Real Wedding – Megan & Lindsay, Bellarine Peninsula VIC
Real Wedding – Megan & Lindsay, Bellarine Peninsula VIC
Real Wedding – Megan & Lindsay, Bellarine Peninsula VIC
Real Wedding – Megan & Lindsay, Bellarine Peninsula VIC

Real Wedding – Megan & Lindsay, Bellarine Peninsula VIC


Lindsay and Megan’s sweet story began over brunch when Megan had the strong sensation that Lindsay was the one for her. So it was only fitting that their wedding day unfolded with understated romance, laid-back love and subtly stunning style.

Beginning with a personal, oh-so-true-to-them ceremony by celebrant Nicole Penning, the celebrations kicked off with all the right feels. For Lindsay, seeing his beautiful bride step toward him down the aisle was his favourite moment of the day – and seeing Megan in her D’Italia creation, we can absolutely see why. Megan looked radiant in her chic custom-made ensemble, a ravishing realisation of her dream vision.

The backdrop to all this dreamy delight is a colour theme of soft champagne blush, creamy whites and burnt tangerine, all realised in the amazing arrangements by one of our fave florists, Florette. Photographers Hey Jack captured it all to perfection, culminating in a breathtaking portrait session against the expansive ocean and cliff-lined beaches of Terindah Estate. As the couple made their way back to the reception to see their loved ones partying together on the dance floor to tunes by Hey Jack, it was an emotion rush like no other. For more of the magic, scroll on.


The meeting.

We met at the end of 2016. We were the lucky ones who swiped at the right time on Tinder and had been chatting for a while before we decided to have brunch one Sunday morning.


The ‘one’.

I (Megan) knew straight away. I left brunch and told my friend that Lindsay was the one.
I was travelling to Central America at the end of the year, and we decided to make it official before I left, so I guess Lindsay knew pretty early on too.


The proposal.

We were living near the beach, and Lindsay had planned a dinner on the waterfront. It was an early dinner, as he knew it was going to be a nice sunset that night. Lindsay was persistent in leaving, and even though I was happy to sit and have another drink, he ushered me down to the beach and proposed. It was so unexpected and very us.


Planning process.

It was pretty seamless, to be honest. Although I had never really thought about what my dream wedding would look like, we were blessed with amazing help and assistance from Terindah and Truffleduck, who recommended some great vendors who made the process so easy!
We were also extremely lucky not to have to change our initial date.


Style inspiration. 

It can be so overwhelming scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest when you are in the planning stage! You can get so carried away! I loved the neutral tones, and I kept being drawn back to them with each image I looked at. Also, being at a winery, we wanted it to be elegant and classic.

Real weddings were very helpful, as well as finding vendors in the area.


The ceremony.

Our ceremony was a great glimpse into our lives. Nicole Penning (our celebrant) did such an amazing job of keeping it simple, personal and very much us! My dad walked me down the aisle, and both our Mum’s handed us our rings, which was special. We didn’t want a very long ceremony, but it was perfect. It finished with some great petal throwing at the end.


The look. 

Megan – I only tried on two dresses before having my ideal dress sketched up at D’Italia. The fabric was neoprene, which was perfect for the simple, fitted style. I chose pearl buttons for the back, as well as a pearl veil to complement. Although my dress was simple, I was so happy with how classic it was. And it fits me like a glove!

Lindsay – Lindsay always wanted to get married in a black tux. He got the suits, shirts and bow ties from MJ Bale.


Favourite moments.

Megan – The whole day was incredible. I loved the getting ready phase with my bridesmaids and my parents. I also loved the moment I saw all our guests as I was walking down the aisle and, of course, seeing Linz at the end. His vows were also something I’ll never forget.

We had such a fun photographer who made our photoshoot an absolute joy!

Lindsay – Watching Megan walk down the long aisle. It’s a moment I’ll never forget. And taking a moment to chill outside with Megan during the reception to take it all in with a  glass of bubbles.


Meaning of marriage.

Having your best friend by your side for the rest of your life. Having someone who will go through everything with you, the ups and downs.


Wedding soundtrack.

Aisle: XO by John Mayor

Signing: Love you for a long time by Maggie Rogers

Recessional: Send me on my way by Guy Meets Girl

Reception entry: One More Time by Daft Punk

First dance: Addicted to you by Avicii


Funny stories or near disasters.

It absolutely poured the day/night before. Thunderstorms and all! We had planned an indoor ceremony just in case. We were shocked to wake up to blue skies the next morning.

However, at 3:30pm, as I was getting in the cars with the bridesmaids, it started raining again. But luckily, the sun came shining through as soon as I walked down the aisle. It made for the most amazing photos and sunset!

Lindsay’s groomsmen had forgotten a number of items, including belts and cufflinks, so they had to venture into Geelong to search at different shops only moments before the photographer arrived at their accommodation.


Planning surprises.

A lot of the little things can’t be done until a couple of weeks before. That becomes stressful.

The rest was very much what we expected.


Words of wisdom.

Know what is important to you as a couple and stick to it. Pinterest can be so overwhelming and sometimes unrealistic, and you can get very carried away.

Find vendors that have worked together before. It makes communication so easy, and they all have fun on the day being together too!

Having a wedding coordinator really helped us too. We didn’t have to worry about anything on the day.


Last words.

We loved having a wedding where people came and stayed for the weekend. It kept the celebrations going the next day as well.
Lindsay and I also stayed down on the Bellarine to have a mini honeymoon before coming back to reality, which was perfect.




Wedding planning can be overwhelming, especially as you often don’t know what you might be missing. Check out our guide to the planning questions you may not have considered, here on the blog.




Most of our vendors were recommended through our wedding coordinator, including Nicole, Erin (flowers), Memphis and Murrell Group. I found D’Italia and HeyJack through the Ivory Tribe website. The rest were through friends’ recommendations.

Ceremony & reception venue: Terindah Estate, Bellarine Peninsula

Celebrant: Nicole Penning. Nicole was exceptional. From our first meeting, she was warm and friendly, and so professional! Highly recommended for anyone getting married in Geelong or Bellarine Peninsula.

Photography: Connor from Hey Jack

Styling: Memphis Hire & Erin from Florette

Florist: Erin from Florette

Hair: Shannon Brache from Tonic Agency

Make-up: Lisa Make-up

The dress & veil: D’Italia

Shoes: Jo Mercer

Rings: Janai 

Bridesmaid’s dresses: Shona Joy

Suits & bow ties: MJ Bale

Catering: Truffleduck

Bar: Terindah

Favours: Our bud vases with flowers were our favours from Florette

Cake: Truffleduck

Stationery / Signage: The Paper Empire

Entertainment: Between the Cover from Hey Jack

Transport: Murrell Group Transfers 

Hire: Memphis Hire

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