch asked me out for dinner one day in the print room and the rest is history.
When we moved to London together. We knew it was a big move for us as a couple and it would either make or break us being so far away from friends and family and we had an amazing experience travelling around Europe and living in London. We realised that it was because we were together.
Mitch proposed to me on Reynisfjara beach in Iceland while we were travelling through Europe on our way back to Australia after living together in London. It was so freezing, we were down on the black sand and the view was spectacular, it was just the two of us which was perfect. He got down on one knee and produced a ring.
Full on. I had a spreadsheet which I kept constantly updated with all new bookings and budget changes. I think there were around 20 tabs by the end of it.
The setting had a huge influence on our overall style. We focused on the beautiful Australian landscape with the Goulburn river as the backdrop to our ceremony, along with the stunning architecture at the Mitchelton Winery. Although we had quite a vibrant forest green colour for the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen’s ties, they blended in quite naturally with the surroundings. We kept the flower colours simple in whites and peaches with Kangaroo paws as the buttonholes for Mitch, the groomsmen and our dads.
I had already looked at a few dresses with either an off-shoulder or long sleeve style and made appointments with designers based on the designs I saw on their website/Instagram. I also visited some other dress stores that friends had recommended.
I heard about Georgia Young Couture from a friend and made an appointment after not being able to definitively say ‘yes’ on some of the other dresses I had tried. There were two dresses which I fell in love with at Georgia Young, one was so beautifully classic with a modern twist, while the other was an off shoulder from the new collection, and more figure hugging.
The beading in the dress gave it a sparkle which instantly won my mum and sister over, my bridesmaids encouraged me to show off my figure and I was ultimately won over by it being a new design and not one that I had seen a few times online already.
Kissing each other for the first time as husband and wife. It was such a lovely and happy moment.
Meaning of marriage.
We would say it’s about letting each other know that we want to experience all of life together and facing everything as a team.
Aisle: Your Arms Around Me by Hens Lekman
Signing: Stand by me by Ben E. King
Recessional: All you need is love by the Beatles
Reception entry: Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners
First dance: Coming Home by Leon Bridges
Final song: All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem
Funny stories (or near disasters).
We had a couple of mix ups with florals and suits, but we didn’t let it impact our day.
It was also incredibly windy on the day of the wedding, we had to sit all the flower stands on the ground and prop them up with big rocks the groomsmen found in the bush to stop everything from blowing over.
Just how much is involved in planning for one day. I am an Executive Assistant and planning comes quite naturally to me but it was like nothing I had ever planned before. Also the seating plan was surprisingly difficult. We changed it so often towards the end and it was a tough call to finally lock it in and get it printed!
Words of wisdom.
Speak to recently married friends to ask for advice and what things they would do differently. There are so many things to consider and sometimes it’s good to get some perspective. We were told that no matter how much planning we do that we should expect something to go wrong or not go to plan and so when the mishap with the flowers and pants happened, we were prepared and didn’t let it ruin the day. If you’re happy and having a good time then your guests most likely will be too!
Try to enjoy every moment because it goes so fast!
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HANNAH & MITCH’S VENDORS
Ceremony venue / location: Mitchelton Winery – Beyond being a beautiful setting Mitchelton Winery are a really professional outfit. They have a dedicated wedding planning team headed by Sarah who was fantastic. They helped us make sure everything was prepared in the lead up as well as having staff on hand during the big day to make sure everything went smoothly.
Celebrant/Officiant: Tammy Goyne
Photography: Emotions and Math – Isla from the Emotions and Math team was fantastic and we were so happy with the photography. The colours and tones in her photos captured the day perfectly and we love them.
Videography: Ivan Shaw – Ivan from Wild Island Films did our videography, shooting the whole thing on a Super 16mm Film Camera. The film came out looking great and he did an amazing job editing it, we can’t stop watching it!
Florist: Bryants Buds, Echuca
Hair: Brooke Cruise – Bespoke Lancefield
Make-up: Melanie Mifsud
The dress: Georgia Young Couture
Veil / headwear: Previously my sister’s veil, from Mariana Hardwick
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Búl
Groomsmen’s suits: M.J Bale
Bow ties / ties: Calibre
Bridesmaids’ robes: Bridesmaid Boxes
Groom/Groomsmens’ socks: Happy Socks
Catering and bar: Mitchelton Winery
Favours: Polaroid photos
Cake: Bride’s aunty – Nicole Badger
Stationery / Signage: Designed ourselves and printed invitations, place cards and menus at Paperpoint South Melbourne and the wedding signage and seating chart we got printed at Kwik Kopy in Preston.
Entertainment: Melbourne DJ Hire
Hire: Styled Event Hire – wedding arbour stands
Honeymoon: Originally booked Japan and Cambodia but now due to COVID-19 we are hoping to get to Bryon Bay and road trip to Fraser Island via a few stops including Noosa – dependent on border closures…!