Real Wedding – Lauren and Matthew, Bellarine VIC

Real Wedding – Lauren and Matthew, Bellarine VIC

You couldn’t wipe the smile from Matt and Lauren’s faces as they celebrated their wedding on the grounds of beautiful Terindah Estate.

Spending many hours searching the internet for inspiration, Lauren styled their wedding day herself with gorgeous rustic and personalised touches that really brought their day to life. Seeing each other for the first time was a special moment, as were the giggles they shared during their heartfelt and funny speeches. All these moments and more were captured by One Day Collective and we know will simply delight.

In Matt’s words…

The meeting.

We first met in secondary school, but wasn’t until a chance meeting at local bar that Loz scribbled down her phone number on Matt’s chest and the romance began.

The ‘one’.

For Loz, it was early on when we had just begun dating. Matt spent the evening baking his backside off for Loz’s poppa’s wake and then spent the day mingling with the family despite not knowing anyone. Matt also knew from early stages in their relationship that Loz was definitely worth pursuing. Loz’s kind and humorous nature was infectious, and he longed to spend time with her at every occasion.

The proposal.

Loz in fact proposed at the top of The Remarkables Ski Resort in Queenstown, New Zealand, after a long day of snowboarding. We had the most perfect day and Loz spontaneously felt the time was right.

The planning process.

Loz spent hours trawling the internet, Instagram, Pintrest, Etsy, Ebay and like. She was extremely resourceful working to a budget and making almost everything herself. She also set briefs and was pivotal in guiding Matt to construct the sets and props – including the arbour, the circular hanging flower chandeliers, signage etc . We had plenty of support from family and friends assisting us with the logistics and setup..

Style inspiration.

We wanted to keep the theme light and fun, we used as many local suppliers as possible.  We were blessed with the attitude, love and support we received from everyone.

The dress.

It was the first dress Loz tried on, she tried many others, but her heart was set on ‘the one’ and she is still happy with the decision.  The biggest surprise was she found it the most comfortable dress she had ever worn.

Favourite moment.

Apart from the obvious first glance down the aisle and the feeling of being pronounced husband and wife. I would have to say the speeches were our favorite memories of the day. We were immersed in kind, humorous and humbling words from our friends and family.

Meaning of marriage.

We both see marriage as a demonstration of our love and commitment to each other, not only for each other but for our family and friends. We see marriage opening another door to our relationship and another step towards creating a  family.

Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle Song: Ingrid Michaelson – Can’t help falling in love

First Dance: Prince – Kiss (starting in the waltz position, we ripped into an impromptu dance)

Funny stories/near disasters.

After a relaxed morning, and a barbecue by the pool, 15 minutes before the limousine arrived, the groom realised his suit was missing which ended up in mad dash home to collect and just making in time for his ride.

During the speech by Ray (father of the bride), mid joke, there was almighty smash, when one of the chefs tripped up the stairs, and dropped a stack of serving platters, everyone shrieked as the plates continually crashed down every step to the bottom. Despite the commotion Ray managed to stay composed and finish his joke.

Words of wisdom.

Try to enjoy the ride….small details like the shade of copper of your candle votives are a detail that will not be noticed by 90% of your wedding guests. What everyone notices and remembers is the vibe of the day, how much they laughed or smiled at words spoken and how two families come together. That is such a rare thing for two people (the bride and groom) to experience, seeing an uncle from one side happily telling a story to a cousin from the other, and friends and relatives you wouldn’t expect getting up on the dance floor! It makes it all worth it and is what a wedding should be about.

Final words.

We loved every minute of our wedding day, it was by far the happiest celebration we have been a part of. We know it was a collective happening that made it so fun. From the guests, Terindah Estate, photographer, celebrant, bridal party and parents, and of course the weather gods. However it was predominantly the hard work and resourcefulness that my gorgeous wife put in that made it the special day that it was. I could not have been more proud of her and her efforts.




Ceremony and reception venue: Terindah Estate

Celebrant: Kylie Behr

Photography: Danielle Thomas – One Day Collective

Styling: Bride

Florist: Bride – Supplied by Geelong Flower Farm

Hair and Make Up: Studio 2

The Dress: Rachel Gilbert

Veil / head wear: Mimco rosegold comb (gift from mother of groom)

Jewellery/Accessories: Swarovski crystal earrings (gift from maid of honour – Sister), grandmothers antique gold wedding band (on loan from mother of bride),  handmade blue & lace garter (by mother of bride) from lace hand crocheted by brides grandmother.

Rings:  Bride: Thomas Jewellers (white gold diamond studded band) and groom Michael Hill Geelong (tungsten carbide band)

Bridesmaids dresses: Sheike

Groom and groomsmen suits: New Holland

Catering: Terindah Estate

Favors: Lip Balm (women) and Bottle Openers (men)

Cake / Cake topper: Homemade mudcake cake by Aunty Sue, cake topper banner by groom, figurines (from Matt’s parents  and grandparents wedding)

Stationery / Signage: Invitations designed by bride (printed by Fleetwood Print) – Signage made by groom

Entertainment: Stolen Apples – Blue Avenue Entertainment

Transport: Chrysler 300C Stretch Limousine – CD Limousines

Honeymoon: New York, California, Nevada, Arizona (USA)