Real Wedding – Lucy & Sean, Moriac VIC
Relaxed, laid-back and the perfect pair, Sean and Lucy wanted to create a wedding day that embodied their personalities completely.
On an amazing farm in Moriac, they took the blank canvas of a paddock and turned it into the ultimate marquee wedding celebration. With Weddings of Desire at the helm, Sean and Lucy felt at ease every step of the way and they were blown away by the end results.
Lucy was a show-stopper in her silver sequined and beaded gown, custom made by One Day Bridal. Despite her groom making a little faux pas in his vows, this couple laughed it off with photographer Jenna Fahey-White there to capture all the fun and frivolity.
In Lucy’s words…
We were at a nightclub and it was 4am. I had been at a family wedding and Sean had been out with his mates. To be honest we had both probably seen better days however he asked me for my number, we then went and got a kebab together and I guess the rest is history!
I don’t think there was any one moment. We just worked from the moment we met. We went out on a date the weekend after we met, and we then slotted into each other lives effortlessly from then on. We spent a lot of time together in the beginning, so we knew early we had found something special.
Sean is a person that does things quite spontaneously. We had already decided that I wanted to pick my own ring as I really hadn’t thought about it too much but also didn’t want to go and pick it out before it had happened. We’d just come back from a month in Europe (everyone was quite disappointed that we didn’t come home engaged) and it was a really hot day. Sean had decided whilst working on a roof that he was going to pop the question that afternoon. Sean text me asking if I thought it was a good idea for us to take Opie – our bulldog – for a walk along the beach, to which I quickly replied: ‘No way, it’s too hot’. He then had to formulate plan B which was to go and get some flowers and 100 tea light candles from the local supermarket. I walked through the door from work he was waiting for me.
There is one thing I know for sure and the day wouldn’t have been half of what it was if it wasn’t for Laura (Weddings of Desire). We decided to meet with her when we realised just how much work setting up a wedding in the middle of an empty paddock was going to be. From the minute we met her we knew that we had made the right decision. Laura took on everything that we wanted and created the perfect marquee and everything else that went with that. She also took on board suppliers that we really wanted to use and made it a really enjoyable experience. We would often chat via phone or email and she would make sure that she’d keep us updated with everything that was happening as well as frequently showing us ideas and styles.
Sean and I are quite relaxed and laid back and that was really the vibe we were looking for. We were having trouble finding a venue that would be able to accommodate everything that we wanted and that was when our cousins offered us their amazing farm in Moriac. We knew that we literally had a blank canvas of a paddock and wanted to ensure that we incorporated the surrounding scenery into the marquee. I didn’t want to create something that didn’t fit with the location. With Laura and Alice from She’s a Wildflower, I was so confident that they would create something incredible, and I left most of the styling up to them. I’m really not good at that kind of thing but I knew I loved their work, so they did what they do best.
I found this the most daunting part of the whole planning process. Being bigger, I had heard horror stories of other friends and family going wedding dress shopping. I went to a couple of bridal boutiques and although they were lovely I just hasn’t fallen in love with anything. I then went to One Day Bridal and had a consultation where I met Kyha. We quickly realised that whilst loving SO many of their dresses that none were ‘the one’. Kyha ducked out and came back with the most amazing fabric I had seen and suggested a custom-made gown. I was with my mum, sister and one of bridesmaids and we instantly knew that she was going to create something amazing. Once I saw the drawing of the design, I knew it was the one. The girls there are the best. The whole experience was so enjoyable and fun and I couldn’t recommend them more highly. It was my most dreaded part of getting married but quickly turned into my favourite. I knew I wanted to look like the bride but didn’t feel myself in the traditional white ones I tried on prior to my appointment at One Day. I ended up having a full lengthed, long sleeved, silver sequin and beaded dress – if someone had of told me that is what I was going to wear on my wedding day I probably would have laughed but I would choose that dress again 100 times over.
The whole day was amazing, but I really loved the time after the wedding with Sean and the bridal party. It was so nice to just get away from the chaos for a little while and let it all sink in whilst having a drink and a laugh with our closest friends.
Meaning of marriage.
Marriage to us is committing to each other legally in front of our family and friends. It means always having someone to talk to, laugh with, confide in, and work together with. It’s also the best excuse to throw a massive party with the people that mean the most to us.
Aisle: Perfect by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce
Signing: Love on top by Beyonce
Recessional: Signed, sealed, delivered
Reception entry: Whatta man by Salt n Pepa
First dance: When you say nothing at all by Ronan Keating
Funny stories (or near disasters).
The afternoon before the wedding day we met with Jo and had a run through of the wedding ceremony. Jo asked us both whether we’d like to practice the vows. We both looked at each other and responded ‘Nah, how hard can it be’. Well turns out maybe we should as Sean got tripped by the word ‘lawful’. Turns out it made the wedding ceremony with a good laugh and great photo captured by Jenna.
Laura was so onto every single little thing that I was super lucky that she had it all under control. I did however find out the day after the wedding on the florists’ Instagram story that the bar outside had been blown over by the strong winds but there was no sign of that when we got there!
There was nothing, however once we had hired Laura I then realised how many little things she organised that I would have never have thought about!
Words of wisdom.
Go with the flow – it will all work out!
To people getting married, take note of the following suppliers! They were all phenomenal to work with and we couldn’t thank them more for creating the most amazing day.
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LUCY & SEAN’S TRIBE
Ceremony and reception: Private Property – Moriac VIC
Celebrant/Officiant: Jo Betz
Photography: Jenna Fahey White
Videography: Love Soldier Weddings
Styling: Weddings Of Desire
Florist: Alice Sheppard – She’s a Wildflower
Hair: Cassandra De Bruin and Jess
Make-up: Cassandra De Bruin – Bridesmaids: Emily McGrath
The Dress(es): One Day Bridal
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Rings: Duffs Jewellers Geelong
Bridesmaid’s dresses: One Fell Swoop
Groomsmen’s suits: Eddy Elias
Bow ties / ties: Eddy Ellias
Cake / Cake topper: Made by my auntie – Flowers by She’s a wildflower
Entertainment: Rutherford Entertainment – Timmy Knowles/ DJ Dan Martin
Décor: Table linen – Table Art Event Hire
Marquee: White Top Venues
Toilets: Paddock Dream
Maple Trees: Botanical Events
Honeymoon: Halcyon House and Japan