Real wedding – Lizzy & Dayne, Yarra Valley VIC
Knowing they wanted a winery wedding, Lizzy and Dayne fell in love with Zonzo, set in the heart of the Yarra Valley, immediately.
For these laid-back lovers, it was important that their day had a relaxed atmosphere. They dressed the venue with fabulous florals and greenery that gave the day an elegant vibe and there to capture all the moments was Katie Harmsworth.
In their words…
We met many, many years ago, when Dayne started his electrical apprenticeship at the same company my dad (Gavan) worked at. I would help out in the office at times on uni holidays and we bumped into each other over the years when out and about.
However, it was January 2013, Australia Day long weekend, that we randomly bumped into each other at a pizza shop (neither of us had been to). We happily chatted away and we were surprised to see each other after so long. Dayne at this point no longer worked with my dad, however did still keep in touch with him.
From the pizza shop, we parted ways and did not exchange numbers. However Dayne did contact my dad to track down my email, and a couple days later I received an email wanting to organise a catch up. One catch up lead to another.
Dayne: I knew very early on but this was confirmed when Lizzy took care of my Nan while she was in hospital (feeding her before work, on her lunch break and always checking in on her).
Lizzy: very early there was an instant connection. We just had this fun, easy relationship. I knew I wanted it ongoing.
Dayne organised a weekend away to Trentham and had the whole weekend planned with lots of activities (we love the outdoors, exercising and keeping fit). We had taken our bikes away with us and went for a bike ride along this beautiful track, the scenery was amazing and weather perfect. We stopped at one particular spot overlooking a beautiful area and that’s when Dayne got out the ring and popped the question. I was so overwhelmed and happy that I dropped my bike in excitement. Poor Dayne was then left juggling the ring and bike – it was just perfect, and so us – in the outdoors and in the middle of exercise. Dayne didn’t drop down to one knee, as he said it’s not his thing, but the ring was all I ever wanted and the perfect size (he had been planning for many months with my best friend, Denae), and I had no idea.
To be honest the whole planning process was rather relaxed. Dayne pretty much said to take the lead once we settled on a venue, and we both decided we wanted a very cruisey and fun wedding at a winery. We looked at two places and were sold on Zonzo, so we got engaged November 2015, picked the venue late January 2016 and then had plenty of time (13 months) to take our time planning. I absolutely loved the planning and seeking inspiration from others and online, it was so much fun and I never felt stressed. I had a little wedding planner book where I would aim to tick something off each week or month.
We are both pretty relaxed individuals so we wanted this to be reflected in our wedding, yet we wanted a touch of elegance. This was shown with the beautiful floral arrangements (by Sugar Bee Flowers). We both love greenery and flowers. Also the venue itself speaks for itself so it also helped create the vibe.
I went looking online for inspiration first, and knew aspects of what I wanted and didn’t want. I wanted to be able to look back at photos of me in the dress and know that it was a timeless, elegant piece with a touch of sexy and ‘WOW factor’. I found the brand Pronovias at Raffaele Ciuca and instantly fell in love with a number of their gowns. I tried on three dresses, instantly falling in love with the first dress (it’s crazy how they say its often the first dress you try on). Also my assistant, Jessica, was amazing with the whole process. We had fun and she made it so easy. I took mum with me the next week and she gave me the thumbs up.
Lizzy: walking down on the aisle with Dad and locking eyes with Dayne (corny, I know), but it just gave me goosebumps and my smile could not have been bigger.
Dayne: There were two moments. The car ride in with the boys and also watching my father-in-law cry when he handed Lizzy to me, knowing how much the day meant to him.
We did not have any traditions, the aim was to create a fun-filled, relaxed day where all our family and friends mingled and ate and drank good food and wine.
Meaning of marriage.
Commitment and being able to build a future with a best friend.
Aisle: The One by Kodaline
Reception: Happy by Pharrel Wiliams
First dance: Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
Funny stories (or near disasters).
All was smooth sailing in the lead up and on the day. The only thing we can now laugh at, Vanessa (Lizzy’s cousin and bridesmaid) had a mini meltdown when she thought she was bitten by a bee during our photos. Her sister, also a bridesmaid, saying she was only being a drama queen. To this day we still don’t know if there was actually a bee or just a little twig.
How far in advance you need to lock in a venue.
Words of wisdom.
Embrace it, and most of all enjoy the whole process. Remember its about the two of you and the people most important who you want included. Make it fun and don’t get caught up in the drama that sometimes comes with weddings. Make it what you want it.
Invest in amazing photographer/s, as they capture those special moments.
Dreaming of your own Yarra Valley day? Check out Annabel and Robbie’s incredible celebration here.
LIZZY & DAYNE’S TRIBE…
Ceremony and reception: Zonzo Estate, Yarra Valley
Celebrant: Anthony Cribbes
Photography: Katie Harmsworth
Florist: Sugar Bee Flowers (Youki)
Hair and Makeup: Tracy Bradley, The Makeup Room
The dress: Pronovias from Raffaela Ciuca
Veil: Raffaela Ciuca
Jewellery/Accessories: Tiffany and Co.
Shoes: Nine West
Bridesmaid’s dresses: Rodeo Show
Menswear: Peter Jackson
Favours: Potted succulents
Cake / Cake topper: Cherrytree Bakehouse
Entertainment: Lark Music, Luke and his team were amazing
Honeymoon: Tasmania and Bali