Real Wedding – Lorin & Troy, Red Hill VIC
Troy and Lorin are all about good wine, good food and beautiful countryside, so a winery wedding on the Mornington Peninsula was a natural fit.
In front of bloom-filled wine barrels they exchanged their vows and invited their grandmothers to act as their witnesses in what was a truly touching moment.
This loved-up duo picked a talented Tribe to support their day and what resulted was a relaxed and romantic celebration that completely fulfilled their wedding day dreams.
There to capture all the action was Fern and Stone Photography.
In Lorin’s words…
Both growing up on the Mornington Peninsula, we knew of each other, but it wasn’t until Troy moved in with our mutual friend (Troy’s Best Man) that we started hanging out in the same circle, attending the same birthdays and parties. Some gradual flirting and banter was building, and on night out at a friend’s birthday, Troy finally made the first move.
I knew Troy was the one about a year after seeing each other, we were living in separate houses then but were inseparable, we just had so much fun together and we felt so comfortable and easy. Our relationship just happened naturally, we didn’t have to think about it. I just knew I could no longer picture my life without this beautiful loyal man in it.
Troy booked a few nights at Crown Melbourne for our Christmas present to each other (2016). On the first night we had a beautiful meal at Nobu. On returning to our room, I was looking out the window at the view, to next notice Troy on one knee next to me. It was perfect, intimate and just us. After lots of tears and laughs, we called our parents. To my surprise already knew, Troy had taken the time to drive down and ask my parents while I was at work before Christmas. Both our families were so thrilled and happy. It was such a special time for all of us. We celebrated the next night with a very special dinner at Dinner by Heston.
It was the best fun, so much that I am going to miss it. Troy was amazing and very involved with ideas and decision making/meeting vendors, we did a lot together especially towards the end.
My amazing tribe of maids were so helpful with recommendations and inspiration constantly – I was one lucky bride.
We always knew we wanted to get married on the Mornington Peninsula. Both having grown up there it is a very special place in our hearts. We love wine, good food and the beautiful countryside, a winery wedding was just us. Once we booked our beautiful venues, the rest all fell into place. I did a lot of research and speaking to my suppliers, everyone was so generous and happy to recommend.
We felt we had the best vendors in the business for our wedding day, all were such a pleasure to work with and really wanted our day to be special for us – I already miss chatting to some of them.
We wanted our wedding to be fun and relaxed for our guests, one big celebration and party. It was all about amazing food (and the Epicurean totally delivered that), drinks, music, dancing – good vibes all round at our favorite place with our favorite people. If our guests were having a ball, so were we.
For styling, we used the winery/rustic/Mornington Peninsula vibe, with a bit a modern twist. A lot of the colour palette came from the flowers I wanted for the bouquets.
I worked with Annette from Confetti Edition x Danger & Moon to design our stunning wedding invitations which really set the tone for the rest of the colour theme and style.
We had marble coasters with gold names as keepsake favours but also used as a name place, and combined the marble into our stationary and other gold decorations.
The whole experience was so much fun and all happened so easily for me. I had only two weekends of looking, taking my Mum, Mother-in-law and my besties along. When researching dresses, I knew I liked the more simplistic plain, fitted silhouettes – but would it suit me? Turns out I was spot on. I tried a few lace dresses on which were beautiful but just too much on me.
On the first day of looking our last appointment was at Jane Hill. Jasmine was just gorgeous, I instantly loved her. After trying on the Cleo dress from their White label collection and getting the reaction of tears from Mum, Troy’s Mum and all the girls – I even had the cliché tear – I just knew this was it. And I felt amazing in it on the day. It was truly my dream dress.
Oh there are so many, it’s too hard to just pick one.
But there is something so special about the ceremony and having all your favorite people together to witness and celebrate your love for each other, hear your story and vows to each other. I loved Troy’s vows so much, they were so him.
Also having both our gorgeous Grandmother’s as our witnesses was another extremely touching moment as they mean a great deal to both of us.
Meaning of marriage.
Marriage is about committing to build the best life together. It is to love, respect and support each throughout life’s successes and challenges. Accept each other for their strengths and flaws. Make each other happy and bring out the best version of each other.
Aisle: Northern Wind by City and Colour
Signing Songs: Hands I can hold by Ziggy Alberts and I found You by Alabama Shakes
Ceremony exit: Home by Edward Sharpe
Reception Entry: Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough by Michael Jackson
First Song: Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur
Last Song: Horses by Daryl Braithwaite
Funny stories (or near disasters).
The main one is of course the renovations falling through at our original venue six months out from our wedding! This meant we had to change our day from a Saturday to a Friday and of course find a new venue. We were stressed at first, but really happy with how it turned out!
How quickly it comes around wow… We didn’t originally consider that we were getting married a month before Christmas and how busy that time of the year was for us.
Words of wisdom.
Nominate a family member from each side of your respective families to be in charge of coordinating family photos for that side of the family and give them a list, you don’t want to be worried about missing a photo with you’re a family member because they was enjoying a class of bubbles with everyone else.
We loved that we took our honeymoon straight after the wedding, we were still on the biggest high and just so damn happy. I would recommend it to anyone as it just kept the celebration going and when you arrive home and you get to see all your family and friends you relive the wedding with them. Such a special time.
Make sure you both make the most of the entire time right from the beginning and remember what it’s really about – the two of you, and celebrating the love you have each other. Little things may go wrong on the day that are out of your control and to be honest you won’t even know or notice them, none of that matters. Also if you can, book in for a nice dinner together the weekend before and hold off on the wedding talk.
If you’re after some Mornington Peninsula magic of your own – see our top venue picks for the region here.
LORIN AND TROY’S TRIBE
Ceremony venue / location: Panton Vineyard, Red Hill
Reception venue / location: Epicurean Red Hill
Celebrant/Officiant: Jessica Edwards
Photography: Fern & Stone Photography
Florist: Poppy Culture
Styling: Epicurean staff and Poppy Culture
Hair: Catlin Wilson – The Final Strand
Make-up: Jade Kisnorbo
The Dress: Jane Hill
Veil / head wear: Jane Hill
Bride jewellery: Kitte
Brides Shoes: Nikita by Robert Robert
Rings: Larsen Jewellery
Bridesmaid’s dresses: White Lace Style – mixed styles and designers.
Bridesmaid jewellery: Kitte
Groom’s suit: Peter Jackson
Grooms Shoes: Aquila Shoes
Bow ties / ties: MJ Bale
Ceremony: Panton Vineyard
Reception: Epicurean Group
Cake / Cake topper: Miss Ladybird Cakes
Marble Coasters Kmart
Calligraphy: Calligraphy by Moya
Stickers: The Paper Empire
Stationery / Signage: Confetti Edition by Danger & Moon
Bar Sign: Sketch & Etch
Ceremony: Main Entertainment
Reception: Lark Music
Transport: Neptours Transport
Linen: Simmons Linen Hire
Décor: Poppy Culture, Bride self-sourced