Real Wedding – Jenelle & Reuben, Yarra Glen VIC
Reuben and Jenelle’s stunning soiree is all enchanting elegance and exquisite impact. The dramatic lines and sweeping vistas of Zonzo Estate provided a picture-perfect backdrop to a day filled with delicate detail.
We love the use of smoky taupe hues, with the bridesmaids in ivory to provide the softest contrast to Janelle’s striking champagne gown. And let’s talk about the dress! Designed by Berta bridal, Jenelle was a vision of boho beauty meets polished princess. The look on Rueben’s face as his gorgeous bride stepped down the aisle towards him says it all.
Blossoms by Sassafras Flower Designs were an architectural, aesthetic treat in dusty blush and raw sage, with deep forest green to anchor the arrangements. Jenelle’s bouquet of cascading orchids providing the finishing touch to the low key yet ultra-luxe look.
Echoing from every image is the excitement and electricity surrounding these two, and Tribe favourite Tess Follett was there to capture every love-filled moment.
We met at church three years ago. We had been eyeing each other off for a while, and Reuben finally mustered up the courage to approach me to say hello.
There wasn’t a lightbulb moment, but it was very clear early on that we had something special. I remember spending 12 hours in a car with him not long after we met- we couldn’t stop talking & laughing. We just couldn’t get enough of each other’s company, and it just got better and better from there.
For my 30th birthday, he surprised me by buying me flights to Canada. A few days into the trip, Reuben planned a hike up to a beautiful mountain just outside of Victoria in British Columbia. But the weather was less than ideal, and the peak was above the low clouds, so he had to make up a plan B.
The backup plan was to hike up an abandoned train trestle with an amazing view of the valley below. When we reached the top, he pulled out a notebook and read out a poem that he had written about his love for me. As he was reading, it began to rain. When he finished reading he knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I remember immediately bursting into tears of joy; it was so surreal.
Because we didn’t want a long engagement, we looked at venues the day after arriving back in Australia and locked one in soon after. Being quite an organised person, I was able to secure main vendors within a couple of months; however things changed when COVID happened. To minimise stress, we decided to postpone our wedding from September until December. We had to cut our guest list by more than half, which was really difficult, but we’re just so glad it actually went ahead, in light of the uncertainty at the time.
We both wanted a relaxed wedding in a beautiful natural setting. We didn’t want anything too over the top or polished.
I actually found a dress I loved at the first shop I went to. After a week or so, I was just about to order it but came across another dress on Pinterest. I knew that dress was perfect for me, without knowing the brand, the price, or even having tried it on. I managed to hunt it down and fell in love.
We both loved hearing each other’s vows, and the speeches from our family. We were laughing one second, and crying the next.
Meaning of marriage.
It’s a commitment to embark on a lifelong journey with someone, and loving them unconditionally and wholeheartedly the whole way.
Aisle: Can’t Help Falling in Love by Kina Grannis
Reception entry: September by Earth, Wind and Fire
First dance: All your love by Dustin Tebbutt
Funny stories or near disasters.
Three of the groomsmen and our celebrant were coming from Sydney and almost didn’t make it because of the COVID outbreak in December. They literally just made it in time, before Victoria closed its borders.
I was quite shocked by how far in advances vendors will book out, so it’s important to plan well ahead. There were also a lot of “small” but easy to miss details that popped up, that hadn’t even crossed my mind; such as making sure there was glue for the polaroid photo guest book.
Words of wisdom.
It should be exciting and fun. If it starts getting stressful, make sure you take a break from the planning process.
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JANELLE & REUBEN’S VENDORS:
Ceremony and reception venue: Zonzo Estate, Yarra Glen, Victoria
Celebrant/Officiant: Pastor Ian Howie
Photography: Tess Follett
Videography: Season Ascent Films
Florist: Sassafras’s flowers
Hair: KYK hair
Make-up: Katie Winkler
The dress: Berta
Veil / headwear: Forever and Again Bridal and Beauty
Rings: The Diamond Exchange
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Shona Joy
Groomsmen’s suits, bow ties and ties: Gibson
Cake / Cake topper: Iren Youssef
Invitations: State of Elliot
Entertainment: Jake Turner Music